Planning how to lose weight can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re only starting out. All the healthy lifestyle changes you vowed to commit to on January 1 seem increasingly daunting as the year progress. If actively working towards weight loss feels like too much but the thought of staying at the same weight is equally terrifying, know that you are not alone. Thanks to your busy schedule and desk job, losing weight can be an uphill battle. But there is a way to win it and achieve your fitness goals. Garima Gupta, life coach and author of The Body Nirvana: More Than Just A Weight Loss Book, let us in on some health secrets to help you with you figure out how to lose weight. Here’s what she had to say.
How to lose weight while commuting: Ride a bike
No, we’re not in the Netherlands, so I’m not suggesting that you cycle to work. Riding a scooter or a motorcycle will do. The older the vehicle, the better is it for your weight loss goals, because guess what is the next best thing to pedaling to work? Vibrating all the way! The vibrations of an old scooter will help you lose weight on your thighs and buttocks.
When in a car, don’t rest your back, even in a seatbelt
This is a kickass ab workout because your body has to maintain balance in an unstable environment, with added pressure from the seatbelt. In just one day’s commute, your belly will feel so much tighter. So not only will this help you with your how to lose weight plans, it will also get you toned. If someone else is driving then you can even try to pull your feet up, sit cross-legged and balance yourself in that position. The more winding the road, the better the workout.
Listen to a favourite song on an earphone before falling asleep
We carry too many of our day’s worries to bed. The stress makes our muscles tense and robs us of healing rest. Listening to your favourite song will immediately put you in a good mood and relax your muscles – just as long as your favourite song doesn’t belong to the death metal genre. Getting a restful sleep improves memory, cognition & metabolism (the bodily function that is largely responsible in helping you lose weight).
How to lose weight by giving into your cravings
If you crave something fatty or sweet, give in. But only during the day. Food eaten during the day, if eaten mindfully, is usually well digested. If it’s comfort food you’re indulging in, make sure you understand that this is a temporary relief for any emotional distress you are experiencing. Sit down and really relish your meal. Eat slowly and savour every bite. When you’re in a better place, go grab the bull by its horns. You can do it.
Thank the Universe that you’re alive as soon as you wake up
Take my word for it, you are lucky you woke up, and that your loved ones woke up too. Smile and let the positive energy of gratitude spread all over the cells and tissues of your body. It takes a little practice to get into this mental space but it isn’t impossible. Starting your day this way powerfully shifts your state of mind to a highly energised one. And hi,gh energy means you burn more calories throughout the day!
How to lose weight by walking backward
When walking to the parked car or going to the bathroom from your desk, whenever you can walk backward. Even if you workout regularly, there are probably a bunch of muscles used for walking backward that you’ve never used. Additionally, walking backward is great for your brain. Pretend to be so interested in your coworker that you don’t want to take your eyes off of them as an excuse for walking backward!
Be out of doors helps weight loss
If you live in a polluted and dirty city, take up the challenge and go find yourself some clean and green spaces. Get some sun, breeze, and catch a few mesmerizing views. Gaze at faraway things. Breathe deep. Touch the earth with bare feet and bare hands. You will feel so alive that your metabolism will peak and so will your overall health.
Remember, if the green space is far away, take your bike! Health doesn’t have to be serious business. Now go have some fun as you start these madcap habits.
Garima Gupta is a mind-body wellness coach. Her latest book The Body Nirvana: More than Just a Weight Loss Book has been published by Harper Collins.
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