Getting healthy doesn’t have to require that you make a huge overhaul of how you live your life. Making a bunch of small changes and substitutions can really add up to help you lose weight and be healthier. Sometimes, these small lifestyle “hacks” can be what makes all the difference in jumpstarting your weight loss. Check out these suggestions and see how many you can incorporate into your daily life.
- Take the stairs. When given the choice between the stairs or the elevator or escalator, always go for the stairs, even if this means climbing several flights. Stair climbing is a great physical activity and can burn a lot of calories throughout the day. Bonus points if you live or work on a higher story.
- Park farther away. There’s no rule that we have to take the parking spot that is closest to the store we are going into. In fact, go ahead and park in the farthest spot so that you log in some extra steps.
- Hit the break room for lunch. It’s tempting to eat at your desk, but that can make your meal less satisfying and lead to feeling hungry again very soon after. Getting up and going to the break room to actually take a break from work and focus on eating will help you to feel more satisfied and less likely to hit the vending machine in the afternoon.
- Eat from small packages. We’re much more likely to eat more than we intend when we eat from a big box of crackers or cookies. This doesn’t mean that you have to ditch the membership to the big shopping warehouse. Either break down the big package into smaller sandwich bags when you get home, or pour yourself a serving into a small bowl.
- Don’t shop hungry. We’ve all heard the old adage about not going to the grocery store hungry. Well, there is some truth to that. If you try to go shopping while hungry, everything will look good, even the cookies you were avoiding, the ice cream that’s your weak spot and the candy bars in the checkout line. Fill up on a healthy and protein-rich meal before hitting the store. It’ll help you manage cravings and temptations much better.
- Brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth right after you eat a meal makes it less likely that you’ll reach for a snack or start eating mindlessly. That minty fresh feeling in your mouth helps you feel like you are done eating.
- Skip the leggings. Yes, they are so comfortable, but wearing pants that don’t have a waistband makes it easy for your weight to sneak up without your realizing it. Go for jeans or other pants with an actual waistband.
- Drink water. Drinking water helps you to feel full at mealtimes, and keeps you hydrated. In fact, sometimes the brain gets a little mixed up and makes you feel hungry when you are actually thirsty. In addition, skipping the high calorie beverages is a great way to cut out extra calories during the day.
Weight loss does require commitment, time and a lifestyle change, but why not start with small changes first? Sometimes it is the little things that can go a long way.