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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