The first thing that comes to mind when we start to 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, however, and it can stop people from even 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, maybe it's time to look at some other ways that you could lose weight, here are our top five.

1. Give healthy foods prime shelf space

If you can't see it, you're less likely to want to eat it. Try hiding the food that isn't so good for you at the back of the cupboard and putting those that are healthier in a more prominent position. When you're peckish, you're more likely to be tempted by the food that you see first, make sure you are seeing 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, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't try and increase your activity. The best way to ensure you keep active is to set yourself movement goals, maybe 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 so turn to snacks rather than to a bottle of water. To stop this from happening you need to ensure you drink more water throughout the day, you should also always have a drink of water when you are tempted to snack. Often, having a drink will curb the feeling of hunger and prevent you overloading on calories. Here are some other ways that drinking water could help you lose weight

4. Stash a snack in your bag

There are going to be days when you just won't be able to get by without a snack. Sometimes, we just need a quick pick me up and it is wise if we admit that to ourselves from the get-go. Carry a healthy snack that feels like a bit of a treat with you so that you're not tempted to have a big blow-out 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 consist of a high level of protein which will keep you feeling fuller for longer. The increased fibre content also keeps you feeling satisfied and helps keep you away from the biscuit tin. Try going meatless for at least one meal a day and pile those vegetables up.