10 Lifestyle changes that can help lose weight.
Trying to lose weight can be frustrating! It’s especially frustrating when you work hard, feel like you’re suffering and sacrificing everything you love, and you lose some weight, feeling super happy about all that, but then you start to gain it back, and your happiness is sucked right out of ya and you feel like a failure.
1. Keep track of what you eat and how much you weigh.
Weigh yourself at least once a week and keep track of the calories you are taking and you are burning. You can maintain a journal or take help of human friendly apps that are developed to help you balance the calories intake based on your BMI. Some examples of calorie tracking apps are HealthifyMe, Lifesum, Google Fit
2. Never skip breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and skipping it can actually have negative effects on your health including fatigue, loss of concentration, lower cholesterol level and weight gain. Never skip your first meal of the day. Include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy products & lean protein in your breakfast.
3. Increase water intake.
Drinks lots of water throughout the day & eat fruits and vegetables that contains lots of water. Water reduces your hunger, reduces the by products of fat and raises the metabolism thereby helping you lose weight.
4. Never compromise on your sleep.
Lack of sleep has great impact on our health increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, higher stress level, weight gain & more. Good sleep of 6-8 hours is important for adults & is a key part of healthy lifestyle.
5. Keep yourself positive, motivated & stress free.
High stress levels can lead to weight gain by releasing a hormone “cortisol” that increases your appetite & food intake. Try to manage your stress by having fun, pampering yourself, keeping yourself motivated and having good sleep.
6. Eat lots of veggies.
Vegetables are low in calories, high in fibre & nutrients. Always include a bowl of salad and lots & lots of veggies in your meal thereby maintaining the calories intake and promoting weight loss.
7. Be a smart snacker.
Smart snacking between meals can help maintain weight. Replace your snacks (such as chocolate bars, biscuits, chips, soda drinks) with nuts, fruits, yoghurt etc as these contain beneficial nutrients and are low in calories.
8. Say No to junk food & carbonated drinks.
Avoid eating junk foods & carbonated drinks and replace it with healthy snacks, fruits & water thus reducing the calories intake and weight gain.
9. Exercise daily.
Exercise plays an important role in maintaining weight. It helps us burn extra calories and increase our metabolism. Exercising daily for at least 30 min can promote weight loss and can also prove to be beneficial for our health.
10. Walk & walk & walk.
Walk as much as you can. 30 mins of brisk walking can burn about 150 calories in a day. So now find as much reason as you can to walk and lose weight.