How to Start Your Day the Weight Loss Way

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could just jump out of bed and kick your weight loss into high gear right away? Well, the truth is that you can! A few simple changes to your morning habits, and you'll get your body burning calories right off the bat. That calorie-burning can last all day long, leader to easier, more effective weight loss. Here's how to start your day the weight loss way:

Get Out of Bed Immediately

DO NOT hit the Snooze button! The more time you spend in bed, the longer it takes your body to "jump start". If you can jump out of bed the minute your alarm clock goes off, you'll be wide awake and give your body a jolt that will amp up energy levels immediately. It will help you avoid rolling over and drifting off again.

Open the Curtains

Did you know that sunlight can help you to lose weight? Not only will the UV light brighten your mood, but it can also increase your metabolism. This is because an increase in sunlight will decrease melatonin, the neurochemical that shuts down your body when it's time to sleep. By reducing melatonin production, you tell your body it's time to get to work for the day.

Sleep a Little More

If you're tired, you're going to have a hard time losing weight. Not only are you more likely to snack, but you'll have a harder time with your workout. Give yourself an extra half hour to sleep, and you'll be much more energized when you actually do get up for the day.

Get Active

Even if you don't want to do a full workout first thing in the morning, a few minutes of exercise can go a long way toward kicking your metabolism into high gear. The minute your feet hit the floor, do 50 jumping jacks, 30 crunches, 20 push-ups, and 15 squats. You'll flood your body with energy, and you'll find yourself ready to face the day with a much more positive outlook thanks to the endorphins released by your exercise.

Eat Right

A high-carb breakfast is NOT the best way to start the day. Instead, make it a breakfast with lots of protein, a decent quantity of healthy fats, and just enough complex carbs to give you the energy you need for the way. Protein is the key to increasing energy production for hours, and carbs will give you the short-term energy you need. A breakfast of eggs, ham, toast, and veggies will be the best way to start your day out right.

Walk to Work

The more active you are first thing in the morning, the more calories you will burn all day long. The way you start your day essentially "sets the tone" for your metabolism. By being more active right out of bed, you tell your body you'll need more energy throughout the day. But even if you don't have time to exercise, you can still walk to work. Park your car a few blocks away from the office, or even at the far end of the parking lot. Climb the stairs and move around as much as possible before settling into your comfy office chair.

Pack a Snack

Always have healthy snacks handy for those midday munchies! You're going to get hungry around noon, so make sure to have something healthy on hand--think almonds, peanuts, cashews, fruit slices, veggie sticks, string cheese, etc. This will keep your blood sugar levels (and energy levels) high and prevent you from wandering over to the vending machine when you feel hungry.

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