Lose 20 pounds now! Get ripped abs! Get your skinniest waistline yet! We’ve all heard the gimmicks, and to be honest, it’s a bit exhausting. Thinking about losing 20 pounds seems daunting, and before long your New Year’s resolution to lose weight falls flat. Instead of thinking about “getting skinny,” it may be easier for you to think about small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Here’s a few things you can do to implement a healthy lifestyle that will slowly but surely add up to lost pounds in a healthy and effective way. The best part? You can implement a few of them today!
- Drink green tea to load up on antioxidants and burn fat.
- Get your cardio in. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests performing a moderate intensity cardio workout 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or a vigorous cardio session for 20 minutes daily, three days a week.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Try to avoid all other drinks but water one day a week at a minimum.
- Incorporate stretching into your workout routine more, working towards more flexibility, and longer muscles.
- Get enough sleep. As simple as it sounds, sleep is crucial for weight reduction and health.
- Drink lemon water to boost metabolism.
- Implement one all vegetable meal a week.
- Try to get your portion to be the size of the palm of YOUR hand.
- Don’t eat after 3 hours before your bed time.
- Eat breakfast. A study from the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who skipped breakfast were 4.5 times more likely to be obese.
- Routinely adding spicy ingredients like cayenne or red pepper to your meals is an easy way to work your way towards a slimmer waistline. Spicy ingredients frequently help curb your appetite.
- Read nutrition and health tips from magazines, websites, and anywhere you can find them as they help you to stay mindful of your healthy lifestyle goals. A great resource for this is Pinterest. You can see a few examples of such tips from our images from Pinterest in this blog post.
What ways do you try to be healthy on a day to day basis? Do you jog around the block with the dog and stroller? Try to tame stress? We want to hear your tips!