5 Simple Weight Loss Hacks That Don't Involve Exercise

January 3, 2017

There are but a few simple ways you can hack your mind and keep yourself from putting on extra pounds.

1)   Small plates or bowls – If you have a big plate, you’d be more likely to fill it up with more food than you probably should. Eating out of a smaller bowl or plate will help with portion control.

2)   Keep a food journal – There are several apps free to download that you can use to not only keep track of your diet, but can also track the nutrients each item possesses. By making a habit of recording what you eat and drink, you’d be a lot more conscientious of your consumption habits and be less likely to eat or drink something that’s not very healthy. It’s not like you’d readily admit to yourself that all you ate in a given day was junk food.

3)   Weigh yourself regularly – For anyone that’s on some kind of diet to lose or gain weight, the scale has become a mortal enemy. Very rarely will the scale show a number that you like. But those numbers, whether they are big or small, are important to keep track of so you can have concrete goals to strive for. Make a habit of weighing yourself twice a day. Once this habit is programmed in your brain, you’ll think twice about eating that extra doughnut since you know it’ll make your weight shoot up. Keep in mind that your weight will always fluctuate throughout the day. Chances are that if you weighed yourself at night, you’d be a couple pounds heavier than where you were in the morning.

4)   Sleep – Your sleep habits have a huge impact on your diet. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body releases a hormone that stimulates hunger.  Also, people who have had sleepless nights might not be in the best of moods. They will turn to eating more to improve their moods.

5)   Don’t skip breakfast! There’s a reason why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. By having a healthy and hearty breakfast, that energy will keep you going for hours so you won’t have to resort to excess snacking. Ideal breakfasts are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. We can go into more detail on proper diet in a future post 

Nothing will happen overnight. You won’t magically shed your extra pounds in hours. It will take days or weeks to see some real progress unfold. Putting these very simple habits in place will take you closer to your fitness and weight loss goals. 

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