Hey Angels and Alphas,
When your schedule becomes hectic, it can be tempting to fall back on old habits, like eating unhealthy food or skipping out on exercise routines that help you lose weight. However, it’s essential to remember that your schedule doesn’t have to destroy your weight loss goals. With the right approach, you can maintain the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve even when life gets in the way. Here are some helpful tips for when your schedule throws you off track.
The one thing you’re missing
When life is busy, it can be hard to prioritize your health. In order to avoid weight gain, make sure you include healthy foods in your daily routine and take time for fitness. It’s important to stay active when you’re faced with lots of demands and deadlines. Even if it’s only 10 minutes at a time, try some light exercises like taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking farther away from a destination so you have to walk more. Do whatever feels right to you but keep at it!
Planning meals in advance
Packing your lunches and dinners in advance is the best way to ensure you always have something easy and healthy to eat on hand. You can also do batch cooking on the weekends and freeze meals for later in the week. For example, make enough soup or stew to last a few days, so you can grab a bowl anytime you want without spending time cooking up a storm. You could also make big batches of baked beans and tomato sauce, depending on what type of pasta or rice you like best.
Get enough sleep
Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Try to take a nap if you can during the day, but make sure it’s no longer than 20 minutes. Sleep deprivation has been shown to lower your levels of leptin, which regulates appetite and fat storage, while also raising ghrelin levels that promote hunger.
Meal prepping on Sunday is key
Planning for your meals is key when you’re trying to balance work, social life, and sleep. Even if you’re not a weekend cook, there are still plenty of things you can do to make your weekdays healthier.
One easy way to get started is meal prepping on Sunday. The more time-consuming part of this routine is coming up with a plan; once that’s done, it becomes much easier to put together healthy meals during the week. If Sunday night feels like too late in the day to be thinking about what you’ll eat the next day, try prepping on Saturday instead.
Stock your freezer
Planning ahead to stock your freezer with healthy options will help you stay on track during periods when you’re too busy or preoccupied to think about healthy eating. You’ll be less likely to overeat and more likely to work in healthier foods. My personal favorites are hearty, satisfying salads made with mixed greens, chicken or other lean protein, beans and corn, olives, and the various dressings of my choice.
Intermittent fasting works even when life gets in the way
Even when your schedule is more hectic than normal, intermittent fasting can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals. Here are four reasons why.
- It controls cravings and reduces appetite
- It saves time by combining breakfast and lunch
- It gives you more time to do things you enjoy without feeling starved or deprived
- It’s a good way to reset the body from bad eating habits over the holidays