Studies have shown that drinking at least 16 ounces of water when you first wake up in the morning can be a big help in weight loss. If you get the amount of sleep that you should, then by the time you wake up, your body has gone for 8+ hours without any hydration. How thirsty would you be if you went for 8 hours during the day without water? This replenishment of H2O jumpstarts your metabolism in the morning and prepares your body to better efficiently deal with breakfast. Studies showed that anything less than 16 ounces did not prove effective, so drink up!
Plan Your Meals & Snacks
Meal planning is a great way to make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet at regular intervals, but forming this habit can be very difficult. If you are anything like me, then you may find planning out a week ahead or even a day ahead even more difficult than going to the gym. Instead, try to pack yourself some healthy snacks to eat. These healthy snacks will eventually turn into a healthy lunch, which will eventually turn into a well-planned week of meals. If you want a bit more of a challenge, start by planning one meal a day. Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, just plan one. When you’ve gotten used to planning a meal, move up to two. Eventually you’ll be planning your whole week without realizing it. Forming new habits can be a challenge, but once you get the ball rolling, you will find a lot more success in developing healthy long lasting habits.
Savor Each Bite
I have always heard that I should be eating slowly and try to enjoy the flavor of the food instead of throwing down food like a hungry dog. I never knew it would affect my weight loss efforts.
The theory behind this weight loss tip is that if you take more time to eat, you will get full a lot faster and naturally decrease your caloric intake, which leads to weight loss. If you savor each bite or chew more per mouthful, you are finding a natural way to suppress appetites and even aid in proper digestion.
In fact, it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling to the body feelings of satiety or fullness. People who eat fast do not experience this level of fullness until they have already over eaten. So, take your time eating and make sure you are savoring every bite.