Whether you are seeking to lose weight or simply maintain the weight loss you have already achieved, it’s important to develop a few good daily habits to sustain good health. Depending on the nature of the habit, it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 40 weeks to add a new daily practice into your routine as being automatic. Some habits are easier to incorporate into your daily routine while others require more persistence in the time leading up to them becoming habits.
In forming good habits for weight loss, it’s important to maintain a patient and persistent attitude. By focusing on the positives of what life will be like with your new habit incorporated, it will be easier to reach that plateau where weight loss habits become the every day norm.
Here are six habits for weight loss to incorporate into your daily routine. Try adding one new positive, healthy habit per month to your daily arsenal to sustain a healthful existence at your target weight:
1. Drink water upon awakening. One of the best practices you can develop is to drink more water. The average person walks around all day essentially dehydrated. The body works better when it is hydrated. To achieve a healthy level of hydration, begin by drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up. It’s easy to get distracted and forget to drink water throughout the day. Start each day on the right foot by remembering to drink water before the day’s distractions creep their way into your life.
2. Count calories. Calories are the measurement of how much energy we are consuming. If we consume too much energy, it is stored as fat. The body works more optimally with fewer of these energy reserves. Weight loss is all about burning more calories than you consume. Get a grip on this all-important measurement by using weight loss apps for counting calories.
3. Exercise. View any day that passes in which you do not elevate and sustain your heart rate at a level intended to increase cardiovascular fitness as a failed day (except for one day per week in which it is reasonable to rest). You’ve got to exercise your body. It’s meant to be used. Exercise does not have to be intimidating or scary. Do whatever it takes to get moving. Play tennis. Power walk on a treadmill while watching your favorite TV shows. Jog around your neighborhood. Lift weights in a gym. It really doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as what you’re doing is getting your heart pumping and causing you to break into a nice sweat.
4. Sleep. A good night’s sleep is the backbone of a healthy lifestyle. The amount of sleep you require each night varies from person to person. Whatever your ideal number of hours slept is, prioritize getting that much sleep each night. Add more years to your life and enjoy better all-around health by giving your body the sleep it requires each night.
5. Eat whole foods. A high energy diet is not built on Pop-Tarts and Doritos. Most processed food that comes in a box or a bag is basically just a clever rearrangement of corn. You’ve got to diversify your diet by eating real, whole foods. Snack on a handful of almonds. Make a salad with dinner each night. Choose clean sources of lean protein. Avoid food that comes in a box, bag, or contains ingredients you are unable to pronounce. Eating is really not too difficult. Just choose foods that have never seen the inside of a factory or processing plant.
6. Chill out. Indeed, stress is linked to weight gain and premature death. There is no substitute for a life with a manageable amount of stress. Find the sources of excess stress in your life and remove them. Evenings should be spent relaxed and reading a stimulating book not bogged down in a quagmire of anxiety and stress that contributes to unhealthy habits like overeating and drug abuse. Life will be as peaceful as you make it so find a way to carve out your peaceful temple in the mind amid all the chaos.