Loss Habit Changing - 9 Healthy Weight Loss Habits
you want to lose weight, you need to start adopting healthy habits.
You need to change your lifestyle into a healthier one. Here are
a few ways you can achieve that.
#1: Do your own groceries.
at home is one of the best decisions you'll make on your weight
loss journey. You can eat outside from time to time or buy takeaways
but most of your meals should be homemade. So adopt the habit
of doing your own groceries and get used to preparing healthy
meals using fresh ingredients as far as possible like vegetables,
fruits, legumes, lean meat and wholegrains. Only use canned
foods sparingly as they are usually high in sodium which isn't
good for weight loss. Resist the temptation to buy soft drinks,
fruit juices with added sugar, calorie-laden snacks like biscuits,
donuts, pastries, deep fried potato chips. All these don't have
much nutritional value and will make you gain weight if you
overindulge in them.
meals don't need to be complicated. For cooking methods, favor
steaming, boiling, baking and stir frying over deep frying.
Not all your foods need to be cooked. You can make a delicious
and filling salad without any fatty dressing. Here is a simple
and healthy salad recipe:
Boiled broccoli florets
Grilled chicken breast strips
Hard boiled eggs
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Drizzle of olive oil
healthy salad can keep you satiated for hours and can easily
be used for lunch and dinner. You can omit certain ingredients
or add more if you like, just make a salad your own way. Making
salads is all about creativity. Other ingredients you can use
include grilled fish fillet strips, corn, asparagus, green beans,
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#2: Tupperware will be your best friend.
you go to work, if you don't bring your own food, it's highly
likely you'll eat takeaways or fast foods. If you are used to
homemade foods, then it's not difficult to take it to work.
You just need proper planning. An easy way to carry your food
is to use tupperware. Prepare a wholewheat sandwich at home,
add some roasted chicken, lettuce, tomatoes with some olive
oil and there you have a healthy lunch. You can also use a fruit
as a dessert like an apple. Yesterday's leftovers are also practical
to prepare tomorrow's lunch.
#3: Opt for walking instead of taking the car.
many times have you used your car for simple errands? Let your
car stay in the garage and walk instead if the destination is
not far away. You can do some brisk walking too for accelerated
weight loss. In our modern society, many of us are used to sitting
in front of a computer and sitting in the car for hours. It's
time to become less sedentary if you want to lose weight faster.
Another tip is to use the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Become more physically active and burning more calories will
become a natural process for you. Each and every little activity
you do counts towards your long term weight loss goals.
#4: Sip water throughout the day.
you have started to do your own groceries, you're already on
the path for healthy weight loss. But it's also vital to drink
enough water everyday along with proper nutrition. Have a glass
of water with each meal and sip water throughout the day. Water
is essential for hydrating your body, preventing constipation
which is nefarious for weight loss and for general health. Without
adequate water intake everyday, weight loss will become more
#5: Get adequate sleep.
weight is not only about exercising and eating right. Adequate
rest is fundamental too because when you're not in shape due
to insufficient rest, your metabolism will become more slugglish.
This is a bad thing for weight loss because the slower your
metabolism, the harder it is for your body to burn fat even
when at rest. Having adequate sleep every night and being in
shape contribute to faster weight loss. 7-8 hours of quality
sleep every night is a must for weight loss adherents. If you
can go to bed before midnight, it's better. Sleep early and
rise early is recommended.
#6: Have a solid nutritious breakfast.
the day with a healthy breakfast is something weight loss enthusiasts
should do. Breakfast is the time when you can eat more because
you'll need energy throughout the day. A bowl of wholegrain
oats with low-fat milk, 1 apple/banana, 1-2 eggs is a solid
nutritious breakfast which will kick your metabolism into high
gear first thing in the morning and keep you satiated for hours.
Skipping breakfast is not a good idea as you don't want to starve
yourself when you wake up. Actually this has a negative effect
for weight loss.
#7: Avoid eating too heavy at night.
is the time when you should eat less, focus more on protein
and fiber and reduce or skip your carbs intake. You don't need
a lot of energy at night as your body will be more at rest.
A filling salad is a solid dinner or you can also have baked
fish with some veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus,
green beans, spinach and healthy fats like olive oil.
#8: Vary your workout routine.
weight has a lot to do with psychology and mindset. If you are
exercising day in day out and doing the same thing over and
over again, you might get bored and get demotivated. Spice up
your workout routine to motivate yourself. Vary the exercises,
instead of jogging every time, why not do some cycling, aerobics
or even swimming. Or if you still want to jog, vary the running
pace. The High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) strategy is
less monotonous. By alternating between fast, medium and slow
pace, your workout becomes more challenging, exciting and fun.
Weight loss is not only about cardio training. You can sculpt,
tone and shape your body by building lean muscle which helps
weight loss. Add some strength training too like weight training
and bodyweight exercises.
Rule #9: Avoid late night partying and the booze.
and drinking at pubs every weekend is counterproductive for
your weight loss goals. Late night partying is bad for your
metabolism as you sleep very late and won't have a good night
sleep along with the alcohol intake. Drinking every weekend
affects your metabolism too and makes you more prone to fat
storage notably if you indulge in an excess of beers. Beers
have mostly empty calories and if you drink pint after pint,
the calories quickly add up and you'll gain more belly fat.
It's ok to have a few drinks or go clubbing every few weeks
but moderation is key as well. Don't stay up too late at night
or drink too much. But to be honest, night life and alcohol
don't mix with weight loss and fitness.