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One of the biggest quandaries of life is trying to lose weight when you hate exercising. But fret not, all is not lost. By making simple changes to your lifestyle and eating habits, you can still lose significant amounts of weight. However, with physical exercise, you can accelerate the weight loss process and get faster results.

 

Walk it off

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Forget those fancy circuit training workouts, sometimes all you need to do to lose weight is walk. If you are always chained to your office desk, walking can be the most simple and fuss-free way to lose weight. Apart from burning off calories, walking also helps to manage stress-induced weight gain. Some studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes allows you to burn up to 150 calories daily. If you walk faster, you can burn even more calories.

 

Less is more

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Wondering why you’re still packing on pounds even with your calorie-controlled diet? The answer may lie in those seemingly innocuous sugar-laden foods and drinks. There is a direct correlation between sugar and weight gain. With most sweets, baked goods and other sugary foods containing about 4 calories per gram, noshing on such treats could lead to weight gain without nourishing the body. If you want to lose weight, consider cutting back on your sugar intake.

 

Hit the sack

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Losing weight isn’t only about what you put in your body. Having sufficient sleep is also crucial for leaning out. A study by the University of Chicago found that sleep deprivation could fuel your hedonic drive for certain foods and your ability to resist such foods may be impaired. In simple terms, it means that you are more likely to cave in to your craving for tasty foods like ice cream and fast food.

 

Do some spring cleaning

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Kill two birds with one stone when you tidy the house. By reaching into cabinets and bending to pick up things on the floor, you are not only decluttering your apartment but also burning off calories.

 

Pay attention to what you put in your body

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As a rule of thumb, load up on foods with a high water and fibre content like fruits,vegetables and beans. Rather than fasting, make sure you add lean protein, fat-free dairy and whole grains to your diet.