How to Lose Weight Outside of the Gym

by Robert Phillips
Progentra user running outdoors for weight loss

These are not full proof plans to lose a lot of weight, but they can help you to shed a few pounds. Here are a few tips to help you lose weight outside of the gym.

Go To Sleep Earlier.

By doing this, you will be less likely to grab midnight snacks. The better night’s sleep that you have, the better it is for your body. The more sleep deprived that you are, the more likely you will be to crave food. Your body not only produces hormones that will make you hungry when you are tired, but it will be trying to use these foods as extra energy, only causing hunger pangs. If you want to eat less, go to sleep earlier.

Black Coffee Is Best.

If you are a coffee drinker, black coffee is the best thing for weight loss. Think about it this way, the more sugar, creamers, etc. that you put into your coffee the more unnecessary calories there are. Black coffee is, at most, 5 calories on its own. Once you start adding creamers and sugars, you bring that calorie count up into the hundreds. That is a lot of unnecessary calories. So, if you are a coffee drinker, drink it black.

man who is drinking from water bottle after a runKeep A Water Bottle With You.

Drinking enough water can be the easiest way to lose a few pounds. When you are not drinking enough water, your body will ask for food. Since you are not hydrated enough, your body will try to get these liquids through your food, which will obviously take a lot more than just drinking water. Water helps your metabolism and can help keep you full.

Keep More Healthy Foods In Your House.

Sometimes it can be very hard to completely get rid of your junk food. If you begin to keep more health foods in the house, instead of junk food, you will find yourself being forced to eat healthier. If you can make the decision to eat healthy foods over junk foods, you will see your body changing.

Use Fruits And Veggies As A Snack.

Instead of eating a brownie or a cookie, try keeping cut up fruits and veggies in the house. I say cut up, because if they are not already you may find something easier to eat. Fruits and veggies will fill you up, without filling you out. They provide many of the necessary vitamins and nutrients that we need every day, with a very low calorie count.

Try Going Meatless.

I do not mean that you need to become vegan or vegetarian, but try making a single meal meatless. This can help you to see what other foods are out there that can provide the amount of protein and calories that you need in a day. Plant based proteins can be more filling than meat proteins. By making a meatless meal once a day, you can cut out unnecessary calories and still feel full.

Quit Drinking Sugary Drinks.

One of the easiest ways to see a change in your body, is by cutting out sugary drinks. These drinks have almost no nutrients in them, if they have any. Sugary drinks can also make you hungrier, which only leads to you overeating. Ever wonder why restaurants sell soda primarily? Their portions are larger than normal portions, and you are more likely to finish them after you have been guzzling down soda. Soda leads to your stomach wanting more nutrients since the liquid sugars soda gives are not enough.

Pack Your Own Lunch.

man packing lunch and bringingBy packing your own lunch you will be better able to control your portions and what you are eating. You will be more likely to make good food decisions as you are packing your own lunch. While you are at work, you are more likely to run to the vending machine to get something quick and edible for lunch. Your brought from home lunch will be much healthier and cost you less money overall.

Get Up From Your Desk.

It is really important to have some activity in your life. Sitting at your desk can literally kill you. The less active you are, the unhealthier you will be. Getting just thirty minutes of activity a day will help you to stay in shape. All you have to do is get up and move around. Even if you break up the thirty minutes into five minute intervals throughout your day, you will be much healthier.

Destress As Much As Possible.

Whatever you need to do to destress, do it. Stress is one of the biggest killers, especially of men. Take five minutes of your day, every day, to destress. Even if all it is, is playing a video game so you aren’t thinking of work, then do it. Destressing is good for your overall health and your weight. If you are stressed you are more likely to eat, or maybe not eat. If you are unstressed, or at least a little less stressed, you are more likely to eat the correct amount of foods.

Do Not Snack As You Work, Or Lounge.

One of the biggest issues that we have with snacking is that we do it mindlessly. When you are distracted, especially at work, or even when you are watching tv, you are more likely to overeat because your brain is focused on the task not the food. You are also more likely to eat salty or sweet snacks because you are stressed at work. Make sure that you are keeping snacks out of your workplace, and away from yourself while you are lounging.

Quit Drinking As Much.

Alcohol is another beverage that has very little daily nutrients in it. Have you ever noticed that the nutritional values are not labelled on the can? It’s because there are very little nutrients in a beer. Beer can also make you bloated, making you seem larger than you are. If you cut your drinking back, you will see the results in health and your weight.

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