1. Go to sleep earlier
Poor sleep can also be attributed to depression and substance abuse. Metabolism can slow down and if not counteracted by increased exercise or reduced calorie intake, can add up to weight gain over time.
To ensure you get the right amount of sleep for your body, it is important that you develop routines around sleep and bed time. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day (even on weekends) forms a solid foundation from which your body can expect to rest. Avoiding the obvious stimulators such as alcohol and caffeine four to six hours prior to bedtime also assists in getting to sleep.
2. Eat more green vegetables
Sneak these little beauties in wherever you can – add kale or spinach to your morning smoothie, snack on celery sticks, throw some roasted broccoli or asparagus on your homemade pizza or top meatballs on a bed of sautéed spinach instead of pasta. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just eat more.
Green veggies are an incredible source of nutrition, containing Vitamins A, C, E, K and B. They are packed with enzymes, are high in chlorophyll, which can provide energy to your body, and contain iron. They also help blood purification and are rich in zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Need I say more?!
3. Drink more water
Many people overeat because they mistake hunger for thirst. Before you reach for that mid-morning muffin, pause and ask yourself whether you are really hungry, or whether you just need a big glass of water. Have the water anyway and re-assess your hunger. You might just find you didn’t need that muffin after all.
4. Stop eating packaged food
Are you a TV dinner kind of person? Or love a bag of chips? This is one habit you definitely need to kick – and now. Packaged foods are laden with unhealthy fats, sugar, salt plus a whole host of ingredients you probably can’t even pronounce.
Stick with real, whole foods that are grown on plants, not in a plant.
5. Move more
Sit at a desk all day? Break this habit. Set an alarm for 30 minutes of intensive work on one task, then when the time is up, take a walking break. It may only be just to the office kitchen to get a glass of water, but try to move your body as much as you can during the day. Alternatively, go to a colleague’s office, instead of calling or emailing them. You can also suggest a lunch time walk with a friend, instead of catching up over coffee.
Other really simple suggestions:
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Park the car further away and walk
- Get off the train a few stops earlier
Everything adds up, so sneak in as much movement as you can during the day.
All of the above can be incorporated into your daily routine with minimal time or effort. Get started today!