It sounds like an impossibility to say that you can lose weight without exercise, but it is actually possible!
While exercise is one way that you can burn fat and accelerate weight loss, anything that boosts your metabolism will help you reduce your belly fat.
Your metabolism is how your body uses the calories in food to make energy for your mind and body.
It also regulates your weight.
Here are 7 surefire ways that you can speed up your metabolism and reduce your belly fat without exercise.
1. Hydrate Fully and Frequently
An important aspect of your daily nutrition is drinking enough water to remain fully hydrated.
Drinking water speeds up your metabolism about 25%, helping you to burn more calories and shed weight from your middle.
Calories in other drinks—such as soda and alcohol—are some of the easiest to cut out of your diet when you are attempting to lose weight.
Even drinking just one can of soda a day can increase your chances of being overweight by up to 65 percent, according to a study done by the American Diabetic Association.
By simply cutting out the soda that you’re drinking and replacing it with unsweetened green tea or plain water, you can lose weight without even trying, and save money on sodas to boot.
Replacing these drinks with water, even flavoured water, can help you get rid of that unwanted belly flab.
2. Leafy Greens Are Your Best Friend
There are a number of plants that fall under this category that all work the same way to help you lose weight.
The best are spinach, kale, swiss chard, and collards. The first way they help you lose weight is by providing you with a number of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These work together to make sure your body is working the way it should.
The other way that these help you lose weight is because they are high in fiber. Fiber keeps your digestive system working the way it’s supposed to which helps you lose weight. It also makes you feel full for longer, which keeps you from eating too many snacks in between meals and can prevent you from eating too much as your next meal.
3. Eat Negative Calorie Foods
Some foods that you eat require your body to spend more energy digesting them than they give you.
What exactly does that mean?
It means that, as you are eating them, negative calorie foods actually burn your fat. They take away calories.
Here are some common (and yummy) negative calorie foods:
Skip the extra sugar, dips, or dressings that you might be tempted to add to these foods for additional calorie reduction.
4. Eat More Protein
You should be getting between 25 and 30 percent of your daily caloric intake from protein. The best way to make sure you’re doing that is to cut out half the carbs on your plate and replace them with a lean source of protein.
Accordingly, eating one whole egg every morning can be a vital part of your low-carb diets. Recent studies have proven that whole eggs won't increase cholesterol or your risk of heart attack. On the contrary, they are low in carbs but high in healthy fats and protein which can help you lose weight.
Getting enough protein in your diet will help you feel satiated for longer so you don't have to eat as much at your next meal.
5. Eat on a Schedule and Snack Right
When you set up an eating schedule for yourself, you’re much less likely to over-eat during meals because you’ll be eating before you get too hungry.
The best schedule to set up is 5 – 6 smaller meals spread out throughout the day, about 2 – 3 hours apart. Set alarms on your phone if you need to, and you’ll soon find yourself losing weight without trying.
Given that you might sometimes look for something to snack on, you should keep fresh fruit like apples, bananas, and oranges on the counter where you can see them, and bagged veggies or yogurt at eye level in the fridge where they’re easy to see and take with you.
This can keep yourself from falling into the temptation of junk foods that are easiest to grab.
6. Get a Great Night of Sleep
A recent study from researchers at the University of Colorado found that one week of sleeping about 5 hours a night led participants to gain an average of 2 pounds.
The is because people who suffer from sleep deprivation have an increase in the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite.
Worse still, when you are low on sleep, your brain can't make reasoned decisions about good. It follows that you become more impulsive and give in to your intense cravings for fat and sugar-laden junk foods.
Therefore, you should make sure you have the best amount of sleeping hours, usually 7-9 hours a night for most adults, to help you lose weight.
Most adults need 7-9 hours a night for the best amount of sleep. If you want to lose weight, make sure you have enough hours of sleep.
You may read our blog post to learn the 7 tips to improve your sleeping.
7. Bust Your Stress
Stress is another factor in weight gain around your belly, because it stimulates the hormone cortisol.
Your body responds to this hormone by storing fat around your vital organs.
If you find yourself frequently stressed, try slowing down your breathing or making time for a hobby that relaxes you.
Surprising weight loss benefits may result, particularly around your abdomen. As you can see, there are many ways that it is possible to reduce unwanted belly fat without exercise.
However, exercise is still important for living a healthy and balanced life and can speed up weight loss.
Keep a balanced approach to your weight loss, incorporating changes to your diet and making time for exercise, so that you can achieve your goal of reducing that belly fat.
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