Losing weight is a challenging task for most people. A lot of it is down to mindset and motivation because the reasons we decide to lose weight are personal and unique to us, and not everyone’s individual circumstances are the same. For example, a typical yo-yo dieter will probably not think too much of losing a few pounds as they had likely done it before; however, someone instructed to cut weight by a doctor may be more intimidated as it is for medical purposes, not a personal choice. This takes you out of your comfort zone, and you lose a certain amount of independence as you are not in control, the medical professional is. When you decide to do it for yourself, there is usually a slight increase in motivation as it’s your decision, and you retain control of it. The classical, proven way to lose weight is through a balance of a good diet and regular exercise. Some people struggle to eat correctly and fall off the wagon, so to speak. This article, however, focuses on the people who are not exercise orientated or are physically restricted and need to try and lose weight without exercising.
Is it even possible?
Your physician may prescribe weight loss for you if they’re concerned about health risks that are associated with being overweight or would result from obesity. Your doctor would recommend weight loss if they were concerned with one of or some of the following conditions; cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, or even diabetes. It is unlikely that a doctor would ever tell you not to be active or try at least light exercise wherever possible so bear that in mind. If you are losing weight from an aesthetic perspective because you feel self-conscious about your looks or have been referred by a physician, a good way of doing it is to seek professional help. Now, this does not necessarily mean getting a personal trainer to bust your butt in the gym or in some cold, muddy field after work. There are alternatives, and exercise is not the only viable option for you because it is possible to lose weight without working out.
What support is there?
Weight loss is a rollercoaster ride with obstacles, self-doubt, and pitfalls along the way. The good news is that you are not alone. Most weight loss programs involve exercises in some shape or form. However, if you don’t fancy working out or you have really tight schedules, and precious little spare time, you may consider a weight loss program without exercise. To make this a success, you need to think outside the box. There are multiple support groups that can advise on numerous weight loss and healthy living alternatives. These focus groups meet in person and online to chat and swap ideas to support others on their weight loss journey.
If you have the budget and want to go solo rather than mix with others, then hiring a professional dietician is extremely effective and will likely produce the best non-exercise results in the quickest and most efficient time. A detailed diet-plan where all your nutritional needs are broken down into bespoke meals and combinations suited to your individual taste. This is an enormously impactful way of managing portion size as all the food weights will be set out for you and can even be accompanied by optimum times of the day to eat. The combination of a balanced diet and calorie control intake designed in your meal-plan program by the dietician will be worth its weight in gold and be super beneficial. You will feel the difference straight away and long-term, your health will improve, and the weight will fall off.
The other professional option would be to check your suitability for medical marijuana. This won’t directly shift the weight but could influence your goals by relaxing you and providing a less stressful approach to the whole process. To look into your eligibility, using an established and reputable platform like Veriheal rather than anything unverified would be the safest option. Before investing in any program, the most likely concern you’d have is whether the program would succeed for you personally. Researching diets like Slimming World or Weight Watchers is valuable time spent to evaluate what they entail and to judge whether an approach like that may suit your non-exercise weight loss needs. Knowing what to expect is half the mental battle and can knock down many psychological barriers before you even begin.
Small Changes=Big Impact
To accommodate a successful and sustainable non-exercise weight loss program, you will inevitably need to alter a few habits and accept that things need to change. This may seem daunting, but don’t let it intimidate you because once you break everything down into small sections and tackle each one individually, it becomes more manageable. Healthy living and weight loss are no different, and by making small changes, you can achieve great results as they will have a big impact on your body. Drinking more water is the easiest and most simplistic change anyone can make, and it costs nothing at all to implement.
The habits that need altering will most likely be to swerve junk food or at least reduce the intake of it. If you think this is unrealistic, it probably is if you think about cutting it out altogether. Start small and manageable by weaning yourself off the junk by reducing it down and shifting to healthier snack alternatives and better meal options. Gradually in time, you will find yourself not even buying the rubbish you currently eat, and the long-term aim is not to even miss it at all. It is achievable!
Lastly and this may seem controversial given the topic of the article, but you need to change your mindset. Not exercising is completely different from not being active. A short walk or doing jobs around the house that keep you moving and up on your feet are healthier alternatives than sitting on the sofa where the temptation to consume tasty junk foods is all too susceptible. Remaining active doesn’t have to mean joining a gym; it can mean going to the park and getting some fresh air. The significance of this on your physical and mental health should not be underestimated or undervalued.