21 April 2021
Lifestyle habits that will help you lose weight naturally
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight doesn’t take as much effort as you may think. Seeing other healthy people’s habits might make you say to yourself, “I could never do all of that.” But in actual fact you can!
Leading a life that is comprised of many, small, healthy habits that you continue to follow every day is the key ingredient to achieving an optimal weight and health. Healthy habits don’t have to be complicated or burdensome, and you can easily incorporate them into your own fitness and food planning.
In fact, living a healthy lifestyle with the right habits can often change your life (for the better) in ways you never imagined. There’s a saying that goes, ‘You don’t decide your future. You decide your habits that decide your future.’
It takes a sincere want to change the way you live, move, and eat coupled with bit of effort, motivation, and discipline to get the results you desire. If you are committed to this recipe for the long term, you will find yourself losing weight and keeping it off. To help you get started here are some foundational tips that will put you on your way to happier and healthier you.
#1 Wake Up Early
Waking up early means you have more hours in the day to do things that will benefit your body, mind and soul. So many people neglect their precious early hours of the day. Waking up early allows you more time to make a healthy breakfast, do some light exercise or stretches or even meditate which can all contribute to a healthier body weight.
In fact previous studies have also shown that eating earlier in the day may help with weight loss and lower the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Researchers from The Obesity Society (TOS) have found that people who wake up early and go to bed at a decent hour are more likely to have a balanced diet than those who stay up later, because early risers instinctively choose to eat healthier foods earlier in the day.
Additionally, research done by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that “the earlier people were exposed to light during the day, the lower individuals’ body mass index. Conversely the later the hour of moderately bright light exposure, the higher a person’s BMI.
#2 Create a good morning routine
We only have limited time each day, so we need to make each morning count. So many people underestimate how much a good morning routine can really change their life. Having a good morning routine can make or break your day.
In addition to being able to eat a healthy breakfast and get some exercise early on in the day, a good morning routine increases productivity, provides a sense of being in control, allows you more time to prepare yourself for the day ahead, helps lower stress and boosts energy levels, all of which contribute to an overall healthier mind, body and spirit that will aid you to achieve optimal body weight.
Incorporating a healthy and fulfilling breakfast in your morning routine will make you feel fuller and have more energy throughout the day, so you won’t feel as inclined to reach for late night snacks that are most likely preventing you from achieving your ideal weight.
#3 Consume Carbohydrates
Chances are your outlook is less than favorable when you hear carbs. After all, just look at all those high protein/low carb diets.
You might be thinking carbs are only breads, pastas, sugars, and starchy vegetables, right? All of which we’ve been told to stay as far away as possible from.
But surprise! Our bodies actually need carbs. The problem isn’t carbs, it’s the type of carbs that we are consuming. The ones we should be avoiding are found in white flours, processed sugars, and white rice.
The ones we should be consuming, however, are found in foods like oatmeal, whole grains, and brown rice. These types of carbs are called Complex Carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates help provide your body with fuel and energy. They pack in more nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber than simple carbs.
Complex carbohydrates have more fiber and take longer to digest. This also makes them more filling, which makes them a good weight-loss choice. They’re also beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes, as they help to control blood sugar spikes after meals.
#4 Get daily cardio
Research shows that cardiovascular workouts are imperative to a long, healthy life and achieving optimal weight.
Whether it’s a daily walk or intense run on the treadmill, there are so many benefits to getting your heart rate up!
Including cardio in your day not only helps reduce body weight but also helps lower your chances of heart disease and diabetes. Both of which are life threatening and far too common in our society.
By committing to a daily cardio workout, be it big or small, you can lower your chances of those, and many other illnesses and lose unwanted extra weight. Talk about a small change with a big, long-lasting impact!
#5 Portion Control
Have you ever heard the saying, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach?”
It’s easy to overestimate how much food you really need to consume in order to feel full and satisfied, which is why it’s important to go out of your way to monitor your portion sizes.
Before you grab a plate, remember that quality is more important than quantity.
Pay attention to what you’re about to consume, not how much. Just because you’re eating a salad, doesn’t mean its necessarily good for you. Dressings can contain simple sugars, chemicals, and heavy fat content.
In reality, eating too much of anything is bound to make you feel bad, regardless of how good it tastes. Just think about the last time you ate a few too many slices of pizza!
Remember at the end of the day it’s all about achieving balance in your life. Put your health first and reap the rewards.
Important Note: It’s important that you seek the advice and approval from your health care provider prior to making any drastic changes to your diet or exercise.