If health advise and tips haven’t taken over your social media timelines at this point it’s safe to assume you live under a rock. With all these tips, what is the real tea? It’s simple really: Big changes can be made from small but smart habits.
1. Set Small Goals
Set small goals for yourself daily that you know are achievable and within reach. Whether it’s “add one more minute to my exercise time” or “make one healthy recipe today,” one small positive action begets another.
2. Eat Veggies
“Instead of denying yourself the foods you love, focus on replacing some with nutritious, healthful foods.” Veggies are low in calories yet will keep you full. “Filling up on these can help curb your appetite while you’re watching your weight.” Whether you’re making swaps throughout the day like Kara, who lost 30 pounds in four months (she has spinach in her morning smoothies, big salads for lunch, and zucchini noodles for dinner), or finishing your day with tons of vegetables for dinner like Taylor (who also lost 30 pounds), this small choice can help you lose major weight.
3. Practice Portion Control
Slow down, be conscious of how much you’re eating, put your fork down in between bites, and don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach!
4. Don’t Drink Calories
It may be a tough change at first, but it gets easier: “Your taste buds completely change once you stop eating all the added sugar.” Try swapping in as much water as possible, as staying hydrated can also help you feel satiated.
5. Snack Better
People who lose weight don’t have to cut out snacks, they just snack smarter. If you get into a routine of reaching for these options, you’ll avoid the pitfalls of sugary snacks. Snack on veggies and hummus or even an apple with peanut butter. These healthier snacks (with a good balance of healthy fats and protein) will keep you from making poorer food choices.
It’s no secret that more movement leads to more weight-loss success. “Regular physical activity is a key component when trying to maintain or lose weight.” Quick Fact: Movement doesn’t necessarily mean gym time.
7. Balance Cardio With Weight Training
A mix of cardio with resistance and weight training is the most effective way to lose weight with exercise. “Working strength training into your schedule a few times a week can help you build muscle and burn calories. It’s a great way to mix up your fitness routine and prevent injuries.”
As always, remember that a healthy eating habits and workout routines are a lifestyle and not just something you do every-now-and-then. Take number 1 seriously and set small goals for yourself, don’t beat yourself up for not making progress the first day and remember that healthy can be tasty too.