Keen to know how to lose weight, but no time to hit the gym? Don’t worry. A gym membership is not the only way to get in shape and lose weight. You can burn body fat in other ways too. We have listed a few ways here:
Brisk walk at office or home
Do this every two hours for 5 minutes. This brisk walk will give you an extra 20- minute walk by the end of the day without much effort.
Eat five to six small meals every day. Portion control boosts your metabolism and keeps you feeling full.
You burn more calories and fat while performing cardiovascular exercises such as going for a run, or a bike ride. Anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise for five days per week is good for weight loss. You can buy a treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike and workout at home instead.
Walking before dinner
While walking post dinner helps in digestion and burns calories, 20 minutes of walk before meal cuts down your appetite.
Revamp your diet
Cut down your daily calorie intake by at least 500 calories. How? Stay away from high-fat foods, such as chips, cookies, and pastries, as they provide little nutrition to your body. Instead, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily.
Wash something thoroughly once a week
This could be either the floor, windows, bathroom tiles or your vehicle. This way you will exert some pressure on your hands and elbows, burning nearly 4 calories for every minute spent on cleaning. If you do this activity for 30 minutes, you’ve worked off nearly 120 calories.
Exercise during commercial break
You might laugh upon hearing this, but you can make the most of those commercial breaks while watching television. Jumping jack in the best exercise and can be easily performed at home. Do 25 jumping jacks and then jog on the same spot for 30 times. You can also do crunches. This way you can burn a major chunk of calories.
Stomach fat workout
Rub your hands together vigorously until they become hot. Now, rub the hot hands on your belly for about 30 seconds. Do this for 3 minutes twice a day – ideally, this should be the first thing you do as you wake up in the morning and last thing you do before going to bed.
Take the stairs
If you want to lose weight, high time you opt for stairs instead of the elevator. Try these variations: Take two stairs at a time for one flight and then one step at a time for the next. Turn sideways and go up the stairs one step at a time using the leg that faces the top of the stairs. Switch directions. Start on one side of the steps and as you step up, step all the way to the other side of the next step up, like a zigzag. Continue this until you reach the top. For a more advanced variation, hop up one step at a time.
This exercise can be done before going to sleep. Lie on the bed; hold your legs close to your chest in bent-knee position by clasping your hands together. Now, close your eyes and breathe slowly for 10 seconds. Release the position and lie flat on the bed for 10 seconds (continue breathing slowly with your eyes closed). Repeat this 5 to 10 times.