Losing weight doesn’t have to be as hard as many people make it out to be and you definitely don’t have to force yourself through strenuous workout sessions in order to see results. There are plenty of ways to melt pounds without feeling miserably sore and starving yourself in the process. Here is how you can slim down without doing back-breaking workouts.

1. Choose Light Exercises

When the topic of exercise is brought up as a means to lose weight, most of us are exhausted by the thought of spending hours on the treadmill and struggling to lift heavy weights. While that may be ideal for an aspiring powerlifter or a bikini model, for those just looking to slim down a bit, just staying active will usually do the trick. Skip out on the strenuous exercise routines and join an aerobics class, take up yoga, ride a bicycle, dance in your living room, or just take a 20-30 minute walk at least five days a week.

2. Drink Responsibly

While many of us are aware that the foods we eat can be the reason that we hold on to extra weight longer than we should, some people aren’t as cautious when it comes to drinking choices. Many of our favorite juices and sodas are high in calories and loaded with sugar making them a sneaky enemy in the weight loss game. The best option is to drink plain water (you can add lemon for flavor) or try keto drinks like unsweet tea and coffee to switch things up (learn more about ketogenic drinks here).

3. Eat Fibrous Foods

Go heavy on the fruits, vegetables, and other foods loaded with fiber. Oftentimes extra pounds are due to build up in the digestive system. Starches, carbohydrates, red meats, and foods loaded with sugar have a way of staying in the body a lot longer and eventually turning into fat. Replace those empty calories with nutrient-dense foods that will boost your metabolism and regulate your bowel movements. Fiber also keeps you filling fuller for longer periods of time unlike unhealthy foods such as cookies and cakes which only leads to lethargic feelings and further sugar cravings.

4. Fast

You don’t have to stop eating completely but restricting your meals to a certain window of time can make all the difference. (learn about the many benefits of intermittent fasting) Intermittent fasting is a sure way to drastically decrease calories and allow your body an adequate amount of time for digestion. There are plenty of ways to go about it depending on your needs and desires, but most people just delay their first meal to about noon and have their last meal no later than eight o’clock. This eliminates any midnight snacktimes or around the clock overeating.

Don’t Stress

It is very difficult to lose weight without addressing the psychological issues that may be hindering your success. Experiencing negative emotions on a frequent basis, depression, anxiety, or a lack of sleep can either make you gain weight or cling on to the extra pounds that you already have. During high-stress moments, cortisol (“the stress hormone”) is released and when its levels are too high, it causes blood sugar levels to drop leading to both sugar and fat cravings. Walking and other low-impact exercises can help to balance out hormone levels and keep stress at bay. Taking deep breaths, practicing yoga, hanging out with a loved one, and getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night can also eliminate depressive episodes.

Work smarter not harder on your weight loss journey. Trade your bag of chips for an apple or a fruit smoothie. Avoid injuring your joints lifting heavy weights and take a brisk morning walk instead. Just stay consistent and you will feel better and shed pounds in no time.

About the author

Paisley Hansen

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty, and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym

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