Guest Post: Top 10 Tips for Losing Weight Without Actually Hitting the Gym
I think that any girl can agree with me to the fact that dieting and exercise takes a lot of willpower, something that not really everyone has. With summer rolling around and beach days getting closer and closer, losing weight becomes an even higher priority. I personally wouldn’t want to show up on the beach without the rocking bikini bod to go with it. Ikaw ba, gusto mo?
WEIGH YOURSELF AND CHART IT. Stepping on a scale is scary for many people but finding out your weight is necessary in order to keep track of it. Weighing yourself everyday allows you to see if you are doing something right or wrong when it comes to eating and physical activity. Just put it this way: weight loss will make your day and weight gain will allow you to adjust your habits so that you won’t gain any more.
HAVE FUN. Summer is coming and that normally means more fun, physical activities. If you have time on the weekends, try to do something with your family or friends such as playing Ultimate Frisbee or taking a hike. You can also pick up a sport or pack up and head off for an adventure. A good place for a weekend getaway is La Mesa Eco Park. Try their Fitness and Mountain Bike trail, boating and zip line.
SWIM. When you go to a beach or a pool, don’t just sit there and soak up the sun. Have a good time by taking a dip in the pool and having a leisurely swim. You don’t have to do laps to burn calories—non-lap, leisure swimming can allow you to burn up to 400 calories in an hour, depending on your weight. To put it in perspective, a 130 lb person can burn around 354 calories an hour.
INDULGE. Don’t deny yourself your favorite foods because you’ll pay for it when you end up craving and binging later on. You shouldn’t ignore your cravings. In fact, you should allow yourself to have them (in moderation!). Not only will this keep you happy, but it will also keep you motivated. Think of your small indulgences as little rewards for your weight loss efforts. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too.
DO YOUR CHORES. Stop putting off cleaning and laundry for another day because your chores can help you to burn calories. In fact, calorie burn in housework is equivalent to that which you would burn on light to moderate exercise. So pick up the broom, wash the dishes and have a general cleaning day. It’s tiring, but at least you’d have burnt a ton of calories while getting everything done.
WALK. Many people agree to the fact that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Get as much of it as you can by using the stairs, parking your car farther than normal to the entrance of your workplace or just heading out for a leisurely stroll. This also means that walking around in the mall for hours actually burns you a good deal of calories—just don’t wipe it out by scarfing down a sinful serving of fast food.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DRINK. Most people just watch what they eat but continue drinking whatever they want. What they don’t realize is that drinks are actually far worse when it comes to calorie content. A coffee drink can contain up to 700 calories (or more!) and can be very fattening. Ditch the high calorie drinks and stick with water, natural juices or shakes. If you must have caffeine, take it in the form of tea or plain coffee without all the bells and whistles.
DON’T GET COMPLACENT. People who lose weight can sometimes become confident that they can keep it off so they eat whatever they want and forego exercise. This is a quick way to get your weight right back up to where you began. Eat whatever you want but remember portion control and exercise so you can keep that weight off for good.
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