How To Lose Weight Without Really Trying

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By Leta Shy for POPSUGAR Fitness, By Krista Stryker

To lose weight takes a lot of sweat and discipline, but even when you’re not powering through a treadmill interval workout or counting calories, there are a lot of simple ways to see those pounds melt away. Employ these 10 little tricks daily to help you lose weight, no gym or diet required.

Here are 10 tips to lose weight without trying:

  1. Start every meal with a glass of water:

You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help prevent overeating.

  1. Make a few simple swaps at every meal:

Choosing a vinaigrette dressing over creamier options like Green Goddess dressing can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens more. Get a list of more simple swaps to save calories.

  1. Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert:

Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, satisfy your sugar craving with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off of excessive amounts of sugar, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories and enjoying a healthier but still decadent treat.

  1. Be diligent with portion control:

If you want to lose weight, stick to the right portions at every meal. Measure out snacks instead of eating them from the bag, use smaller plates to trick your mind into thinking smaller portions are more substantial, and store leftovers right away so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.

  1. Move more:

Even if you can’t dedicate an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by moving a little more throughout the day. Take breaks to walk around the office, opt for the stairs instead of the escalator, and park a little farther from the office entrance to up your calorie burn.

  1. Fill up on veggies at every meal.

It’s all in your head. Either that, or you’ve just never had them cooked right. Canned, over-sauced veggies aren’t on anyone’s list of delicious foods. But fresh, just ripened, seasonal veggies? I’d (almost) choose them over fresh fruit, they’re so good.

And there are so many awesome ones to choose from: brussels sprouts, carrots, red peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, kale… the list goes on.

Once you find a few you like, start incorporating them at every meal (or at least two out of three). Toss them in a salad, steam them, or bake them, then aim to vegetables about two-thirds of your plate.

Because when you fill up on veggies, you’re less likely you’ll overeat on other, unhealthier foods—making it easier to lose weight and keep it off.

  1. Eat 30 grams of protein for breakfast.

Protein is what keeps you full, fuels your muscles, and helps you lose weight or maintain weight loss. Plus, since protein is harder for your body to break down than carbohydrates, you’ll actually increase your metabolism when you eat a meal high in protein versus one full of mostly carbs.

Getting in 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking can not only speed up fat loss, it can also make you feel fuller, less snacky, and feel satisfied for longer. Not sure how to get this much protein in one day? Some ideas:

  • Five egg whites
  • One and a third cups of greek yogurt, or one cup of greek yogurt and a small handful of nuts
  • About one cup of cottage cheese
  • A protein shake with protein powder, nut butter and berries
  • One serving of super simple protein pancakes

8. Make your own food as often as possible.

When you eat at home rather than grabbing something from a fast food joint or eating out at a restaurant, it helps you know exactly what’s going into your food without having to guess.

That means you can decide how much butter, oil, cheese, and other high calorie additions go into your meals, making it easier to eat healthier without having to work too hard. Plus, cooking at home means you can easily load your plate up with veggies rather than unhealthier sides like fries, coleslaws and mashed potatoes.

No idea how to cook your own food? Don’t stress, it’s not as hard as you think. Start with this kale and quinoa salad or these gluten-free superfood snacks!

9. Skip the non-fat.

You know that healthy fats are good for you, but if you’re like most people, you still reach for nonfat whenever possible. It’s a habit that many of us picked up when lowfat diets were the craze in the 90s—and it’s been a tough one for people to break.

See, when most people think of eating fat, they think it will make them fat. But surprisingly, it’s really just the opposite. Because not only will eating fat make your skin softer, hair and nails healthier and cushion your joints, it’s also what helps you get full at a meal, gives you long-term energy and keeps you from craving unhealthy stuff an hour after you last ate.

Include more healthy fats like avocados, nuts, olive oil, and coconut into your diet, and you’ll soon find your cravings decreasing, your appetite normalizing and weight loss becoming more effortless than ever.

10. Allow yourself treats on a regular basis.

One of the worst things about dieting is that more often than not, you’re forced to stop eating all your favorite foods. And not only does this make you feel deprived, it often leads to a binge of those very same foods when you’re at a moment of willpower weakness.

But if you’re exercising regularly keep a healthy diet the majority of the time, allowing yourself a few small treats here and there will not only make you happier, it will also make it more likely to stick with healthy eating in the long-term.

Because life is supposed to be enjoyed, right? And if you start incorporating these tips into your daily life, life will not only become more enjoyable—you’ll begin to see how easy it is to lose weight without really trying.

How To Lose Weight Without Really Trying

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