If you want to lose weight, you must exercise. This is one of the biggest lies of our times. While exercising is one of the best things you can do for your health, it’s not mandatory for losing weight. According to a recent study, working out cannot protect you from the harmful effects that sugar and fat have on your weight.
The most effective way of losing extra pounds is actually to create a calorie deficit in your body. Eat fewer calories than your body is burning each day. For most people, that means eating 1500 calories for women and 2000 calories for men. But will that be enough if you are overweight?
Here are 5 extra things you can do to help your body shed even more fat;
1.Get enough sleep
Getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep every day is not only important for your mind but your body as well. When you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces stress hormone cortisol that makes you hoard weight, eat more and crave weird stuff. Your body needs plenty of rest to repair itself and produce the good hormones that give you energy and increase your metabolism.
2. Get a diagnosis
If you have gained a lot of weight over a short period or you can’t seem to lose any despite strict diet and exercise, you need a diagnosis. Sometimes, your weight gain is as a result of a hormonal problem, thyroid issues, insulin resistance and even liver issues. If you don’t get medical help with such issues, no amount of exercise will work.
At NuSelf Bariatrics, you can get surgical help to lose excess amount of weight that would take you years to lose. You must get a diagnosis of what is going on in your body and aftercare procedures to help you stay within the right limits.
3. Stay active
You may not have the time or the desire to exercise but you must keep your body physically active. Learn to use the stairs instead of the lift, and get off your desk every hour and take a walk.it could even be running around with your kids or pets. Whatever you do, just stay active to keep your heart in fat losing zone.
4. Eat whole foods only
Eating whole unprocessed foods only will play a huge role in helping you lose weight naturally. Most people add weight because they are taking too much processed carbs and sugars. These unhealthy foods are converted into fat and deposited near your skin and organs. You can lose up to 3 pounds a week if you eat only whole foods and natural proteins. Your body will have nothing to convert into fat when all you eat are fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
Exercise may not be a requirement for losing weight but it’s something you should do anyway. The muscle build up you achieve from lifting weights actually helps you to burn calories even when you are sleeping. And if for nothing else, exercise keeps your heart healthy and your joints moist.