This question begs a lot of controversies, and there’s good reason why. For one, a healthy diet and regular exercise have both been long recommended to keep the pounds off. Many weight loss regimens always put together the need to eat within your caloric needs and to do regular exercise. Some regimens even require you to eat just a particular food group or will ask you to restrict yourself from so many food options. And as for exercise, high intensity and interval routines have been having a large following lately, thanks to social media’s drive to show before and after photos.

While a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you lose weight, is it possible for you to lose weight even without exercise? This claim is controversial, but as you will see below, it is indeed possible to lose weight without devoting hours to no end at the gym. Here are the reasons why:

  1. If you want to lose weight, your body needs to lose fat through the right diet first and foremost.

When you want to lose weight, and you exercise while improving your diet, you are undermining your body’s ability to burn fat. This is because instead of your body trying to lose your extra fat, you let exercise do the job. It then leaves your body thinking that it does not have to burn fat on its own since another external stimulus is already doing the work.

So, exercise can be counterintuitive when you do it while not reaching your goal weight and body fat level first. Your body will not develop the right set point to fall back into when all external stimuli are put out of the picture.

  1. Exercise will undermine your weight loss efforts if your hormones are not in check.

If you want to lose weight and you exercise without having your hormones checked, the results can be devastating. Take, for example, being hypothyroid without being diagnosed with it. You continue to do high-intensity training, reduce your caloric intake, and for a while, it works. But after some time, you suddenly bloat and gain ten pounds. You do not only gain weight, but you also lose your appetite, get insomniac, get lethargic, feel fatigued quickly, and gain some more weight.

Hormones play a significant role in keeping your metabolism and circulation in check. Thus, when your hormones are already exerting extra effort to put your body back into balance, you cannot stress your body so much from all the stresses that it is already experiencing. Pushing yourself to can lead to your hormones finding it harder to get its balance back. And when you keep on pushing yourself, your body might just give up, and you end up with another problem, adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue leads to bloating, weight gain, and insulin resistance. It leads to you finding it even harder to lose weight.

The key takeaway is, if you want to lose weight, you should never do an exercise routine unless you’ve reached your target weight and body fat index through the right diet. And you should never start a fitness routine unless you’re sure your hormones are stable, and you have healthy adrenals.

So, what should you do to lose weight even without exercise?

There are so many proven ways to make this happen. Here are top tips for you to help you successfully lose weight without stressing over gym schedules and routines:

  1. Eat three times a day.

Getting it from the Japanese, the best way to stabilize your metabolism is to eat just three square meals a day. Snacking is a big no-no. Focus on quality over quantity, so only eat fresh foods. Stay away from packaged foods, or produce that’s been stored for long.

Keep your meals simple with a healthy amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fats for each meal. The Japanese are famous for their fresh seafood and vegetables, and along with rice, comprise the majority of what they have for every meal. But eat what you know is best for you. Some people may thrive best with eating more meat and vegetables and fewer carbohydrates; while others do better with eating more carbs than meat. Listen to your body, and arrange your meals around the freshest foods with the healthy combination among food groups.

  1. No to liquid calories.

Even if you eat the healthiest meals, if you kept on drinking packaged fruit juices and sweetened iced coffee for your every meal, then “healthy” is overridden by sugar and empty calories. Only drink tepid water, unsweetened coffee, and tea. And do not drink cold drinks, because your enzymes lose their ability to digest your food well.

  1. Eat properly on a table.

Eating on the go is a big no-no because you lose in touch with what you are eating. When you’re distracted, you tend to eat more because you don’t feel as satisfied. Eating is a gift and should be treated as a luxury. Eat properly on a table and do not take eating for granted.

  1. Walk as much as you can.

When we talk about “exercise,” we’re talking about regular routines that you do on set schedules in the gym or at home. But take it from the Japanese, too. They walk a lot to and from school, the office, and to run their daily errands. Walking is part of their lifestyle; not something that they have to plan out during the week. So, make walking a daily habit.

Losing weight even without crazy exercise routines is possible. Remember, reach your goal weight and body fat index first before embarking on any exercise. This way, you get the body that you want, and you’re able to maintain it for the rest of your life.