Are you living a fast paced life where hitting the gym is completely impossible to find the time for?
Then simple daily health tweaks and making it a habit can bring about positive effects for your weight loss efforts.
By simply making smart lifestyle choices, you do not have to workout extra hours, starve yourself, or go into weight loss diets that seems to never satisfy your hunger.
Studies conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health proved that individuals who skip their morning meals raise their risk of high blood pressure, coronary diseases, obesity and diabetes. Good breakfast choices also matter when you want to lose weight or simply stay in shape.
Sticking to complex carbohydrates and lean proteins such as eggs and wheat toast will suffice. Getting up 10 to 20 minutes earlier and doing some light cardio can also help. Cleaning your home quickly can be a great ritual to adopt. Not only you get to keep a clean home, you also get a light workout.
Your metabolism during your night’s rest slows down. If you are taking thermogenic fat burners or other weight loss aids, taking them before eating your breakfast helps you jumpstart your metabolism and fat burning process for the entire day.
After you make sure that the supplements you take are safe and are approved by physicians, you can start taking them 20 to 30 minutes before your breakfast. Thermogenic fat burners are the likes of forskolin pills, green tea extract, raspberry ketones and garcinia cambogia. Though these supplements claim to help you lose weight, the best recommendations by professionals are still exercise and proper diet.
All Throughout The Day
Staying hydrated is the best way to stave off hunger – and what better way to achieve that than by drinking water. Cold water is preferable as it helps you burn off more calories. Since your body has to maintain a nearly fixed temperature, it needs to work extra hard in order to heat up the cold water you drank to reach your body temperature.
This allows your body to consume more calories due to this process. Stay Away from sugary drinks, and even fruit juices. Train yourself to only drink water and nothing else.
Another ritual you can use is to make your own lunch. You can prepare your lunch the night before and simply heat it up in a microwave before you eat it. This ritual will prevent you from buying unhealthy foods. Packed lunch also allows you to have a better control of your calorie intake. You can find simple but delicious meal prep recipes online.
If you sit at a desk the entire day, try to stand up at least once or twice every hour. Walk around at a quicker pace during a phone call or when you are taking your breaks and make sure to skip unhealthy snacks.
It is easy to grab a bag of potato chips from a vending machine during breaks, but always keep in mind that healthy food can also be quick and easy. Instead of eating cookies, biscuits or chips, you can snack on nuts like almonds and walnuts. You can also eat fruits as snacking alternatives.
Treat your evenings like it is your day off. If you have little kids, you can pick them up from school and take them to a nearby park. You can also grab some celery sticks, cucumbers or baby carrots and hummus along the way to snack on. You can join your kids running around and playing.
Aside from strengthening your familial bond, you also help burn off calories and at the same time keep your kids healthy. If you are not rushing, you can pick up your kids and walk home along the sidewalks of your city. This avoids the rush-hour traffic we all dread and at the same time give you the exercise you need.
While preparing dinner, you can put on upbeat music and dance around. Avoid getting takeouts or food deliveries as these foods always contain more sugar, more salt, more fat and more junk your body does not need.
Turn off the TV while eating dinner to avoid mindless eating. Eliminate alcohol and smoking for good. They only raise your bad cholesterol and put you at risk of a stroke and other heart related diseases.
Regulate your sleep to help prevent hormone imbalance. Lack of sleep usually causes weight gain, anxiety, and depression. When you do not sleep well, you do not live well. According to the National Sleep Foundation, young adults to older adults should get at least 7 hours to 9 hours of sleep to maintain an optimal cognitive function.