7 Healthy Habits For Weight Loss
There are so many different strategies surrounding weight loss, many are overly complicated and confusing more often than not. Sustainable weight loss requires that you change your exercise and eating habits. But these are only a start, it’s a good idea to monitor other decisions you make every day, such as the length of time you spend asleep and online, other habits affect your ability to lose weight too. Here are some healthy habits to lose weight that can speed your progress toward your weight-loss goal.
1. Keep your goals realistic
Setting your goal as regaining the body you had in your teens is probably a stretch, for most, if not all, people. Especially if you need to lose 40-50 pounds to achieve this. The best advice is to leave that goal alone, for now, start with trying to lose 2 pounds a week until you have lost 10% of the weight you need to lose. This you will have many successes along the way, these will help keep you motivated. Remember how long it took you to put on this weight, it will take time to lose it.
2. Keep a daily journal
Keeping track of the daily habits you are trying to implement and the ones you are trying to change helps you stay accountable for and aware of behaviors; it will also allow you keep track of progress towards your goals. A little black book should suffice.
3. Don’t go it alone
This is essential to success, at least try and find one person to take this journey with you. It doesn’t matter who, what matters is that you have someone there to give you a push when you need it and help keep you accountable. Weight watchers have been helping people in this fashion for years.
4. Mix it up
One of the main reasons people fail is that they try the same old routine that didn’t work the last time. Try something new, something exciting, go dancing instead of running, rock climbing instead of swimming. Adding some variety to your daily exercise routines will help you sustain them for longer.
You never know what you’ll discover next. Try new things, it may just be the thing you need.
5. Get enough sleep
It’s difficult to measure precisely how much sleep each person needs; we have all heard that you need 8 hours of sleep every night. This is not the case for everyone, some people can operate on far less sleep, and others need much more. Your routine should be simple, try to wake up feeling refreshed.
6. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
You cannot afford to skip breakfast, You need to learn to eat breakfast every day, and more importantly, enjoy it. Take your time, practice techniques that will slow your breakfast down.
This will help kick start your metabolic rate, early and maintain it for the day.
7. Step away from the screens
So many people make the excuse that they don’t have enough time in their day to change these bad habits. But most people find time in their days to keep up with the Kardashians or connect with their friends on Facebook. This week, do yourself a favor, keep track of the amount of time you spend on your phone, laptop/PC and watching TV, You will find you have plenty of time to devote to healthier pastimes.
Follow these tip and you will create some healthy habits for life that will set you up for success. And remember, once you create one healthy habit, it becomes easier to create other healthy habits on top of that. It’s like the snowball effect. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.