The Truth About Losing Weight Without Exercise

Get the truth about losing weight without exercise. It is possible and can be done without gimmicks. Just follow these tips.

Let’s discuss the truth about losing weight without exercise.  A few years back I shared an article about ways to lose weight without exercise.

It’s still a very popular topic to this day but I wanted to follow that up with the truth about losing weight without exercise as a second part of the conversation.

There was a post I read on another blog where they were sharing reasons why someone who is 200+ pounds should NOT exercise as an initial resort to lose weight.

Let’s go through and break down why some of their advice is flawed (it’s pretty long but a necessary read).

Watch what I had to say about it here if you don’t want to read it.

Tip #1:  Do not exercise to lose weight

They actually tell people if you are 200+ pounds then just eat your way thin and don’t exercise initially.  They said it would be too taxing on the body with all of the weight.

I agree that I would not recommend ANY sedentary person (regardless of size) to go from 0 to 100 too quickly.

I wouldn’t recommend doing plyometric exercises because it is too jolting to the joints.

Someone starting at a higher weight would need to progress slowly.  For the article to advise not to exercise at all is careless.

At the end of that tip they do suggest walking outdoors and hanging out outside (which is EXERCISE).

Yet they claim working out while establishing good eating habit is basically a waste of time.  I disagree strongly with that.

Tip #2:  Do NOT obsess over calories

I agree you shouldn’t get too carried away with counting calories.  If you are not really aware of how much you are eating it is a GREAT idea to write it down.

Use a free tool like My Fitness Pal to track what you are eating and become more aware of what you are putting in your mouth.

We all tend to over stack our plate and eat way more than we may have initially intended or though.

Establish a target daily caloric intake goal from protein, carbohydrates and fat.  Get a routine you can stick to that slowly cuts calories so you lose weight and “learn” how much to eat.

So obsess over calories a little in the beginning until you get used to the adjusted amount of food you eat.

Tip #3:  Do NOT do the small change approach to lose weight

This tip made absolutely no sense to me.  The previous 2 tips they tell you to make small changes and now they are telling you to do the big bang with an extreme diet program.

I totally disagree and do not recommend that.  Research has found that neither diets high in carbs, low in fat nor high in protein and low in carbs is superior for weight loss.

Simply put weight loss is achieved when the number of calories consumed are less than the calories expended.

There was a study done which examined weight loss in obsess participants using 4 popular weight-loss diets:  Atkins diet, the Zone, Weight Watchers  and the Ornish plan.

The average amount of weight lost between the participants were the same after a year.

The more restrictive the diet such as Atkins (low in carbs) or Ornish plan (high in carbs) the greater the dropout rate.

The more restrictive or BIG BANG the diet plan the harder it was for participants to adhere to it.

FACT CHECK:  According to research, people initially lose weight faster on a low-carb and high-protein diet when compared with caloric equivalent low-fat and high-carb diets but after a year the total weight loss is very close.

I recommend you moderate how much you eat, refer to my recommendation for Tip #2 and start counting your calories.

Be more aware of portion sizes and slowly increase your activity, you will see the excess pounds melt away.

Tip #4:  Heal your digestive system

Cleaning out your colon is never a bad idea.  Our bodies do it for us on a regular basis.

If you eat a high amount of processed foods then your body is working overtime trying to keep your digestive tract in order.

Consume probiotics by eating yogurt to insert good bacteria in your digestive tract.

Take a probiotic to keep your colon healthy so I agree with this tip.

Tip #5:  Learn to fall in love with high quality protein to lose weight

Protein is the building block for muscles.  The more muscles your body carries the more calories you burn at rest.

Muscle burns more fat than fat.

Eating protein also helps with satiety as it takes longer to empty from your stomach which helps stabilize blood sugar levels and curbs appetite.

This article proposes one eat at least 200 grams of protein a DAY!

If you are an endurance athlete it is recommended you eat .5 to .6 grams of protein per body weight a day.

If you are a strength athlete who needs to consume more protein to build muscle, it is recommended they eat .5 to .8 grams of protein per body weight.

If you are sedentary (which this article is targeting) then it is recommended you eat .4 grams of protein per pound of body weight. So if you are 200 pounds that is only 80 grams of protein a day NOT 200 grams.

The article shares that if you eat that much protein you will always stay full, etc.

True but there are some negative side effects to overeating protein as well.

Remember, everything in balance and don’t overeat any of your macros because it will result in fat storage and weight gain – even protein.

What are some possible side effects?

  • dehydration because people don’t drink enough water,
  • higher intake of saturated fat because there is an increase of consuming animal protein which is high in saturated fat, and
  • not eating enough fiber which means you may be more constipated and it requires the kidneys to work harder to eliminate the increased urea being produced.

Be careful when considering a high-protein diet.  I recommend eating balanced portions of all your macros (protein, carbs and fat).

Tip #6:  Do a month long carbohydrate detox

This article is suggesting that one participate in a NO CARB month-long diet in order to “reset” the body from metabolic syndrome due to an overconsumption of carbs.

All carbs are not the same and I would suggest one reconsider and keep complex carbs in their meal plan.

Carbs are not bad for you.

They help with the following:

  • fuel your body with the energy it needs to think,
  • stay in a good mood, and to
  • move during normal activities of daily living.

Without it we will have a bunch of angry and cranky people walking around.  The problem isn’t that we eat carbs, it is that we eat the wrong kind of carbs which contributes to insulin resistance.

What are wrong carbs?  Simple sugars found in table sugar, fast food and processed food.  It spikes the blood sugar and then drops leaving us hangry (yes hangry not hungry) and craving the junk food.

I suggest folks continue to eat carbs because they will need it to fuel their light exercise.

Eat the colorful carbs or more complex carbs found in oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and black beans which are in the low to moderate categories of the Glycemic Index.

Eat more complex carbs with fiber and you will find you will feel fuller longer and have the energy to fuel your day.

It will also help stabilize your blood sugar level so you don’t have those spikes and issues with insulin resistance.

Glycemic index NASM chart

Tip #7:  Drink lemon water every morning

I think this is one of the few tips I actually agree with.  Drinking water is a great way to break the fast your body went through overnight.

It wakes up the digestive system and gets the body ready to move.

I also agree that it is a very healthy habit to establish.  I keep a bottle of water near my bed at night so when I wake up, I grab it and start drinking.

I normally drink an initial 16 oz of water upon waking.

I have the perfect water bottle for it too as my 26 oz bottle has a drink tracker so you can stay on time with your daily water consumption to make sure you get it all in.

Orange infusion water bottle with fruit for weight loss

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These are my 7 cents worth of rebuttal of that article which you can read in full HERE and my advice on how you can best lose weight whether your starting weight is 200 pounds or 400 pounds.

You CAN lose weight without exercise, don’t get me wrong since weight is just a simple formula of gravity times body mass.

One great way to effectuate body mass is to modify what you eat since that is 80% of the battle.

That alone won’t do it.

Exercise is another piece of the puzzle with a lot of benefits.  .

What is your starting weight and how do you plan to start your journey?


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7 Replies to "The Truth About Losing Weight Without Exercise"

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    August 15, 2016 (8:37 am)

    This is a very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle August 16, 2016 (6:10 pm)

    Yes, yes, yes! Great post! I especially wanted to yell AMEN to the military diet and carbs, but my kids would think I am crazy! Plus, you look natural on camera, jealous!

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      August 16, 2016 (6:11 pm)

      Why thank you!!!

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    Dr Bolton
    August 21, 2016 (6:50 am)

    So much information out there it’s hard for those who are trying to do better but dont know better to decipher. Great break down and mythrusters in here!

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      August 21, 2016 (6:53 am)

      Thank you for reading it and stopping by. It can be confusing.

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    Nutricionista August 9, 2017 (8:50 am)

    Amazing post, I’m starting a new journey to lose weight and this will be very helpfull (: Thanks

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    Ashley Nicole January 21, 2018 (11:16 am)

    A lot of good information here and thanks for the video. I support all points mentioned especially losing weight before doing heavy exercises, diet sustainability, drinking lemon water/lots of water and the mythbusters. Learned a lot! Thanks again for sharing.