The best way to lose weight if you're lazy is to start with tiny, yet effective steps. The main weight loss rule is simple: you have to burn more calories than you consume. So follow these simple rules that will burn calories and soon you'll see positive result!
1. Use color features
It turns out that color has an impact on our appetite and the most unpleasant color is dark blue
. Food looks less tasty on blue plates and therefore makes us eat less.
Other colors also have their own features as well. Pink is considered to be the most fragrant and it can enhance a dessert's smell. White plates are considered to be neutral, and orange and yellow ones can increase the appetite.
2. Do something in between tasks
Are you watching a TV series? Do some push-ups or squats. Are you brushing your teeth? Do some lunges. Don't take a seat right after lunch and don't go to bed after dinner. Take a 10-minute walk and after 20-30 minutes, you can do some exercises.
3. Add spices
Some spices like cinnamon, turmeric, red pepper, and ginger have positive impact on our metabolism. If you reduce the amount of salt you consume and add some spice to your diet, you can boost your metabolism. Furthermore, spices have other useful features:
4. Drink cold water
- Cinnamon lowers blood sugar.
- Ginger improves the skin and has a great influence on our digestion.
- Red pepper improves the work of the blood vessels and reduces water retention.
- Turmeric reduces inflammation and improves the work of the gallbladder.
Drinking cold water will make your body burn more calories to warm it up for better absorption. The only thing is, this activity isn't that hard for your body (you'll lose around 8-15 calories if you drink one glass of water), but it adds up and the total amount of calories lost during the day will be pretty significant.
There's even a so-called "ice diet" that suggests you eat cold food so that your body has to warm it up and spend more calories.
5. Take short walks
Park your car a few blocks away from your work or take a walk after lunch on a sunny day. These actions burn calories and improve the work of your blood vessels. Turn this activity into an everyday ritual and you'll see that you start feeling better.
6. Fool your eyes
One of the most effective ways to lose weight is to reduce the size of your servings. You can easily fool your eyes and stomach. Cut big pieces into small ones and serve your food on smaller plates so that your servings look bigger than they are.
7. Use umami
Chefs distinguish between 5 tastes: sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami.
Umami is the mild taste found in soy sauce, broccoli, mushrooms, and walnuts. It has a certain influence on our brain's receptors and helps us feel full faster. Add some soy sauce to your dishes, but don't forget there's a huge amount of salt in it, so don't go too far.