If you started this new year with a resolution to lose weight, you are not alone. Losing weight and getting fit are popular New Year’s resolutions that make the top 10 lists every year. Most people start out strong in January, but tend to backslide and lose ground as time as the weeks slip by, and old habits refuse to die. Incorporate these 4 habits into your daily routine to increase your chances of getting that weight off, and keeping it off.
1. Eat Breakfast
Get your metabolism revved up first thing in the morning with a hefty helping of protein and complex carbohydrates to fuel your body and keep you alert. The most important thing we gain by eating a healthy breakfast is the mental kudos you can give yourself for starting off the day on the right foot. You’re already ahead of the game and you haven’t even left the house yet!
2. Start Snacking!
Pack healthy snacks to eat in between your meals. Eating smaller meals every 2 or 3 hours has been shown to aid in weight loss. This not only keeps your metabolism happy and purring, but reduces the chance that you’ll be overly hungry, and make a poor food choice when your next meal arrives. Choose healthy protein and carb combinations like nuts and berries, or an apple and string cheese.
3. Schedule Your Workout
It can be hard to figure out when you’ll fit in your workout, at least at first. Some days are busier than others, and it can sometimes be tempting you to postpone your exercise for a later date. Don’t even give yourself the option. Schedule your workout in your calendar just as you would any other appointment. This is your opportunity to work on yourself and improve your life. Make yourself a priority and keep that appointment.
4. Get more sleep
There always seem to be more chores to do than time to do them in, and it’s easy to find yourself putting off sleep in an attempt to catch up with all that life demands. But slacking on your sleep tonight puts you at risk for sleep deprivation, which can increases appetite, leading to overeating and weight gain. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function optimally. Make it a habit to go to be early. Rest your weary head; the dishes will still be there in the morning.