From routinely reaching for sugary snacks between meals to choosing fast food when you’re on the go, it’s these little bad habits that can keep you away from your weight loss goals.
Breaking these unhealthy habits can be one of the biggest struggles when it comes to losing weight, but it’s essential to achieve results. You might start your journey motivated and enthusiastic, but motivation can diminish over time which is why developing healthy habits is essential to long-term weight loss results.
Here at Rapid Loss, we’re making things easy with these top tips on how to build healthy habits. Choose and stick to the healthy habits that resonate with you and your lifestyle and you’ll be on the path to reach your health and fitness goals in no time.
WAKE UP EARLIER
Some of the most successful and productive people on this planet wake up earlier to get a head start on the day. This can help not only give you more hours but can also give you an extra hit of energy and encourage morning exercise. The first week or so of early wake-ups may hurt, however, once this habit becomes routine it will be easier and easier to jump out of bed and smash a work out.
This can be as simple as 20 minutes earlier and quickly walking around the block, start at your own pace and build from there. You will, without a doubt, feel the difference.
TAKE THE LONG WAY
When it comes to our daily lives it’s easy to fall into a pattern of convenience. Driving to the store even though it’s just down the road, taking the elevator up 2 floors, or waiting for a park right outside the building you’re going into.
These habits of convenience are perfect examples of times where you can adopt a healthy habit and stay active throughout the day.
So, if it takes you 5 minutes to drive to the shops or 15 to walk, take the more active option. If you have to drive, park a little further away from the entrance of the building so you get a few more steps in for the day. And of course, if you can, always take the stairs.
When you get into the routine of taking the active option over convenience you’ll be surprised how easy it can become a habit.
DRINK WATER, LOTS OF IT
We all need to be drinking more water than we do. Usually, breakfast is accompanied by a coffee, lunch by a juice and dinner by a soft drink, but where’s the water?
Water is essential for our bodies to function, it fills you up and helps you feel satisfied before, after or during a meal.
By swapping sugary and unnecessary beverages for a glass of water you’re cutting unnecessary calories and making a small change that will have a big impact on your health. If it’s the taste you’re missing try adding some lemon or berries for added natural flavour.
This small change is easy to make and can easily become a habit over time.
SWAP YOUR UNHEALTHY SNACKS
You might eat healthy main meals but how are those snacks looking? No matter how many vegetable-packed salads you eat, if you’re not snacking healthily you’re going to struggle to meet your weight loss goals.
Instead get into the habit of keeping healthy snacks nearby so you’re less tempted by the high sugar, highly processed options around.
The trick to making this habit stick is trying to replicate the flavours of snacks you usually go for. For example, if you’re used to a savoury snack after lunch, an apple isn’t going to satisfy you, instead, opt for some carrots and hummus or Crunchy Kale Chips.
We live in a busy working world so it can be a struggle to fit in time for meal prepping and often a quick grab and go meal when out is all too easy, however, this can be costly to both your wallet and health. Luckily we have a solution;
All you have to do is when you’re cooking your healthy dinner is make extra for your lunch the next day. Doubling your dinner recipe is an easy healthy habit to develop and knowing you have a meal ready for lunch will help keep you away from those greasy takeaway lunches. Doubling your dinner meals can also help cut back on grocery expenses.
If you’re concerned about overeating, before you even touch your dinner, pack away the leftovers and pop them in the fridge or freezer so you won’t be tempted to go back for seconds.
It’s simple changes like this that can make a world of difference.
We also recommend adding in some new and exciting snacks or treats for you to snack on in the morning or afternoon to stop the risk of overeating at dinner. Try out our Peanut Butter Protein Balls.