Weight loss isn’t easy, if it was everyone would be at their healthy goal weight but there is a reason why many countries are finding themselves topping the weight charts. A lot of people don’t have the time and the money to take care of themselves. So here are 6 small changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you drop a few pounds:
Drink more water: Skip the sodas and fruit juices that are full of sugar and opt for water. Water is so good for you and most adults are unaware that they are dehydrated. A good way to always keep yourself drinking water is to have a water bottle with a sports cap with you at all times. This will keep you drinking more and faster than having to fill up a cup of water.
Walk: To increase your daily exercise, try walking everywhere. If you need to run to the store and it’s within walking distance, go. Or if you are at work, take the stairs and not the elevator. Take 30 minutes out of your day to walk around your neighborhood. It is a great way to burn calories and get rid of stress.
Eat half: Eating out is always delicious and a good time! But restaurants tend over serve and dish out large portions. A good trick to keep in mind when eating out at a restaurant is to eat half of the plate or even split a meal with your friend. This is a good money saver as well! Ask your server for a to go box when your food arrives, take half of your meal and put it in the box and save for leftovers.
Eat breakfast: Do not skip breakfast! There is a reason why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. First of all it gives you energy for the day and prevents you from overeating at lunch. Eat a healthy breakfast: whole wheat toast, banana and egg whites. Or if you don’t have a lot time, try instant oatmeal or a cereal that is packed with fiber.
Eat six times a day: It is best to eat six small meals a day. That means breakfast, lunch and dinner are to be your slightly larger and healthier meals. Enjoy a small snack in between each meal and after dinner. These snacks should consist of nutritious things like a handful of almonds, an apple or a stick of string cheese. The key is to keep everything light and healthy; you will be less likely to over eat at meals with the snacks.
Sleep: Catching your z’s is so important not only for aiding in weight loss but in your daily life. Sleeping a good amount of uninterrupted sleep each night will help with stress and energy levels. Sometimes those who are overly tired will find less motivation to walk more or watch what they eat. Try to aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Turn off all distractions and lower the temperature to help you fall asleep faster.
– By Heather Smith
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to summer nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.firstname.lastname@example.org.