13 Lazy Girl Hacks That Will Help You Lose Weight Fast
There are days when I’m so motivated to eat healthy and workout. But to be totally honest, most days I just don’t feel like doing anything at all. That’s why I love lazy girl hacks! I do some of these things all the time and some of them only when I notice my pants are getting snug (yeah, I know I should do them before I get to that point lol).
It’s okay if you don’t do all of these things all the time. Just do what you can. Have a lot of weight to lose and feel like you never will because you don’t have the determination? I promise you can put these simple hacks into action. Will you lose 50 pounds overnight? No. But three months from now you can either look in the mirror and see you weigh the same (or have put on more weight) or you can lose 20-30 pounds from just making these small adjustments to your life. You’ll feel better about yourself too!
1. Establish health and fitness goals
What are you trying to achieve? Having goals and a plan is more valuable than most people think. The process of setting goals and writing them out helps trigger positive behavior. So instead of just winging it and eventually falling off track, you need to establish some goals.
Write out your overall goal and break that down to help you come up with a plan to get you there!
2. Meal Prep
Prepping your meals ahead of time can seem like a lot of work but think of it this way. You actually only need to cook once every four days, rather than daily. Get some meal prep containers and your meals will stay good in the fridge for at least four days (some people push it farther). It’s easy to just go out and grab some fast food when we get hungry so these are perfect for just sticking in the microwave real quick.
Most people think planning meals takes too much work. Although in reality, it’s one of the smartest decisions you can make for your health and fitness and for your budget. After you do a little planning up front, you will have so much extra time to do fun stuff!
Creating a meal plan will help you to not stray too far away from the healthy lifestyle diet that you are trying to create for yourself.
You don’t have to deprive yourself, but you do need to limit foods with empty calories and be mindful of what you are putting into your body.
You can eat and drink only healthy foods and continue to gain weight or not lose a pound if you are consuming excessive amounts.
3. Avoid packaged & fast food
Processed food is usually loaded with calories and is the biggest reasons why obesity is an epidemic in America. It’s just so convenient! If you’re stopping by McDonald’s every day on your lunch break, try packing your lunch instead. The pounds will melt away and you will also see a hefty increase in your finances. Double win.
4. Adding variety to your diet
For our bodies to function properly, we need to consume a healthy variety of nutrients.
Don’t get too wrapped up in the numbers. It’s not an exact science, but if you’ve tried a million different things in the past and nothing has worked to help you see results then this is most likely why. Your body is not getting enough of a certain nutrient (or multiple nutrients) and it can’t function properly.
5. Use small bowls and plates
Portion control is so important! It’s so easy to over eat. That’s why using smaller containers is so helpful. When you use a big plate, you naturally want to fill it up but that is certainly not doing you any favors. Trick your mind into thinking your eating more. Also, try slowing down a bit when you eat. It takes a while for your brain to realize it’s full.
6. Grab and go snacks
Get two decent sized rectangle containers and fill them with healthy snacks. You can put one in the fridge and one in your pantry. Cheese sticks, beef jerky, nut mixes, and fruits/veggies (dried is good too) are some great options. It’s also really good to always keep some of these with you all the time so you don’t have a freak out session and stop at the gas station for a candy bar.
I don’t know about you but when I get hungry I want really unhealthy stuff for some reason. Having snacks with me keeps me from getting too hungry and making bad choices.
7. Don’t drink your calories
The average American drinks 400 calories a day. That’s a ton of empty calories that are making us fat! Think of it like this next time you reach for a sugar filled drink. If you drink water instead (which has zero calories btw) you can feel better about eating some sweets later! You can also add some fruit to your water to add some flavor.
8. Use a water bottle tracker
And carry it with you everywhere! Yes, drinking water is hard to do at first. But guess what? Your body will start to crave it after about a week. So water bottle trackers are great especially when you’re first starting out.
9. Chug a 8 oz. glass of water before every meal
Drinking water before you eat fills you up. Water helps you to lose weight and so does eating less. Perfect combination don’t you think?
10. Create a workout plan
Creating a workout plan will help you stick to what you are trying to achieve. One of the first things personal trainers do with their clients is come up with a personal routine that suits their client’s needs. Everyone is different so there is no one size fits all plan.
It’s best to come up with a plan for the month since you will need to increase your weight amount and reps (depending on the workouts you want to do).
11. Get Moving. Do a short workout, don’t overwhelm yourself
Do some form of physical activity for just 10 minutes a day when you are first starting out. Just 10 minutes a day might not seem like it will benefit you, but plenty of people have lost weight that way.
And the best benefit of just working out for 10 minutes a day is to help you form better habits without being too much, causing you to give up.
We all know the endless benefits we can experience from getting daily exercise, but we still struggle to find the time (or motivation) to actually get to it sometimes. Short workouts are perfect for when you’re new to working out or when you’re just feeling lazy. It’s better to take baby steps than no steps at all.
12. Push your body as it gets stronger
After you have been working out for 10 minutes a day for a month or so, you will have turned working out into a habit.
Your body will still be getting benefits from the activity you’ve been doing, but at this point, you won’t be getting as many benefits as you were when you first started exercising. As our bodies grow stronger and our endurance increases, we must challenge ourselves to keep improving.
Just working out for an extra 5 or 10 minutes would be enough. You could also simply increase the intensity and work out harder.
13. Don’t be too hard on yourself
I think this is where most of us fail. We have bad days and mess up, then we feel like failures and this causes us to actually fail. Remember, some progress is better than no progress at all. Just start small and work your way up. Don’t feel like you have to do everything on this list right now. Get some grab and go snacks this week and next week start prepping meals.
Whatever it takes. If you have the motivation to do everything, then by all means, go for it. But don’t get down on yourself if you skip your daily workout or drink a soda.
These are the things that helped me go from unmotivated and out of shape to actually creating a healthy lifestyle.