Getting the body you have always wanted doesn’t have to be so hard. A few simple changes to your lifestyle can be just the ticket.

Drink more water. This one appears at the top of most lists because it couldn’t be more simple or easy. Many people complain about the taste of water, and if that sounds like you then add some chopped fruit to sweeten the taste.

Hot lemon water in the mornings. This one kick starts your metabolism and brightens your skin. Nice and easy.

Up your protein. Protein makes you feel fuller for longer, meaning that you are much more likely to consume fewer calories than if you eat a carb-heavy dinner. Greek yogurt, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, shrimp and of course eggs are all brilliant sources of protein. Eating the right amount per day will also help boost your metabolism – winner.

Healthy fats are great for you. There is a common misconception that you should avoid all fat sources. A few you should add or up your intake of are:

  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Real Butter
  • Coconut Oil

Balancing out your proteins and good fats will help you stay on plan.

You might have decided that you need much more help than a simple change in diet, so perhaps research bariatric surgery and the benefits it could have for you.

Lift weights a few times a week. If you don’t have access to a gym, then buy yourself a set for in the home and follow some YouTube tutorials. Lifting weights will burn plenty of calories and keep your metabolism ticking over nicely.

If you can’t manage weights, then try to make sure you take a walk of 30 minutes or more per day. Gentle cycling on a stationary bike, or a light jog. The cardio helps to burn body fat, and when you build up your fitness levels, you will be able to see an even more significant benefit.

It goes without saying, but cutting down or cutting out sugary juices, and sugar-laden food entirely is the best option in any long-term health plan. Sugar doesn’t do anything useful in the body and is proven to dramatically increase weight gain.

Yoga and Pilates. Both are gentle ways to build core strength and stability, lengthen muscles and burn calories. Try and fit in 2-3 sessions a week, and take it at your own pace. Like all exercise seek medical advice before you start, and don’t do more than you are comfortable with.

Aim for whole foods whenever possible. The fewer amounts of processed food you have in your daily diet, the more use your body can make of the food that you do eat. Begin to think of it as fuel, keeping you running.

Get plenty of rest, every night without fail to ensure that you rest well. If you need to, then drink a chamomile tea before you head off to bed. It is proven to help you drift off.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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