lose weight

The first thing that comes to mind when we think about losing weight is the gym. The thought of pounding the treadmill or endless repetitions with weights can be enough to drive some people insane, but it can stop people from trying to slim down. While some flourish at the gum, others simply do not, and these people need a more holistic approach to weight loss. With some studies claiming that exercise isn't as beneficial as we think when it comes to losing weight, it may be time to look at other ways you could lose weight. Here are our top five.

1. Give healthy foods prime shelf space

You're less likely to want to eat it if you can't see it. Try hiding the food that isn't good for you at the back of the cupboard and putting healthier ones in a more prominent position. When you're peckish, you're more likely to be tempted by the food you see first. Ensure you are witnessing healthy food first, and you could be on to a winner. If you want some tips for healthy recipes, check out our recent blog post on meal salads.

2. Set fitness goals

Just because you aren't going to the gym doesn't mean you shouldn't try increasing your activity. The best way to ensure you keep active is to set yourself movement goals, a target of walking 2 miles every day, or spending 20 minutes in a good home gym. If you tell yourself that you want to achieve something, you are more likely to make the time for it during your day.

3. Carry a water bottle everywhere

People commonly mistake thirst for hunger and turn to snacks rather than a water bottle. To stop this from happening, you need to ensure you drink more water throughout the day and always have a drink of water when you are tempted to snack. Having a drink will often curb hunger and prevent you from overloading calories. Here are some other ways that drinking water could help you lose weight

4. Stash a snack in your bag

There will be days when you just need a snack to get by. Sometimes, we just need a quick pick-me-up, and it is wise to admit that to ourselves from the get-go. Carry a healthy snack that feels like a treat with you so you're not tempted to have a big blowout when hunger strikes.

5. Make at least one of your meals meatless

Vegetarian recipes can be really beneficial when it comes to weight loss. So long as you stack your plate high with vegetables, your meal will have a high protein level, which will keep you fuller for longer. The increased fiber content also keeps you satisfied and helps keep you away from the biscuit tin. Try going meatless for at least one meal daily and pile those vegetables up.