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Lose Weight Without Exercise!

Exercise makes losing weight easier, but is not the most important part of losing weight loss.
Exercise makes losing weight easier, but is not the most important part of losing weight loss.
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Most people think that in order to lose weight, you must exercise. While working out will certainly make the process easier, it’s not the only part of the weight loss equation. In fact, controlling one’s diet will have a greater effect on the shape of one’s body. For example; if someone exercises for one hour and burns 500 calories, then goes to a fast food restaurant to order a burger, fries and a soda, they have just consumed somewhere between 1000-1500 calories in roughly 15 minutes.
The best way to get started on any weight loss program is to determine how many calories your body needs in order to lose weight. Daily caloric need is based on age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. Knowing this number will allow you to know exactly how many calories you need to maintain your current body weight. According to, it takes a negative calorie balance of 3500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Most healthy programs will call for a 1-2 pound weight loss per week, or 500-1000 calorie deficit per day.
The next step to losing weight without exercising is keeping a log or journal of the foods you eat. This is so effective because many people simply aren’t aware of how much food they actually consume, or even worse don’t even realize that they eat some of the things they are eating on a daily basis. By writing down what you eat, you are far more likely to make better dietary choices because you have to look at what you are eating every day. This effect is even more profound if you are sharing it with someone who is helping you in the process.
Its been said that drinking water is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, however, few consider drinking water as a way to lose weight. According to, drinking water can increase metabolic rate by three percent. Additionally, the thirst and hunger mechanism are often confused for one another, meaning that many people will confuse thirst for hunger and eat food instead of drink water. Drinking plenty of water can help to eliminate this confusion.