We all know that diet and exercise are the two most important elements in weight loss, but they’re not the ONLY elements. You’ve also got to make sure you’re living a lifestyle that is conducive to burning fat and cutting calories. Below are a few lifestyle tips for effective weight loss we highly recommend:
Watch the Booze
Just cutting alcohol from your life may be enough to promote serious weight loss! Wine and beer both contain around 100 to 150 calories per serving—the darker the beer/wine, the more calories. While studies have proven that wine and dark beer can both be heart-smart, they’re a food to reduce when trying to lose weight. Cut alcohol for one month, and you may see a serious difference in your waistline!
Be More Active
This has nothing to do with going to the gym more—instead, it’s all about moving around throughout the day and being more active on the weekend. You can only burn so many calories at the gym before you run out of steam. If your workouts are the only exercise you do, you’ll be in for much slower weight loss. On the other hand, if you’re constantly moving (walking around the office, taking your dog for a daily stroll, playing with your kids, cleaning your house, etc.), you’ll always be burning calories. The result will be much more effective weight loss over time!
This is one thing that all healthy people understand. Cooking your own meals gives you control over what you put in your body, and it will help you to be more conscious of your food choices. At the same time, cooking can be a great way to de-stress and move around more, meaning you’re spending less time sitting on the sofa. Instead of ordering takeout every night, get up and prepare yourself a delicious, healthy meal.
This may be the last thing you want to hear. After all, you’re young, vibrant, and have a great social life, right? Well, going out often means drinking or eating, both of which involve extra calories and often unhealthy food. Staying in may not be the most fun, but it will help you to avoid eating or drinking the wrong thing. You can always get your friends to come over for a game night. Or why not plan activities that get you out of the house but KEEP you away from bars, clubs, and restaurants?
Make Healthier Dining Choices
If you had to choose between a meal at MacDonalds and Souplantation, it would be pretty clear which choice is healthier, right? But you have that same choice at every restaurant you go to. You can choose the visually appealing but less healthy choice, or you can make smart food choices. It’s all about knowing what’s good to eat and being able to set aside your desires long enough to do what’s right.
You’d be amazed by how much damage stress can do to your body. Not only will it stop you from leading a healthy life, but it can actually slow down your metabolism and prevent weight loss. Cutting back on stress is one of the most important lifestyle tips for effective weight loss. How can you reduce stress in your busy life? Find the things that are stressing you out most (your commute, your boss, a coworker, etc.) and find a way to make those things less stressful. If that means listening to an audiobook as you drive, having a talk with HR, or making peace with your coworker, so be it. You’re doing it for your health’s sake!