How to Lose Weight When You Hate Dieting

Sarah Pritzker
How to Lose Weight When You Hate Dieting
Dieting sucks, plain and simple. But this doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to being unhappy with your body. Fed up with your love handles, sagging parts, or squishy bits? Most people are, but if the idea of dieting makes you see red, is there anything you can do about it? Yes, and we’re not talking about those fad pills that screw with your metabolism either.

Here are 6 ways you can lose weight even if you hate dieting.

Note: Weight and body image are not the measure of your self-worth, and loving yourself should not be contingent upon your weight loss. Lose weight to feel better physically, live a healthier lifestyle, and have more energy. No matter what, love yourself, love handles and all.

Weight Loss Hack #1: Hit the Weights

We’ve all stared enviously at those muscle-bound bodies at the beach, on TV, or anywhere else we see them. A muscular body definitely gives you some bragging rights, but muscle actually does more than that. In fact, you’ll burn 5.5 times more calories per pound of muscle you build (muscle burns 5.6 calories per hour versus 1.2 calories for fat tissue). So, just by building up those biceps, you’re doing 5 times more for your weight loss and overall physique than any diet would do. What’s even cooler is that weight training keeps your body burning calories for hours and hours after you’ve stopped working out. You could be sitting on the couch watching your favorite show and burning calories like you’re in the middle of spin class!

Work on building up the major muscle groups including biceps, triceps, deltoids, and glutes to really see results.

Weight Loss Hack #2: Go for a Meal Delivery Service

One of the things people hate the most about dieting is all the planning, food prep, and organizing that’s involved in eating healthy. Let’s face it. Grabbing a slice of pizza is a lot easier, faster, and less complicated than the healthier alternatives that involve meal planning for the proper calorie balance, buying healthy ingredients, cooking your own meals, and portioning appropriately. Just reading it is a chore! But diet meal delivery services take all the work out of dieting. Nutrisystem is one example of meal delivery that brings healthy food straight to your doorstep. You can order any meal you want from lots of delectable options, and everything comes completely prepared and ready to eat. No planning, no peeling, no dishes.

With other programs like Diet To Go, you can choose the specific program you want and get tailored menus with the right calories, protein, fats, and carbs allotted to each meal.

Weight Loss Hack #3: Trick Your Body with the Fat Burners

You can cheat the system by staying within your calorie count and only eating beer and cookies, but you won’t lose weight, and you certainly won't feel good. Instead, the idea is to eat the right foods. In fact, there are plenty of awesome foods that not only taste good and fill you up with the right nutrition, but they contain a secret weapon as well. Fat-burning foods actually boost your metabolism and get your body moving, so you are burning more fat than you would if you ate another type of food. Here are a few delicious options to help you kickstart that stubborn metabolism of yours:

  • Oatmeal is a great breakfast. And if you mix cinnamon and apples into the bowl, you’ve just added two more natural fat-burners!

  • Eggs make a fabulous lunch. Loaded with protein sans pesky animal fat, eggs give you an energy boost and promote greater weight loss too.

  • Fish like salmon and mackerel are delicious dinner options that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (which sound terrible but are actually terrific for your health).

  • Coffee! That’s usually everyone’s favorite fat-burner to learn about. Just don’t load it up with tons of sugar, and your daily (hourly?) cup of Joe can help you burn fat and increase metabolic rates.

Weight Loss Hack #4: Debunk Diets

We all hate dieting, that’s a given. But let’s get something straight. The definition of a diet is just a selection of food that we consume. So, everyone eats a diet, it’s just a question of what kind of diet you’re on.

When it comes to weight loss diets, what most people are used to are the deprivation-style diets. These restrict your caloric intake, limit your variety, and deprive you of the foods you want to eat the most. Surprise surprise, these diets never last! But here’s a dirty little secret that most people don’t know. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to diet smart, not starve yourself.

Successful diet plans are the ones that give your body what it needs, help you develop healthy eating habits, and train your body to work more efficiently. Take a program like Jenny Craig, for example. With this diet plan, you get to eat 6 times a day, have built-in snacks throughout the day, and can even indulge in things like chocolate lava cake! That’s the kind of diet most of us can sink our teeth into.

The trick with these types of diets is that they don’t deprive you, so they’re maintainable. Consulting with dieticians, nutritionists, and doctors, programs like the South Beach diet and Jenny Craig offer you customized meal plans that keep you full, load up your body with healthy foods, and promote better living. That’s something everyone can enjoy.

Weight Loss Hack #5: Get Some Shut Eye

Would you believe that sleeping actually promotes weight loss? According to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, getting more sleep really does help you lose weight. For one thing, when you’re tired, you’re more likely to skip workouts because you’re TIRED. Also, when you don’t have enough sleep, you are more prone to making bad decisions (like: it’s just one donut, I’ve been so good all week long) that will derail your weight loss goals. And let’s not forget all that late-night snacking you avoid by being in bed on time.

What's more, sleep deprivation actually affects your metabolism. When you don't get enough shut-eye, your body experiences a cortisol spike. This sends your body into energy conservation mode. What this means in plain English is that your body will start storing fat instead of burning just to survive. So, not getting into bed on time can actually do a lot more harm to your weight loss efforts than you realized.

Weight Loss Hack #6: Move to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Most people hate exercising at the gym, and that’s not surprising. You’re stuck in a room with people who are probably in better shape than you, know how to use those complicated machines that just make you feel like a moron when you step onto them, and those routines are just a whole lot of work. The trick here is learning to do exercises you like.

Doesn’t exist? Think about it like this. Do you love music? Then blast some awesome tunes, and dance the night away. You’ll burn hundreds of calories with a bit of dancing. Like nature? Get outside and go for a brisk stroll in the fresh air. Are you a neat freak? Studies have shown that housework burns as many calories as an hour at the gym (no joke!). Go for a swim, take your dog for a jog, take a self-defense course, get a WII. Basically, move your body the way you like to, and you’ll be burning calories and having fun at the same time.

Lose the Diet & Still Lose Weight

The funny thing about all this is that once you start losing the weight, feeling good about your body, and learning to live a healthier lifestyle, dieting might not feel so bad. Use these all-star diet hacks to kickstart your weight loss and feel great.

Sarah Pritzker
Sarah Pritzker is a content writer with years of experience and a keen interest in the vast world of online consumer products. She enjoys helping readers make sense of the options on the market in a variety of fields.

The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan.