When it comes to setting yourself up for weight loss success, one of the best things you can do is lay a sturdy foundation. While trying new recipes and workouts is equally important, setting guidelines to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis is key.
Life is unpredictable. It can be difficult to know if a restaurant will offer nutritious options, when the next birthday party (and tasty cake) will be, or if you’ll decide to treat yourself with popcorn the next time you go to the movies. Not always knowing is a part of life, but having a few daily standards to follow can help balance out the what ifs.
Here are three simple tricks you can easily integrate into your daily life to keep your weight loss journey on track, no matter what life throws your way.
Anytime you park your car, choose a spot farther away from the entrance
While parking a little farther might feel like a nuisance at first, it will quickly become second nature. Not to mention, the extra steps you take each time you park really add up and keep you moving in between drive time.
Set your first and last meal of the day 12 hours apart
It’s difficult to know exactly how each day will play out and when you’ll have a moment to stop and snack, let alone eat a meal. Instead of trying to stick to a strict breakfast, lunch and dinner schedule, try making sure breakfast and dinner are 12 hours apart each day. Embracing a fluid meal schedule can decrease frustration and stress, not to mention make balancing a busy day more manageable. This way, if you eat breakfast an hour late you can easily shift dinner back an hour as well. With these two meals as your daily bookends, you’ll be able to sneak healthy snacks and lunch into your schedule worry free.
Be sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night
One of the best aspects of embarking on a weight loss journey is that it’s a great reason to improve your sleep schedule! The body needs at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night to recharge and function to the best of its ability. Not getting enough sleep means your body isn’t in peak condition to break down food and keep your energy up throughout the day. Saying goodbye to all nighters and sleeping 12+ hours on the weekend can vastly improve your mental and physical health along the way to your goal weight.
Simple rules like these are easy to keep up with each day and can make all the difference between staying on track or falling behind during your weight loss journey. Can you think of any other daily rules you could set for yourself?