Simple Habits to Lose Weight Naturally

When people decide to lose weight, what instantly to come to mind are diet and workout. Of course, these are foolproof ways to lose weight, no doubt about that. However, you can also incorporate some simple habits and activities to your daily routine that can aid your weight loss agenda. Here are some:

Make a shopping list. Write down what you need and stick to healthy foods. This means less salt and healthy carbohydrates. Once you get to the store, stick to your list. Do not buy anything that is not on that list. The problem with impulsive or unplanned grocery shopping is you often end up buying food that is more than what you need, and these are usually unhealthy ones.

Get enough sleep. Less than eight hours of sleep affects your body’s ability to produce hormones, specifically the hormones ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin stimulates your appetite while leptin sends signals to your brain that you are already full. When you lack sleep, ghrelin levels rise up and leptin drops down.

Keep hydrated. Sometimes you can mistake thirst for hunger. Instead of reaching out for a sandwich, drink a glass of water instead. This will keep your hunger at bay

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Eat your meals at the dining table. This means avoiding eating meals in front of the television. When the show you are watching is highly interesting or fun, you can lose grasp of how much you have already eaten while watching. Sitting on the dining area will make you more aware of the number of servings you have taken in.

Get an energetic dog. Dogs love to run and they need daily walks. If you do not let them release their energy outside, the tendency is they will get bored and chew on your stuffs. To avoid this, bring them out for a walk or a run. You will end up having a healthy body and a happy pet.

Choose who you dine with. Studies have shown that dining with a woman makes you eat more than if you dine with a man. There is no definite explanation for this yet, but the results of this study will be helpful in planning your dining habits. This does not mean that you should avoid your girl friends. Just use this as a means to be extra cautious with what you eat when you hang out with your female friends.

Plan your meals. Get a hold of cravings and indulgences. Make a journal of what you plan to eat for this day or for this week. This does not mean eating tasteless food. The key is to spread your meals throughout the day and have them in small portions. Find a plan that works and stick to it.

Chew your food slowly. Spend time delighting on the texture and flavor of your food instead of just gulping them down, spoonfuls after the other. As you chew, your digestive system also does its job so you slowly feel full. Once your digestive tract shoots a message to your brain that you are full, you will not need to take in more food.

Write down your reasons for losing weight. In the middle of a weight loss program, people tend to lose the drive and they slowly slide down to old habits. If you can read on what has driven you to go on a diet in the first place, you will be motivated and inspired to get back on track again.