Exercise is often touted as the surest way to lose weight, but that’s not always true. Losing weight requires finding a method that works and sometimes, exercise is not appealing — or even possible — for certain people. Heart problems, joint pain, specific disabilities, and medical conditions — all these can prevent an individual from exercising. However, there are ways to lose weight without the need for exercise.

Control Your Cravings

The easiest way to lose weight is to eat less. You can pre-pack healthy meals in specific portions or have them come fully prepared through a delivery service. A pre-packed lunch gives you more control over the food you eat and allows you to stick to a particular pattern over weeks, months, or for however long you wish to maintain your diet. Specialized restaurants and food delivery services will often provide healthy options, but it would be more effective if you went to actual health food providers so that they could tailor your meals in accordance to your specific diet. Of course, you can always prepare your meals yourself. It can be a bit tedious and might require you to allocate a big part of your day to make and pack your meals. It’s best to prepare meals for one whole week so as not to disrupt your daily routines.

Let Technology Zap the Fat

Person undergoing a neuromuscular electrical stimulationElectricity can be a frightening thing when applied to your body, but controlled electricity has often been used in modern therapy. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) causes muscles to contract like they normally do when performing certain actions or when handling stress form weights. NMES can substitute for exercise, especially for bedridden individuals or those suffering from severe joint pain. Outside of medicine, NMES is used to stimulate muscles for additional toning. While NMES doesn’t directly cause weight loss, it does stimulate muscle growth and development. Muscles require more energy, raising your basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR is the rate your body burns through calories while at rest, so a higher BMR translates to weight loss as long as you don’t consume additional foods and stick to your normal diet.

Use Water to Burn Fat

Competitive swimmers often consume massive amounts of calories — more calories than any other athlete in a different field. Olympic swimmers are known to consume more than 10,000 calories when training — 4 times the required calories of a normal person. One factor that allows them to burn through all that calories is water. Water disperses body heat, forcing the body to burn fat in order to maintain optimal temperatures. This process is called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is an automatic response of the body when exposed to cold temperatures. Soaking on a cold bath for 30 minutes burns as much as a 30-minute walk. Of course, you don’t need freezing temperatures for cold baths to work; water at 60 F is enough to ramp up your metabolism by almost quadruple.

Everyone should maintain a healthy weight, and one way to do that is exercise. However, if you despise exercise or you’re just not able at the moment, you can still lose that weight through diet, modern devices, and soaking in a cold bath.