No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no easy way to lose weight. Sure, you can stop eating and some pounds will eventually come off. But not eating when you’re hungry doesn’t sound “easy” to me. The fact is, knocking off some weight when you’re overweight – and many of us are these days – is a challenge.
But pretty much everything worth doing is difficult. Some of us need to lose weight to help our back issues, while others have been told by a doctor that shedding some pounds will benefit a medical condition. Most of us would enjoy our leisure activities more if we lost some weight, and don’t forget that we’ll need to be in the best possible shape when it comes time to bug out.
There are some very doable action steps you can take to lose weight without killing yourself. They’re not easy, but they’re simpler than some methods. And when you’ve worked through them and lost those extra pounds that were causing you a variety of problems, you’ll be glad you took the challenge and followed through with it.
Below are 6 weight loss tips that could make a big difference in your life if you’re willing to put the necessary effort into it.
- Trade your “working out” for fun exercise. The term “working out” is depressing because it sounds like work. It’s also very easy to blow off. Get plenty of exercise, but get it while doing something you like, such as bike riding, swimming or hiking.
- Eat lower-fat versions of foods you like. Don’t start eating foods you don’t like just because they’re supposed to be healthy. That won’t last long. Instead, get less cheese on your pizza and eat low-fat ice cream.
- Drink at least one glass of water 15 minutes before you eat a meal. It will make your stomach believe it’s more full than it really is, so you’ll eat less at the table.
- Next time you’re at a restaurant, consider sharing a meal with your companion. The waitress may not be pleased, but your scale will be. Many restaurants serve large portions, so at the very least save one-half of your dinner for your next meal.
- Move while you watch TV. There’s no reason why you can’t do some jumping jacks, pedal a stationary bike or engage in shadow boxing while you’re watching your favorite reality TV show.
- Add instead of subtracting. If you add foods to your diet that you know are good for you, you’ll end up eating less of the stuff that’s not so healthy. The two main things you want to add are fruits and vegetables.
Have you discovered any relatively painless ways to lose weight? If so, I hope you’ll share them because I know our readers are interested.