5 Low-Effort Ways to Lose Weight

taking_the-_stairs_featured_image Staying fit always sounds like a good idea—until you realize the effort and time it requires. Choosing between working out and lying in bed doing nothing is usually a very easy decision to make, with the latter often winning, of course. But what if you can sneak in little exercises into your daily routine without exerting too much effort? Or what if you can start eating less without feeling like you’re on an actual diet? Yes? Yes! Here are some quick and easy solutions to your weight-loss woes.
1. Walk
1666308 Park your car farther away from the mall or office entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the store instead of taking a cab. Be creative and find other ways to work a few extra steps into your day.
2. Standing crunches
abs-workout-for-women2 Suck your stomach in, hold your abdominal muscles in that position for 5 seconds, release, repeat. This will strengthen your abdominal muscles and could even help you lose a few inches around that area. You can do it while standing in line at Starbucks, while on the elevator, or while waiting for your Uber driver.
3. Put on a pair of tone-up shoes
shape-ups Burn those extra calories in style. You know those Skechers Shape-ups shoes? They really work! They’re fun, and they effectively tone your lower half. Plus, the best thing is, you won’t feel like you’ve made much of an effort at all! If you’re not very much into kicks, you’ll be delighted to know that it comes in other styles, too, like sandals and slip-ons.
4. Keep yourself hydrated
screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-7-24-44-pm Drinking lots of water has many health benefits. It has a positive effect on your skin, your hair, and your overall health. It also tricks your body into thinking that it’s full, so you’re less hungry and you are satisfied with smaller portions.
5. Eat small, frequent meals


One good tip is to eat food with healthy fat (around 70 calories or fewer) ten minutes before a meal. A handful of nuts, a banana, or a spoonful of peanut butter will do. This helps activate ghrelin, a hormone that tells your body you’re full so you don’t overeat.

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