It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for positive changes! Resolutions to become healthier through eating better and forming a consistent exercise plan are a great place to start, but it doesn’t just stop there; with simple changes during your every day routine, you’ll start to not only see the pounds melt off, but more importantly you’ll feel your very best!
Drink a Glass of Water as soon as You Wake up:
You would be amazed what kind of results you’ll see when you consistently do this; not only it important to start your day with a hearty breakfast, but it’s also important to kickstart your metabolism with a glass of water. Bonus Tip: Squeeze a little lemon in there for an added energy boost!
Eat Well-Portioned, Well-Balanced Meals throughout the Day:
You may believe that eating 3 square meals a day is the way to go, but this is not the case for optimal fat burning. Eating every 3-4 hours throughout your day with portions of complete protein, complex carbs, and vegetables will get you to where you want to be! Snacks also count, just be sure to include those complete proteins.
– 1/2 Cup of Lowfat Cottage Cheese
– 1/2 Cup of grapes, raspberries, or blueberries
Take the Time to Meal Prep:
Taking the time to prep your meals will not only save time later in the week, but will make you less likely to eat out or snack unnecessarily. Include things like chicken, fish, chickpeas, spinach, asparagus, yams, or brown rice.
Create an Exercise Plan You Love:
It can be difficult to hop on the band wagon, but when you look forward to your work outs it’s significantly easier to drag yourself to the gym after work! Continuously switch it up between cardio activities, weight training, and yoga. Join a class and do something you love! Shoot for 5-7 hours of exercise a week – if you meet these numbers, you’ll never go back!
Get Enough Sleep:
This is a crucial step to weight loss and living a happy life in general. Getting enough sleep will not only help you to feel good, but will actually help you burn fat in the process! During your sleep cycle, your body recovers from the activities during the day through means such as cell regeneration and repair and muscle regeneration.
Live in the Moment:
That’s right, if you maximize your time and energy during any task throughout your day, you will burn more calories. When enjoying your workout, put the phone away and get lost in the motions; enjoy and savor every single bite of food you put into your body because the food you eat is not only delicious but it is also healing for your body.
Never think of the choices you make on the daily as something you are obligated to do. You are in the driver’s seat of your life and you make these choices to better your health because you want to! You can do anything you set your mind to, so don’t feel discouraged or stressed – rest when you need and take a deep breath 🙂