Whatever you're doing to get back on track after the holidays, and no matter how many pounds you've set out to lose for your New Year's resolution, here are five easy things you can do right now to kick-start your way to a healthier and slimmer you.
This past week I tried drinking more water more often. Not only did this keep me well hydrated, but I felt less hungry and didn't eat as much throughout the day. I also found myself feeling more energetic and less likely to turn to coffee or diet cola. Getting enough H2O is a great way to kick-start those New Year's resolutions, so drink up! One trick that helps me ensure I'm drinking enough is to keep a 1-litre sports water bottle at my desk. If I drink two of those in one day, I've done good.
Replace everything you eat that's "white" with whole wheat or whole grain. Sub brown or wild rice for white rice, whole-grain bread for white bread, and whole-wheat pasta for regular white pasta. Unlike processed food items, whole-grains haven't had their bran and germ removed, leaving them with lots of fibre and healthy nutrients, such as potassium and selenium. Going brown with your food choices not only helps control your blood sugar and insulin levels but also leaves you feeling fuller longer than refined foods do. Balancing your blood sugar level is important in maintaining your weight, and feeling fuller means less mindless snacking this year!
If you have a sweet tooth, and it's threatening your New Year's resolution, reach for fruit instead. Sure, an orange doesn't sound as exciting as a cookie, but if you make it a habit to satisfy your craving with fruit or even a fruit smoothie, your skinny jeans will thank you in the long run. Another thing that works for me — and that Suzanne Somers recommends in her weight loss plan — is having a piece of cheese to satisfy a sugar craving. Sounds a bit odd, but try it and see if it works for you too.
If you finish eating a meal and aren't completely satisfied, take a break before you reach for seconds. It takes your body at least 20 minutes to tell your brain that you're not that hungry anymore. Waiting it out may have you putting your empty plate in the sink instead of piling more food on it. If you're still hungry, then have more food, but fill only a quarter of the plate before deciding on more.
Ditch the elevator, and use the stairs every day for an easy way to burn calories before you even hit the gym. While I've been guilty of lazily using the elevator, I try to use the stairs on the days I don't work out. It's all about balance, and you have nothing to lose except calories and weight!
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