The road to healthy and fit lifestyle can be a winding one. It is inevitable that you will encounter challenges and setbacks regardless of how diligent you are with your fitness regimen and how powerful you are in the process. You will encounter life issues that will affect your weight loss progress or your efforts. So what can you do to stay on track? Here are some healthy habits you can incorporate into your lifestyle to better manage through these events.
Fill your home with nutritious foods you love – including fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are still buying junk foods and fatty foods, even for others in the home, you will be more tempted to eat these foods and could fall away from your diet. With healthy foods that you enjoy in the home, you won’t have a chance to fall into temptation. For ideas, check out my articles on 5 staples for your freezer and 10 healthy food options to stock in your fridge and pantry.
When the weather is nice outside, try taking a quick, brisk walk before you eat lunch or dinner. You will benefit by burning a few extra calories, and chances are after some exercise you will be less likely to eat foods that are unhealthy. You will also feel really good and have a lower chance of overeating.
Instead of eating three large meals during the day, it is a good idea to break things up a bit more, and try to eat about six smalls meals each day. This is a good idea because it keeps your blood sugar levels at a steady pace, and it will reduce the amount of food cravings you have.
Take the time to eat slowly. It can take the brain up to 20 minutes to give you the “full” signal, so take small bites and chew each mouthful 30 to 50 times. If you eat quickly, you may feel uncomfortably full by the time your brain registers the amount of food that’s in your stomach.
Eat smaller portions. Modern portion sizes, especially when eating out, are nearly double the size they used to be. Choosing healthy food is a great start, but if you do not control how big your portions are, that healthy dish could have twice the calories than expected.
Has your weight appear to hit a plateau? Remember that scales can be very misleading when you’re on a weight loss program. If you’re also exercising, you are putting on muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. This means you’re also putting on weight, even if you are losing fat. So, instead of standing on the scale, use a tape measure or see if your clothes are fitting a bit looser. You may have achieved more progress than you realized.
I hope these ideas and tips will be helpful on your journey to a much healthier lifestyle.
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