How to Ease into a Healthy Lifestyle
Time and time again you hear that the only way to sustainable weight loss is not to try out a bunch of fad diets that see little success. A complete lifestyle change is the only way to truly lose weight and sustain it in the long run. A whole lifestyle change? That sounds even HARDER than a diet!! Just like someone wouldn't quit smoking cold turkey, you don't have to turn your current lifestyle upside down and accept so much change so quickly. Here are a few things you can try to ease into a healthy lifestyle change. Now if these tips seem to overwhelm you, you don't have to follow them all at once or even try all of at all. Choose a few that work for you and incorporate them into your current lifestyle. Hopefully you'll enjoy the effects so much that you'll be excited to try the others!
Cut out the Soda (and Other Sugary Drinks)
Many don't realize that soda wreaks havoc on your body. Simply put, sugar is bad and the sugar content in soda and some juice drinks is outrageous. You would be surprised how many calories consumed are just from sugary beverages alone. Simply replace every can of soda with some lemon water or tea. Lemon water gives it a hint of flavor instead of drinking plain, boring water. Lemon aids in digestion also for an added benefit. Tea is loaded with a variety of antioxidants that help protect against cancer. Tea also comes in an abundance difference of flavors. This is one of the easiest changes to make in your lifestyle. If soda is a must for you, try to replace a couple of drinks to start with. When going out to eat, lemon water is free so you save that couple of bucks you would've spent on a soda!
Eat at Home Instead of Eating Out
When you do eat out like I said drink lemon water! It's better though to cook all of your food at home. When you cook you own food, you know exactly what goes in it. Also, you can make the same recipes you like but substitute in healthier ingredients. For example, you can switch out ground beef for ground turkey, or regular bacon for turkey bacon. Cooking at home will also save you money!
Spoonful of Coconut Oil Every Morning
This little tidbit comes from the beautiful Miranda Kerr. The model eats a spoonful of Coconut Oil every morning to combat bloating. Nutritionists also swear by this tip for getting digestion moving and detox the system right when you wake up. If you aren't bloated in the morning anymore you will look good, feel good, and be even more motivated to continue on.
Get a Little More Walking In
Whenever you can squeeze in some walking do it! If you are at the grocery store park at the end of the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If your going somewhere down the street leave the car at home and walk there instead. Burn a few calories while you can. Especially if going to the gym regularly isn't something you're use to yet.
Eliminate Something From your Diet
Dr. Oz and others have said it. These next few things aren't the best for you. I do understand it would be practically impossible to eliminate all at once or even a few at the same time, but your digestive system will LOVE you.
You'll want to eliminate
- artificial sweeteners
- excessive sodium (makes you retain water weight)
- sugar (as much as possible)
- coffee and
- all forms of dairy
WOW RIGHT?! Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen recently talked about their strict diets and mentioned they have cut out dairy completely. Tom even says that he has never had a cup of coffee in his life! Each of these things affect your body in a different way so play around and see what might help you. You might experiment with cutting out coffee and see that it doesn't impact you much. Try cutting out dairy then! Keep in mind lactose free is still considered dairy. Lactose free just means they broke down the lactose so that it would be easier to digest for those who are lactose intolerant. Dr. Oz explains the effects of each one of these HERE.
Which One Would You Try To Cut First?
Write Down What You Eat
It has been proven that the simplest idea of keeping a log of what you eat actually makes you eat less. You are more aware of how much you are eating which makes you subconsciously eat less. There are a bunch of apps (free and paid) for this specific thing. When you add an item to your log, you can also see the calories for each and get your total for the day. These apps come in handy when you try to work off enough calories at the gym to surpass what you ate that day if you are trying to lose weight.