There’s all sort of daily hacks that can really improve your health. Some may say that those slight changes aren’t enough to get the job done. However, even the smallest changes can bring forth greater change. Here are a few tips I’ve narrowed down on.
10 Tips to Create a Healthier Lifestyle
- Turn your focus on healthy lifestyle changes
Healthy weight management isn't about depriving yourself of calories. Consider what else you can do to help with weight management.
Routinized exercise? A full night’s sleep? Engaging in other stress-reducing activities? Stress is not your friend. Especially when you are trying to shed weight because it results in increased levels of the hormone, cortisol, which results in increased carb cravings. It is best to eliminate goal distractors like these. Your goal should be to better yourself now and to create better habits for the future you.
- Set attainable goals, be realistic
Don’t set unrealistic goals. It will only lead you towards disappointment. It may cause you to give up on your journey towards a healthy lifestyle. If your goal is to lose weight, be realistic with your goal and aim to lose only a pound or two a week.
- Set one goal disregarding weight
Goals focused around healthy living are more sustainable than those driven only by weight loss.
- Engage in daily activities like exercise
Make exercise a part of your daily routine. The more naturalized it is in a daily routine, the easier it will be to get it done. If you have time, exercise first thing in the morning before you have time to come up with excuses not to do it. Laying out your exercise clothes the night before can be a very helpful morning motivation.
- Make healthy eating a daily routine
Try replacing foods like rice with cauliflower or broccoli. Get innovative. Little tricks can really change/improve your health.
Maybe even consider meal prepping for the week. Having a weekly nutrition plan will increase your likelihood of following through and eating breakfast every morning. This planning would also save you a handful of time. Try it out!
- Be sure you’re adopting habits you can keep
As you embark on a weight management program, keep in mind those changes you would feel comfortable about continuing as a lifestyle. The problem with most diet fads is that they simply aren't sustainable for the average person. Maintaining a balanced diet of healthy whole foods while still enjoying some of your favorites will make you more likely to stick with your new lifestyle long-term.
- Stop Multitasking During Meals
Do you habitually eat lunch at your desk, on your phone, or in front of the TV? A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who multitask while eating lunch (study participants played solitaire) felt less full and ate more food 30 minutes later than those who were not distracted during lunch. Next time you sit down to eat, do just that—and nothing else. Be mindful of what and how you eat.
Taking 10 minutes to focus on and enjoy the food you're eating will leave you more satisfied and more in control of your appetite.
- Give someone notice
This is probably the most important tip for success. Even if your family/friend is not a participant in your diet, you want to be sure they are supportive and don’t try to tempt you by accident! If the people you surround yourself with know what you're doing and your plan for accomplishing it, they'll be more likely to support you and not ask you to do things that would impede your progress.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy snacks and food
Stock your fridge with yogurts, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Exclude all sugary processed foods and drinks. This will help with your eating and snacking habits as well.
For instance, snacking on nuts like pistachios have benefits you would’ve never realized.
Pistachios have two main advantages over any other nuts. First, you get to eat more pistachios per ounce than any other nut. One ounce of pistachios = 40 nuts, while one ounce of almonds = 22 nuts. Second, it takes a lot longer to eat one ounce of pistachios, thanks to their shells. This longer snacking time means you'll eat more slowly and feel full for a longer time as you have to peel the shells.
- Set a start date
Set a date and stick to the plan. Might as well be as effective as you can be. There's no time like the present!
Written by: Grace Lah