The difference between where you are and who you want to be is what you do to get there.
Weight loss is a challenge we all face. You may not be able to lose weight like you did in your 20's. Maybe you put on a few extra pounds this year working from home. Perhaps your last doctor visit was not as optimal and now you have to change your diet due to a diabetes diagnosis. The internet and media are loaded with differing opinions of the best and most effective weight loss diets and methods. The truth is no one plan works for everyone. You are unique and your approach to weight loss should be too.
With that in mind, hands down the best method you can use to achieve greater weight loss is to influence balance whenever possible.
Let’s break down five of the most important habits you can integrate into your life in order to lose weight and keep it off using a balanced diet as the foundation.
The 5 Habits
Stay hydrated. This is one of the most overlooked components when it comes to weight management. Not only is our body made up of at least 60% water, but hydration is important in muscle growth, circulation, healthy skin, and promoting healthy bowel function and more. Staying hydrated helps to remove toxins, flush out waste and promotes weight management as we often confuse thirst with hunger.
Wake up earlier. This is one habit that everyone could aspire to. Waking up early gets your system into a natural circadian rhythm. It also promotes feeling tired enough at night to get to bed at an opportune time allowing you to get enough sleep. When you sleep better you feel more energized, and promote a healthier weight.
Eat fibrous foods. According to health.harvard.edu ,on average, American adults eat 10 to 15 grams of total fiber per day, while the USDA's recommended daily amount for adults up to age 50 is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Not only is fiber essential in balancing out carbohydrate levels, but it is also a crucial element in weight loss.
Additionally, fiber has also been shown to limit inflammation and be a great tool for recycling cholesterol.
Eat until satisfied not full. When you eat until you are full, you have overeaten. Our society serves up images and plates that are 2 - 3 servings per person and we have come to believe that it is a single serving. We live in a supersize world. Eat until you are no longer hungry and not stuffed, you will consume less calories and become more mindful of what and how much you eat.
Move more. Simply by being more active throughout the day, you start to increase your energy expenditure and influence weight loss. Doing simple things like parking further away at a grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator or doing planks or push ups during commercial breaks while watching your favorite tv show will make a big impact on your weight loss journey.
Successful Habits Instill Positive Lifestyle Behaviors
Your best bet at losing weight is to try out new things. Try eating more homecooked meals and see how your body responds. Add an extra vegetable with your meal or incorporate more walks into your week and see how you feel.
At the end of the day, instilling more active and healthy habits will be a step in the right direction for a successful weight loss journey. There are many habits you could implement for healthy weight loss. By implementing just one you are sure to see a change into your life.
Which of these habits resonated with you? Send me an email or let me know on social media, I'd love to hear from you.