5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Weigh Less This Year
My client recently asked me a great question: What do my successful weight loss clients – especially those who have lost 50+ pounds and have kept it off – have in common? I’m so glad she asked me, because they have a lot in common, actually…
No matter how different their circumstances, the most common thread is that their healthy habits are mostly SMALL things incorporated into their day, not dramatic things like spending hours at the gym or starving themselves. They walk whenever possible, they actively play with their kids, they try and get enough sleep, they sneak veggies into meals, and they generally say yes more than they say no.
So, here are 5 simple things YOU can do TODAY to weigh less, feel better and make this your fittest year yet!
1. Drink water. Start your day with a big glass of water, keep water with you to drink between meals, and shoot for 1/2 oz of water for every pound you weigh, per day. Here’s why.
2. Stretch. Stretching not only helps relieve aching muscles, it also affects our mobility, strength, and state of mind, which in turn affect our weight. Take a few minutes for some slow stretches, and breathe deep while you do them…
3. Add green to your lunch. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing; start by incorporating some green vegetables into your midday meal. Add extra greens to your sandwich, order a side salad to start, quick blanche some broccoli and top with lemon, or much on some snap peas and celery. The greens will help you digest the rest of your meal better, and give you more energy for the rest of your busy day!
4. Move for 10 min or more. It only takes about 10 min of activity to reset the body’s systems, change your mood, and make you yearn to move more. Even if you don’t think you have time, take yourself on a 10 min walk, jog, bike ride, mini yoga session, jumprope, etc… Get the blood pumping to improve your circulation and clear your head, while stimulating your digestive and endocrine systems. Something is ALWAYS better than nothing!
5. Brush your teeth right after dinner. Most of us late-night snackers do so because of boredom, habit, stress, or lack of variety in the dinner menu. Try brushing and flossing your teeth right after dinner – it will signal to the body that eating is finished for the day, and a minty-fresh mouth may help ward off a late-night sweet tooth…
Let us know how you did! Share your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂