Are you ready for some light-hearted humor, fun ways to lose weight tips, and useable information? Yeah, I thought so. Let’s go!
No kidding, laughter actually resets your brain, boosting mood, releasing hormones that make you feel good, and improving immune function.
Teach at Vacation Bible School or a Kids’ Summer Camp
No, seriously. You’ll get plenty of exercise, which is great for weight loss. You’ll also have fun and you’re guaranteed to laugh a lot, which boosts mood and increases production of several key neurotransmitters that affect emotional eating and appetite.
Just be sure to drink plenty of water and take rest breaks as needed, especially if you are outside in the sun.
Listen to Music While Exercising
A great playlist keeps a long run from getting boring, and the beat can help you keep a steady pace. And if rain is keeping you indoors, dancing to music is a great way to get moving indoors.
Here is my own favorite.
Work Out With a Friend
Anything is more fun when you do it with a buddy, and exercise is no exception. This could mean scheduling gym time with a friend, swimming as family, joining a bicycling group, playing softball with your church, dancing the night away, playing Frisbee in the park, or anything that combines physical activity and socialization.
As an extra bonus, when you work out with a friend you are more likely to keep your commitment to exercise and you’ll feel even better than usual because connecting with someone increases the level of feel-good endorphins in your brain.
Go Shopping at a Local Farmer’s Market
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and other REAL food is a proven strategy to lose weight and become healthier. To learn more about this, check out Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Watch a Comedy Show While Drinking Water
This might sound weird, but there’s more than one thing going on here. First, there are the benefits of laughter. See tip #1, above.
Then there’s the benefits of drinking water, which hydrates every cell in your body, helps flush out toxins, encourages better metabolism, and reduces cravings.
Not to mention that thirst is often mistaken for hunger, which is why dehydrated people often snack when they aren’t really hungry. Go ahead, pop in a funny movie and grab the water!
Give Yourself Some Treats
Let’s face it, all-or-nothing diets, crash diets, ridiculous calorie restrictions, and other forms of deprivation simply aren’t sustainable. When you try to do without ANY treats, that become all you can think about, and after a while, you will fail.
And when you fail, it’s likely to be a drastic, binge-type fail. Instead, a much better strategy is to schedule some treats.
Yes, you heard that right. Donuts, bread, ice cream, even candy, can be part of a healthy and sustainable diet.
The trick is to make it a rare occasion rather than an everyday habit, and to really savor every bite. A good friend who has, to date, lost more than a hundred pounds, says that the trick is to remember that most of the pleasure from eating a treat comes from the first and last bite.
Knowing that, you want the first and the last bite to be as close together as possible; and eating only a quarter of the slice of cake seems like a pleasurable thing to do!
Just make sure its black coffee, so you aren’t getting extra calories to offset the energy and metabolism boost. 😉 Black coffee can increase your metabolism by an impressive ten percent or so, which means burning off weight a bit faster than you would without the coffee.
In addition, coffee is rich in antioxidants, so your immune system gets a boost too. Finally, drinking coffee helps fill you up and reduces cravings, so you end up eating less too.
Do make sure to be drinking plenty of water, because coffee is a natural diuretic (coffee bladder, anyone?!). A good rule of thumb is to drink an extra glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink, and to aim for no more than 3 to 4 cups of coffee per day.
Add Some Spice To Your Menu
Studies show that capsaicin and capsiate, which are the active compounds in hot and non-hot peppers, respectively, moderately improves fat burning capacity.
So go ahead, spice it up! Even if you don’t like hot foods, simply adding some sweet peppers can have the same fat-burning effect, which is good news for the heat-challenged among us.
Go For An Evening of Dancing with Family Or Friends
Dancing provides a cardio workout and social connection, and both are key for getting and staying healthy.
The benefits extend far beyond weight loss, and include improved mood, a stronger immune system, and a better social support network. Zumba combines dance moves and a cardio workout, and many gyms offer it in varying levels of intensity.
Brush Your Teeth After Meals
As wacky as this may sound, it works. Brushing your teeth after a meal can reduce calorie intake, because most people don’t like to eat right after brushing their teeth, and toothpaste can make foods taste odd.
As a bonus, brushing your teeth after eating helps prevent embarrassing social gaffes, such as holding an animated conversation and discovering afterward that you have spinach stuck between your teeth.
Take a Nap On Your Lunch Break (And Skip the Meal)
A twenty-minute power nap is the ideal length for boosting energy, alertness, and mood. Fasting for lunch is then an easy way to cut calories.
(To make this work, eat a hearty breakfast with lots of protein, so that you don’t end up snacking away all the benefits.)
Take a Walk On Your Lunch Break
A brisk 20 to 30-minute walk every day will meet or exceed the recommended 150 minutes of vigorous activity per week. In addition to moderate weight loss, exercise reduces appetite, controls cravings, boosts mood, and increases your metabolism.
Don’t eat your lunch while walking, though, since eating standing up interferes with digestion. Instead, sit down and eat after you get back from your walk.
Eat the Rainbow
Don’t get stuck in a boring rut of eating the same few vegetables. For me, that’s carrots and spinach—good choices, but if I only eat those, I’m missing out on so much more!
Try things like purple cabbage, orange peppers, yellow carrots, sweet potatoes, black rice, radishes, yellow sweet corn (on the cob!), and other brilliantly colored fruits, vegetable, and whole grains.
Eating the rainbow makes food fun, and if you have children, they are more likely to want to try different foods when you model variety and enjoyment. Check out my weird foods article here.
There you have a generous baker’s dozen of fun and healthy ways to lose weight.
Because healthy should be fun, and healthy should be a lifestyle instead of a quick fix. What are your ideas of some fun ways to lose weight that you think have made your lifestyle healthier? Share your tips and inspiration below.