35 Lazy Ways To Lose Weight
Hit the Snooze Button
When you don’t get enough shuteye, you’re more likely to eat high-calorie foods, according to researchers at the University of Colorado. Twenty-three men and women spent two nights in a sleep lab. On the first morning—after about eight hours of rest—they rated how strongly they desired different foods. About a week later, they returned to the lab, stayed up all night, and then rated those foods again. Cravings for desserts and chips skyrocketed. Researchers speculate that lack of sleep disrupts the brain’s pathways, making us more prone to poor decisions.
Schedule More Rest Days
“Building in recovery time lets your body repair itself between workouts,” says trainer Rachel Cosgrove. This means you’ll build more metabolism-revving muscle mass, which helps you burn more calories even when you’re not at the gym. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should do nothing.
Think “active rest”: gentle yoga, walking the dog, gardening, etc. “The goal of a recovery day is to get the blood flowing, to stretch, and to move your body gently,” says Cosgrove.
Strength Train Twice a Week
Adding resistance training to your exercise routine does wonders for weight loss: The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism. But don’t overdo things. It’s the rest-and-recovery principle at work again. According to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., director of fitness research at Quincy College, it’s just as effective to strength train twice per week as it is to do it every other day. In fact, in a recent study, those who strength trained twice weekly for 10 weeks had the same increase in muscle mass—an average of 3.1 pounds—as those who added a third weekly session. Same results in less time? Slackers, rejoice!
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