Hey Angels and Alphas,
Dieting has become a pretty dirty word in the fitness and weight loss communities. That’s because most people equate losing weight with dieting, small portions, limitations, feelings of guilt, off-limit foods, and more.
If you’re looking to lose weight, you might be feeling a bit discouraged by the word “diet.” It seems like every weight loss plan out there is restrictive, difficult to follow, and full of foods you can’t eat.
But shedding pounds doesn’t have to be restrictive. There are countless habits you can add to your life that will instantly aid your weight loss efforts, and today, we’re here to take a careful look at 3 of them.
#1 SETTING A SPECIFIC BEDTIME.
The connection between sleep and weight is more than clear – if you don’t get enough quality sleep, you’ll find yourself fueling daytime hunger, cravings for high-sugar foods, and overeating.
That’s why one of the best things you can do for your weight is to create a bedtime routine that allows you to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning. This way, you’ll keep your hormones in check and you’ll have a much easier time with overall weight management.
Furthermore, lack of sleep can have a major impact on your weight. When you don’t get enough rest, your body starts to crave high-sugar foods and macros, which can lead to overeating. That’s why it’s important to create a bedtime routine that allows you to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning.
By getting enough quality sleep, you’ll be able to better control your hunger and cravings, and avoid overeating. In addition, you’ll find yourself feeling more energetic during the day, which can lead to increased activity levels and further weight loss. So if you’re looking to drop a few pounds, be sure to get plenty of rest.
#2 LIST OUT YOUR MOTIVATIONS.
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it is not an easy task. There are countless temptations and challenges that can derail even the best-laid plans. One of the biggest obstacles to weight loss is a lack of motivation. It is all too easy to give up when the going gets tough. This is why it is so important to have a solid motivator for why you want to lose weight. For some people, this may be a health concern. carrying around extra weight can put strain on your heart, lungs, and joints. For others, it may be a matter of vanity. Whatever your reasons, it is important to have a clear idea of why you are embarking on this journey.
A common mistake that people make is relying on the scale as their only motivator. This can be a dangerous trap because your weight can fluctuate for a variety of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with how much fat you are actually losing. As a result, you can easily become discouraged if the number on the scale does not drop as quickly as you would like. Instead of fixating on the scale, focus on other indicators of progress, such as how your clothes fit or how much energy you have.
Using the scale as your only motivator will, most of the time, end up with you feeling guilty and disappointed. To keep your weight-loss motivation going, create a list of reasons why you want to reach your fitness goal, like for example, boosting your stamina, becoming stronger, or being healthier for your family.
#3 DRINK BEFORE A MEAL.
A lot of people think that they need to cut down on calories in order to lose weight, but that’s not necessarily true. Instead, it’s all about macros – meaning, the balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates that you’re eating. And one super easy way to help make sure you’re getting the right macros is to drink a glass of water (or two) around 10 minutes before you start your meal.
By doing this, you’ll avoid mistaking thirst for hunger, and you’ll be less likely to overeat. Plus, you’ll stay hydrated, which is essential for optimal health.
So next time you sit down to eat, make sure to drink some water first – your body will thank you!