February 18, 2013

Starter Tips To a Healthier, Happier You

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The holidays are way over people, and it’s about that time again.You’re standing in front of the mirror, heaving and hoeing, trying to pull those skinny jeans over your newly acquired love handles (that you don’t love one bit), and wishing you could go back in time and not eat that last piece of pie. All the indulgences of the holidays can make keeping up that gorgeous figure extremely difficult. It was hard enough before those sweat pants and tasty treats were placed right in your lap. It’s almost like everyone is trying to sabotage your diet plan. But losing and maintaining your weight can be easier than you think if you just stay positive, and make a few simple changes to your lifestyle. We’ve laid out a few starter tips to a healthier, happier you.

 

Drink Water

We’ve talked about this before! Water is an incredibly important part of maintaining good health. Whether it be your complexion or your waist line, don’t forget to drink that delicious H2O. Though it can be hard to get the right amount of fluid in your system during the cold winter months, drinking more water can actually aid in your weight lost endeavors. If you’re one of those who find it difficult to drink water throughout the day, try carrying water with you in a BPA-free bottle and adding a little natural fruit juice to it. People often mistake thirst for hunger, and drinking more water can actually make you full so you don’t overeat. So before you head to the refrigerator to heat up a plate of leftovers, try drinking a glass of water first. If you’re still hungry, then go grab your healthy snack of choice.

 

Set Realistic Goals

Losing weight isn’t easy. You didn’t put on weight overnight so don’t expect it to come off right away. Losing a couple of pounds a week is a great accomplishment. Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t seem to be coming off as fast as you want. Have patience and reward yourself for the hard work you’ve been putting in, (not with ice cream of course, but), perhaps with a little self-pampering or a new shirt.

 

Eat More Often

Eat light and frequent meals. This little trick is key in losing and keeping off weight. Not only does eating small meals curb your appetite, but it boosts your energy and metabolism as well. Though it may seem hard at first, eating 5 significantly smaller meals a day is ideal to achieve results in any weight-loss plan.

 

Keep An Eye on Alcohol

This can be one of the hardest things to do during the holiday season, and throughout every year’s festivities. The good spirits are flowing and so is the alcohol. Though it is perfectly fine to warm up with a little peppermint schnapps on occasion, be sure to keep in mind just how many calories could be hiding in that bottle of wine you’re about to crack open. We know you’ve been saving it for a special occasion, but the truth is, many yummy alcoholic beverages are jam-packed with extra calories you don’t want. Keep the drinking to a minimum or stick with water if you’re serious about losing weight.

 

Make Time For Exercise

If you’ve got time to read a healthy blog post, then you’ve got time to hop on the treadmill. Even if it’s only 20 minutes a day you’ll reap the benefits of a little gym time. Take a walk around the block and enjoy the crisp clean air, or hit up a Zumba class with a friend. Whatever you choose, adding a little bit of exercise to your regimen will reduce stress (which can also lead to overeating), and help take off those unwanted extra pounds. If that wasn’t enough motivation, exercising releases endorphins in the brain giving you a natural high and leaving you a generally happier person with more energy.

 

The only real solution to a healthier you is with diet and exercise. Anybody who tells you differently is probably trying to sell you something. The more you start making decisions and changes toward a healthier lifestyle, the more it will become commonplace. In fact, your body will actually start to crave healthier foods and exercise. It doesn’t mean you can’t have a slice of cake on your birthday, but being aware of what you’re putting in your body and knowing how many minutes on the treadmill is takes to burn it off will make you appreciate the cheat days so much more. Cheers to healthy living ya’ll!

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