10 Ways to Lose Weight Without Trying

Until this year, I felt like I was constantly on a diet.  Lose weight, gain it back.  Lose it again, gain it back again.  This year, I resolve to stop dieting.  No, I didn't meet my goal weight.  I decided to make changes in my eating habits and lifestyle to help burn more calories while I consume fewer calories.  

None of these changes will bring me down to my goal weight by themselves,  but when combined, they will help me get healthy and lose weight.


1.  Stop Eating Out

We try really hard not to eat out, but then we get busy and you know what happens next.  I realized that the biggest reason we were eating out was lack of planning.  Although I try to have dinner planned for the week, things happen and I can't get dinner made.  Now I always have a few homemade meals in the freezer that I can put in the oven for a healthy meal with no prep work.

2.  Stop Buying Junk

It sounds simple, right?  If you don't have junk food in the house, you won't eat it.  Sometimes I really want something sweet.  If I don't have anything in the house, I can't eat it without going to the store or making it from scratch.  Believe me, this stops all but the strongest craving!

3.  Make Healthy Choices

Drink water instead of soda or juice.  Bake meat instead of frying it.  Switch from regular yogurt to Greek yogurt.  Eat 5 chocolate chips instead of eating a candy bar.  These small changes really do add up!

4.  Walk Everywhere

I have a bad habit of using the four wheeler to get from place to place on the farm.  It's quicker easier.  We used to park it outside the back door, but now I park it in the shed, which is a good hike from the house.  I also started parking in the garage that's further from the house, so I have to walk further to get there and back.  When I go to the store, I park further from the door than I normally would.  I take the steps instead of using the elevator. If you can walk to the store, then try it.  You'll save money and get healthy.  

5.  Drink More Water

When I don't drink enough water, I feel sluggish and tired.  Water helps fill me up so I eat less.  When I drink water, I don't grab a soda, which is full of nasty stuff whether it's regular or diet.  I always try to drink a full glass of water before I eat so I feel full quicker.

6.  Limit Portions

Have you read labels and followed the portion size?  You might be surprised that you're eating twice as much as recommended, which means you're taking in twice the calories!  For a week, measure or weigh everything before you eat it.  After that, you can continue to measure it or eyeball it and repeat in a few weeks because your portion size may grow again.   I also find that using a smaller plate helps me fill it with less food.

7.  Don't Starve Yourself

Starving yourself is never a good idea.  First of all, your body will think that you are really starving, so it will grab on to every bit of fat and refuse to let it go.  Secondly, you will get so hungry that you'll make bad food choices or over eat.

8.  Sleep

When I don't get enough sleep, I compensate by eating too much.  I don't know why, but it's pretty common for most people.  I don't feel like working out when I am tired, and that doesn't help either.

9.  Fight Cravings

If you're not hungry and just having a craving, distract yourself.  Play Candy Crush (ironic, huh?) or read a book to get your mind off of the craving.

10.  Keep Healthy Snacks Around

If you're a snacker, keep healthy foods stocked all the time.  I like to have fresh fruit available.  I also wash and cut carrots and celery and keep them in the fridge in water to keep them fresh for a few days.  I'll also make a large salad full of veggies to store in the fridge so I can just grab a bowl and not have to cut, chop, and prepare it each time.

What are your best tips to lose weight without trying?


image from Jeanne Claire Maarbes via freedigitalphotos.net

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