In an article published in Yahoo Health, Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, Prevention provides 7 ways to lose weight without real exercise or going on a diet. I will discuss her tips with a Malaysian perpective.
Her first tip is to fidget. Apparently according to James Levine, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, people who tap their feet, prefer standing to sitting, and generally move around a lot burn up to 350 more calories a day than those who sit still. So that is amounts to losing almost 37 pounds a year. But the Chinese believe that its bad luck if you shake your legs...apparently you will lose money. You might want to skip this step if you're superstitious.
Secondly, Liz advises to keep most meals under 400 calories and eat at regular intervals. This is because many studies show that spacing your meals at regular intervals and keeping them all about the same portion promotes greater calorie burning after eating. Ok, no more nasi lemak, maggi goreng or roti canai for supper. If you're hungry at night just drink warm water and go to bed.
For her 3rd tip Liz says you must start doing normal chores like vacuuming, walking the dog, etc with intensity - by turning on some music while doing these will help you do them faster and with more energy. So sack your maid and do these things yourself. If you don't have a dog, its time to get one. Bathing and cleaning up after the dog also helps you lose weight.
Drinking 8 glasses of water per day is the 4th tip. Drinking loads of water speeds up the body's metabolism. According to a German research, drinking two 8 glasses of cold water increased their subjects' metabolic rate by 30%. Plain water is what is meant here - not teh "O" ice limau or Coca-Cola, you get the message.
The 5th tip encourages you to start climbing stairs and try stepping up and down on the curb while you're waiting for the taxi or filling your petrol tank. Yes, people will think that you're nuts, but do it anyway. You can also skip your way to the payment counter at the petrol station and skip your way to lunch - skip any chance you get; you'll lose weight faster.
Start going shopping, is the 6th tip - use grocery bags as dumbbells. I know the girls would love this. For guys, its time to follow your girlfriends shopping. If you don't have a girlfriend, find a shopaholic - offer to pay for her shopping. Walking round and round Mid Valley or Pavilion while carrying stuff can make you lose weight. Also, when you pay for all your girlfriend's shopping, you'll have no money left to eat, so you can starve and lose weight.
In liz' 7th tip, she encourages eating fiber at every meal. A high-fiber diet can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived as it makes you feel full. You can also consume food that can help you lose weight. If you don't like this tip, you substitute this with shagging. Yes, you can shag your shopaholic girlfriend - after all the shopping you sponsored, you better make it worth every Ringgit.
Some people believe that you can pray to God to lose weight.
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