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Losing weight isn’t easy…and keeping it off is even harder!
But for people who’ve successfully lost weight and kept it off, one of the keys turned out to be creating new habits. So here are six ways you can change your lifestyle to become thinner and healthier.
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1. It’s Not Just About Quantity
Quantity is VERY important, but so is the quality of your food!
You’re going to be losing weight a lot faster if you’re regularly taking in food that’s tasty, but healthy.
Consuming a diet rich in vitamins and protein will help you improve your body, which will increase your metabolism. So for breakfast, start making those eggs!
2. Here’s How Water Helps
I know a LOT of people talk about how water helps you lose weight, but here’s a quick roundup of the different ways it helps:
- It speeds up your metabolism
- It fills you up and keeps you from reaching for that bag of chips
- It helps you eat less during mealtime.
You just want to make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses a day.
Quick Hack! I found that if I quickly refilled my glass of water right after finishing it, I was more likely to hit, and even surpass my water intake for the day!
One of the newest forms of dieting is called intermittent fasting, which focuses less on how much you eat and more on when and how often you do so.
So for instance, you could do a 16/8 plan where you fast for 16 hours (you have dinner at 6 and don’t eat breakfast till 8 in the morning.)
Pro Tip: If it stays under 50 calories, you can drink a mug of coffee or tea during the fasting period. Just make sure to use real milk (or vegan milk), and/or a healthy sweetener like honey (not sugar), if you do decide to add anything.
4. Staying Active the Way You Want To
I think one of the best ways to stay active is to find something you like to do.
Into riding your bike around town? Go for it!
Swimming? Do it!
Hiking? Great idea!
A nice walk around the neighborhood in the cool of the evening? That’s fine. 🙂
It’s up to you, you’re in control here, but you just have to make sure that you do something to stay active.
5. These Drinks Are a No-Go
Drinks are WAY more easily consumed than food. They go down nicely, and all too often, we finish them without even thinking.
And that’s why you need to be careful about what kind of drinks you’re having throughout the day.
Drinking your calories is one of the EASIEST ways to gain weight.
Fruit juice should be kept to a minimum (it’s FULL of sugar) and you’ll definitely want to stay away from sugary Starbucks drinks and sodas.
It’s a given, but something that we still need to warn against.
6. Build a Night Routine?
Start making sleep a priority!
Insufficient sleep has been shown to be directly correlated with obesity in both childhood and adulthood. Sleeping more should not only help you lose weight but also help you feel and look better physically.
And one of the best ways to make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep is to develop a nightly routine to make sure you go to bed on time.
Dim the lights at a certain time and have a comforting bath. Read in bed. Have a calming cup of herbal tea.
Do whatever works for YOU, but make sure you start a routine that will send a signal to your brain, over time, that it’s time to wind down for bed.
Slowly but surely, all these new changes will begin adding up.
You may not even notice the improvement right away, but that’s the secret: tricking your body into living lighter and healthier without feeling like you’re giving anything up.
So give these tips a try yourself and let us know what you think!