You don’t have to go on a crash diet in order to lose weight. Keep reading for 7 natural ways to lose weight without dieting.

71.6% of American adults over 20 years old are overweight, and 39.8% are obese. With those numbers, chances are, you fall into either of those categories. If you do, you may have an ongoing battle with your weight, and it seems like whatever you do, you can’t keep the extra poundage off.

But there are simple ways you can get yourself to a lower point on the scale. Here are 7 natural ways to lose weight so you can shed the pounds in a healthy way.

Be More Active

The key thing here isn’t that you should only stick with exercise; some people don’t enjoy working out and can quickly stop going to the gym. You should find something you like doing, such as biking or throwing the frisbee around. You can even take your dog out for longer walks.

You should avoid sitting around in the house. Try and fit more outdoor activities in. Even a day out at the mall can help burn calories since you’re walking in an expansive space from store to store.

If you have a significant other or a group of friends who also want to lose weight, get together for some activities. It’s more fun to go out with friends than by yourself.

Get More Sleep

This may seem like a weird tip. If you’re sleeping more, that means you’re inactive more, so wouldn’t that be counter-intuitive?

However, getting more sleep of good quality is actually an excellent way to shed weight. This is because while you’re sleeping, your body is recharging itself and rebalancing everything within.

If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll produce more ghrelin, which makes your appetite bigger. What compounds this is your body will also produce less leptin, which is what makes you feel full. These two factors combined together will make you eat more than you should.

When you don’t get enough sleep or the quality of sleep is bad, it can affect your energy levels negatively. It can cause you to skip out on exercise and opt for a nap instead.

Get Rid of All the Junk Food

If you have junk food stored away in your cupboards, get rid of them now. You may say to yourself that you’ll either stop eating it or will eat less of it, but as you may know, that doesn’t always work.

If you don’t have junk food in the house, then you won’t eat it. If you love to snack and need something in between meals, swap your potato chips for carrot sticks instead. Not only are they good for you, but they’re also low in calories.

Eat Foods That Keep You Full for Longer

A good way to lose weight is to be conscious of the calorie content of what you’re eating. But what you may not be aware of is two foods can have the same calorie count, but one will keep you full for one hour while the other keeps you satiated for the entire afternoon.

Some good examples of foods that keep you full for longer include potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, avocados, and eggs. Incorporating soup into the foods you eat can also keep you full for longer.

Try hCG

hCG stands for “human chorionic gonadotropin” and is a hormone that’s related to pregnancy. However, it can also be used as a weight loss aid.

The idea is that you eat very little calories in one day: 500, to be exact. You’ll have two meals a day, and they cannot have fats in them. You can drink an unlimited amount of tea and coffee, but without sugar.

You’ll also have to have hCG shots. The reasoning is hCG will prevent you from feeling hungry or drained, and your body will be able to sustain itself on 500 calories a day. The hCG diet now is based on Dr. Simeon’s manuscript called “Pounds and Inches,” which describes in detail how you should go about this diet.

Drink More Water

Most people can go through an entire day without drinking water or very little of it. If you find yourself wanting to snack a lot throughout the day, it may be because you’re actually thirsty, not hungry.

Try to drink as many glasses of water as you can throughout the day, especially if you feel hungry. Water can help you feel satiated and curb the cravings for things like sugar, salt, and fat.

Water may possibly help you burn more calories, plus it can help keep you looking young. With all of the benefits that come with drinking water, there’s no harm in upping your water intake at all.

Don’t Eat Before Bed

It can be tempting to have a late-night snack, especially if you’re snuggled up on the couch watching a movie. But if you eat before you go to bed, those foods will turn into unused calories, since you’re just sleeping. As a result, you’ll gain weight from late-night snacking.

Although you’re allowed to have light snacks after dinner, avoid eating a few hours before you go to sleep. If you absolutely have to have a snack, don’t go for heavy, calorie-laden foods. Instead, have a handful of nuts, some carrot sticks, or fruit wedges. That way, you won’t have to go to bed hungry, but you won’t be consuming unnecessary calories either.

Use These Natural Ways to Lose Weight

With these 7 natural ways to lose weight, you’ll find yourself dropping those pounds and getting to your ideal weight much easier. By changing your lifestyle, not only can you lose weight, but you can also live longer and get a better quality of life too.

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