The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight
We totally get it—not everyone is a fitness junkie and gymgoer. Sometimes just heading home for a night of takeout and The Bachelor sounds way more enticing than a sweat sesh, especially when we’re having a particularly busy week. If you share the same lazy-girl sentiment, we come bearing good and bad news. First, the bad: Leading a sedentary lifestyle gives way to increased health risks. So as much as you enjoy Netflix and chill, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Now, the good: You can burn calories and keep weight off without dramatically changing your lifestyle and buying a gym membership (and actually going to the gym). Below, you’ll find some of our favourite weight-loss tips for the lazy girl in all of us.
According to dietitian Lisa Moskovitz, finding the energy to cook after a long, exhausting day is a battle. Hence, she suggests designating one day per week (preferably during the weekend, when you’re not inundated with work) and cooking your meals in advance. “Pack them away in the refrigerator—or even freeze them—so that you have healthy home-cooked meals in minutes without doing anything more than pressing a button on the microwave,” she says.
Says Moskovitz, “Most of us get that urge to nosh between lunch and dinner, especially when you’re stuck sitting behind a desk all day. Since the vending machine or other empty-calorie processed foods are often within a 10-step radius of your desk, it can be hard to resist these unhealthy temptations.” Instead, she suggests keeping high-fibre, protein-rich snacks like oats, cereal, fresh fruit, and raw nuts at your desk or in the office kitchen at all times.
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If you work a desk job that requires you to sit most of the day—use your time wisely! Instead of being motionless all day, take some leg-exercise breaks. Extend one leg out (while seated) and lift it 15 times while you squeeze your abs and your quadriceps; then repeat with the other leg. Also, don’t forget to get up and walk around as often as you can during the day, whether it’s a trip outside or even just a walk over to a colleague’s desk to say hello.
If you’re already big into Instagramming photos of your food, keep it up! Studies show that keeping a digital food journal is more effective in raising awareness of and changing dietary decisions than writing things down—this way, you get a visual sense of your general diet. While you’re at it, try downloading a fitness tracker like MyFitnessPal (free in the App Store) to document your progress.
Hear us out on this one: Even if you classify yourself as a lazy girl, a 15-minute circuit is completely doable. Try this body-toning workout twice a week to get in shape in less than a month (seriously, you only need to do it two times a week). Take a break between episodes of House of Cards and try this “30-1 method”—you’ll thank us later.
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What’s your favourite lazy-girl hack for losing weight? Please share with us below!