Despite what some people say, it’s not hard to lose weight. Anyone can pick up a fad diet and see a few pounds fall off in the short term. The trouble, as with anything, is sticking to a lifestyle. Fad diets only get you so far, and by the time you say “forget this” and go back to eating normally, you gain the weight right back.
Today we’re going over some of the best ways you can lose weight by changing your lifestyle. Remember, as with anything in life, you need to be dedicated to losing weight and you need to be consistent in your lifestyle changes.
Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is a huge factor in weight gain. If you’re constantly staying up too late, you’re likely sleeping in too late. If you’re sleeping in too late, you’re likely slowing your metabolism considerably. Not to mention, when you stay up later at night, you’re more likely to snack on junk food before bed and then sleep on empty calories.
One of the best places to start when it comes to shifting to a healthier lifestyle is with your sleep. Try to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier. There are a lot of positive associations with people who awake early and start their day off in an active way.
Waking early means you have more time in the morning to yourself. Use this time wisely! You’re trying to get healthier, so why not exercise? Consider getting an exercise mat or a treadmill so you can work out at home before work. This will not only be good for you, but it gets your blood pumping and adrenaline up for the day!
Exercise is one of the key ways to lose weight. Most people find that the more they work out, the more they want to work out. This, in turn, develops muscles that are better at burning calories, helping you keep the weight off. It’s a really positive, self-reinforcing cycle that keeps you healthier. Not to mention, you’ll look great with those fit, toned muscles!
Don’t Skip Breakfast
You might be noticing a theme here: your mornings are really quite important. After your morning workout, make sure you grab a big, hardy breakfast. Seriously, go all out. Sausage, eggs, fruit, grits, whatever otherwise healthy foods you want to layer on. If you have a big breakfast, you’re actually helping yourself to lose weight.
Here’s what we mean: when you skip breakfast, you put your metabolism in slow-motion. By the time lunch rolls around, you’re sort of hungry, so you have a medium-sized lunch. Then, your metabolism kicks in, you start getting hungry, and by dinner you have a huge meal. Then you snack all night until bed time, when you sleep on those calories. Why not reverse this trend, front-load the calories and burn them off throughout the day? It’s way better for you!
Drink More Water
Stop drinking all those sodas and beers. Liquid calories are really, really hard to notice: they creep up on you. They don’t make you feel full, and then you throw food on top of them. Often, these liquid calories are comprised mostly of sugar, meaning your body pretty much instantly stores them as fat.
Instead of drinking sodas, consider drinking black coffee or tea for your caffeine. As for the beer, it might be better for you to simply not drink alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight. While not exactly “good” for you, if you would like to drink but don’t want the calories, most hard liquors are nearly zero calorie.