3 Things That Help You Lose Weight Without Diet And Exercise
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, or are under the age of 6, you know that diet and exercise are touted as the top 2 things to focus on for weight loss. However, there are other things, much easier things, that you can start doing immediately, that will help you to shed pounds without blood, sweat and tears. Here are my top 3 tips on how to lose weight without diet and exercise:
- Eat Breakfast Every Morning
This may seem counterintuitive, to eat a meal that is so often skipped by most people. And you may be wondering why I would suggest that you add these calories to your day, when they seem to be the easiest for you to avoid. However, the studies and scientific proof confirm that this is, without a doubt, the most important meal to not skip. The reason for this? Our bodies are naturally wired to protect us against starvation, and by skipping this all important meal every day, you’re actually sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
When you fail to provide your body with nourishment for long periods of time, such as the time that elapses between dinner one night, and lunch the following day, your system and metabolism automatically slow down. Your body does this to keep you from using up energy stores, namely fat.
Lack of nutrients will also cause your body to begin the process of accessing and using your lean muscle to help you concentrate, move about, and perform your everyday tasks. This becomes a vicious cycle, because the less lean muscle you have in your body, the slower your body burns fat. Of course this is when most people become extremely discouraged because, they’re only eating 2 meals a day, and they still can’t lose weight, or are actually gaining weight.
- Drink Water
Yup, it’s that simple, just drink water. And it’s a good idea to start off with your first 8 ounce glass shortly after you arise in the morning. So, how much should you drink throughout the day? Well, that depends on your body weight. According to an Internist that I’ve worked with, you should be drinking half of your weight in ounces, per day. For example, a person that weighs 120 Lbs should drink 60 ounces of water per day (120÷2 = 60), and a person that weighs 200 Lbs should drink 100 ounces of water (200÷2 = 100), and so on.
Why water? Well, for one thing, staying hydrated is a great way to reduce the number of calories you consume throughout the day, especially since many people mistake thirst for hunger. Another, and far more important reason to up your H2O intake is to eliminate as many toxins as you can from your body.
Believe it or not, you are absorbing toxins at an alarming rate each and every day, and you need a way to flush them out of your system. Toxins are obviously dangerous, and they can play havoc on every organ and system in your body, many of which directly, or indirectly, regulate metabolism. And, although your body attempts to rid your system of these poisons, if you drink very little, to no water each day, it is impossible for your body to excrete an adequate amount of these poisons through your sweat glands and urine.
This is where your self-preservation defenses kick into high gear again, and your body begins to hide the toxins where they can’t hurt you… in your fat cells! Your body will actually increase the size of existing fats cells and even creates new fat cells, in order to accommodate your growing toxic load. Therefore, the more toxins you have in your body, the more fat you will accumulate, especially in your abdomen. Unfortunately, this creates yet another vicious cycle in your body, making it harder to lose weight, and easier to gain. So when it comes to weight loss, you absolutely must rid your system of toxins in order to drop pounds and inches, and to keep them from returning.
- Get An Adequate Amount Of Uninterrupted Sleep Every Night
So, what does sleep have to do with weight loss? Well, as it turns out, it has a heck of a lot to do with it. When you don’t get enough uninterrupted sleep, your body begins to release hormones that can cause weight gain, namely cortisol.
In addition to the cortisol increase, your serotonin level drops. And since serotonin is a “feel good” hormone, low levels can cause you to become depressed, tired, and not feeling your best. In those moments, you’re more likely to reach for sugar and caffeine, to give yourself a quick boost. This, once again, starts a vicious cycle in your body because sugar and caffeine raise cortisol levels, resulting in weight gain and a whole host of other hormonal imbalances and miserable symptoms such as irritability, exhaustion, short temper, etc…
So what’s an adequate amount of sleep? Well, it varies from person to person, but it should typically be between 7 to 9 hours per night. One way to gauge how much sleep you need, is to turn off the alarm clock on the weekend or while on vacation, and sleep until you awake naturally, feeling well rested. This is the number of hours that you should ideally shoot for every night.
Eat Drink And Sleep To Lose Weight
So, this 3 step recipe is pretty simple to follow- Eat, Drink and Sleep for weight loss. And if you have the opportunity and desire to add in some healthy meals and exercise, you’ll be on your way to your thinnest and healthiest you in no time!