Hey Angels and Alphas,
Losing weight doesn’t always have to be about dieting, exercising and counting calories. By making small lifestyle changes, you can speed up your weight loss and feel better about yourself without drastically changing your life or becoming obsessive about losing weight. Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, the eight small lifestyle changes below can help you get started on your journey toward a healthier, fitter you.
1) Focus on Getting Restful, Quality Sleep
Most people don’t realize how important sleep is for weight loss. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more of the hormone ghrelin, which increases your appetite. Plus, when you’re tired you’re more likely to make poor food choices and less likely to exercise. To lose weight, aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
2) Don’t Obsess Over Numbers
If you’re constantly obsessing over numbers—whether it’s the number on the scale, the number of calories you’re eating, or the number of reps you’re doing—it’s going to be tough to sustain any healthy lifestyle changes. So, instead of fixating on numbers, focus on how you’re feeling. Are you getting enough sleep? Do you have more energy? Are your clothes fitting better? Those are the things that matter!
3) Introduce Weightlifting Into Your Workouts
If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change that will help you lose weight, you might want to consider adding weightlifting to your routine. Not only will this help you burn more calories, but it will also help build muscle. And the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn at rest.
4) Focus on Healthy Fats
One change you can make is to focus on healthy fats. This means ditching the processed foods and replacing them with whole, unprocessed foods. Foods like avocados, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of healthy fats. Adding these into your diet can help you lose weight in a healthy way.
5) Start Your Day with a Glass of Water
Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning helps to jump start your metabolism and provides your body with the fluid it needs to function properly. Plus, it can help to reduce hunger and cravings throughout the day.
6) Reduce Your Carb Intake
Reducing your carb intake is one of the simplest and most effective ways to lose weight. When you reduce your carb intake, your body is forced to burn stored fat for energy, leading to weight loss. Plus, reducing your carb intake can help reduce your appetite, making it easier to eat less and lose weight. Here are some tips for reducing your carb intake
7) Get Enough Protein in Every Meal
It’s no secret that protein is essential for weight loss. It helps you feel fuller longer, prevents cravings, and boosts metabolism. But did you know that you need to eat protein at every meal? That’s right! Skipping protein at breakfast or lunch will only make you hungrier later in the day. So make sure to include a source of protein at every meal, whether it’s eggs, chicken, fish, tofu, legumes, or dairy.
8) Work on Reducing Sugar Cravings
To lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit, which means you need to be eating fewer calories than you’re burning. One way to do this is by reducing your cravings.
Ironically, some of the best ways you can go about reducing cravings coincide with some of the tips on this list!
If you want to reduce sugar cravings, make sure you:
- Eat protein with every meal and snack. Protein helps regulate hunger hormones so you feel fuller longer.
- Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and refined carbs. These foods are high in calories and can trigger cravings.
- Drink plenty of water.