8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercise

Exercise is key to most weight loss plans because it helps you burn more calories, and more calories burned equals more pounds lost. But what if you hate exercise? Is it required to lose weight? It certainly helps you stay healthier (by revving your heart rate and building your muscles.) But it is not mandatory. There are ways to lose pounds without exercising.


Here’s how:

1. Sleep

High quality sleep is the most underestimated aid to help you lose weight without exercise. Your natural daily rhythm (known as your circadian rhythm) is probably the most important determinant of the health of your hormones and your body’s ability to lose weight and keep it off. Seven to nine hours every night is what you’re aiming for.

2. Eat a good breakfast

And that doesn’t mean pile up the bacon, hash browns, and breakfast breads. Eat a heavy-on-protein breakfast every day and you’ll control your hunger long into the day. For breakfast consider eggs, yogurt, or peanut butter. And don’t let more than three hours pass between eating. Be sure to have small snacks available to eat between meals.

3. Keep a food journal

Keeping track of what we eat makes us more aware of our eating habits, and has been proven to help facilitate weight loss. Set aside a few minutes after every meal and snack to record what you’ve eaten in the journal. Review your info every once in a while and compare it from week to week.

4. Switch from coffee to tea

Coffee is seen as an indispensable part of an early morning routine, but its alternative, tea, is far healthier as a morning drink. Leave out the cream and sugar, and tea is very close to being flavored water.

5. Eat healthy fats

When you’re trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is eat anything fatty, right? Wrong. You just have to make sure you’re eating the right kind of fat. While eating certain types of fat are definitely no-nos when you’re trying to lose weight – looking at you, saturated fat! – adding healthy fats into your diet is a game-changer. Eating good-for-you fats like avocado on a daily basis – even if that’s just throwing some onto your salad for lunch – can leave you so full and satisfied that you’re not reaching for unhealthy, sugary snacks later on. And without all those excess calories, you’re bound to drop unwanted weight.

6. Yoga

You might not see yoga as a solid weight-loss method, but think again. Aside from working out every muscle in your body and reducing your stress levels, you’re also raising your heart rate to reap some major fat-burning benefits. Try this workout that’s designed to help you drop pounds and tone up in process.

7. Meditation

If you want a quick way to lose weight without exercise, you need to find a reliable stress management technique; time and time again, research shows meditation to be one of the best methods there is.

I like to meditate first thing in the morning. As soon as I wake up at 5 a.m., I’ll sit down in my chair and I’ll do about five to 10 minutes of mediation and visualization.

Not only does this do wonders for you mentally, it’s also cools the sympathetic nervous system, which is the fight-or-flight response that we want to eliminate or avoid as much as possible.

8. Drink more water

Speaking of water, it’s an irreplaceable part of our lives, We should aim to drink 64 ounces of water a day. When trying to lose weight, swapping out the sugars and fats of other drinks for plain, filling water is one of the best things to do.

What are your methods to lose weight without excercise?