My new program – Fit Is Getting Real: LEAN – is all based around something I call the “Fit List.” Simply put, it’s 5 healthy habits to do every single day that will help you hit your goals. Because I truly believe that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated (or impossible).
I wanted to share a few items from the Fit List as well as some other activities that you can start implementing TODAY without having to change your exercise or diet to help you get on the right track.
1) Eat Breakfast
But seriously. I know you’ve probably heard this a bazillion times but simply eating within an hour of waking up has SO many benefits. Like the fact that it kicks your metabolism into gear so your body will actually burn more calories throughout the day. Pretty cool huh.
2) Drink More Water
Another DUH but people don’t give water the attention and love it really needs. There’s a reason why we can go a while without eating food but only 3 days without water before you die. That means its probbbbably important. An easy place to start is to simply replace any non-water drinks with water. And the generally accepted goal is to drink an ounce of water for every pound you weigh. So if you’re 150 lbs, you should aim for about 150 ounces of water a day.
3) Start a Food Log
One major component of my new program is the food log that I created for every single day. I don’t ask you to change a thing about what you eat. I just ask that you write down every single thing that goes in your mouth. Easy right? It actually has way more benefits than you may think. By simply knowing that you’re going to have to record your food down, it actually makes you think about you’re putting in your body which in turn helps you make better choices and eat less. Fewer calories and healthier foods? I’d call that a win.
4) Stop Eating 2-3 Hours Before Bed
Eating at night is one of the major killers and here’s why. Calories are simply a unit of energy. So this is what happens when you eat at night (in really simple terms): you eat food – you increase the calories (and hence energy) in your body – you don’t use up that energy for activities because you go to bed – that energy gets stored because it doesn’t get used – which overtime leads to weight gain because your calories just get stored in your body. So do your body a favor and don’t overload it with energy at night!
5) Put Down Your Phone During Meals
Reasonably the easiest of all these tips to start implementing immediately. Mindless or distracted eating is SO BAD. First, you don’t get to indulge in the deliciousness of your meal so that automatically sucks. But in all seriousness, it actually causes you to eat more because you really have no freaking clue how much you’re eating. And then you end up feeling hungry sooner because you feel like you didn’t eat much (because you paid no attention to what was going in your mouth). The biggest way to help with this problem is to physically leave your phone in another room so that you’re not even tempted. Try it out and see how it works!
My challenge to you is to choose at least ONE of these tactics to try out tomorrow (or today if its early enough). Then the next day try another. Overtime if you can just focus on making simple habit changes I promise that you’ll start seeing results.
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