5 Healthy Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight

Simple Changes to Your Daily Activities Help You Slim Down

healthy weight loss habits
Lubomir Lipov / Getty Images

Sometimes, the success or failure of your weight loss program depends more on your daily habits than on the food choices you make. The little things you do as part of your routine can affect how much food you eat and how much you move throughout the day. If your daily habits aren't healthy, you're not likely to lose weight in the first place and even if you do, the weight will probably come back. 

There are (at least) five healthy habits that will help you lose weight.  These are simple activities that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine.  Pick one and try to practice it this week.  If all goes well, pick another one. Try to master one skill at at time so you don't get overwhelmed. 

Watch What You Drink

Start to monitor the calories in the drinks that you consume. There are seven drinks, in particular, that can have a big impact on your total caloric intake and on the type of food choices that you make each day. Your best bet is to drink water. You can even make flavored water at home to replace your high calorie sodas and sweetened teas. 

Sleep Better

Believe it or not, the quality of your sleep can have an impact on the food choices you make during the day. It can also impact the number of calories you consume from soda or coffee drinks. Use these simple tips to sleep better so that you get a full night's rest and wake up energized for a full day of healthy activity and good eating.

Build a Balanced Exercise Program

If you completed last week's tasks, you've already begun to exercise every day. Now it's time to create a well-rounded workout routine with different types of physical activity. You'll learn how to build a body that is lean, strong and flexible. If you don't belong to a gym or need help finding exercise classes, consider using a fun and easy online workout to get the activity you need.

Increase Non-exercise Physical Activity

Your daily workout is very important. But if you go to the gym for an hour and spend the rest of the day sitting in a chair or laying on the couch, you are probably doing more harm than good when you exercise. Learn how to increase your daily activity level so that you burn more calories with NEAT, non-exercise activity thermogenesis.

Set up Daily Reminders

Surround yourself with supportive people and healthy reminders that will help you keep your plan on track. You can do this by connecting with people who eat well and exercise at work or in your neighborhood. Set up dates to exercise or cook healthy meals together.

You should also subscribe to healthy messages online and in social media. Researchers have found that daily reminders can have a big impact on weight loss success.

Remember that last week's tasks involved planning healthy meals and exercise. Continue to complete those activities as you move through this e-course and build a better body.

Continue Reading