The Lazy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight

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Everyone who has a few pounds to lose knows what they have to do to reach their ideal weight, but for some of us, well, that just seems like a whole lot of work! Not that we have a problem with work, but that’s exactly the problem. We work all day, sometimes late into the night, we need to pay bills, take care of the kids, take care of the house, take care of the dog, so when it comes to thinking about cooking from scratch or heading back out to the gym for an hour…well, you can just forget it. A night on the sofa with Netflix sounds a lot more enticing.

Now, that Netflix marathon sounds really good, but chances are good that you really aren’t interested in all the things that being overweight (and eating those cookies) will bring you: things like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Want to combine the two and get the best of both worlds? You can! You may never be a swimsuit model or look buff like Donald Driver, but you can lose some weight and make healthier food choices. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Let’s start by checking out snack time (which is our favorite time!) and start by making some better choices. Ready?


1.  Water

You are already rolling your eyes, we can see it from here, but wait, it’s not what you think. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when the truth is we are actually only thirsty. One study listed in the journal Physiology and Behavior showed that at least 60 percent of the time, we are mistaking our body’s signals for thirst as hunger. So for beginners, the next time you think you are hungry, before you eat anything, drink an 8 ounce glass of water. That’s it. Wait for about 10 minutes and if you still feel hungry, you can eat that snack, but chances are that you are going to pass on that cookie. If you want to take it a step further, try drinking one glass of water before each meal. Studies show that you will eat about 90 less calories at mealtime. All those little calories add up, you know!


2. Think Japanese

Not Japanese food- think like the Japanese. They have an expression “hara hachi bu” which means, “Eat only until you are 80 percent full.”  On average, when you practice this, you can save about 300 calories every single day. It might be hard to judge that 80 percent level so take your time. Stop eating about ¾ of the way through your meal and wait about 10 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach that you’re about full.  Don’t stuff yourself, and save a bunch of calories.


3. Jazz It Up With Jeans

Wear jeans and tennis shoes every chance you get. Studies show that when people were allowed to wear more casual clothing, rather than suits, skirts, uniforms, and high heels, they greatly increased their physical activity. Scientists say that keeping things casual even just once per week could mean that you consume about 6,250 calories less each and every year. That means you could lose as much as 1.8 pounds every year.


4. Go Text Yourself

Health Promotion Practice published an online study that showed that people who received weekly texts reminding them of their daily calorie “budget,” along with motivational emails, made better food choices and lost more weight than those who did not participate. So set up labeled alarms on your smartphone or get a friend to be your weight loss coach, sending you friendly texts offering support.


5. Take a Nap

Isn’t this just the best piece of weight loss advice you have ever read? We mean it! Getting enough quality sleep is vital for losing weight. In fact, one study showed that getting less than 6 hours a night could undermine your weight loss efforts by as much as 55 percent! Getting broken sleep or insufficient amounts of sleep throw your hormones out of whack, including the ones that tell you when to eat, and tell your body when to store fat. Sometimes the best weight loss move is to move to the sofa and take a nap.


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