10 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

These little changes to your day could make a huge dent in your belly

You won’t lose fat by camping out on the couch. But you don’t have to train for two hours a day and eat nothing but salad, either. The 10 following tips outline simple ways to lose weight that will fit easily into your busy schedule—and are all proven to help you lose your belly fat.

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Snap A Selfie

Turns out selfies are pretty smart. Taking a full-body photo of yourself once a week could help you shed 2.6 percent of your body weight in four months, a recent Spanish study suggests. For a 91 kilogram guy, that’s 2.3 kilograms—just by snapping a few bathroom pics. The study authors say that watching your waist whittle down week by week helps serve as a reminder that eating right and hitting the gym are worth it.

Ditch Cardio For Intervals

You don’t have to exercise more—just smarter. People who did high-intensity bodyweight interval workouts for eight months shed 2.5 cms more belly fat than people who did the same amount of time on a treadmill, according to a Greek study. The researchers say that interval training prompts your body to continue burning extra calories long after you’ve left the gym.

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Snack, Then Shop

Before you hit the grocery store, have an apple. Eating fruit before you shop can help you make better decisions. A recent Cornell study found that when people ate one piece of fruit before grocery shopping, they bought 28 percent more produce—and less junk food—than consumers who had snacked on cookies. The study authors say that eating a healthy snack subconsciously steers you in the right direction—a.k.a. straight to the produce section.

Play A Game

Building blocks can block your cravings. In 2015 study in the journal Addictive Behaviors, people who played Tetris for just 3 minutes reduced their cravings by 20 percent. The study authors say the game puts your cognitive focus elsewhere, distracting you from your urge to hit the vending machine.

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Track Your Progress

Weighing yourself regularly can help you learn how to lose weight fast, according to a Journal of Obesity study. Researchers discovered that overweight people who stepped on a scale every day lost 2.5 kilograms in a year, compared to people who didn’t weigh themselves at all, who lost a half a kilogram. Getting feedback on your weight-loss efforts in the form of a number on a scale helps you track what’s working and what isn’t, so you can be more successful, the study authors say.

Take a 30-minute walk

If you’re not already working out, just taking a 30-minute stroll each day could help you lose 4 centimetres off your waist in 12 weeks, a Chinese study suggests. That’s almost a whole pant size, and you’ll barely work up a sweat.

Stash Almonds In Your Snack Drawer

Mid-afternoon hunger pangs can send you straight to the sugar bombs in the office vending machine, derailing your diet. But if you’re prepared when hunger strikes, it’s much easier to stick to the plan. So snack right: Keep a tub of almonds in your desk drawer—swapping out carb-heavy snacks like muffins in favour of nuts could help you drop nearly a centimetre from your belly in six weeks, recent research from the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests.

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Take A Breath Between Each Bite

Eating slower could help you get smaller, a review from Japan suggests. Chewing your food for longer gives your brain more time to register that it’s full, so you ultimately eat less, researchers say. But it’s not just that: When you eat slowly, your blood sugar rises in a more controlled fashion—rather than spiking like it would if you housed your lunch. This may help regulate your appetite throughout the day and how your body uses and stores its fuel. Take a deep breath or two between each bite to pace yourself.

Take A Nap

Sleep is crucial for keeping your appetite in check, Stanford University research suggests. Scientists discovered that a lack of shuteye triggers your body’s production of the hormone gherkin, which makes you want to eat more, and lowers levels of the hormone leptin, which tells you when you’re full.

Related: Is Napping Actually Good Or Bad For You?

Eat Pizza On Friday

If you have trouble sticking to a strict diet, try adding a cheat day to your plan. Research from Portugal finds that dieters who give themselves one day off a week lose the same amount of weight as non-cheaters—but the cheaters are more motivated to stick to their diets after two weeks. The flexibility to eat your favourite junk foods one day a week makes your weight-loss efforts more enjoyable and sustainable, the researchers say. And as long as you keep your portions reasonable, they won’t derail the hard work you put in the rest of the week.

Originally published on menshealth.com


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