This is a contributed post on how to lose weight by Wren Nix with the Viamedic health blog
Losing weight is a challenge in any circumstance, but it becomes a lot tougher when you work long hours, have a family to care for, or have a busy schedule. Thankfully, not everyone who loses weight has to spend their days cooking nutritious meals from scratch or working out in the gym every morning. Each year, more than 50 million people go on a diet, but not all are successful. If you are a busy person, but you still want to lose weight, then consider one of these five weight-loss strategies that will get you to your dream body without wasting hours each day.
1. Consider a Food Delivery Service
Although eating freshly made food at home three times a day may be the best way to enjoy nutritious meals that are also low in calories, few people have the time or energy to devote to extensive cooking. A better option is to consider food delivery services. Many different companies will ship you frozen meals to put in your freezer. Each is portion controlled and takes the guesswork out of dining. This is a great way to save time and hassle, especially if you don’t enjoy cooking on a regular basis.
2. Fit in Short Bursts of Exercise to Lose Weight
Carving out time in your schedule for daily bootcamp sessions might be out of the picture with your busy day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to fit in shorter bursts of exercise. When you wake up in the morning, spend a few minutes doing jumping jacks or walking the dog before your shower. Before bed at night, do a set of push-ups or sit-ups as well. These small gestures can add up over time and be effective in your weight loss attempts.
3. Take Prescription Weight Loss Medications
If traditional diet and exercise is unsuccessful, or if you don’t have the time to implement the typical strategies, then you might want to research various weight loss prescription medications. Speak to your doctor or your pharmacist to learn more about the most popular types of medication and how they can help you to reach your ideal body weight in less time.
Note from JohnnyFit: I don’t personally recommend, endorse, or support weight loss medications, pills, or supplements.
4. Make Walking or Cycling a Means of Transportation
If you don’t think you have the time for a nightly walk or a long bike ride, then change the way you get to work, to school, or to the grocery store each day. Get off the bus a stop early to add a mile to your commute on foot, or try cycling to the bank when the traffic is bad. You might even end up saving time, all while burning calories.
5. Use iPhone Apps to Track Daily Calories
Tracking calories is an important part of losing weight, but it can take a lot of time to do all the math and calculate the calories in every ingredient of every meal. Use your smartphone to do the work for you by utilizing one of the many weight loss and calorie tracker apps available.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process that involves hours of exercise. Says James O. Hill, Ph.D., “You can lose a lot of weight without doing a lick of exercise.”