Lifestyle is often the reason it's difficult to lose weight. You've gotten used to doing things a certain way, but they aren't necessarily good for your health and weight loss efforts. Here are four small changes you can make that will help you to begin losing weight!
1. Ditch After Dinner Dessert
There's nothing wrong with enjoying dessert, but it's not something you should have every night. Dessert should be considered a treat. This doesn't mean you can't have an after dinner sweet. Instead of having cake, cookies, or ice cream try a fruit salad with some yogurt. By making this small switch you will still satisfy that sweet tooth, but with far fewer calories.
2. Go to Bed Earlier
Sleep is helpful when it comes to weight loss. The less you sleep the more chances you have to indulge in late night snacking. Sleeping less than seven hours also contributes to weight gain and makes it more difficult to shed those pounds.
3. Drink Water Before Every Meal
Drinking water is not only important for staying hydrated, but it also plays a role in helping you cut down on the pounds. If you drink a glass or two of water before eating every meal and snack, you will consume less calories throughout the day leading to healthy weight loss. Before you head to the fridge because you think you're hungry, drink some water. Many times when you think you're hungry, you are actually thirsty.
4. Walk 30 Minutes a Day
Even if you're not an athlete, walking is an easy, low-impact exercise. Walking daily will increase your metabolism and help you to burn more calories. Invite a friend and try different hiking trails together to switch it up. A change in diet is good, but in order to lose weight you also need to move your body and walking is a great start.
By making little changes to your lifestyle you can begin your weight loss journey and your path to a healthier life!
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan