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.

1,137 Comments on “Simple Life Hacks To Start Losing Weight”

  1. Hi Motley health!

    I am a 40 yr old male trying to lose weight.I lost 47 pounds from my intital 229 to 182 within a span of 1 year.I have hit a plateau now and have run out of ideas.I run on the treadmill half hour in the morning and in the evening,lift weights and am very careful about my nutrition.Any further ideas?

  2. Hi! I’m am 18 years old, 5’7, and currently weight 152. I have an athletic build, my only problem is my undiscoverable abs. I have layer of fat that I am trying really hard to get rid of but do not know proper and efficient exercises I can do. I go to the gym six days a week doing Zumba, Step, yoga, and the elliptical machine (not all on the same day, but throughout the week). I don’t know what else I can do.. I do eat carbs such as crackers (Wheat Thins, graham crackers and goldfish), bread, and cereal when I feel the need to eat. I’m a grazer. I love fruits and veggies and despise going out to eat (once a week at most). What can i incorporate at the gym and at home? I want to lose my layer of fat by the time school starts and keep it away.

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for your response. I am looking at losing weight within a month (before September). I do some sports like basketball and/or cycling once a week, and am making it a point to jog for around 20 mins on a different day once a week too.

    I have cut down on my food intake, and avoid rice as much as possible. Does having 2 meals a day change anything?

    I have put on quite a bit of weight over the past year and I’m looking to lose as much as possible asap before September.

    Please advise, thanks.

  4. Increase intensity of the cardio workouts and focus on lifting more. Build bigger muscles to help burn off more fat.

  5. Dara, control your eating more, careful when grazing. Reduce crackers, increase lean proteins. Keep exercising well, lots of cardio and weight training. Do HIIT on the cross trainer if you are not already.

  6. Hi Carrie, the number of meals you have each day does not actually make a huge difference, the important thing is to not eat too much. Some people find it easier to control their eating by have fewer larger meals – easier to keep an eye on calories that way.

    As for exercise, I suggest that you do more. Ideally exercise for 30-45 minutes 4 times a week, so double frequency of exercise and increase duration too.

  7. So im 14 and I weigh 143 pounds, just about 5 months ago I weighed 160 pounds but I started working out. I used to do 30 mins on the treadmill and burned 500 calories per workout I did that and I lost 17 pounds. Now I just do 100 curls,60 presses, 50 lifts, 200 sit-ups all with 10 lbs weight, I am just about to move to a 15 lbs weight. ok so lately I work at a camp and so I get really exhausted so I cant to the cardio, and I take hockey practice every monday. Sadly im not losing any weight or gaining any. And the trouble im having is my stomach is getting bigger and bigger by a tiny bit every day. help

  8. Hi, I need to lose fat really quick. My first day of college is in 7 days and I have to lose fat NOW!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!

  9. I’m 27 years old. Is my metabolism still fast? I’ve lost 10kg and struggle to lose the last 5….

  10. Hi Lanz, your metabolism is probably still fine. Fitness and muscle mass are the key factors for metabolism. Are you exercising a lot?

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