There are many things that can contribute to weight loss and weight gain. We usually think of “calories in/calories out” when it comes to our weight, but truth be told, it is MUCH more complicated than that. I already wrote about 3 Foolproof Steps to Getting Your Diet Back On Track, but there are steps that come even before that. These help to prepare your body for optimum health and can even help with losing weight without diet and exercise!
Water is essential to life. The cells in your body need to be properly hydrated in order to function. When cells are not hydrated, they send signals to your brain that they are, you guessed it, starving for nutrients. They aren’t. They just need water to get things moving again.
I live in a dry climate, so I like to aim for 80-100 ounces of water per day. When pregnant or breastfeeding, I drink even more—usually around 120-150 ounces. That’s over a gallon a day! Our bodies need more water than we think.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that coffee, soda, or beer counts… I’m talking about pure, plain water. Drink an additional cup of water for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage that you consume. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, meaning they actually pull water OUT of your body.
Another good time to drink water is if you get hungry between meals. Drink 12-16 ounces of water, wait 15 minutes, and see if you’re still hungry. If you are—then eat (something healthy, of course)! If not, then give it some more time (don’t forget to keep hydrating while you’re waiting for your next meal!)
A regular digestive tract
Not many people think of this one when it comes to weight loss. But think about it for a minute: if you put food into your body 5 times a day (3 meals and 2 snacks), but you’re only getting rid of waste once every few days, it makes total sense that your weight will be higher—you’re retaining all that food!
Technically, you’re constipated when you poop 3 times in a week or fewer.
They say that the average colon can hold an average of 1 pound of waste! Get rid of all that and watch your weight drop. When you’re constipated, it can mean more weight that you’re holding on to.
Drinking more water can help, but adding a high quality fiber to your diet can also help. I prefer taking magnesium to help keep my digestive tract moving smoothly. Magnesium has many benefits, and you can get it many different ways.
Low stress levels
Ditching stress is another way losing weight without diet and exercise is possible. Way back when humans lived in caves, stress looked a little different. Stress was going out into the forest and finding no berries. Stress was being chased by a bear. In both circumstances, shutting down digestion, lowering metabolism, and conserving energy was imperative to survival.
Unfortunately, our modern bodies don’t make the distinction between a bear chasing us and that enormous project that our boss is demanding a week early. So when you are stressed out, it signals to your body to actually lower your metabolism. (Read more about the link between metabolism and stress.)
Lowering our stress levels can be easier said than done. It takes dedication and actively making changes in our daily lives. Here are a few ways to help lower your stress:
- Go out with a friend or chat with your mom on the phone
- Work out, walk, and move your body
- Go to bed early (or sleep in late!)
- Have sex
- Go to the spa
- Do some breathing exercises
So that epsom salt bath doesn’t just make you feel better, it actually can help you lose weight too!
Positive Body Image
This should be the number one thing you do before tackling weight loss. Because it won’t matter whether you’re 200 pounds or 120… if you don’t appreciate your body for what it is in the present moment, you’re always going to find something wrong with your body and weight.
With my second child, I put on almost 45 pounds when at my highest pregnancy weight. 15 pounds of that came off pretty quickly after birth (baby, water, placenta), but most of it stuck around. I thought I would feel gross, ashamed, and weak.
Thankfully due to the fact that I was smitten with my newborn (and quite frankly, too busy to worry about what I looked like) I had no problem with my new body. Sure, I want to get back to my athletic lifestyle again once he’s a little older, but I very much appreciate the wonderful things my body has given me!
Other things you may appreciate about your own body could range from a specific athletic ability like weight lifting or yoga, of maybe it’s that you have radiant skin. Maybe you love eating and have very heightened tastebuds and sense of smell! When we really think about it, our bodies give us an abundance of different gifts!
So whether it’s pregnancy and childbirth or something else, find what you appreciate about your own body! Tell your body every day how much you appreciate the things it can do!
Losing weight without diet and exercise
These 4 principles of weight loss are things that you can start today to kick start your weight loss journey. Losing weight without diet and exercise is possible, but don’t think it’s effortless. If you do just one of these, don’t expect the pounds to come falling off. They work in conjunction with each other. Even more, combine these principles with proper nutrition and moving your body, and you’ll certainly be on the path to a healthier you! So use these tips to get going today!
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