Weight loss is just so darn hard! You can spend hours every day fighting against your body's natural tendencies by working out, counting calories and generally striving to lose weight.
But is it possible to shed pounds without dieting or exercising? Perhaps these eight sneaky tricks hold the key to losing weight without trying.
1. Indulge Your Lazy Eating Habits the Smart Way
If you're the kind of person who only eats what's quick and easy to make, it's time to buy the right foods. Sliced apples, baby carrots, pita crackers, hummus, and many other "lazy" foods are ideal for those who are too lazy to cook a healthy meal.
2. Play More Games
Did you know that playing video games is a good way to fight cravings? Video games can help to distract you when the hunger strikes, and you'll be less likely to eat when your mind is occupied. Plus, if you play the occasional exercise video game, it can make weight loss more possible.
3. Don't Get Out of Bed
If you don't get out of bed in the morning, you won't eat food you know you shouldn't. A proper night of sleep is a very important factor for weight loss. Getting a solid seven to eight hours of sleep every night can help to move the scale's needle in the right direction.
4. Do a Chore Every Day
Instead of saving all the household chores for the weekend, which is always the last day you want to clean, spend some time cleaning every day. Within 15 to 20 minutes, you can leave at least one room of the house clean, and it's a great way to get exercise without actually doing any exercise.
5. Take the Lazy Man's Load
Want to get stronger without lifting weights? Try carrying all the grocery bags into the house in one trip, or taking out four or five garbage bags at once. It's a great way to build strength and minimize the number of trips you have to make!
6. Take It Easy
Did you know that stress can lead to weight gain? Stress leads to emotional eating, which often means consuming way more calories than you should be. Make sure to take more time for you! This will help to reduce the stress that could be preventing you from losing weight.
7. Have Water Handy
Instead of reaching for a cup of diet soda or juice, fill up a water bottle and carry it around with you everywhere. The more water you drink, the less you'll be tempted to eat. Water also gives your metabolism a boost!
8. Leave Your Car Parked
When hitting the mall, park your car in one place and leave it there! You'll have to walk a bit more, but at least you won't lose your parking space. You'll get a bit of exercise "by accident," too.
All of these tricks will help you shed pounds without trying, but imagine how much weight you could lose by combining them with diet and exercise!
Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise -- he does so six days a week -- and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.