I completely understand how hard it can be for you to get up every single day and go to the gym. There will never be a time where everybody wants to go to the gym on a regular basis.
When it comes to physical fitness and health, many of us are just plain lazy (raises hand slowly). There are no other words to describe it. You want to do something with your body but at the same time, you really don’t want to do what is necessary.
It takes work and who wants to work?
We all have that lazy person inside of us (I ate mine and that is why he is there) that we battle with every time we think about going to the gym or going for a run. They keep telling us that we can workout later, knowing damn well that we aren’t going to.
For most people, the lazy person ends up winning the battle for one reason or another. It just happens.
For those of you that struggle beating the lazy person inside of you, this is a guide to help allow that lazy person to think they are completely taking over, when in reality, you are slowly changing your body and losing pounds.
9 Ways to Lose Weight for Lazy People
Lazy doesn’t excuse you from having to put some work into losing weight.
All of the ways to lose weight that you will learn below require some effort from you. If you aren’t willing to do the bare minimum of these things then it’s going to be hard for you to lose weight no matter what lifestyle you live.
1. Cut the Sugary Treats
“I was left to my own devices”
For most people that want to lose weight what got them to where they are currently at are carbs.
Wooooooooo carbs are evil because they are so good and we can train our bodies into thinking that it needs carbs for energy.
It’s why you grab that soda or eat that cookie.
A major factor when it comes to laziness is sugar. I think most people tend to lean towards the sugary items when they aren’t doing anything because they are the easiest to grab. You never have to worry about making them because they are packaged for you!
The problem with these foods is that we end up consuming more carbs than our body can burn off so it ends up getting converted into fat. If you look at a skinny person that eats junk food and you wonder how they pull it off it is because their metabolism is working fast enough to burn through everything.
Once I hit 30 that didn’t work out for me anymore.
When you get into your lazy mode, you lose all track of time and don’t even realize that you’re just flying through the candy. Piece after piece goes down. Next thing you know, your stomach feels like it’s trying to punch its way out of your body.
You don’t need to put yourself through this. Nobody wants that kind of feeling.
I know the laziness is already a part of you, but it’s important to have some kind of focus on how much you’re putting in your body.
You don’t need to be lazy in all aspects of your life. I hope you’re not.
You don’t have to cut out the sugar completely, but if you want to see a little change in your body, it’s important that you put a limit on your sugar intake.
Sugar can stay in your diet! You do not need to kill yourself by having cravings all the time. If you want that piece of cake, eat it. Just stop yourself once you eat it, don’t end up taking in two more pieces.
Slowly take away the amount of sugar you take in and eventually you’ll be to the point where you may not even realize you don’t even need to have that piece of candy in your everyday life.
When I moved to Nevada I weight over 200lbs. It was frustrating and because I’m a computer nerd I like to sit at my desk and work. That meant I wasn’t going to burn off any fat or build muscle through exercising so I took note of the bad carbs that I was consuming and cut them out.
In 3 days I lose 3lbs. Nothing crazy, but it let me know it was a start.
If you really want to see some drastic results and cut the carbs from your diet then check out our 3-Day Carb Diet Detox.
2. Eat on Smaller Plates
“Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?”
When you are eating dinner or any meal for that matter, it can be tempting to eat until you actually feel full. You don’t still want to be hungry at night when you’re laying in your bed. Because we want this feeling, we may end up piling the food on our plate. As good as the plate may look, do you really need that much food on it?
To curb this a little bit, you should use a smaller plate. This forces you to get a smaller portion. Smaller portions will lead to fewer calories which will lead to less food in general.
You’re going to look at the plate and your mind will be tricked into thinking your stomach is full. Typically when you see the food disappearing on your plate, your stomach reacts and it’ll feel like you’ve eaten a full plate. Technically you did, but the portion size is much smaller.
Starting with a smaller plate just changes your entire psychological outlook on the meal you are about to consume. You start with a smaller plate, but when you have food on it, you only see a plate. You do not see the difference in size.
Smaller portions will definitely help you not gain weight and will play a major role when it comes to you losing weight the lazy way.
There will be some people that tell you that as long as you eat the right things you can eat as much as you want. That is mostly true, but you can’t expect to eat 15,000 calories a day and not gain weight!
3. Clean Your Teeth
“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”
This tip may sound a little weird at first, but it makes perfect sense once you try it.
After your meals, go brush your teeth.
Immediately go do it. Don’t sit around for dessert. When you finish that last piece of your meal, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth.
The reasoning behind this is that nobody likes the taste of food after they brush their teeth. It’s very unappealing. You know it, I know it, the entire world knows it. This tiny lifestyle change will help you when it comes to wanting that little extra snack or dessert after a meal.
You don’t really need that extra food anyways. It’s something that is there for our convenience and it’s an easy trap to fall into. Don’t let the temptation of dessert get the best of you.
Besides, who honestly wants to brush their teeth multiple times after having dinner?
You can’t consider yourself lazy if you don’t mind brushing your teeth 3 times in one night.
It’s something that doesn’t take up much time, but it honestly feels like it can be such a hassle, especially for those that are considered lazy.
4. Short and Sweet
“We were caught up and lost in all of our vices”
This is going to scare some of you lazy people, but it will help you out so much.
As much as you don’t like getting up and working out, you probably should do something. Now I’m not asking for you to go to the gym and get an hour workout in of heavy lifting, I’m just saying that you can do a simple ten-minute workout.
If you want to see significant results you’re going to need to up the duration of your workouts. Since you are reading this lazy guide, I’m going to assume you aren’t necessarily ready to take your workout to a much higher level yet.
There are hundreds of different types of workouts out there that can be done in just 10 minutes. You don’t even have to go to a gym to do it. You can do them from the comfort of your own home and even on the couch if you like.
You just want to get your heart rate up a little bit. Make sure your body is functioning properly. You don’t want your body to be stuck on the couch to the point where you are always struggling just to stand up.
Think about it, all I’m asking for is ten minutes. That is literally less than 1% of your entire day. You may be lazy, but I refuse to believe that anybody is actually lazy to the point where they can’t spare ten minutes of their time.
10 minutes is barely three songs. Considering you probably listen to at least 3 songs a day, you can at least listen to those three while doing something somewhat active.
“Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?”
If you’re like me, you tend to worry a lot. You may have a lot of stress. This can be a big factor to gaining unwanted weight.
The best way to negate this is to stop worrying so much.
Way easier said than done, I know.
You can lower stress and anxiety level by doing some deep breathing sessions. You can also do some meditation. These may not seem like something that you would usually do, but they really are great relaxation tools.
It doesn’t have to be for a long time either. It can be for 5 minutes. 5 minutes to relax and get your mind in a peaceful place.
Another thing that will help with the stress and anxiety is positive thinking. For most people, just having positive thoughts will change their mood entirely. The power of positive thinking should never be underestimated. NEVER!
Here is a video that is a quick 5-minute deep breathing exercise that gets your mind relaxed and will put you in a better mood in no time.
With all of the craziness that is going on in the world every single day, it can be tough to not have any kind of worries or anxiety. This is why it is important to do what you can to keep your mind healthy so your body can do the same.
6. Slow it Down
“Oh where do we begin?”
Back to more food-related tips.
This one relates to the small plates tip.
Some of you may be lazy but are Speedy Gonzalez when it comes to eating food. You can eat a sub in under 5 minutes. You are always the first one of your friends to get done eating.
This just seems like you aren’t necessarily savoring your food. It’s good to sit down, take your time, and enjoy what you’re eating. You wouldn’t eat like a speed demon on a first date, right? You shouldn’t eat like a speed demon at any other time.
When you get the chance to eat, slow yourself way down. Take time to savor every bite. Make it seem as though you are genuinely enjoying the food you’re eating.
Not only will you be able to enjoy your food more often, but you are more than likely to eat less food as well. Eating slower tricks your body into thinking that it is getting fuller faster. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to register if you are full or not so eating slower definitely helps. Here is an article that goes into more detail about this amazing 20 minute rule.
7. Turn the TV On
“And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love”
For those lazy people that actually do go to the gym but don’t really do much once they get there, this one is for you.
You get to the gym but only ever end up doing a couple exercises then call it quits.
My advice to you would be to stop counting reps while doing an exercise and watch TV during the exercise instead. You will be focused on the TV and probably be doing more reps than you typically would, thus allowing for a better workout.
You’ll end up getting a much better workout without even realizing it. You don’t need to count your reps to have an effective workout. Doing something is helpful.
Be careful of other people around you, though. It can be pretty easy to lose your spatial awareness when you are focused on the TV and not so much on your lifting.
8. Gum Is Your Friend
“Great clouds roll over the hills”
This tip is one of the best ones in my opinion.
Chew gum. It’s that simple. Chewing gum can very easily curb your appetite away from food.
Getting flavorful gum, like 5 Gum or Orbit, that will last you a while will take your mind off food completely. You will not have those cravings that can lead to excessive snacking.
Staying away from the excessive snacking is crucial. The gum also curbs you away from wanting those delicious sugary treats all the time.
The gum you choose doesn’t necessarily have to be sugar-free, but giving yourself that option only helps when it comes to your body.
9. Alcohol Isn’t Always Your Friend
“Bringing darkness from above”
This next tip may be the most difficult one to grasp for some of you. It’s cutting out alcohol.
It hurts me a little bit just saying that.
As fun as alcohol can be for a lot of us, it also hurts us when it comes to our bodies and losing weight. Yes, everyone processes alcohol a little differently, but it has the same effects on your body.
Alcohol makes it so your body stores fat. It helps your body maintain it’s fat. It does not help with any fat loss.
When you consume alcohol, it takes priority as fuel in your body. In essence, you have to burn off all the alcohol you have in your system before your body burns off anything else.
Not to mention that if you’ve ever been out drinking a few times like me, you get cravings for foods that can seem like fat on a plate. I’m not entirely sure what it is about a night of drinking, but at the end of the night, you definitely feel like you need a pizza or a nice juicy burger.
Can’t lose weight if this is a common pattern for you.
If none of what I said about alcohol really makes sense, here is an article that goes into more details about alcohol and fat loss.
All of that being said, you don’t have to give up alcohol completely. Just like most things in our lives, it needs to be consumed with moderation. Moderation helps keep everything else in check. What can really get you are the mixers. They are sweet and loaded with sugars.
You Need All the Help You Can Get
“If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?”
These tips are designed to help you through some of those times when you really just don’t feel like doing much. Yes, it requires some lifestyle change but it’s nothing too dramatic. It’s nothing that you can’t do.
If you really want to make a change but aren’t ready to take that big step to a drastic change just yet, try these tips so that you can ease your way into a healthier lifestyle.
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