We are just over two weeks into the new year and you are doing great at maintaining your resolution to lose the extra pounds you’ve been carrying. When it comes to losing weight, there are countless workouts, diets, and methods you can follow, and we’re not here to add another one to your list. Here are our suggestions to help you lose weight that kept us on track.
Organize Your Kitchen
Wait…how does having an organized kitchen help with weight loss? You’d be surprised! Try to organize your cabinets and fridge in a way that make sit easier for you to meal prep and cook at home. Replace any non-nutritional and processed foods with healthier options and instead of having cookies and chips at eye level, cut up fruit and vegetables so you have a quick, easy, and healthy snack.
Organization isn’t just about food, it’s also about preparation methods. Remember that crock pot that is in the back of the pantry you bought last year but barely use? Move it to an easier to use location so you’ll be more inclined to cook with it. Instead of calling for take-out, you can prepare a number of easy meals that cook while you’re at work. By putting in a few minutes of prep work before you head out the door, you will prevent yourself from turning to convenient but unhealthy options.
It is so easy to get bogged down by a busy schedule and lose sight of your health and wellness. Establishing a morning and evening ritual will help you stay on track. We start by putting our multivitamins next to the coffee maker so we remember to take them each morning. Some of our team members even wake up 30 minutes early to squeeze in a quick workout followed by a healthy breakfast of eggs, spinach, and whole wheat toast.
In the evening, focus on properly winding down. Turn off the TV and put down the cell phone and brew a cup of caffeine-free tea and read a book. This will help your body prepare for a good night’s rest, which is not only important to your overall health, but also in preventing weight gain.
Say Goodbye to Stress
This one is easier said than done, but excess calories and lack of sleep aren’t the only thing causing weight gain - stress is a factor, too! When you are stressed, a hormone called cortisol is released, which can cause weight gain. By taking measures to reduce stress in your life, you take measures to increase your overall health and wellness.
Write it Down
We aren’t suggesting you have to be incredibly detailed and monitor every calorie and nutrient you consume, though that can give you some great data to work with. We suggest picking a day and writing down everything that you eat to give you an idea of how much and what you are consuming. You might be surprised to find the healthy choice you thought you were making actually has tons of added sugar. Using an app like MyFitnessPal is not only free, but will also help guide you in the right direction for making healthy choices.
Eat Well, Stay Active
Simply put, there’s no magic pill for weight loss. It requires a lifestyle change that includes eating a well-rounded diet and exercise. Start by adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet and less sugars and starches. These tend to be empty calories and stimulate a secretion of insulin, which is considered the main fat storage hormone in the body. Fill your plate with low-carb veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats and make a goal to move for 30 minutes every day.
Visit Your Chiropractor
When your central nervous system is functioning optimally, your body will be in in a better state. You will be healthier, feel better, and chiropractic can even help you lose weight.
Have any of these tips or tricks helped you lose weight? Let us know in the comments below what has worked for you!