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Living a healthy lifestyle is conscious decision. It really is a lifestyle choice! It can be one of the best decisions that you can make for yourself! Here are 5 (more) tips for losing weight and living healthy!
You can read our original post 5 Rules For Weight Loss here!
- Protein is your friend!
This was the hardest rule for me personally to learn! Protein is your friend! You should have some sort of protein at every single meal (and snack!) Think about a handful of nuts or seeds for a snack. Add chicken to your salad. Whatever you do, add some protein to your meal! It will help you stay full longer!
- Come up with a plan for cravings.
Cravings are tough stuff! For me, if cupcakes are left unattended, it could be dangerous. And there is no such thing as one chocolate chip cookie! Sometimes it’s good to give into your cravings, but it’s also a good idea to not indulge to often. Come up with a plan before the craving starts so when you get one you have a plan of action!For me that means, when the cupcake craving starts ask yourself if you are really hungry. If so, reach for a healthy snack. If not put your plan into action! I read a book or take the dog for a walk. Usually after a few minutes I’ve forgotten about my craving. Find something that works for you! Maybe it’s calling a friend, working out, playing a game or listening to music.
- Don’t give up and don’t give in!
No one is perfect! Sometimes we give in to temptation. And that’s ok! Having a ‘cheat’ day is encourage by lots of professionals! If you starve yourself or cut out your favorite indulgences completely that can just be asking for a binge. But it’s important to know that if you fall off the wagon say at lunch, don’t have the attitude at dinner that you ‘already messed today up’ so you might as well go all out. Your day isn’t a loss!Even worse is when people give up. One bad day turns into a bad week. And if you have a bad week, they think what is the point?If you fall, get back up! Dust yourself off and go on! You are worth it!
- Eat regularly.
One way to avoid binging unexpectedly is to schedule and plan out your meals. And as a bonus, eating regularly is actually healthier for you! Aim to eat several times throughout the day! You may find yourself eating more than you were before! It’s ok!! When you are feeding yourself the right way your body will react the right way! You can have more energy, boost your metabolism and overall feel better!By planning your meals ahead you can save time, money and headaches of figuring out what to eat. And by scheduling your meals you know that you will never be hungry! Your body will thank you!
- Find a support system!
Switching to a healthy lifestyle is something that you should do for yourself. But it can be challenging at first! Having a good support system call really make all of the difference in succeeding! By having the support of a spouse, friend or team you can be held accountable and stay motivated!Join a class at the gym or see if your church or neighborhood has a group that meets to walk together. If there isn’t a group that you can find, start your own!