Losing weight is hardly easy—for most people, it could require strict dieting (in other words, no longer eating many of the foods you love) along with lots of intense exercise. Depending on your starting weight, genes, and overall health situation, it could take months or even years to shed ten pounds or more.
However, losing weight doesn’t have to be all about sacrifice. At least, it can be accomplished without completely denying yourself many of the high calorie, high fat, and high sugar foods you’ve come to love. So, how can you lose weight without stringent dieting?
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Many people get up in the morning with only the slightest of appetites. Rather than head to the refrigerator or kitchen cupboards, many of these folks head straight to the coffee maker, thereby using caffeine—rather than food calories—to get through the opening hours of the day.
Here’s the problem with that: starve your body in the morning, and it will come back to haunt you later in the day. Most people who skip breakfast tend to consume more calories, especially in the evening when it becomes harder to burn calories. Instead, force yourself to eat something small and full of protein, such as a protein shake or energy bar.