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 are suggesting is 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 really 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 factors of weight loss, you can confidently move forward with your weight loss goals. Without further delay.
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 of which are available from foods high in fat content – stimulates the body mechanisms necessary for fat loss.
According to Harvard University’s fat consumption guidelines, you should consider the following healthful monosaturated fats:
- Peanut oil
- High-oleic sunflower oil
- Olive Oil
The same report also suggests you eat polyunsaturated fats from
- Fatty fish (sardines, mackerel, salmon)
- 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 with regularity, 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, its precepts can be followed by anyone. 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.
If you want to lose weight but aren’t a big water drinker, you may want to pay attention. Besides being the most 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 are at 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 opposing is true. And that might be why we tend to overeat when we are tired or stressed.
The bottom line here…yes, you can lose weight without going to a gym. However, when you incorporate your nutritional program with other healthful habits, you’ll reach your goal weight sooner. And, perhaps more importantly, you’ll have learned the key to maintaining that healthy lifestyle.