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6 Habits For Easy, Healthy, And Sustainable Weight Loss

6 Habits For Easy, Healthy, And Sustainable Weight Loss

For many of us, weight loss is not an easy subject to talk about.
But the good news is that if you build some good, healthy habits, it’s something that you can definitely achieve.
One of the most common mistakes for those who want to lose weight is to expect visible results in a very short time. Losing weight is hard work and should be done slowly so that the body can adapt to the changes.

So, for long-term and stable weight loss, it is necessary to be patient and work on it for a long time, accepting that real and durable results will not come overnight.
With the right habits you will notice the first results after a period of just 3 or 4 months.

So, let’s see which habits are necessary for achieving a sustainable weight loss.

Easy, Healthy and Sustainable Weight Loss

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    1. Ditch Drastic Diets

    Drastic diets may show some quick results, but unfortunately these disappear as soon as you start eating the wrong food again. However, this is not the only reason why you should avoid these regimes.
    Usually, this method is detrimental for your health. Research shows how harmful is for your heart to gain and lose weight too fast and repeatedly. Let me explain this to you: your heart pumps oxygen and blood throughout your body and since it must adapt to more or less body weight, this can cause a lot of stress. Plus this may cause irregular heartbeat, and in worst cases, heart failure.
    This is why it’s far better to lose weight in a healthy and gradual way and then maintain it with good habits.

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    Remember that calories are not the only thing that matter for your weight loss. Healthy diets must include nutrients in each meal, including protein, carbs, vitamins, and fiber. Also, in order to boost your metabolism it’s better to eat smaller quantities of food and eat more frequently throughout the day.

    Plus, chewing your food thoroughly for at least 20 seconds can significantly help your digestion. Good digestion is the first step to maintaining a healthy, standard body weight.

    2. Alternate Running And Walking

    “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired,” — Jules Renard

    Sometimes laziness is understandably stronger than your motivation, and postponing workouts is a pretty common mistake. But if you want to lose weight, you must exercise too.
    Running is a good form of exercise if you want to lose weight, but alternating it with walking is enough to burn fat, and it doesn’t require high cardiovascular and muscular endurance.

    What I suggest is to workout at least 3 days per week. You can start slowly and increase intensity and duration every two weeks.

    When I was 18 I was overweight, and I had tried all possible kinds of diets without seeing many results. But then I started to exercise, alternating running and walking 3 times a week, and I followed a healthy diet. This made all the difference. From that time on I no longer had weight problems. After following this plan for a year I saw very good results and I understood that the best thing to do was not only to have good eating habits, but also to exercise on a daily basis- even if only for 10 or 15 minutes.

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    Run

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      3. Take a Walk Every Day

      Walking every day (or almost every day) is a good way of working towards weight loss, especially when you want to maintain the right weight well into the future. Walking burns calories and it helps increase your metabolism as well, and this is one of the most important factors in creating healthy, ongoing weight loss. Plus, it improves your physical fitness and overall health.

      Walking Every Day

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        4. Drink A Lot Before Your Meals

        One of the most common mistakes is ignoring how important drinking water is for our body to function optimally and for our general health.
        Research shows that consumption of water significantly boosts weight loss and the metabolism. However, it has been shown that it’s far better to drink water away from meals in order to help your digestive process. Plus, drinking two glasses of water before each meal will make you feel full and will prevent you from emotional eating – one of the worst enemies of weight loss.

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        Water

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          5. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

          Apple Cider Vinegar can be a good ally to you on your weight loss journey. It improves the digestion process, decreases cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels, and according to Dr. Jarvis, fat is burned more easily if vinegar is present in your body. However, it’s important to drink it in small doses, and experts suggest drinking 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water before meals.

          Apple Cider Vinegar

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            6. Make Vegetables The Biggest Part Of Your Meals

            I can’t stress this enough: eating a lot of vegetables is one of the best habits you can build if you want to lose weight. It’s vital both for good health and to help us lose weight. But unfortunately, people tend to eat small portions of vegetables, and bigger portions of cheese, pizza, meat, and other high-calorie foods.

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            Vegetables provide a source of many nutrients, help to fill us up, and are low in calories- in addition to their many other positive health benefits. According to Mayo Clinic doctors, for weight control, the best thing to do is to eat healthy foods that provide low energy in high volumes, like fruits and vegetables.

            Vegetables

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              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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