There’s no better feeling than the sheer burst of motivation when you decide to change your lifestyle for the better. Unfortunately, our motivation can begin to dwindle after limiting sugary treats for a couple of weeks and saying no to one too many post-work drinks sessions. That’s why it’s essential to implement healthy routines from the offset, which will become pillars of your journey when the motivation starts to lack. On average, it takes 66 days to create a habit that becomes automatic, so we suggest getting started as soon as possible with those healthy lifestyle alterations!
Breakfast is such an essential part of the day, especially for people trying to lose weight. It’s an opportunity to load up on protein and fiber to fuel you for the day and mitigate mid-morning hunger that might have you reaching for sugary treats. However, breakfast should not be an afterthought; the best breakfasts are planned in advance so that they’re a super convenient part of your day. Check out IdealFit’s recipe page for overnight oats, morning smoothies, or protein pancakes to plan or prepare the night before and make your morning that little bit lovelier.
Get in the habit of drinking 2/3 liters of water each day. It’s the most obvious tip ever because it can help control hunger, flush your body of fats and toxins, encourage muscle repair, and give you more energy to work out, but it’s not always the easiest thing to do. Waking up and drinking a glass of water is always the easiest way to get the ball rolling, and then keep a fun liter sizes water bottle with you throughout the day to remind you to keep sipping!
Experts have speculated that fat cells are sensitive to the sun, and therefore that sitting in the sun can help you lose weight. However much truth there is to that, the sun definitely does boost serotonin and help you to stay motivated and positive. Waking up just 20 minutes earlier for a brisk walk in the sun is a sure-fire way to kickstart a powerful day of fat loss!
4. Planning your nutrition
You’ve heard the phrase, ‘fail to plan; plan to fail,’ and it’s definitely true of nutrition when it comes to transforming your body and health. Staying on track with a healthy diet, calorie counting, or meal plans is made so much more difficult if you don’t make time to organize your nutrition. It’s best to take time to plan and prepare your meals for the week, taking into account your macro needs. To make any real change to your physique, you’ll need a protein-rich diet. So incorporating products like IdealFit’s protein, pre-workouts and BCAAs will help you ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need while curbing those treat cravings!
5. Being mindful, Conscious and Present
Taking time each morning to practice mindfulness has been proven to minimize thoughts of overeating and cravings by improving focus and drive. Studies have shown that 5 minutes of mindfulness in the mornings can decrease obesity-related eating behaviors. Checking in with your senses is a great way to ground yourself, reduce anxiety, and improve focus – all excellent aids in your weight loss journey!
6. Track Your Progress
While many say that calorie counting can increase food-related shame, taking time to note your achievements and be mindful of your progress and potential slip-ups is paramount when it comes to losing weight. Celebrating your successes and pinpointing the factors that contribute to your slip-ups correlates to better success in the long run. Still, it’s important to remember that carbs, protein, fiber, and good fats are all essential in moderation, so don’t fall into the shame trap!
Deciding to make healthy changes and better yourself, your health, and your life is an achievement in itself, so you deserve to have the smoothest path to your ideal self. Making healthy choices into habits is the best way to ease the transition into the healthier life that you deserve, so stick with it! Just 66 days to go!