15 Lazy Girl Weight Loss Hacks
We all have so much to do on a daily basis. Whether you’re a jet-setting corporate boss babe or a stay-at-home mom of tiny tots, chances are your time (and energy) are super-limited. When you’re already struggling to manage all that’s on your plate, it can be really flippin’ hard to keep diet and exercise at the top of your to-do list.
What if I told you it’s possible to lose weight the lazy way?
That maybe instead of huge, sweeping lifestyle changes that suck time and energy from your already over-full life, you can gradually add small things that will help you slim down over time?
Enter weight loss hacks for lazy (or just busy) girls!
Will you drop 15 pounds by your BFF’s wedding next weekend by doing these? Nah.
But what will happen is you’ll soon slide effortlessly into your skinny jeans (no more ninja warrior)! You’ll look and feel sexier and more confident. And you’ll make good, healthy habits that you can stick with for the long haul. Score!
So let’s get into it, shall we?
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15 Weight Loss Hacks For Lazy Girls
1. Drink more water before and after each meal
Water is the ultimate lazy girl weight loss hack. It’s filling, hydrating, calorie-free, and super-important for overall health!
You should be drinking at least 8 cups of water per day for maximum results. But if you commit to drinking one cup before AND after each meal – eating 3 meals daily – there’s six of your eight cups without much effort.
Drinking one cup of water before and after each meal helps put pressure on your stomach, making you feel fuller, faster.
Furthermore, replacing sugary drinks such as sodas and juices with water cuts down on calories. So, it’s a winning situation all the way around! You’re eating less, cutting sugar calories and moving closer to your daily water quota. Easy, peasy!
2. Cut out late night snacking
Much of the time we eat because we’re bored or just used to snacking. How many nights do you sit in front of the TV, nibbling on a little something extra? Be honest… are you even hungry? Do you really need that snack? Probably not.
Think about it… even if you select a healthier snack. Say, a serving of oatmeal (160 calories). If there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, 3,500/160= 21.875. If you stopped eating that oatmeal and made no other changes, you’d potentially lose about a pound with no additional changes.
And let’s be real… your nighttime snack is usually NOT oatmeal. Right?
An effective way to eliminate night time snacking is to try intermittent fasting, where you eat all your day’s calories within a specific window of time (usually 8 hours).
Click here to see how to lose 10 pounds in a month the lazy way with intermittent fasting – it’s one of the BEST lazy girl weight loss hacks!
3. Exercise in short bursts
For lazy girls, the idea of spending an hour at the gym or sweating it out is highly unattractive. The time, the effort, the traveling… yuck. Well, good news! Research shows that short bursts of exercise are as effective as longer sessions.
Naturally the more you exercise, the more calories you’ll burn and the faster you’ll lose the weight. But if the issue is motivation, break it up! Take a 10-minute walk, do some squats while brushing your teeth, or start a 30-day fitness challenge.
The cumulative effect of your efforts will help you succeed without feeling like you’re sacrificing too much.
Of course, as you see results you may opt to add more exercise down the line. But to start, just jump in with 10 minutes a day. Your body will thank you for it.
4. Buy a fitness tracker and slowly up your steps over time
Another good lazy girl weight loss hack is to grab a fitness tracker or pedometer and slowly increase your step goal over time.
What you do is wear it for a day or two while maintaining your regular daily schedule. See how many steps you take with no additional effort. Try to increase your daily steps by 300-500 every week. This should be really easy and a barely noticeable change in your routine, which will make it super-effective!
In a couple months, you’ll be at or near the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps per day. And it doesn’t even have to be hard. Here are a few tips for getting extra steps in that even lazy girls can try:
- Step in place during TV commercials
- Park farther away when you run errands
- Take your dog for a walk (she’ll love it too)
- Eat lunch at your desk every so often, and use your lunch break for walks
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5. Make light substitutions for your fave higher calorie meals
Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice things you love. A life without pizza and ice cream is no life at all!
Luckily, the art of substitution is easy to master and means you can still enjoy your favorite foods while melting away unwanted pounds.
Here are a few ideas:
- Even if you don’t fully adopt the keto diet, try some of these low-carb keto desserts instead of going for sugary options.
- Try zero-calorie, zero-carb shirataki noodles instead of regular pasta.
- Substitute sugar-free flavored sparkling water instead of regular soda.
- When buying sandwiches out (like at Subway), have your sandwich artist remove some of the bread.
- Order burgers as lettuce wraps, at least some of the time (you don’t really need that bun, do you?
6. Hate dieting? Cobble together your own meal plan
It’s rare that any rigid diet fits someone’s lifestyle and preferences 100%. So, don’t feel bad if you try and fail at almost every diet under the sun. You shouldn’t be “dieting” anyway… you should be making small changes that you can sustain for life – or you’ll just regain the weight once your diet ends.
A better approach is to “take what you need and leave the rest”. Consider the foods you love and can’t live without. Consider some things you’d be comfortable reducing or letting go of.
If you love fruit and oatmeal, the ketogenic diet definitely won’t be for you. But what you can take from this is maybe cut back on all the calorie-dense bread or all the pasta.
Do you really enjoy eating chicken and fish? If so, you’d probably struggle on a vegetarian or whole foods diet. What you should do instead, is look up healthy vegetarian recipes, however, and incorporate those into your life. Maybe instead of going full vegetarian, you could try abstaining from meat 1-2 days per week?
7. Weigh yourself daily
There will be varying opinions on this, but weighing yourself daily will do two things. 1) It will keep weight maintenance fresh on your mind. 2) Over time you will see your weight fluctuates, but the downward trend will motivate you.
If you have a problem with obsessing over the number on the scale, this approach may not be for you. But some people tend to lose focus of things that aren’t right in front of them.
Weighing yourself first thing in the morning right after you wake up and use the restroom sets the tone for your day, reminding you to eat mindfully and stay on point. Give it a shot!
8. Take pictures of your wins
While the number on the scale is a thing, it doesn’t tell the whole story (and it shouldn’t)! There are so many other ways to track progress, and photos are a big help!
Taking pictures of ALL your wins is a fun, easy wayto stay on track and see how you’re progressing. Photograph your body changes, your healthy meals, and snacks, the view from your hike, your sweaty body after a workout session… anything that reminds you of the new, healthy lifestyle you’re in the process of creating.
Double up on the fun by sharing with friends and family on social media! A little flexing for the ‘gram never hurt anybody!
9. Try your coffee black for a week
Can’t live without your morning coffee? You’re not the only one, honey.
I know what you’re thinking… you need your sugar, creamer or whatever else you like to throw in there. But hear me out.
You don’t know unless you try!
Commit to trying your coffee black for just ONE week, and see how you do. Hate it hot? Try it iced. Can’t stand the lack of sugar? Try it without creamer, but add a zero-calorie sweetener (if you’re not against those).
The point is you can still get your caffeine fix without loading your body with extra fat and sugar first thing in the morning.
If you cut these calories in the morning, plus follow tip #1 above and cut snacking calories at night, you’ll drop pounds FAST… even if you do nothing else.
These two weight loss hacks combined pack a powerful punch, indeed!
10. Use smaller plates and bowls
Ever heard that saying “eyes are the window to the soul”? Well when it comes to weight loss, eyes are the window to your appetite.
We all want to feel like we’re filling up our plates, and that’s fine – except plates can be HUGE. You really don’t need to eat a gigantic plate or bowl of food to be satisfied. You just don’t.
Reducing the size of the plate your food is on is a big psychological tip. Fill up a small plate with mostly veggies, start and end the meal with a cup of water, and boom… satiety on a lower-calorie budget.
11. Meal Prep/Plan Ahead
For lazy girls, meal prepping may be one of the least appealing weight loss hacks because it does take time and effort in the beginning. But it saves you SO much time and energy down the line, so it’s still included in our list.
Planning your meals for the week may seem daunting, especially if you can’t find the time to cook big batches of food. But what you can do is plan tomorrow’s food, today.
That’s right… take a couple minutes the day or night before and map out what you’ll eat the following day. If you’re calorie counting this makes it a lot easier because you don’t have to log food as you go. If you’re not calorie counting, you can still at least be more mindful of your food choices.
For example, you can plan extra servings of fruit and veggie snacks that you may not have naturally added in the heat of a hunger moment. Or if you know you’re going out for dinner, you can look up the menu in advance and make better choices.
Planning ahead doesn’t have to be this big huge thing. It can be a simple tool to give you more power and control over your eating.
12. Do “light” calorie counting
“I just LOVE calorie counting”, said literally no one ever. And you know what? That’s okay.
You don’t have to painstakingly log every single calorie if the tediousness of it all keeps you from starting at all.
The main point of calorie counting, of course, IS to stay within your calorie budget, sure. But a secondary benefit is that it keeps you mindful of what you’re eating.
Guesstimating isn’t anywhere near as accurate as meticulously weighing and measuring, but it can help.
Logging 3 eggs, 4 slices of “Farmer Handsen Thick Cut Applewood Bacon Low Sodium”, 165mg “Aunt Bisquick Batter Pancake Mix”, 100ml “Oak Lane Ridge Farms Extra Buttery Maple Syrup”, etc… could take a while. But guesstimating 3 eggs, 4 slices general bacon, 3 general pancakes and a half cup of syrup is a lot easier and at least lets you see something.
Please note the above is just for illustration purposes. But something like this might log as 800 in your tracker app. At least that 800 calories is ON YOUR MIND.
If you have that in your app, will you want to have to log Burger King for lunch? Then have a big bowl of ice cream after dinner? Probably not.
It doesn’t have to be all about the exact calories. Anything that gets you in the right mindset will help you in the long run.
13. Consolidate Calorie Counting
If you DO choose to get detailed about calorie counting, a fitness hack that will make it much easier on you is to consolidate the weighing.
Instead of weighing items separately, for example, stack them up. So if you’re building a salad, weigh the lettuce, zero it out, add tomatoes, zero it out, add the onions, etc… This saves time and mental angst.
14. Challenge yourself to something new each week
An easy to implement weight loss fitness hack is to keep your routine fresh by challenging yourself to something new each week!
For example, one week you might want to aim for three or more servings of veggies each day. Another week you may want to eat meatless meals outside of dinner. Another week you may want to shoot for a gallon of water each day. Or 100 crunches daily before bed.
The possibilities are endless, and a week isn’t a long commitment at all. You can do anything for a week and see how you feel at the end. Who knows? You might keep some of these going and after a few months, you’ll have built some solid habits that pay off big!
15. Get your go-to’s together!
Finally, the last lazy girl weight loss tip is to get your go-to’s together.
What do I mean by that?
Well, if you know you suck at packing lunch and always wind up eating out, don’t beat yourself up. Make it easier!
Make a list of all the places you frequent for lunch and find some healthier options that you can always go-to. Take the guesswork out of it.
You can even pre-log these foods into your fitness app for an extra boost.
Similarly, for snacking, check out a list of zero-calorie foods (yes, that’s totally a thing) and stock up heavily on those. If you suck at taking food for lunch every day, commit to bringing a bulk supply of zero-calorie food snacks to work on Monday, and commit to reaching for those when you feel munchy.
Bonus points for the extra steps you’ll have to take to get to and from the office fridge!
Even Lazy Girls Can Hack Weight Loss
If you’ve been struggling with weight management for a long time, things may seem hopeless. Crash diets, weight loss pills that leave you jittery, exercise plans that you start but don’t finish… there’s no end to things that don’t work.
But this time it can and WILL be different for you. Because you aren’t making sweeping changes that upend your entire life in an unsustainable way. You’re making tiny changes that don’t cause you to change your lifestyle much, if at all.
You can do it, lazy girl. Yes, you, too, can hack weight loss and finally get the body of your dreams.
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