Weight loss is a problem for many people. It comes with a lot of hard work and sacrifices. Just like you, I did not know this interesting fact that I can lose weight by just sitting. I have read many studies that do not advocate for spending a lot of time sitting. I will not disagree with science since the facts are correct. However, today I will show you scientific tips on how you can lose weight just by sitting down.
Since the human body uses energy to keep warm, I decided to always turn down the thermostat, which forced my body to shiver as a means of producing heat. In the process of trying to keep warm, my body burns more calories and attacks my belly fat stores.
Investing in a stability chair is one of the most effective tricks for anyone looking to shed some weight and tone up. Instead of the ordinary desk chair, I began using the stability chair, which strengthened my back, legs, core and helped me shed some calories. Studies have shown that replacing the regular chair with sports balls can help you lose as much as 100 calories daily, which translates to 8.5 pounds for people that work 300 days annually.
Staying hydrated is not a new concept in weight loss. I chose to adopt this habit after reading a study that showed that a person can lose up to 10 pounds by just drinking the recommended amount of water each day. This is why I always make sure to place a water bottle on my desk when I am working so that I do not have to leave my workstation to find water. This has helped me drink more water over the years.
Water is an essential part of human metabolism. Another study also showed that taking two cups of water increased the metabolic rate of the human body by about 30%. This increased metabolism leads to burning more calories.
Apart from boosting metabolism, water also enhances weight loss by decreasing my food consumption. In one study, obese people who drank two glasses of water before their meals consumed up to 90% fewer calories than they would have done otherwise. The water fills up most of the space meant to be occupied by food. Sitting for long hours is unavoidable due to my job demands, which is one of the reasons I made water a crucial aspect of my day to help me lose some weight.
My weight loss habits have also been motivated by weekly text reminders and motivational emails that remind me of the weekly calorie budget, healthy meals, and snacks that I should follow. These reminders have increased my intake of healthy foods and helped me avoid fast foods because they keep me accountable and remind me of weight loss goals. I also incorporated some congratulatory messages to keep me motivated as I eat healthy.
Apart from having the text reminders, I also involved my colleagues in my weight loss journey, and we walked this journey together. They also encourage me to eat healthy when we go out for lunch or dinner.
It is so tempting to guzzle down that soda, especially on a hot afternoon. The reason why I chose to keep these diet soda temptations at bay was based on a study that showed that adults who drank a soda a day had a 70% increase in weight compared to those that did not drink. Some of the alternatives that I run to anytime I feel the urge for diet soda include black coffee, green tea, and anything else that contains antioxidants that boost fat oxidation.
I have also realized along my weight loss journey that even though I spend a lot of time sitting, I do not have to adopt a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, I take some light stretches during the day, which is crucial for relaxing my muscles and burning a few extra calories.
If you are the kind of person that spends a lot of time sitting, then I hope the above tips will help you remain healthy as much as they have helped me.