5 Long-Term Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight!
If getting fit is on your list of 2018 resolutions, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s harder to make a 180 degree change in lifestyle, so I find, the best way to get on the right track is to begin with one small thing at a time. It may be one habit you need to incorporate in your life, which may garner some results that, in turn, will motivate you to do more.
So, I’m starting out by listing 5 long-term habits that I try to follow on a daily basis. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!
1. Spike Your Heart Rate
No time for the gym today? That’s okay, try spiking your heart rate to a high level, about 2 to 3 times in the day. Just finished a phone call and have a minute to yourself? Do the high knees for a minute? Take the stairs instead of the elevator, that should do it! Spiked heart rates, mean you’re burning more stored energy, a.k.a calories. This can lead to weight loss, because no more fat storing! That being said, do attempt to go to the gym or work out as much as possible.
2. Drink Water… Infused Water
This isn’t the first time you’re hearing this, I’m sure. But download an app that reminds you to drink more water, if need be. This will curb excess hunger, keep you energised, and make sure your bodily functions are on the right track.
If you’d like, you can even try infused water (orange, strawberry, cinnamon, cucumber, lime, etc…), where you submerge fruits, spices, and vegetables in your water. A quick search on infused water will give you plenty of options. It’s like water, but with added vitamins and a refreshing taste.
3. Home Food
Try eating at home, and preferably, cooking for yourself as much as possible. This allows you to cut out most packaged and processed foods. Fresh, home cooked food is key to good health. It also allows you to keep tabs on how much salt or sugar goes in your food. Ghee, oils, salt, and sugar are all good to a certain extent, but do your research on how much of each should be a part of your daily diet. In most cases, not more than 1 tbsp of any. Sugar… even less!
4. Engage Your Core
Keep your core engaged at all times. Whenever you have a moment free, tighten your core and release, tighten and release. Try keeping it tight for as long as possible through various activities in the day. You especially want to do this while you’re doing any physical activity, including the gym. Do abs before you work on your arms or lower legs, this will help keep your core engaged. Now, remember that tightening your core doesn’t mean sucking in your belly, just tighten and strengthen. A strong core, means a strong you.
Try detoxing once in two weeks. Try having just one low calorie meal, like a salad, and juicing / eating smoothies the rest of the day. Throw in some chia seeds, flax seeds, or any healthy nuts and seeds into your smoothie and salad. Avoid carbs, added salt, and added sugar. Keep it natural. While it may seem hard, a detox is necessary to get rid of all the excess we are used to eating. It stunts our growth hormones from going into overdrive and makes up for the metals, chemicals, and junk that we consume. In recent times, research has shown that starving a little bit, only from time to time, can serve as a major detoxification for your mind, body, and all your systems!