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Trying to lose weight? Try this trick.

Trying to lose weight? Try this trick.

Do you feel sluggish, heavy and dull these days? Have you tried all sorts of diets and failed to lose those pesky pounds? I hear you.

For the past many years now, I’ve been trying to trim down, and my focus has been on what I eat (and avoid). But recently, a fitness expert told me something that stuck in my mind. He said: weight loss depends 60% on your diet, and 40% on how much you exercise.

Now exercise is something I am not fond of. Enrolled in a gym, and two months later, I am bored with the routine, though yes, the scales did start showing a trimmer me.

For the past week, I have been trying something different. I keep my body busy. In simple ways, throughout the day. If I bend to pick up a pencil, I bend again, and then again. I climb up the stairs, and turn back to climb them again. In the kitchen, while waiting for the rice to cook, I do side bends. Sitting on the couch, watching TV, I reach forward and touch my toes.If a fun song is playing, I dance.

This isn’t hard to do–for anyone, however busy. Even if you’re sitting on your chair for long hours, you can do butt squeezes and arm stretches. The idea is to keep your body active.

The results this will achieve are not going to be dramatic. I am still almost the same weight as I was last week. But I feel fitter, more energetic. And with time, I am sure the scale will have good news for me. I can hardly wait!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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1:15AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Sounds good to me I will give it a go.
You might like to try my dogs diet half of what you normally eat,he's lost 1.5 kilos
In a month and is much happier.

6:46AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Cutting back on portions and content is a good place to start. Walking instead of driving is also a great way to loose weight.

6:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Martyna, you must have very good metabolism!

6:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

No. My mother is a doctor and she says losing weight depends wholly on not eating. Exercise has nothing to do with it. It may give you a more supple backbone, but it won't help you lose weight. I want to go breatharian!

6:20AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

I bought a treadmill second hand. I parked it in front of the TV. Now I watch TV and jog. It's a lot cheaper than the gym and you don't have to worry about anyone staring at your wobbly bits wobbling and you sweating like a horse! :D

4:05AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

great, thanks

12:10PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Makes good sense...keep active. If you sit down and give up, the alternative is not good.

2:42PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I've been exercising much for the last 2 years, and any activity on my part began probably around 3 years ago. I'd never been even overweight, actually bordering on underweight at times, and even though I don't see a difference in weight, I sure can see a difference in my general wellbeing. So it really pays, I feel great!

5:55AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Eating healthy food - snacking not often - and a mind being flexible in finding ways to have fun "moving" your body.

11:51AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014


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