Start These 10 Habits Today!
Whilst I laughed at the title of this blog as I wrote it, I was thinking about when I was a Girl Guide, not a very good one I add, no discipline or much care for obtaining a ‘homemakers badge’ – I wanted to be a Boy Scout like my two brothers 🙂 the below 10 habit changes are no joke!
Always start a meal with a glass of water: You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help you from overeating.
Make a few simple swaps at every meal: Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a creamy dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well.
Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert: Instead of opting for the biscuits in the break room, quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories.
Be diligent with portion control: If you want to lose weight, sticking to the right portions at every meal is important. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy, and put away leftovers, so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
Move more: Even if you’re not dedicating an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, opting for the stairs instead of the lift, and parking a little further from the office entrance are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
Don’t drink your calories: It’s a common reason why you’re not seeing results — those empty calories from a daily soft drink, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavoured with a fresh ingredients like cucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
Don’t go hungry too long: A little hunger can be good for you, but starving yourself all day in order to “splurge” on dessert at night is both unhealthy and diet sabotage. Eat well-timed meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash.
Snack on high-protein, high-fibre foods: When it’s time to snack, make your food work for you. Steer clear of the empty, high-calorie options like crisps and crackers, and go for protein- and fibre-rich foods that taste good and fill you up too. You’ll be able to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied. One of these 150-calorie snacks will hit the spot.
Eat a light, early dinner. Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine.
And last but no means least – Get more sleep. Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.
So be more of a girl guide… if you don’t make it to class every day, still keep up the good work by sticking to these 10 good habits.
Have a great day 🙂