Unusual Ways to Lose Weight

Eating healthy and exercising help us maintain our health and lose weight. Yet we all seek tricks for losing weight faster. Here are a few new ideas.

By Reader's Digest Editors

By now, we all know that eating healthy foods and exercising regularly will help us maintain our health and help us lose weight. Yet we continue to search for easy solutions to drop pounds.

These unique tips just may be the answer you have been searching for:

Skip the gym
You read that right. If you hate the gym, give yourself the permission to stop going. Instead, think of activities that you love to do and do them often. Activities such as hiking, gardening, or even washing the car burn calories and get your heart pumping.

Eat the foods you love
If you enjoy pizza, continue to eat it, but swap low-fat cheese for the full fat variety. Burritos your weakness? Use fat-free sour cream to top your burrito. You won’t notice the missing calories.

Downsize
Serving your meals on a smaller plate will give you the illusion that you are eating more food. Dining with smaller plates, cups, bowls, and spoons will force you to savor your meal, and give your body the time it needs to register that you’re full.

Workout while you work
Ask your company if it’s willing to purchase a desk-friendly treadmill. An upright desk and treadmill combination allows you to use a computer while walking simultaneously on the treadmill. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Do something good
Serving your community also can help you shed some weight. Try cleaning up garbage or serving food at a shelter. You’ll feel good about helping your neighbors, and burn some calories to boot.

Sources: WebMD.com, eHow.com

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  • Your Comments

    • Jennyfer Austin

      Actually fat free dairy is terrible for you. I lost 60 pounds doing nothing but switching from fat free and low fat dairy to full fat. And I am not kidding.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Olliver/100000932928120 Rachel Olliver

        I think that’s because it has more flavor, so you use less.  At least that is true for me.  It takes much more to get the creamy flavor that is the point of dairy products in the first place.  I have found this to be true of milk, cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese.  Fewer calories per portion doesn’t help if you wind up using multiple portions to get the flavor you are looking for.

    • Karenpaguedirecto

      I really can’t help it whenever I see something kind to my buds!!!  :c

    • http://www.bevhillsdoc.com/beforeafter/tummytuck/ Bettie Comerford

      The fourth tip is the most curious of the bunch! Wouldn’t that disturb your officemates? But it is pretty nifty, since the lower half of your body is not active. Of course, when exercise and diet do not seem to work for you anymore, other options are available.

    • http://www.bevhillsdoc.com/beforeafter/tummytuck/ Bettie Comerford

      The fourth tip is the most curious of the bunch! Wouldn’t that disturb your officemates? But it is pretty nifty, since the lower half of your body is not active. Of course, when exercise and diet do not seem to work for you anymore, other options are available.

    • Shine

      Absolutely love them all ….after reading all the restrictions for overweight people, this was very refreshing.