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Besides the obvious eat healthy and workout, there are some habits that are not as obvious, but can be equally important to weight loss. While some everyday habits will need to be kicked to the curb, there are others that can easily be taken up that will help you both lead a healthy lifestyle and begin to lose weight!
Read on to learn more about the 4 habits that need to be broken and what to do instead in order to truly lose the lbs!
1. Waiting until you are hungry to eat or, worse, starving yourself
When you wait until you are really hungry to eat, a few things can happen. These include overeating and/or slowing down your metabolism. Starving yourself just does a whole different type of damage to your body. That’s not to say there won’t be moments during losing weight weight when you feel hungry, but you should be putting food into your body regularly.
Instead, keep your eating to a schedule. If you eat 5-6 small meals/snacks a day, then your metabolism will keep moving and you won’t have time to get to a super hungry place. I would suggest eating happen every 3-4 hours. This includes healthy meals and small snacks. Don’t wait until you are feeling the hunger pains because then it might be too late!
Personally, I eat around 5-6 times a day. A regular eating schedule for me looks like this (I say regular, but my snack choices definitely change a lot and adjustments are made on the weekend!):
7 a.m.: light multigrain English muffin with reduced fat peanut butter
11 a.m.: meal prepped lunch
3 p.m./4 p.m.: snack of fruit, yogurt, granola or separate snacks or a granola bar and fruit spread out from 3-4
7 p.m.: salad of greens and protein (cheese/nuts/wonton strips/olives etc… sometimes added)
9 p.m.: maybe some dark chocolate covered almonds if I get very hungry before bed, but usually I just drink water after dinner or a low cal low sugar hot chocolate or tea on cold nights!
It’s important to remember that each meal should be portion controlled and within your daily allotted calories!
2. Waiting until you are thirsty to drink
You need water all day. It’s literally scientifically proven. It keeps your body hydrated and cleans you out and basically does everything good. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Keep a water bottle with you and every now and then take a few sips. Try adding a straw and you’ll be surprised at how much you end up drinking!
3. Low intensity cardio
Hours of low intensity cardio where your heart rate is stagnant and low will do absolutely nothing to change your body shape. If your goal is to lose weight, you need to be sweating and struggling and sore. Your heart rate needs to be somewhat elevated. You need to feel that you are working hard. I won’t specify doing what because it can be different for everybody, but if you’re trying to lose weight then you need to kiss those easy workouts goodbye and start pushing yourself.
On a cardio machine (I love my arc trainer!) I usually do two rounds of high intensity cardio workouts with a goal of 300 to 400 calories per round. I do some sort of hill workout on a level of 5-6. Yes, it gets challenging, but you feel very accomplished by the end!
4. Cheat day(s) instead of one cheat meal
If you are committed to losing weight, then you should really only be having one cheat meal within reason each week. That doesn’t mean an entire day or that you eat healthy all week and go crazy on the weekend. No. It means one cheat meal.
I always hear people say they ate good all week and now that it’s the weekend they can have whatever they want. Totally fine, if you aren’t looking to trim down.
So plan those cheat meals ahead and stick to that healthy eating the rest of the time, even though it’s hard!
I hope these tips help and if these or any other posts have helped you see progress I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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