Many people who deal with living in an urban environment, where they drive to their jobs each day, struggle with keeping in shape and staying healthy. It’s important to remember to take time to work out and eat right, but for people who are busy with high stress jobs this is often difficult. Not only is stress a huge factor, but the convenience of fast foods, premade meals and other things make for a difficult journey to reach a place where you are healthy. Once people fall from this, they often never are able to return to a place where they’re healthy and in shape again. Many will try to do so, but few will ultimately succeed.
In order to live a healthy life, you need to ensure your body is metabolizing the foods you eat efficiently. Many people have problems losing weight because their metabolism has slow down over the years, or because they’re dieting which causes it to slow down as well. There are methods which we have described previously, like the HCG diet or green coffee which can help people lose weight and keep it off, but these are more exceptions to this general guidance. Though these methods are proven weight loss aids, if a person is trying to lose weight on their own they will face different challenges. There are four major ways a person can help themselves to maintain good weight loss and establish good habits for their health.
1. Healthy and Regular Eating Habits
It’s important to remember to keep your meals regular. Your body needs to become used to meals at a certain of a day and in certain amounts If your meals are irregular in either time or portions, or you skip a meal or two during a day, your body’s metabolism will attempt to adapt to this. This can cause many issues when trying to lose weight, as your body will often shut down quickly during periods without food. Your body will stop metabolizing foods and stored fats and you will begin to pack on pounds again as your body tries to retain calories for later use.
You should make your biggest meals of the day lunch and dinner as always, however, don’t skip breakfast like so many people do. In the mornings many people aren’t hungry, but eating some fruit for breakfast can go a long way on helping your metabolism throughout the day. People who eat breakfast are on average 20% lighter than their non-breakfast eating counterparts nationally. This is without a doubt the most important meal of the day whenever people are trying to stay healthy. Without breakfast, your chances of remaining healthy in the long term are not great.
2. Choosing the Right Things to Eat
You want to not only make your eating habits regular, but fill them with healthy foods. Examples of foods that are ok as part of a wholesome and healthy diet are whole grains, nuts, lentils, salads, cooked and uncooked vegetables and seasonal fruits. As a general rule you will want to keep servings to less than what you can cup in your two palms together at any given time. This will help you maintain your portions as well, which is an important part of any weight loss regimen. If you don’t control your portions, and the times you eat, your weight loss goals will likely not materialize the way you desire. Doing this helps you to feel more energized and helps keep your metabolism high.
3. Exercise Each Day
Exercise is important for anyone that wants to lose weight and keep it off. This can take many forms, from just going for walks every day, to adding in a lot more. Adding in 10 minutes of exercise per day is a good place to start and then working up to more like 20 to 30 minutes per day down the road. This is very important for a person’s ability to lose weight in the long term and is essential for their success. Not only will this help improve the person’s mood, but it helps keep their metabolism working as well.
4. Regular, Full Nights of Sleep
Regular sleep that’s at least 8 hours in duration every night is imperative for health and weight loss. Being tired not only reduces your metabolic rate, but it also makes you more likely to experience depression which lowers your chances of losing weight. As an example, people who had regular nights sleep in a recent study were found to be much more likely to lose weight and keep it off in the long term. Beyond that, they exercised more and generally reported increases in their mood. This is important to consider.