Weight loss is not just about workouts and diet. It is what you do the rest of the day that counts as well. Anyone can lose weight without going to the gym as it’s all about determination and setting goals.

Workout through the day

For starters, you have to increase your activity during the day. Take the stairs instead of riding the elevator, and park in the spot farthest from your home/building that can allow you a little walk. Make small lifestyle changes like walking while you’re on the phone. And even if you don’t engage in a specific form of exercise, try and get at least 30 minutes of cardio daily. This can be any activity that raises your heart rate or leaves you breathless. Running, jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, etc are all good choices.

Adopt clean eating habits

Your daily diet should focus on natural foods; cut down all processed foods like pastas, pizzas, maida (refined flour) items, sugar and sugary items, etc. Don’t have to avoid them completely or you may wind up craving them more than usual, but eat in moderation and on occasions. Eating on time everyday is equally important. Never skip breakfast – it boosts your metabolism and keeps you alert through the day; eat fruits and nuts when you feel like snacking.

Sleep on time

Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. So try ensuring you go to bed at the same time every night.

A combination of all these factors can definitely help you shed the kilos.

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Written by Roshini Gilbert

Roshini Gilbert

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. A freelance personal trainer today, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in post-natal weight loss, exercises for low back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. She also has REHAB Trainer certification from Australia for rehabilitative exercises and has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, Roshini has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest. Her assessment of how fit you are is based on three broad guidelines — stamina, body age (a person who looks way older than his age can’t be deemed healthy) and lifestyle (beware, those with bad eating habits and sedentary behaviour). Prepare yourself mentally first and then your body will follow, she says, of the opinion that if you want to change something about yourself then you need to challenge yourself to do it. Are you up for it?

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