For many, gaining weight is easier than losing it. However, there are a few simple things that you could do to help your body shed the pounds.

We often think that the only way we can lose weight is by starving ourselves or killing it at the gym, but you don’t have to go to such extremes to have a leaner and healthier body. Small changes in your routine and calorie intake can actually make a world of difference.

Take the stairs – Waiting for the lift burns one to two calories. Going up the stairs for one minute burns around nine… more or less, depending on how much you weigh. It may not seem like much, but it all adds up!

Drink fewer fizzy drinks – A can of coke has 140 calories. If you have one every day for a year, that amounts to 51,100 calories. Some people drink more than one a day. You do the math. Also, don’t be coaxed into switching to those low-calorie drinks. They may taste good, but they’re also bursting with chemicals. Drink water.



Listen to music while walking or exercising – Studies have shown that listening to music while doing any kind of physical activity helps burn more calories. It’s not magic, but science. When we listen to music, we feel more inclined to be active (to dance, to run, to jump, etc.) and when we’re already doing that physical activity, listening to music makes us want to do it harder for longer, while actually enjoying it more!

Don’t go for larger – Many of us think it necessary to finish what’s on our plate. I can’t tell you to not eat McDonald’s or to never have a pizza ever again (mostly because I know I will) but always opt for the smaller option… Even when you’re famished. You’ll still feel full afterwards, Scout’s honour.

Don’t eat after 7pm – Food eaten at night time is your body’s worst enemy. Not only is all of it turned into unused energy, but it can cause heart burn among many other things. Some have even claimed that going to bed right after a full meal gives them nightmares. Make sure you eat your last decent meal at 7pm from Monday to Friday, and no snacking before the morning. It might not be easy for the first couple of nights, but you’ll get used to it and will sleep better, too.

Don’t believe me? Just try it out for a month or two. What’s the worse that could happen?


Do you have any more advice to add to James’? Let us know in the comments section below.


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