Losing weight is a lot of work. Healthy weight loss is slow, and the willpower to keep up a strict diet and exercise plan can be in short supply. Many people fall off the wagon without ever reaching their target weight, and simply give up. Low-effort ways to lose weight are becoming more desirable, but pills and fads are unsustainable and may cause problems.
However, if you’re only looking to lose a little bit of weight and don’t mind that it comes slowly, you may find some success with these tips. Here are 10 ways to lose weight without trying.
A fully-fledged exercise regime is ideal but when time is limited, short walks will do wonders. You’ve heard it before but here’s a reminder, simple things like parking farther from the store or using the stairs can help get the weight loss ball rolling.
2. Learn portion control.
Learning what healthy portions look like is a key part of losing weight. Knowing what a balanced plate looks like and how much you need to eat to be satisfied are key weight-loss skills that can be applied at any time.
3. Use a smaller plate.
A plate covered completely in food is a delight to behold, and we tend to fill our plates entirely no matter their size. Large plates can make this a problem. Use a smaller plate for meals, about 9-10 inches, and you’ll be able to fill your plate without overeating.
4. Keep healthy food easily accessible.
It’s so easy to reach for chips or candy for a snack, so make sure your fruits, vegetables, or nuts are just as easily to reach. When scrounging for a snack, the first simple thing is generally what we spring for, so make it easy to choose the healthy option. Conversely, make it harder to go for bad snacks by locking them up or getting rid of them entirely.
5. Don’t drink your calories.
Everything you drink contributes to weight gain and weight loss just as much as food does. Keep track of your drink intake and to cut out all sodas and sugary drinks. Ideally, water should become your go-to drink, as it has nothing in it and thus quenches thirst without adding in extra calories.