Being overweight can make it difficult to get into an exercise routine to begin with at least, so here’s how to lose weight at home without exercise by using your brain. By that I mean figuring out some simple math to ensure that the number of calories you’re consuming is lower than the number of calories your body is burning each day.
If that sounds too simple, don’t worry about something sounding too good to be true just because it sounds too easy. It is and it isn’t! Here’s what I mean.
Fewer Calories In than Calories Out
Most diet plans have you counting those all-important calories for a very good reason. A calorie in this sense should not so much be considered as a unit of how much you can gain or lose weight, but more of a unit of energy that is either in excess or in deficiency with regard to what your body needs.
If you consider a spoonful of sugar containing, for example 100 calories of latent energy and you swallow it, your body would then need to perform enough work to use up 100 calories of energy to keep you in balance. Here’s the simple math part:
- If your body did less work and only used up 80 calories, the excess 20 would be converted to fat and stored for later use.
- If, on the other hand your body did more work and used 120 calories, you would need to extract the shortfall from your store of fat to maintain the balance.
That’s a very simplified example of how things work, but hopefully it is clear enough for you to see the bigger picture when it comes to energy in and energy out and what your body does with it.
Using More Energy to Use Up Stored Fat
The good news I’m sure you already gleaned from the above example is that the aim here is to make sure your body is burning more energy than you are feeding it through what you eat and drink. You can do that in two ways, with one being rather easier and more desirable than the other:
- You can force your body to do more work through rigorous exercise and use more energy than you are taking in
- You can eat and drink less with the result you consume less energy than your body uses through normal activity
That nicely adds up to either working out or dieting to lose the excess pounds. Either way works, although I have to admit that dieting is much more effective at reducing fat stores. However, exercise is what you need to do in order to get your body into good shape.
Do both together and you are on to a real winner, obviously!
No Gym Equipment Needed
Another great plus here is that to do this at home, there is no need for any gym equipment or even any specialized diet sheets. It can be kept very simple, which is always the best way to do things.
As far as the change of diet side of things goes, simply use common sense when it comes to what you allow yourself to eat and drink each day. Don’t deprive yourself of what you enjoy, but make sure that whatever that is it is as low as possible in added sugar or sugar substitutes. And keep meal sizes as small as you can get away with.
The trick with limiting what you consume is to restrict calories as much as possible without sacrificing nutrition and health. That’s easy to do by including lots of fresh vegetables with each meal and not eating bread, rice or pasta to bulk out the food.
Avoid sweet desserts too, such as anything that contains cake, pastry, cream (and invariably lots of sugar or high fructose corn syrup). The most sensible thing is to substitute high calorie sweet desserts with fresh fruit for maximum health and nutrition.
When it comes to drinks, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t drink soda! Any soda and that includes the “diet” versions because they all cause weight gain for one reason or another. Stick with plain water and you’ll be amazed at how the weight drops off you if you were drinking a lot of soda before.
With exercise, there are a number of things you can do that are quite easy but will still force your body to use more energy. Things like going for long walks in the fresh air, running up and down stairs, doing some gardening or even housework. You’d be surprised how much energy you use just sweeping up the yard!
I hope I’ve made this article as easy to understand and maybe even a little entertaining for you without going overboard on the strict side of regimented eating and fitness. You really can lose several pounds just by taking a sensible approach to what you eat, drink and how much activity you can do each day over and above what you do now.