You can be a lazy woman and lose weight. I like to think that you can be a busy woman and lose weight.
Obviously being proactive in losing weight and feeling great takes time and energy. With a job to go to and a family to take care of these things sometimes go on the backburner.
When my husband tries to get me up at 5am to work out with him I give him the eye (he hates the eye) and I roll back over because I know I have a long day ahead of me.
That’s why it’s important for me to look for any possible ways to lose weight without having to exert more time and energy than I have. If I can get a workout in then great, but if not what am I going to do?
If you’ve ever heard the saying that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym, then know that it is the truth.
Love handles and muffin tops are also made in the kitchen.
What I’m saying is the kitchen can be good or bad, it totally depends on you.
I’m getting off track.
The purpose of this post is to talk about ways that you, the busy woman, can lose weight without trying to cram in exercise time.
Will you get six pack abs? Nope.
Will you get ridiculously toned arms? Nope.
Will you finally get that bubble butt? Nope.
Those things require muscle and you can’t build muscle if you don’t work on building muscle.
What I talk about in this post is strictly meant for those looking to drop the pounds aka burn the fat.
There is a caveat to the things you will read here. None of them are miracle cures. They are basic things that you should be doing already.
I don’t believe in weight loss pills or other silver bullets.
I believe in making sure the human body performs the way it is supposed to perform.
Nothing more, nothing less.
If this is the only thing you do on the list then consider yourself a success.
Carbs are delicious.
Carbs are deliciously bad.
Carbs can really make or break how your body looks. When you are working out and burning a ton of calories, carbs can be your friend.
When all you are doing is working at your desk job and picking up the kids after school carbs are your worst enemy.
There is also a bit of confusion around carbs. Many people associate carbs with bread, pasta, and rice, and they would be absolutely correct. But carbs are also present in vegetables.
So that means vegetables are bad?! You already know the answer to that. Of course, vegetables aren’t bad for you. They contain the good carbs.
It’s the so-called “white” carbs that you need to watch out for. These carbs, if not burned off, get converted into glycogen which your body likes to use to make fat. If you stop providing your body with these carbs then you stop providing your body with a way to produce that nasty fat.
If you want to see the impact that carbs have on your body then do a carb detox. You’ll be amazed at the weight you start to drop simply by changing up a few things.
I lost 3lbs over a weekend when doing a carb detox one time and 13lbs over two months just by cutting back on the soda and candy bars.
I’ll catch myself wanting to revisit Cheesecake Factory from time to time and skipping right to dessert but that’s okay if you do these things in moderation.
Now that you are dropping the carbs you need to replace the lost energy that they provide with another source.
Say hello to your new best friend Mr. Protein.
Protein is the energy source that humans have relied on since the dawn of time. Our cavewoman ancestors didn’t bother baking bread or cakes. They ripped off a slab of Elk and ate it like everyone else.
They never got tired because protein provided them with what I like to call clean energy.
When we are tired we often run for whatever has the most sugar (soda, candy, etc.) because our brains tell us that we need a boost of energy. The problem is that this energy is dirty energy. It is temporary and you end up crashing afterward.
Converting your body over to clean energy means that you are more energized throughout the day without that annoying grogginess that kicks in after lunch.
There is another huge benefit of consuming protein and that is muscle growth. No, you won’t look like the Hulk, but your body requires energy and the good stuff that protein provides to build muscle. Building muscle burns fat.
See where I’m going with this?
The most difficult thing about consuming protein is…consuming protein. It can be hard getting your daily intake!
That’s why protein powders were invented. They have all different types with all different flavors. They are wonderful. The protein powder that I’m totally addicted to right now is Fitmiss Delight Nutritional Shake.
I don’t know about you but I love to eat so the idea of fasting never appealed to me until I learned more about it.
When I used to think of fasting I would think of the people that would go two or three weeks without eating. No way! You won’t see me lasting that long.
Then I learned about intermittent fasting and its benefits.
Intermittent fasting is simply restricting your meals to one a day. Instead of getting everything you need in 4-6 meals you do it all at once.
Why would you do this? It sounds like torture, right?
Well, there are a number of benefits to intermittent fasting:
There are tons more but those reasons should be enough.
Intermittent fasting takes some training. I’ve eaten multiple meals a day my whole life so changing things up to just one at night took a little getting used to but once I did it, it was amazing.
I always chuckle at diets that tell you to eat less. You can eat almost all of the food that you want as long as it is the good food!
You’d be surprised how many awesome meals you can have with just vegetables alone. I know the vegans out there are screaming “I told you so” but nobody wants to listen to them (just playing, I love you).
However, when I started to look up how to get more vegetables into my diet I was introduced to a lot of wonderful things.
Instead of pasta, I could do zucchini noodles.
Instead of mashed potatoes, I could do cauliflower mashed potatoes. Oh and roasted cauliflower with some seasoning? O. M. G.
You can really get any type of flavor that you want with vegetables. You just have to go explore and hunt down a recipe.
This one is the most difficult for me for a couple of reasons:
There isn’t much I can do about #1. It’s just something that I have to train my body to get used to.
There are some tricks you can do to help with #2 though.
The most common trick is to simply always carry water around with you. Another neat trick is to fill up a gallon of water and mark it off at certain levels to show you where you are supposed to be each hour.
Want to flavor your water up a bit? Check out these 11 great tasting detox water recipes.
I know the idea of this post is to lose weight without exercising, but when you combine these things with exercise then, of course, you will see more drastic results.
Don’t think that you need to train for a marathon. You can start off by simply walking 30 minutes a day. I know what you’re thinking, you walk 10,000 steps every day at work!
That’s great, but you need to do the type of walking that allows you to clear your mind. The type of walking that isn’t interrupted every couple of steps.
I make sure to combine my walks with walking my girls (my dogs).
Losing weight starts with the type of stuff that you put into your body. If you can get that under control and treat your body like the fine temple it is then you will start to see the results.
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