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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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      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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          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.

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              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

              1. Cat Camel Stretch

              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

              3. Jumping Jacks

              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

              4. Abductor Side Lifts

              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

              5. Balancing Table Pose

              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                6. Leg Squats

                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                7. Push Ups

                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                8. Bicycle Crunches

                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                9. Lunges

                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                10. Bicep Curls

                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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