How Can a Lazy Person Lose Weight? 10 Tips

Medically Reviewed on 1/24/2022
How Can a Lazy Person Lose Weight
Losing weight takes work. But even if you’re too lazy to stick to a crazy diet and exercise plan, you can still shed a few pounds with these 10 tips

Losing weight takes work. But even if you’re lazy or just don’t have the time or motivation to embark on a journey of intense dieting and exercise.

10 ways to lose weight even if you’re lazy

1. Cut down your portions

You don’t need to completely cut out foods you enjoy, whether it’s carbs or fats. Denying yourself your favorite foods may only make your cravings worse. Instead, cut down on your portions and balance out unhealthy foods with healthier foods that contain fewer calories and more fiber.

2. Practice mindful eating

While you have your meals or even your snacks, try to pay attention to the look, smell, taste, and feel of your food, as well as to your chewing and swallowing. Being fully engaged in the act of eating will help you be more in tune with your body and notice when you are actually full/ This may prevent you from overeating.

3. Snack on nuts

Instead of snacking on calorie-dense food, make it a habit to eat nuts, especially walnuts and almonds. They can make you feel fuller for longer so that you eat less during your next meal.

4. Eat more pulses

Like nuts, pulses such as beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils keep you feeling satiated and help you go longer between meals.

5. Lower your room temperature

Lowering your room temperature to 66 F at night can help you burn fat, as your body needs to work a little harder to keep you warm.

6. Have your soup or salad first

Try eating a salad or soup before your main course. This can fill you up so that you end up eating less of your main course.

7. Opt for zero-calorie drinks

Avoid sugary fruit juices, soda, and alcohol. Instead, drink more water, unsweetened tea, and sugar-free juices.

8. Sip green tea

Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant compound, epigallocatechin gallate, which appears to decrease the formation of new fats. The caffeine in green tea can also decrease your appetite. 

9. Get an extra cup of coffee

A 2020 study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed 2-3 cups of coffee a day had less accumulation of fat in the body, including in the abdomen. 

10. Stay physically active

  • Take the stairs instead of using escalators or elevators.
  • Park farther away from the entrance of the mall or shopping center so that you need to walk a little more to reach your destination.
  • If you take the bus or subway, get off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way to your destination.
  • Do more household chores. Vacuuming and mopping the floor can help you burn calories.
  • Listen to music when exercising to help you stick it out for longer and make it more enjoyable.

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Medically Reviewed on 1/24/2022
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