5 Changes You Can Do To Lose Weight
Reduce Screen Time
When you’ve had a long day, sitting in front of the TV for hours on end after a stressful day at work seems like a good idea. Yes, you may be worn out and need a break, but sitting on the couch, zoned out, watching TV is not the way to lose weight. It can actually make you more tired.
Try limiting your time in front of the screen. If you must watch the evening news or see your favorite show, make the most of it! Here are some great exercises to do at home in front of the TV:
- Work your biceps and triceps with some weights
- Stand up and do some squats
- Lunges to work your legs and buttocks
- Get on the floor and do some sit-ups
- Push-ups to tone your arms
These are all great non-impact exercises to do in front of the TV
Get Enough Sleep
Most adults need an average of eight hours of sleep each night. On average, Americans will get about 6.5 hours of sleep. If you’re not getting adequate amounts of rest, you’re more likely to be hungry, overeat, and gain weight. When your body is tired, it triggers your brain to say I need fuel. What is fuel for our bodies? Food. You won’t feel like cooking a healthy meal if you’re starving, and you’ll opt for fast salty food instead. This very same lack of energy will also likely cause you to skip the gym. On top of that, sleep deprivation causes your metabolism to slow down. Causing your weight loss process to become more difficult.
Choice of Beverage
Lasting weight loss is about changes. Unfortunately, some of the changes one must make are difficult. If you’re one of the millions hooked on soda, alcohol, or other sweetened beverages, your weight goals may remain out of reach until you replace these drinks with water. You should also know that your brain often confuses thirst with hunger.
So at the first sign of hunger, don’t grab a snack or calorie-filled drinks. Instead, grab a glass of water.
We see people do this all the time, skipping breakfast. Try cutting calories by skipping breakfast, and you’ll be excessively hungry by mid-morning. As a result, the healthy calories you would have eaten at breakfast are replaced with calorie-filled snacks and an over-sized lunch.
Once again, fitting breakfast into your busy schedule may mean dramatic lifestyle changes. But research shows that the habit of eating a healthy breakfast is key to losing weight and keeping pounds off. Get to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier to give yourself time to eat breakfast
Weight loss is about burning more calories than you consume. Therefore, it should make sense to you that your diet and exercise work together. If you want to speed up weight loss and keep the weight away, add or increase the amount and intensity of physical activity in your daily life. You may think exercising will be the hardest part of your weightloss journey, but many find that the diet is hardest to maintain. For many people, this is the most difficult lifestyle change of all, but the benefits are well worth it. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of intense exercise on most days of the week. Don’t have time? Make time! When exercise is a normal part of your everyday routine, it’s more likely to stick, and you’ll notice the difference in your pants, appearance, and energy.
The quickest and most permanent weight loss comes as a result of a combination of healthy eating and consistent, challenging workouts.