Simple Life Hacks To Start Losing Weight

Fit woman stretchingThere are many ways to lose weight really – the key is to find a method that works for you and stick to it. But, as we all love a good list of tips that are easy to follow, this is MotleyHealth’s top tips for losing you fat and slimming down.

1. Start Exercising

Maybe this is obvious, but it is amazing how many people want to achieve weight loss without workout out! Exercise can be anything really, so long as you are working your body hard. Running, weight training, swimming, soccer practice, squash, martial arts, dance, athletics, gymnastics, tennis, yoga, Pilates, walking, cycling – pick one, pick two – and do them often. Find out more here.

2. Start Fasting!


Fasting works. Why? Because you are not eating! OK, we could go into metabolism and starvation and all that (you could read this) but in short – more time fasting = less time eating = more time burning fat.

We all fast every day – this is why the first meal is called “Break Fast“. A more effective fast is the 5:2 fast, or if that is too much, a 16:8 fast.

3. Dump The Junk

Junk food is the biggest problem for many people. It is full of calories, being laden with sugar and fat. There is little quality nutrition and it is often high GI (low GI is best), meaning your body digests it quickly, pumps masses of sugar into your blood, which is quickly absorbed into fat cells – and then you feel hungry again!

Simple life rule – stop buying processed foods. Buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Milk and cheese is allowed – this is old school processing! Remember, sugar is bad.

4. Sleep More

The relationship between sleep and weight may be complex and not really understood, but it is real. Less sleep leads to more binge eating and the consumption of larger meals. People who work long hours and party hard are more likely to see the pounds creep on. You probably known somebody who always has an early night, is always looking fresh and slim – try to be that person!

5. Drink Less

I like a drink as much as the next man. Whether it is ale, wine, gin or whisky, I love it. But, too much booze will lead to weight gain. Why? Because alcohol is energy. When you drink, all of that energy needs to be processed before the energy in your food is used. So every extra drink simply means, more fat.

6. Drink Water!

OK, this is cheating really. If you follow rule no. 3 and ditch the junk, you should mostly be drinking water. Water is perfect for our bodies, it is zero calorie, tastes great (most of the time) and keeps us healthy. There is nothing magical about water, it is just that we evolved with only water to drink – not soft drinks, milkshakes, beer, soda, lattes or Mojitos.

7. Get Stronger!

Sort of the same as exercise, I know, but lifting weights is a great way to not only burn fat, but also increase your metabolism. Build bigger muscles and your body will use more energy to maintain these muscles, and this means less energy is available to maintain your fat!

8. Stop Ageing

As we grow older, metabolism slows down and we gain weight. So, stop ageing! Just say no to the slow, progression of time! Stop the clock, turn back time, and be slim forever!

9. Don’t Stress

If you found rule no.8 annoying, you might be too stressed. Stress causes weight gain – all sorts of hormones rush about the body and screw up metabolism, cravings and sleep patterns. Stress also leads to depression in some people, and this can quickly put an end to the daily workouts.

10. Don’t Do It Alone

Many studies have shown that people who lose weight or workout with others are more successful. Those who attend weight loss clubs are more likely to lose weight, and those who go to the gym with friends are likely to work harder and get fit faster. The same applies fitness classes – most people are competitive and work harder if in a class environment. This is especially true for men – men want to impress women with their super-fitness levels and also look better than all the other guys!

If you are stuck for ideas, try our weekly exercise plan – why not get a friend or two to join you? These home-based workouts can be done without any equipment – why not start today? If you want to learn more about losing weight, read this article next.

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  1,137 comments for “Simple Life Hacks To Start Losing Weight

  1. MotleyHealth
    July 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Hi Adam, just keep up with the exercise you are doing and stop eating junk food. Try not to snack between meals, and if your family meals are not healthy, try to raise the topic at home, it will benefit all the family. As you grow over the next year you will be using up more energy, so a combination of exercise and healthy eating should be all you need. What exercise do you do other than running, and for how many days a week do you exercise? Aim for 4-5 days if possible. The more you do, the fitter you will get.

  2. adam
    July 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I do 50 yard suicides (10 reps and water in between) and I do tackling drills for 30 minutes.

    I workout 3 to 4 times a week, Thank you Motleyhealth

  3. MotleyHealth
    July 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Sounds pretty good, maybe build up your endurance with some longer runs, say 3-5 miles. This will aid your game too.

  4. Unsa
    July 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hi, I’m 5 ft 2 inch and weight 110lbs….. I’m not fat but I am fat … If I do cardio I would become slimmer…. What should I do? I eat healthy diet like salad, grilled foods, soups…. What should i do? I had a c- section… When I changed my eating habits I lost 20 lbs… I wanna lose my fat….

  5. MotleyHealth
    July 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Unsa, your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 20.1 which is healthy. Sounds like you just need to work on your fitness – exercise more often, do some weight training / bodyweight training as well as cardio.

  6. Sabbie
    August 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hi I am Sabbie. I recently recovered from anorexia. My body is quite toned though there is still fat over my abs. Besides that my whole bod is toned. Although i really wanna fix my stomach. I wanna become more toned quickly. I do a half an hour of abdominal exercises a nite which includes planks, bicycle crunches, side planks, leg lifts etc.. I also am a clean eater, I dont eat any processed or sugary foods. only healthy wholegrains, lean meats, moderate of dairy (cottage, greek yoghurt, goats cheese etc..) Although its still there! I really wanna get more toned though dont wanna loose any weight as I am already still quite skinny. Please help!

  7. Lasma
    August 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    MotleyHealth
    Hi i am Looking for ur advise really badly can u please help me my weight is 120kg and BMI is 39 the reason of this weight is My PSO syndrome i dont have too much eating habit or sugar taking habit i hardly manage my this weight from last 5 years but now i am trying to conceive and Dr said i need to lose weight i need my BMI between 25 to 28 than my dr can refer me in the hospital i am 32yrs old and really looking for ur help please help me and guide me waiting for ur email

  8. MotleyHealth
    August 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi Lasma, really your doctor should be giving you this advice, as it is they that are telling your to lose weight. Ask to be referred to a dietician. However, it is very likely that you are eating too much and this is preventing you from losing weight. Reduce calories, start exercising and you will lose weight.

  9. MGopinath
    June 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Very good info

  10. Cecelia
    October 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hi! I’m 17 and my height is 5’4 and i weigh 90 kgs. I’m so worried about my weight. I look fat. And my stomach looks more like a balloon :p would i be able to shed fat within 4 months if i follow this workout and diet plan everyday? Please help!

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