Between stress, the typical American diet, busy schedules, and lack of exercise, most of us could stand to make some changes to improve our health. If you’re following a dedicated weight loss plan, you’re already well on your way. These five daily habits can help not only those who are losing weight, but also anyone who wants to maintain weight or simply improve their overall health.
Prep for breakfast. A rushed, stressful morning sets a bad tone for your whole day. On the other hand, a healthy breakfast (and time to eat it) will help you start the day on the right foot. Prepare for breakfast the night before, by chopping ingredients for a smoothie or omelet, or getting your overnight oats started. This action will also support your weight loss plan, by preventing the temptation to stop for donuts or fast food on the way to work.
Pack your lunch and/or snacks, too. While you’re at it, go ahead and pack tomorrow’s lunch and/or snacks. Now you have prepared appropriate food, in the right portions, to last most of your day. You’ll get “bonus points” if you go ahead and pre-cut veggies for tomorrow’s dinner.
Get your drinks ready, too. Rinse out your water bottle, refill it, and stash it in the fridge. Now is the time to add fruit if you enjoy infusions. If you prefer to start the day with coffee or hot tea, prep your kettle to avoid a drowsy rush in the morning.
Fill out your food journal. If you keep a food journal, make sure to log your day’s meals and snacks before you forget. And here’s an extra tip: If you go ahead and record tomorrow’s food choices, you’re more likely to stick to them!
De-stress. Every evening do one thing that helps you de-stress. This might be a simple yoga routine, a walk around the neighborhood, meditation, journaling, or something else. Experiment to find out what works for you.
If you need help putting together a weight loss plan, give us a call. We can help you decide which foods to eat, and identify proper portions and nutrient balances, to help you achieve your goals.