4 Habits to Lose Weight
By Ashley Chapman
Losing weight can be a daunting task for many people.
There may be many reasons why you may have a hard time getting to a healthy weight. Whether your schedule does not allow for consistent workouts or you are not sure where to start, there are a few starting points to get you on track!
Here are four habits to start that will help you lose weight!
There are varieties of apps available that can help keep you on track of your daily calorie intake.
However, do you know many calories you should you have in a day? Everyone’s calorie intake number is different based on his or her current weight. In order to know how many calories to consume to maintain your current weight, you would multiply your current weight by 15. Once you have this number, you will know that you will have to stay under this number in order to lose weight.
Once you have calculated your daily calories needed to maintain or lose weight, it is important to remember to keep a balanced diet.
Many may begin to eat smaller amounts of food daily, believing this is the healthiest way to get to their daily calorie goal. Remember that what you are eating is just as important as how many calories you are eating.
A balanced diet means that you are including the following in all of your meals:
- Protein (beans, fish, poultry)
- Carbohydrates (vegetables, nuts, whole fruits)
- Fats (avocados, cheese, eggs)
Choosing the right foods to eat and staying within your calorie goal is the start of weight loss.
Another habit that is important to start and maintain is staying active. Working out can be based on what works with your schedule and your body.
Ways that you can stay active include:
- Taking the stairs, instead of the elevator
- Going on walks during your lunch break
- Bike rides at the park
- Walking your dog
Above all else, consistency is key when creating habits to lose weight. It is common for people to start something for a day or two and then lose motivation to continue.
Research indicates it takes about 21 days to form a habit, and after that, your brain and body have become accustomed to the schedule.
You can push yourself to stay with your goals of eating healthy and staying active by writing your goals down in a journal or creating a dream board of pictures that motivate you.