How to Lose Weight while Exercising (Without Dieting)
You start a new exercise program expecting to lose some weight and nothing happens, 2, 3,4 weeks later and you are still the same weight. Sound familiar? Why is that? How can you attain your goal of weight loss through exercise without a diet? It is possible! Pick a couple of these tips and give it a try and you may be surprised to finally see those pounds fall off.
Tip #1: Just because you are exercising doesn’t mean you can/should eat more. A lot of people think that because they exercised, they have an excuse to eat more. Ever thought, “I went on a run today so I can eat an extra scoop of ice cream” or “I went to the gym so now I can have 2 extra cookies”? I think we have all thought that way a time or two but this is a bad mentality to have if you want to lose weight. To lose weight you can’t start eating more, you need to stick to what you were eating before you started exercising so the calories you burned won’t be put back on with the extra food. It is not a diet restriction because you weren’t eating the extra before anyways.
Tip #2: Don’t starve yourself. Sometimes when people are trying to lose weight they think that being hungry is a good thing. Being hungry is not a good thing because it leads to overeating later. If you are hungry, it is okay to snack, just make sure that you are snacking on something healthy. Eat an apple or carrots, something that will fill you up but is lower in calories.
Tip #3: Keep your snacks at night healthy. Don’t try to restrict yourself completely from eating at night. Sometimes you just get hungry at night and need a snack. This is not bad, the reason that night eating gets such a bad reputation is because night is typically when people like to eat a lot of high calorie foods. Keep your snacks light and low in calories at night-time and you will see a big difference in the way you look and feel.
Tip #4: Listen to your body. Your body is designed to know when you are eating enough or too much. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you aren’t anymore. Don’t keep eating when you are full just to empty your plate or because the food is really good and you just want “one more”. Listen to your body, take care of it and it will take care of you.
Tip #5: Drink water. Sometimes when you think you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Get a big glass of water and then decide if you really do need something to eat. I really like to drink the low-calorie drinks like Cristal Lite or Propel because sometimes I just need a flavor in my mouth and the craving to eat will go away. Stay away from drinks with calories in it though because it adds calories to your day and would be the same as eating something.