“I don’t want to go to gym. Leaving home at 8 AM for work and coming back at 8 PM is already too much. I want to lose weight but don’t have time for gym sessions. ” – as soon as I heard someone saying this while crossing the road, I remember how similar it sounded to my story and how I decided to lose weight at home. I am no way near to the goals but my boat has sailed to reach my destination.
Hi Gracious Gang,
I hope you all are doing great!
As soon as I heard this girl, I felt a similar connection. I know that many of us want to look like those fitness models who pose in their lavish active wears, demonstrating exercises for various body parts.
But, we just don’t have 2 hours to spend in a gym, DAILY ! Some of us are too busy in our professional lives, some are homemaker, some have children and some have other issues.
So the question is What should we do? How should we lose weight? And the answer is, why not try to lose weight at home! Yes, it is very much possible. We can shed our extra kilos at home. Let’s see how :
Regular Household Work Actually Works!
We often have house help for daily tasks and then we gain weight and join gym or other activities to lose weight. This way we spend a lot more. So why not try to lose weight at home while doing regular home tasks and save on the money too!
You can burn those extra calories at home within your comfort zone. This is great aspect to start with. Laundry, mopping, vacuuming etc all the household tasks helps you burn some calories which may not be as good as gym circuits but atleast it helps you get somewhere.
Check out this new study to see how much calories you can shed while doing the tasks at home.
Eating Everything in Controlled Portion, is not just a Pre-Conceived Notion!
As per India’s leading nutrition and exercise science expert, Rujuta Diwekar, you must eat foods which are locally available. Native foods are the best.
According to my own experience eating our Indian traditional food in controlled portion does not lead to weight gain. Instead it keeps you full for a longer time and prevents you from snacking. Snacking is actually your biggest enemy when you try to lose weight. Even if you want to snack, opt for fox nut, almonds, walnuts etc.
You must always stick to a heavy breakfast, heavy lunch and lighter dinner. Eat home-cooked vegetables, lentils (dal), rice and chappati. Keep it all native and you won’t even feel the need to eat junk food.
Water…Water Everytime, Lets you Glow and Shine!
I advocate about drinking water all the time. Right from the time I wake up till the time I am awake, water is always there at my rescue. You must drink warm water with honey/lemon as the first in the morning.
I generally store 1 litre warm water in a kettle and drink it in portions every half hour or one hour. Warm water activates metabolism, it helps to get rid of ‘Water-weight’, keeps your digestive system controlled and relieves you from constipation. Apart from this it also relieves nasal congestion and keeps you hydrated.
If not warm water, try drinking water at room temperature. Make sure you drink about 100-150 ml water 30 minutes each before and after your main meals.
Exercise at Home, No Need to Roam!
Who says you cannot workout at home? You just need a little space to begin with. Start with normal jumps, jumping jacks and skipping rope. Do as many as you can initially and then as and when you gain strength and endurance, increase the count.
I remember when I was in Grade 10, I used to wake up at 5:30 AM, head to my terrace and skipped rope for about 30 minutes.
Some people advocate on walking to reducing weight but honestly, I feel walking is just to keep us active. It is not an exercise. However, if your body is not well adapted to jumping at the moment, you can always walk. The idea here is to ATLEAST START! And gradually when you gain momentum, you can jump and run.
Also, once you get a hang of it, you can invest a little in a mat and 2 pairs of dumbbell (one lighter and other heavier). There are a lot of workouts available with only these equipments. You can try them and it definitely helps in reducing weight while you are at home.
So these are some golden rules to follow if you aim to lose weight at home. The results may not be as quick as you may get by going to gym or playing a sport but definitely gets you started. You will be motivated to go ahead and try more ways to reduce weight.
Certain tips to help you:
- Cut down your sugar intake: 1 tablespoon sugar is more than enough in a day. Also fruits have natural sugar. So don’t add to much sugar in your diet
- Don’t snack much: While we snack we actually eat a lot of packaged junk food which actually will reverse all our efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you feel hungry grab some almond, or other seeds and enjoy it.
- Don’t skip breakfast: Many studies, time and again, have proved that breakfast keeps you full and helps you to lose weight. Skipping breakfast should not be an option under any circumstances.
Always remember consistency is the key. You will have to religiously follow these to reduce weight at home or at gym for that matter but it demands your 100% efforts. Stay motivated, read books about fitness and reducing weight and make these points a lifestyle change.
It is always said that it takes 21 days to build a habit and 90 days to make a lifestyle. You need to make these small changes in your lifestyle and it will have a mammoth impact on your way of living.
Find out the ways of motivating yourself to lose weight and sustain it.
Thank you for your undivided attention!