Losing weight can seem like an impossible challenge, especially if you have a busy schedule. However, losing weight isn’t impossible even if you’re busy. By following these few simple tips that are relevant year round, you can comfortably start your weight loss journey.
If you have a job that requires you to sit, think about getting a desk you can stand at to do your work. According to BBC News Magazine, you can burn up to 50 calories per hour while standing. Not only does standing burn calories, it also promotes healthy blood flow as sitting for long periods of time restricts proper blood flow for your legs.
Make simple, yet smart, ingredient exchanges
Cooking oils such as canola, vegetable and peanut have a multitude of fats that can be hard to burn off if you don’t have the time to hit the gym often. Some great alternatives to use would be extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil as they don’t contain as many fats and are also considered heart healthy. Additionally, using fresh spinach or kale instead of lettuce gives your body more fiber, vitamins, and nutrients that are essential for to a healthy lifestyle.
You have probably heard multiple times to stay hydrated or drink plenty of water. It can be difficult to drink water if you don’t like the taste, get too busy to remember to drink, or want something carbonated. For me, I found it easiest to drink sparkling water, then slowly start exchanging it out for regular water. If the taste of water is what bothers you, try a flavored sparkling water or a water mix in. If you find yourself being unable to remember to drink water, try downloading a water reminder app. Coffee and soda are not substitutes for water.
Don’t skip out on multiple meals
Skipping multiple meals can make your body think it needs to go into “starvation mode”. When your body enters this mode, you will find it harder to lose weight as your body tries to retain as many calories as possible to try to protect itself. The best thing to do is try to plan your meals out ahead of time with each meal containing all your necessary nutrients. This ensures you don’t skip any meals while also giving you the comfort of knowing what your meal contains and comes into contact with, so if you have any food allergies, you’re safe.