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7 Pain Free and Easy Ways to Lose Weight

7 Pain Free and Easy Ways to Lose Weight
osing weight certainly does not have to be painful, and there are several small steps that you can start taking today that are a lot easier than you might think. The effort that you put towards losing weight now will pay off in dividends once you start to really be consistent with it, and you should never underestimate the power of making small but consistent changes to your lifestyle in order to lose weight. The HCG diet can be an excellent way to get back into a healthy lifestyle, but after the diet is over you should try some of these  painless and easy ways to lose weight.

Try a diet that doesn't require you to work out

You don't have to work out to lose weight. Exercise is certainly not required for weight loss, and in some cases it can even hinder weight loss, such as with the HCG diet. Exercise is a small part of the overall picture, and most health professionals agree that diet accounts for about 80% of weight gain while exercise is at most 20% effective for losing weight. A diet like the HCG diet is perfect for many people because of the fact that a lot of people are really averse to working out regularly. It can be inconvenient and difficult to get to the gym every day, but if you change your diet by trying the HCG diet or something similar, you will get great results with your weight loss efforts and won't have to sweat it out at the gym.

Eat more vegetables

Simply put, if you eat more vegetables you'll start to lose weight, and it certainly isn't painful to eat more of anything. Find recipes for healthy vegetables that you enjoy and start adding them more into your diet in the form of snacks, side dishes and entrees. You don't have to eat veggies raw as there are several great recipes for steamed or cooked vegetables made with healthy oils or even a bit of grass fed organic butter. Focus more on high quality ingredients with your recipes and avoid any additives, preservatives, or other ingredients that can make your vegetable recipes unhealthy.

Drink water instead of sugar

We've said it before on this blog several times, but switching out sugar drinks for water can make a significant impact on your waistline, and you will very likely start seeing results almost as soon as you make the switch. Water and other unsweetened natural beverages like unsweetened tea or coffee are always preferable compared to artificial sweeteners, sugar and other ingredients that can cause weight gain and other issues. It's fairly easy to consume 200 to 300 or more liquid calories in one sitting, because drinks don't have fiber or other ingredients that fill you up, and because of how quickly you can drink fluids compared to eating. Liquid calories are very dangerous and can quickly cause weight gain when you aren't careful with them, so you should drink water as much as you possibly can, and preferably all the time.

Walk when you can

Walk anytime you have the opportunity; it's a lot better for your health than you might think, and it's a great option for a bit of side exercise and to burn extra calories. Take the stairs when you can, and walk short distances to the store or other locations when possible. It might not seem like a lot, but when you walk several miles per week it can end up burning hundreds of extra calories and help you stabilize your weight and prevent weight gain. If you find that you are sedentary for most of the day it's even more important for you to walk when you can, and walking can really reduce your weight significantly if you combine it with dieting.

Stay hydrated

Just as it's important to avoid drinks with sugar, it's also important to drink water throughout the day and before your meals. It is easy to mistake hunger for thirst and many people end up snacking or eating more than what they normally would because they aren't hydrated.  Water is your best source of hydration instead of sugar drinks and it can improve digestion, help you eat less, and help you control your appetite between meals. Drinks with artificial sweeteners or sugar can spike your insulin and cause an energy crash while dehydrating your further which in turn can drive you to eat even more than you would normally.

Eat more at the start of your day

You don't have to eat breakfast if you don't want to, but you should eat a lot more of your calories during the start of your day. The reason why is the simple fact that you will burn more calories during the most active part of your day rather than towards the later end of the day. If you work a later shift or a night shift the same rule applies, eat most of your calories around the time that you wake up. By doing this you will prevent yourself from overeating during the time of the day when your body is winding down and when you won't have the chance to burn the calories as energy.

Keep bad food out of sight and good food in sight

The act of simply keeping bad food out of your sight and ideally your kitchen can make a major difference in your cravings. Studies have found that seeing junk food can trigger your appetite and drive you to start snacking. One study at Saint Bonaventure University found that people were more likely to eat food that was closer in proximity to themselves, in spite of the food being unhealthy. In the study, participants ate food that was closer to them, whether it was popcorn or apples. Simply keeping healthy food in your proximity and in your sight when you are hungry will drive you to eat it more often than not, and it's a great way to start to train yourself to eat the right stuff [1].


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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