The way you approach eating, exercising, and living your life can have a very noticeable effect on your weight. If you live a healthy life, you’ll very likely get to a healthy weight. Live a life of excess and you’ll definitely notice it around your midsection! Below we’ve got a few simple lifestyle tips to help speed up your weight loss. Try these things to lose weight fast:
Prepare Your Meals
One of the most common reasons for overeating is that we prepare too much food, so we end up eating it all rather than letting there be any sort of leftovers. Or, we simply end up eating because we feel hungrier than we actually are. To avoid this problem, prepare your meals ahead of time. Cook meals for your week and place them in the freezer. When it comes time to eat, simply remove the meal, heat it up, and enjoy. You’ll be far less likely to overeat!
Brown Bag It
Don’t risk overeating or making poor eating choices when you go out with your work buddies to grab a bite to eat. Brown-bagging your lunch is the best way to take control of your meals and be 100% certain you’re eating only healthy foods. It may not be the “trendy” thing to do, but it’s definitely the healthier choice.
Studies have proven that people who eat a lot of takeout food (more than 6 times per week) have higher cholesterol levels, as well as higher body fat. The oversized portions of takeout food are very likely one cause, but the low-quality ingredients are another. If you’re going to eat out, make sure to eat at a restaurant that serves high quality, fresh-cooked food.
Boost Your Mood
Stress, anxiety, and depression can lead to emotional eating, which is the worst kind of eating/snacking there is! No one ever stocks up on veggies or whole grains when they’re eating their feelings, but they lean toward salty and sweet snacks. To combat this problem, eat foods that boost your mood. A high fruit and veggie intake can do a lot to raise your mood and make you feel better about yourself. 5+ servings of raw food per day ought to do the trick.
Save Sports Drinks for Sports
If you’re a professional athlete, it’s okay to drink sports drinks and energy drinks before a high-intensity match. But if you’re someone who works at an office desk all day long, perhaps it’s better to say no. These drinks stimulate your central nervous system, make you antsy, and add unnecessary calories to your day. You’re better off drinking water flavored with lime, vinegar, or just plain water.
Say No to Comfort Food
When you’re feeling blue or fighting stress, it’s so tempting to give in to your desire for comfort food. But that just sets a dangerous precedent that food is the solution to all your problems. You only feel better for a few minutes after eating, then you get hit with more feelings of guilt because you know you made the wrong choice. Instead of eating your feelings, find something to distract yourself: a movie, TV show, video game, or book. Take your mind off the problem until the craving passes.
Stress can lead to excess weight gain, overeating, and slower metabolism, as well as reduced immunity to disease. If you want to improve your health and increase your chances of actually losing weight, it’s important to unwind and de-stress. Find relaxing activities that help you to take a load off at the end of a long work day or week.