If you’ve decided to change you health and/or appearance, you’ve taken the most important and easiest step of the process! Much harder is actually implementing the behavior necessary to lose weight or start leading a more nutritious lifestyle.
A weight loss or nutrition goal should be approached like a marathon, using a slow but steady method. Eating better or less can be relatively easy for a few days, but your good intentions can quickly come crashing down. Aim for new habits that can show results as soon as possible but also stand the test of time. Here are four easy to implement tricks that can help you on a day-to-day basis on your journey to a slimmer, healthier life:
1. Sleep more
A lack of sleep can cause hormone and chemical imbalances in your body. It can also weaken your metabolism, the process by which your body burns calories for energy. Getting more and better sleep on a nightly basis will balance the insulin, leptin, ghrelin, cortisol, adrenaline, and human growth hormone in your blood and make sure that you’re functioning in optimal form.
2. Drink more water
Many of the cravings and sensations of hunger you feel throughout the day might actually be caused by a lack of hydration, and can be easily quieted with a tall glass of water. So before you reach for a snack or sit down for a meal, drink a glass or two of water in order to balance your ravenous appetite and eat only what you really need to. Drinking enough water is really important, as your body requires hydration to complete all of its internal processes and run properly. Drink more!
3. Eat more often
The WAY you eat is just as important as WHAT you eat.
Instead of only focusing on which foods you will NOT eat from now on, do some research and figure out which healthier foods you can substitute into your daily diet. Adding more nutritious foods, and eating smaller amounts throughout the day instead of depriving yourself will prove to be a better method to losing the extra pounds you’re carrying around. Start small, with a mission of eating one healthy and complete meal a day, minus all the junk you used to consume before. Any long term health/diet plan should be built of delicious, quality foods – preventing you from jumping ship and helping you accomplish your long-term goals.
4. Get off your butt
Lots of jobs keep people sitting at a desk for extended periods of time. This is not the active lifestyle our bodies were designed for. A lack of activity can contribute to a host of diseases and sicknesses. It’s simply just not healthy. Counteract the tendency to be stationery by getting up and moving around more often:
– Break from your work every half an hour and walk around the office or hallway.
– Go on walks outdoors
– Walk around the house during television commercials
You get the idea.