7 daily habits to help you lose weight without trying
The good news is, you can shed weight without even trying, simply by making small day-to-day changes. Studies show that it takes more than two months for a new habit to become automatic, so by practicing these lifestyle changes for a period of time, you’ll gradually see yourself slim down and be able to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Here are our top seven daily tricks to wake up slimmer - and all without the diet:
1. Plan, plan, plan
You’re running late for work - you may skip breakfast, forget your lunch, and lose all good intentions to eat well in the daily rush. But planning your meals is actually one of the best things you can do to lose weight. If you don’t plan it, you won’t do it - so set out your day ahead, including what you’ll eat and when you’ll go to the gym. People who lose weight over time stick to their eating plan and consistent exercise regime - all you need is a little bit of forward-thinking.
2. Never shop hungry
If you go food shopping on an empty stomach, don’t be surprised if you come home with more indulgent foods and things you don’t need. Make a shopping list in advance with everything you’ll need for the week - and stick to it. Eating healthily and losing weight starts with a nutritiously stocked fridge and pantry.
3. Eat mindfully
Your brain takes around 20 minutes to register that it’s full. By eating your food sitting down, without distractions, and consciously enjoying your meals, you’ll sharpen those internal cues that signal hunger and feeling full. Try putting your fork down between bites to chew your food properly and drink plenty of water with your meals.
4. Eat breakfast
There’s plenty of evidence to show that eating breakfast can help us lose weight. When we skip breakfast - whether it’s due to lack of time or simply not feeling hungry early in the morning - we become starved by mid-morning and lunchtime. You’ll snack mindlessly and end up bingeing at tea time. Put simply, by missing breakfast, you’re setting yourself up for failure for the day,
5. Make healthy swaps
Picking foods that are fewer in calories, fat, sugar and salt is the easiest, simplest way to lose weight without dieting. For example, swap whole milk for semi-skimmed, white breads for wholegrain, sodas to fizzy water, and salted nuts to unsalted nuts.
6. Downsize your dinner plate
If we can see that our plate is full, it makes our meal look bigger. Therefore, by scaling down the size of our dinnerware, we can trick our eyes and brain into thinking we’re eating more. The result? We’re satisfied with less food.
7. Walk five minutes more
Whether you get off the bus a stop earlier or take the stairs instead of the lift, there are plenty of little things you can do each day that burn calories and help you lose weight faster. By increasing daily activities a little bit at a time, you won’t feel overwhelmed upping your goal to at least 30 minutes of exercise every day (which burns of around 120 extra calories every day, by the way).