Fad diets and quick fixes are rarely effective as long-term weight-loss plans. The best, most effective way to lose weight is to make lifestyle changes. If you focus on changing some of your habits, it might take you longer to lose weight, but it will be much easier to keep the weight off. Weight loss should ultimately be about improved health, and the healthiest thing you can do for your body is to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices. Here are 10 daily habits to help you reach your goal weight. Focus on eating real, whole foods, cooking your own meals, and exercising regularly, and you’ll lose weight, sleep better, and improve your overall health.
1. Get up and go.
Exercise isn’t just important for weight loss – it’s important for your cardiovascular health, your energy levels, and your mood. Make it a habit to exercise every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Here are 15 workouts in 15 minutes or fewer. Don’t have 15 minutes? Here are the best 2-minute workouts for busy women.
2. Take the stairs.
You don’t have to hit the gym to get your exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away from work and walk a bit, or switch to a standing desk at work.
3. Pack your lunch.
It’s much easier to eat clean when you prepare your own meals. You’ll avoid all that sneaky sugar, sodium, and fat that’s in so much of the food we buy. It doesn’t have to take long to pack lunch! Pack up your dinner leftovers or enjoy one of these 7 lunches with 5 ingredients or fewer.
4. Sit down to enjoy your meals.
Make mealtimes about meals. Turn off the TV and the computer, focus on what you’re eating, and take your time. Whenever possible, sit down with your family or friends and eat together. You’ll enjoy your meal more and end up eating less.