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How to lose weight without dieting and working out

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Rebecca loves sharing what she knows about alternative medicine, health, frugal living, fun, animals, and how to live a better life!

Forrest Gump

Fat is not where it's at

Fat is not where it's at

Why lose weight?

How can you lose weight without dieting and working out? Can you? You sure can!

Why should you lose weight? Besides health reasons, most people want to lose weight because of vanity. Nothing wrong with that. Our society teaches us that being slim with unrealistic anatomically incorrect measurements is sexy, makes us more successful, and gets us an equally hot mate. Barbie & GI Joe, hello!

Some may find my words are offensive. I apologize for that but feel you should get over it.

I like being thin because I'm vain, and I find obesity to be disgusting and repulsive, for the exception of people that truly have a disorder that makes losing weight almost impossible. I also know that it does not help matters to point out to someone that they are fat. People with weight problems know who they are. The problem with most Americans is that they make terrible food choices and eat excessively, add in laziness and lack of exercise and it's no wonder most Americans are grotesquely over-weight. Maybe you're happy being fat, but if you're reading this, then chances are you're not.

Honestly, for me, it's not about laziness when I lose weight, because I hardly put any effort into staying thin. Although I've never had a huge issue with my weight (and I'm thankful for that), I am getting older and my metabolism is starting to slow down. I simply can't live the way I did in my 20's. My suggestions are not 100% painless though, and you may feel some deprivation, but like the old saying goes "no pain, no gain" right? Or in this case, no loss.

Not only is obesity gross, but it's costing Americans a lot of money in tax dollars spent on health-related conditions. Children are bigger than ever according to The American Heart Association. Not everything is better when it's bigger, and this definitely applies to people. I'm frankly sick of the media telling me I need to be PC to fat people. Commercial airlines actually considered making seats larger to accommodate growing Americans! Same with amusement parks, making rides accommodating for fat asses. That's just preposterous! I find it horrendous when I see 10-year-old children so fat that they can't participate in sports and they have big belly's hanging out over their pants, shame on you parents! Let's not even get on type two diabetes.

Why are we so fat!

Why are we all so fat?

Well, for starters, we are lazy and live in a very wasteful country. We have sedentary lifestyles, activities that absorb all our time working on computers, watching TV or playing games. We make poor food choices. We drink too much pop and alcohol. We buy convenient food, and we are not active.

So...why lose some weight again?

  1. To look better and feel more confident and sexy
  2. To set a good example for your kids
  3. To lower your long-term healthcare cost, live longer, avoid heart attacks, type 2 Diabetes and other obesity-related conditions
  4. To have more energy and vitality
  5. To have more room in your dresser and closet because your clothes will be smaller, your water bill will be smaller too.
  6. To fit on your toilet seat and be comfortable on airplanes and amusement park rides.
  7. To save money on your grocery bill. Meat, pop, and junk food are expensive!

Do you need to lose weight?


  • Stop being lazy
  • Restrict your calories
  • Be mindful, take a multivitamin and drink plenty of high quality water
  • Stop eating and drinking garbage, especially alcohol
  • Use quality oils for cooking, such as olive oil, or coconut oil. NOT Butter
  • Increase your fiber intake with apples, oatmeal, and fiber supplements
  • Do a body detox or colon cleanse

Things to AVOID

  • Don't take laxatives
  • Don't binge and purge

1# Stop being so lazy

Instead of sitting on your sofa, clean while you watch a show. There are a lot of sneaky little ways to burn calories without even realizing it.

Yeah...exercise...but you won't notice it.

You can burn about 90 calories just from stretching. About 200 mowing your lawn. Washing your dog 130 (you probably don't have a dog since that requires daily walking, so adopt a dog!). Sweeping your floors, 120. Vacuum for 25 minutes, that burns about 100. In fact, all these activities only need to be done for about 30 minutes to reap some rewards. So scrub your floors, wash your car, scourer your tubs. You'll even feel a sense of accomplishment and pride by doing so.

Skip elevators, take the stairs when possible. If your slightly motivated and work in a high rise, take a few flights of stairs. Same thing applies when vacationing in a hotel, use the stairwells. Walk when you can. If you are lucky enough to live close to work, get a bicycle and ride it! Consider how many people are handicapped that would love to have your working legs!

Park near the back of parking lots when shopping, and walk a little further. Take a brisk walk for 15 minutes a day. Make a habit of tensing your muscles as you walk. Tense and release, it's a generic way to work on toning up.

Next time your kids are outside playing, don't just watch them, join in. Ride a bicycle, throw a ball, play hide and seek. Not only will you lose some weight but you'll make some great memories with those you love & those that love you.

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Restrict calories


Restrict your calories

If you want to lose weight, and a lot of it quickly you have to restrict your calories.

How many calories do you need? Use this calculator to find out. It will show you how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and how many you need to get to a target weight. A great app for smartphone users called my fitness pal is amazing for calorie counting.

At my most disappointing weight, I weighed 140 lbs, many people wouldn't consider that much, but I did. I had a BMI over 25 and had a big belly to match, I drank beer 4-5 times a week and I work in an office when I drank I ate a lot, and mostly junk food. I am 5'1" so that is on the heavy side for my height. I went from about 1500 calories a day, to 400. Yes, it was drastic. I quit drinking so much. I lost 37 lbs in a year and I've kept it off. My BMI is now 19, which is considered healthy, and I consume anywhere from 800 to 1200 calories a day. I got a little obsessed with all this, so now I have to be more mindful to eat. I didn't starve myself, and I drank a lot of water and meal replacement shakes like Ensure. I've cut out 90% of protein from animal meat and now find protein from plant-based sources. Vegetarianism is a personal choice, but if you do some research you may just make the change. There are so many reasons to eliminate animal protein from your diet and eat more vegetables. Sure it may sound boring at first, but I'm telling you, once you get back to eating as nature designed, you will crave it.

The easiest way to restrict your calories is to drink a TON of water. Whenever you feel hungry, get a big glass of H2O instead. Most of the time your body is craving water when you think you are hungry. So have a huge glass of water next time you feel like you're starving. Wait 20 minutes and see how hungry you are after that.

Chew slower when you eat your new and improved diet of vegetables and whole grains. Chewing slower makes you more aware of your consumption and gives your body time to realize there is food coming in, which can make you feel full by eating less. A good rule of thumb, for every bite, chew 20x before you swallow. We have teeth to help aid digestion, use them.


Make wise food choices

Make wise food choices

Calories in fast food

Stop eating and drinking garbage

You must eliminate the majority of fast food from your diet. Also junk food, chips, cookies, and especially pop and beer. These things are high in calories and void in nutrition. Don't believe me? Check out the calorie content in a lot of foods from fast food chains.

If you must have carbonated beverages, opt for carbonated flavored water, or diet sodas, and at most 1-2 a day. Excessive sugar is an enemy.

If you socially drink, keep it to a minimum. 1-2 nights a week, with 1-3 drinks a night, that's it. If you don't you will pack on pounds like crazy, and usually binge on junk food when you are trying to sober up. Also, you'll notice when you remove beer and pop from your diet, you should notice an immediate loss of weight on average of 10-15 lbs. Not to mention alcohol is HORRIBLE for all your organs, brain, skin and especially the liver!

The best part and good news...

Once you've made these changes, and start to see the rewards, you'll have more energy and feel more motivated. You may even want to start that work out regimen that you've been putting off for years and years. You will inspire friends and family and children will see your new habits and adopt them as well. You'll feel better, live longer, and get to know your marvelous body all over again!

© 2013 Rebecca


Andy Bui on June 25, 2013:

It's all about having everything in moderation. Cutting back on sugary products and high sodium will help you keep your weight steady. High sugar diet leads to lower insulin sensitivity and high sodium diet causes you retain water. Eating healthy is a lifestyle and you gradually incorporate it into your life. There are no super diets or super work out routines that will magically get you there. You have to work at it by being in self control of getting some minimal exercise and eating healthy foods without going too extreme dieting or working out.

Rebecca (author) from USA on June 25, 2013:

thanks for the comment. I do think the exceptions are people with documented medical conditions. But most Americans are fat lazy hogs. lol. I've noticed the more I pay attention to what I put in, the more I notice when things are "off", with restriction and discipline I think you become more in tune with your body. :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 25, 2013:

So true, a healthy lifestyle does keep you fit and slim, most people don't realize their foods are making them ill or obese. It is sad though to see how pathetic some people can let themselves go and eat junk day in and day out and don't see what is going on with their bodies until it is too late. Also for them to learn about their eating lifestyles at this time and age is so lame.

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