When you’re trying to shed a few pounds, dieting can definitely help. But the process of counting calories and restricting favorite foods can make sticking to a diet tough for some folks. Luckily, there are several different ways proven to help you lose weight with no diet required.
- Do cardio in the morning - Running and cycling may be the last things you want to do right after you wake up, but cardio exercises like these can do wonders for burning calories and body fat. Participants in one study who did cardio in the morning before eating anything burned an impressive 20% more fat than those who ate a meal before working out. And that’s because when your body is in a fasting state, it burns fat for energy instead of carbs.
- Get more sleep - It turns out, you can snooze your way to burning more calories, too. A study from 2010 finds that three extra hours of sleep resulted in subjects burning 400 calories a night.
- Drink more water - We know that staying hydrated is important for our overall health, but research shows it can also help with weight loss. In a 2013 study, girls who drank 500 milliliters of water before each meal lost more weight than those who didn’t drink the water and reduced their body mass index without making any other dietary changes.
- Get more protein - Increasing your protein intake is one of the best ways to boost your metabolism and lose more weight. Research shows that protein helps us feel full for longer, so it naturally helps us feel less hungry and that leads to eating fewer calories.
- Try intermittent fasting - There are several ways to do fasting, but one involves eating all your daily meals within an eight-hour window and then not eating for the other 16 hours of the day. When your body is fasting, it turns to fat stored for energy, which can ultimately lead to weight loss.
- Boost your vitamin D levels - Lots of people have vitamin D deficiencies, which can lead to metabolic syndrome, depression and anxiety, all of which can contribute to weight gain. But it’s really easy to boost your vitamin D by spending 30 minutes a day in the sun or taking supplements. Some drinks, like fortified orange juice, are also high in vitamin D.
Source: Sci Tech Daily