We talk a lot about macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats), especially with regard to a weight loss diet. But micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are important, too. In fact, some are essential to some vital bodily processes!
You already know the old rule: Drink 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Proper hydration aids digestion, protects you from various health problems, and can even be a lifesaver during hot summer months. But it will also help you to succeed at your weight loss plan, since hydration helps the body to function correctly and burn calories.
Cravings can happen to anyone, but they seem to strike more often when we’re following a weight loss plan. Maybe that’s because the forbidden fruit seems more alluring, or simply because you’re running a calorie deficit so you’re hungrier right now. Whatever the reason, battling cravings can present a challenge: Is it ever okay to give in to your cravings, and when? And how?
When you’re actively following a weight loss plan, it’s normal to feel excited about seeing results on the scale. Who doesn’t love a reward for their hard work? But we would like to caution you not to get too caught up in that number, especially on a daily basis. In fact, there are five times when you should simply ditch your scale. Don’t look at it, don’t think about it, and definitely don’t step on it! Just leave it there, in the bathroom floor, and wait for a better day to weigh.
Start talking about healthy eating or a weight loss plan, and you’ll notice that most people don’t look excited. They might even get that, “oh no, not this again” look in their eyes.
We don’t often associate healthy lifestyles with “fun”. Mostly, this happens because switching to a more nutritious eating plan involves changing our habits. And since habits are ingrained, even small changes can feel like burdensome work (or just another obnoxious thing you have to remember).
As you get started on a weight loss plan, you will indeed need to make some changes to your habits. Incorporate these six tips into your weekly eating or food prep plan, and you can make the transition a little more fun.
Weight loss isn’t easy for most people, partly due to all of the conflicting advice you hear and read. It can be difficult to block out all the “noise” and simply follow a weight loss plan that works for you, when you don’t know what advice is myth and what is fact. Having said that, what are some of the common myths that you can feel free to ignore?
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.