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9 Ways to Lose Weight Without Trying Too Hard

posted by Serena January 12, 2015 18 Comments

9 WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT TRYING TOO HARD

Are you ready to finally lose the weight you have been looking to lose for who knows how long? It doesn’t have to require much you know. Little changes along the way will result in big changes in the long run.

Whether it’s 5 pounds or 50 pounds here are 9 ways to lose weight without even trying too hard:

1. Walk. Sounds simple enough, right? This is probably the easiest exercise EVER. Even if you think you already walk plenty, chances are you could always do more. There are so many devices now that can record your steps throughout the day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Even apps for your phone can do it, too. Ways to walk more include not parking as close to your destination, taking the stairs, or just walking around the block after dinner.

2. Eat more color. Choosing more colorful fruits and vegetables can be enough to help you lose weight. The next time you do your grocery shopping, take longer than usual in the produce section. Explore the different colors, smells and textures you find there. Who knows what you’ll come across.

3. Drink more water. Do you know that often times when you’re hungry you’re actually just thirsty? Simply staying hydrated can help you feel full, and prevent you from splurging on that candy bar you’ve been eyeing in the vending machine down the hall.

4. Keep a food diary. It may sound time consuming, but it works. Writing down all the foods you eat throughout the day definitely draws attention to your eating habits.  It helps make you more aware of what you’re eating. On a subconscious level, you will eventually begin to recognize poor eating habits and negative patterns that may be causing you to gain weight.

5. Take your sauces on the side. We all like condiments, sauces, and dressings, but sometimes they end up slathered all over our food. Even salad dressing can add countless calories to an otherwise healthy salad. So, next time you want to have some sauce, dressing, or any other condiment, just add it on the side and lightly dip your food in.

6. Limit your alcohol intake. Many studies have shown that low to moderate amounts of red wine can actually be good for your cardiovascular system. But, did you know that too much alcohol can actually contribute to those extra calories that cause you to gain weight? One gram of alcohol accounts for 7 calories as oppose to only 4 for protein and carbohydrates. You do the math.

7. Choose the right kinds of beverages. Finally, you started eating the right foods, but you’re still drinking beverages that have a high amount of processed ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup. These additives will add unnecessary calories to your day. If you must have that sugary drink, just do it in moderation.

8. Choose your fats wisely. The good news is we need fat in our diets. The bad news is most of the time the wrong kind is consumed. Cutting out saturated & trans fats is one of the most effective ways to cut calories from your diet and keep your cholesterol low. The American Heart Association recommends that only 5% to 6% of your daily intake of calories come from saturated fat. So, if you need 2,000 calories a day, than no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fats. That’s about 13 grams of saturated fats a day, which is not hard to reach.

Cutting back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils will reduce trans fat. What you want more of are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in avocados, plant-based oils, nuts, seeds, and some fish. Regardless of the type, fat does carry the most weight when it comes to calories: 9 calories per gram of fat. So, choosing the right type makes an even bigger difference.

9. Get plenty of sleep. Research suggests a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep. If you’re sleep deprived you may be too tired to exercise or simply eat more because you’re awake longer. Lack of sleep also disrupts the balance of key hormones that control the appetite, so sleep deprived individuals may be hungrier than those who aren’t.

What other ways can you think of that can help you lose weight?

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18 Comments

lauren January 12, 2015 at 11:39 am

such great tips.. and they are so true! I have cut out drinking during the week, since I have been having way too much wine!! :)
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Serena January 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Lol…too much wine – sounds like you were having too much fun!!! Good job with cutting down!

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Leslie January 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

These are great tips! I’m all about losing weight without ‘thinking’ about it. Simple, consistent changes have been the biggest way for me to lose weight and keep it off over a long period of time. Though I do need to start getting more sleep……
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Serena January 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

Sleep has always been my nemesis. I no longer get my 8 hours anymore….more like 6 if I’m lucky!

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Deborah Davis January 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Hi Serena,
Despite my healthy diet, I always have a little extra weight that I need to lose so these tips are right on time.
I have learned that portion control, exercise and sufficient sleep are critical! Thanks for sharing.
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Serena January 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

Portion control is another great tip! It’s so hard to just stick to the serving sizes sometimes though :(

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Vanessa Holburn January 14, 2015 at 5:34 am

My tip would be to give up diet soda & ‘fake’ food too. You might think they are low-cal or low-fat options, but often you’ll get a slump after consumption, or feel less satisfied overall. The key is lifelong lifestyle changes rather than phases of dieting though – a little more walking a little more often over many years will have a lasting effect for example. #HHGN party hop
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Serena January 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

These are fantastic tips! Diet soda is a BIG one with a lot of people. You are so right with lifelong lifestyle changes…everything makes a big difference in time.

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Deborah Davis January 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Hi Serena,
I really enjoyed this post because losing weight is one of my main concerns despite my healthy diet and lifestyle.
Kudos to you for compiling these sensible, easy to follow tips and thanks for sharing it with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural
Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it! I’m pinning and sharing this.
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Serena January 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

Thank you so much Deborah! I wish you much success in your weight loss journey!

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Kate January 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Great tips. Would definitely agree with all of them. I’m on a health kick and actually lost 2kg last week even though for 2 of the days I ate healthy but had chocolate and biscuits etc for the remaining week I cut out chocolate biscuits and also diet lemonade with orange juice and I lost weight.

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Serena January 18, 2015 at 8:32 am

Good job on losing that weight! Thanks for visiting and pinning!

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April G January 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Great tips! I love them. I always think about dressings when I get them at restaurants. The amount they give you is about 4-8 tablespoons even though one serving is 2 tablespoons. Most people just dump the whole thing on the salad because they figure it’s a serving. So many extra unnecessary calories. Stopping by from Turn it Up Tuesday

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Serena January 19, 2015 at 12:03 am

Dressings in restaurants are enough for the whole table for the most part. Absolutely insane…thanks for the visit!

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BritishMumUSA January 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Oh I am doing all of this, I am blending the prettiest of veggies for lunch, so filling….. Up and moving, and the weight is coming off slowly… Which is good as it went on slowly. I lost 55 pounds 5 years ago and over this last year have gained 6 back, so off it comes :)
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Serena January 19, 2015 at 12:04 am

Wow 55 pounds, good for you! Don’t be discouraged, it’ll start coming back off again soon, sounds like you’re doing all the right things.

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Terra Heck January 20, 2015 at 4:43 am

Those are all great tips. I’ve made it my resolution to drink less soda and more water. I’m doing better at the water part but not so good with the soda part.

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Serena January 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

Lol Terra. Don’t worry every little bit counts!

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