How to Teach Yourself to Lose Weight (Without Going to The Gym)

How to Teach Yourself to Lose Weight (Without Going to The Gym)

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Can you lose weight without going to the gym? Absolutely. Does this mean you should abstain from exercise? Absolutely not.

Research proves time and again that people who eat well and work out obtain the best weight loss results.

Again, we are not suggesting that you abstain from exercise. Instead, we recommend that there is no need for a gym to get fit or remain so. Additionally, no gym (or “program”) is necessary to lose weight.

Besides helping with weight loss, here are some of the other benefits of exercise: lowers cholesterol and blood sugar; helps prevent cancer; improves attention, energy, mood, and sleep; strengthens muscles and bones; expands lung capacity; reduces the risk of heart disease, and many more.

Let’s consider some of the confusing, contradictory messages about weight loss that we’ve heard:

  • “Don’t eat carbs.”
  • “Eat fat-free stuff.”
  • “Eat as much as you want…and still lose weight!”
  • “Here’s a pill that works!”
  • (Your results WILL vary.)

If someone follows the above advice and it works for them, that’s great! The problem is when such opinions come across as the “best,” “proven,” or “only” way to lose stubborn pounds.

Can you teach yourself to lose weight?

Absolutely. You can learn everything necessary related to weight loss that is not related to exercise. Once you understand these essential weight loss factors, you can confidently move forward with your weight loss goals without further delay.

Here are five things you can teach yourself to help you lose weight:health quote

1. Fat Can Help You Lose Weight

To whoever sold the idea that fat from food causes weight gain: the mega-corporations, thank you. Without you, they couldn’t have sold their useless, processed, sugar-laden garbage for this long.

The truth is that fat is entirely necessary. Contrary to popular opinion, your body needs healthy fats! First, the right fatty foods drastically increase satiety – the feeling of fullness. Second, fatty acids – the best sources available from foods high in fat content – stimulate the body mechanisms necessary for fat loss.

According to Harvard University’s fat consumption guidelines, you should consider the following healthful monosaturated fats:

  • Avocado
  • Peanut oil
  • High-oleic sunflower oil
  • Olive Oil

The same report also suggests you eat polyunsaturated fats from

  • Fatty fish (sardines, mackerel, salmon)
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Unhydrogenated soybean oil

2. Natural Sugar Should Replace The Bad Stuff

Processed sugar is quite possibly the worst ingredient ever produced. Besides having zero nutritional value, manufactured sugar has been linked to multiple diseases and other ailments.  It goes without saying that sugar is terrible for weight loss. Besides having no nutritional value, sugar does not promote feelings of fullness.

At the same time, natural sugars are mostly okay. Sugars produced by nature – such as the “sugar” in bananas, apples, and other fruits – if eaten regularly, will replace your candy cravings!

3. Mindful Eating Is a “Secret Weapon.”

Harvard research suggests that mindful eating can be your secret weapon to weight loss. Fully savoring every small bite and appreciating your food can make you more aware of what–and how much–food you are putting into your mouth.

Mindful eating, meanwhile, proves to “cause weight loss, reduce binge eating, and help you feel better.” While mindful eating is based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, anyone can follow its precepts. These include:

  • Eating slowly and without distraction.
  • Tuning in to physical hunger cues.
  • Only eating when hungry.
  • Appreciating the taste of food.
  • Paying attention to fullness while eating.
  • Chewing food slowly and deliberately.

pop meme4. Drinking Water Boosts Fat Loss

If you want to lose weight but aren’t a big water drinker, you may want to pay attention. Besides being an essential element of health, water is probably the most potent weight loss catalyst.

How powerful? Consider this: research shows that drinking about 16 ounces of water immediately before every meal may boost weight loss over calorie restriction alone.

Let’s put those findings into context. If your current eating plan (or “diet”) predicts five pounds of weight loss per month, drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal could increase that rate to 7 pounds per month!

5. Proper Sleep Makes Weight Loss Easier

The Mayo Clinic published an article explaining that several essential processes related to weight loss occur during your sleeping hours.

We often incorrectly associate weight loss with activities like walking to burn calories and boost our metabolism.

But the truth is that several metabolic functions happen as our bodies rest. Some of the critical processes that help metabolic function during sleep include the following:

  • Cortisol levels stabilize (better stress management for better control over stress-binging)
  • Insulin releases into the bloodstream (regulates your blood sugar)
  • Your body delivers the hunger-controlling hormones called Leptin and Ghrelin.

The articles suggest that when you lack sleep, the opposite is true. And that might be why we tend to overeat when we are tired or stressed.

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10 Exercises You Can Do At Home

Try these activities for a healthy life (without the gym).

1. Walking

Walking is a simple exercise that gives big results. If you take a brisk 30-minute walk every day, you burn 150 calories. If you walk more and increase speed, you can burn even more calories. Walking is a great way to lose weight, especially in your stomach.

2. Yoga

Yoga is another at-home exercise that helps you lose weight. Aim for at least twenty minutes of yoga every day. Certain poses give you a full-body workout that burns calories and increases muscle and cardiovascular strength. The best yoga poses to lose belly fat include:

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