There are a lot of contradictions in the fitness and health industries. Some people say eat less meat, some say eat more. Some people say fat is bad, some say it’s good. I think part of the reason it’s so confusing is because there’s not one way of living healthy that works for everyone. However, there are some behaviors that everyone can benefit from, no matter your lifestyle. Here are five tips for losing weight they healthy way:
1. Drink more water
It’s one of the best things you can do for your body. It’s important to stay hydrated because dehydration can lead to overeating! You may think you’re hungry when you’re actually just thirsty. So stay on top of your water intake by taking a water bottle everywhere. Use fruits and herbs like strawberries, mint, cucumber, or lemon to flavor your water if you don’t like it plain.
2. Eat more whole foods
This means eat more foods in their natural state. Limit the amount of processed foods you consume as they’re usually packed with sodium, sugar, and artificial ingredients. Instead, eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lean meats.
3. Cook at home more often
When you eat at home, you control the ingredients. You can make food healthier and it’s less expensive than eating out all the time. Make extras for dinner and pack your leftovers for lunch. Plan ahead if you know you’ll have a busy day and pack snacks so you’re not temped to stop for fast food.
4. Get up and move
Americans spend way too much time sitting. If you have to spend most of the day sitting down for work, take planned breaks throughout the day. Get up at least once an hour and take a few laps around your building, spend a few minutes stretching, or climb up and down the stairs a few times. Schedule a workout into your day whenever you can. Even 15-20 minutes is better than none at all. Make physical activity a family affair. Go for a post-dinner walk or take a bike ride as a family. Anything that gets you up and moving is good for your health!
5. Get more sleep
Aim for 8 hours a night. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to eat poorly. To help get yourself on track, power down and disconnect from your electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Take a hot shower or spend a few minutes reading or meditating to help yourself relax before bedtime.
So there you have it. Go ahead and do MORE of these things. It’s good for you!
What is one healthy mantra that you live by daily?
Lindsay just became a Registered Dietitian! In her free time she writes a food and fitness blog, The Lean Green Bean, where she shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs. You can connect with Lindsay on Twitter: @leangrnbeanblog.