Hey Angels and Alphas,
You can ask an expert or anyone, and they will agree that there is no secret fast track to achieving long-term weight loss.
You have to be consistent, dedicated, and have faith in the idea that each decision and habit you create is ultimately good for you, and they’re all investments in a healthy lifestyle. All of this is possible through a smart approach, starting with your nighttime routine.
If you’re someone who wants to lose weight, preparation is absolutely crucial. It takes a ton of commitment and consistency, and if you don’t have absolutely clear guidelines on what you need to do to prepare, weight loss can become an exhausting and confusing process.
A balanced nighttime routine can be an absolute game-changer for anyone looking to lose weight since it will help you de-stress and smoothen out your entire daily routine. When stress becomes chronic or prolonged, like something you have to deal with every day, this can directly impact your health.
For example, if your immune response is essentially hampered, you might be craving comfort foods that lead to weight gain. Digestion, cardiovascular measures, and mood are all negatively affected.
So try ending your day nicely by setting a nighttime routine with these simple, nighttime hacks that will take you less than 10 minutes:
#1 DO SOME SIMPLE BREAKFAST PREP
Instead of skipping your breakfast and overeating at lunch, there are tons of healthy options you can go for that you can make ahead of time… even while you’re sleeping! For example, overnight oats are an amazing way to prepare large batches of breakfast. You can also try steel-cut oats to get their least-processed form.
Oats are an amazing way to get in the necessary soluble fiber, which helps you feel more satiated after eating and less hungry by the time you get to lunch. Greater satiety will equate to overall fewer calories consumed, helping you maintain and lose weight.
#2 HAVE A SNACK AND LUNCH PLAN
If you’re someone who does meal prep on the weekend, this shouldn’t take long. But you can also take advantage of leftovers and pack them the night before! This could include your pre-cut veggies for a salad, or this can mean making a grain bowl with whatever protein, whole grains, and veggies you can get your hands on.
Snacks can also be a part of a healthy eating plan. The night before, you can pre-cut fruits and veggies and put them in containers or single-serve bags. This will help you separate individualized portions of food that can be easy to over-do on such as nuts, peanut butter, or trial mix.
#3 DO SOMETHING THAT RELAXES YOU
At the end of the day, both your mind and your body are exhausted from the day’s events and stressors. And since the next day is likely going to be full of those exact stressors, it’s vital that we take some time to wind down.
When you’re stressed out, your bodies respond in a physical way and you have to purposefully do something so you can relax your whole system.
This might include deep breathing, gentle walks, or yoga. All of these activities trigger the natural relaxation responses inside your body, and they’ll help you get up and start the next day fresher and ready to take on the world.
#4 KEEP A JOURNAL
Journaling can be therapeutic in the literal sense, and it can help get the thoughts from your head onto paper, so you don’t keep them with you at night. This is a great way to help you visualize all your goals, and even doing something such as writing a short to-do list for your next day will help you fall asleep faster.
Meditation, or just the act of slowing down your thought and being mindful, is an amazing way to reduce stress and it is directly linked to a variety of benefits. Meditation isn’t all about turning off your thoughts, instead it’s more about learning to observe them without judgment. Start off with 5 to 10 minutes at a time and see if this allows you to feel calmer, setting you up for a good night’s sleep. In turn, you will feel much more refreshed the next day.