Life seems to move very quickly. You juggle work, family, volunteer work, and sometimes a social life. Is it any wonder that so many people struggle to get into, or stay in, shape when balancing so many things. A lot of the time, exercise and healthy eating get sidelined. It’s so much easier to sleep in (skipping a workout) and grab something on the way to work. So how do we persist? It’s important to realize that you don’t have to change the way you eat significantly or exhaust yourself when you work out to lose weight. Just following these simple suggestions can help:
1. Keep a food diary
Keeping a food diary can help you keep on track. When you write down everything you eat, when you eat it, and the nutritional values, you become aware of your eating habits and any areas that need work. Perhaps you need to eat more fibre or more protein. Perhaps you need to watch your portion sizes or eat more fruits and vegetables. Following a nutritional guide and keeping track of your caloric intake can help you fix any problem areas.
2. Get enough rest
Even if you’re a busy person, it is important that you get a good night’s sleep every day, as it positively impacts not only your mood and sex drive but also your physical and mental health. Several studies show that those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to gain weight and may even become obese. Therefore, it would be best to have six to eight hours of sleep every night.
3. Don’t deprive yourself
It is normal for you to crave sugary or fatty foods as this is part of losing weight. However, it can be easy, when we deny ourselves, to overindulge. Portion control and substitution are key. Instead of eating 3 pieces of pizza, try to eat 2 instead. Reach for popcorn instead of chips (if you want something along the same flavour palate), or carrots if you want the crunch. Instead of eating a brownie, try a few pieces of dark chocolate. Acknowledge your cravings, but keep everything in moderation.
4. Gulp down some water
Most of the time, we mistake our thirst for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before meals can help reduce caloric intake, as your body feels fuller. The recommended average requirement of hydrating liquid per day is 8 cups (approx. 2L). Of course, some of this comes from the vegetables and fruit we eat, but the majority should come from drinking water. Keeping hydrated has other positive effects on the body. When you drink water frequently, you are helping your kidneys remove toxins from your body, a nice side effect of which is clearer skin.
5. Pack your lunch
Bringing a brown bag allows you to control what you’re eating during lunch. If you cook your own food, you know what is in it and what the nutritional values are. Any time you buy take-out, you may have a general idea of the calories, but you might not know how much salt is in it. And if it’s tough to prepare your lunch before work or school, make your lunch the night before. Left-overs are always a fast solution, if you don’t have too much time. Just put any left-overs into equal portions so you know the nutritional values.
6. Find a buddy
The best things in life are even better if you share them with someone. Working out is so much easier and more fun with a friend, family member, or significant other. You keep each other accountable and challenge each to meet your goals and celebrate your successes. Though that doesn’t mean you need to have an intense workout. Even just going on daily walks together can help keep you in shape and can have the bonus effect of strengthening your relationship.
7. Brush your teeth after every meal
Have you ever tried drinking orange juice after you just brushed your teeth? It”s not a pleasant experience. The mint from the toothpaste is so strong: it overpowers almost every taste or combines with it in disturbing ways. Of course it makes sense that you wouldn’t want to eat right after you brushed your teeth. And of course there’s the aspect that our teeth feel clean, so why would we want to dirty them right away? To help reduce your desire to eat more, just brush your teeth after every meal.
Many of us have a hectic schedule. That means we don’t always have the time to go on a steady diet and get enough exercises. But some habits would help you stay in good shape even if you’re in a hectic schedule. Doing the above suggestions may not only help you find the perfect pieces when it comes to men’s clothing but also aid in keeping your life healthy.
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