There are many people who hate the idea of a slow weight loss journey. In the age of the microwave, internet and Uber, people want things quickly. The idea of putting in the work over the long haul is too much for some to really handle. However, there are so many long-lasting benefits to this approach. For starters, those who lose weight gradually tend to keep it off for a longer period of time. Additionally, it’s a more sustainable effort. When people lose weight quickly, they often starve themselves. In turn, this leads to weight gain in the long run. In order to get the weight off and keep it off, adopt these habits into your gradual weight loss journey to long-term success.
1. Lots of rest
Many people underestimate the restorative properties in a good night’s rest. Cultivate a nighttime routine that allows you to relax and unwind before it’s time for bed. Do your best to get to bed before 11 p.m. Your quality of sleep will increase when you get to bed at an earlier time. If you don’t have a good mattress and comfortable bedtime sheets, make the investment. The average person spends at least six to eight hours in the bed every night. Being comfortable is essential.
2. Daily exercise
If you eat every day, you should work out every day. Granted, the workouts don’t need to be strenuous each day. Each weekday, do a challenging workout. Lift weights, do a high-spirited step class or do a few timed laps in the swimming pool. On the weekends, go for a light jog in the neighborhood. Use your home gym equipment to do a quick 30-minute workout to keep yourself on track. Understand that the rest days can still be days when you exercise, but the exercise isn’t as intense. Yoga, pilates and walking are low-impact workouts, but they still challenge the body and keep you active.
3. Lots of water
In many circumstances, many people mistakenly eat when their bodies actually need water. Create a water schedule and drink on a consistent basis. Always travel with a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you want to jazz up the taste, add some fresh lemon or lime slices. It’s also a nice idea to add in some mint leaves or berries. As you become consistent with drinking water, you’ll notice a difference in the amount of food you eat. You’ll also have a lot more energy.