All of us appreciate our sleep, especially if we have children. But if I told you that getting up early actually helped you shed some pounds, would you get up earlier? You probably would. Although there’s nothing quite like sleeping in on day when we can, there’s something about getting up early and accomplishing tasks first thing. Down below we’ve listed seven moves you should add to your morning routine that will help you lose that extra weight you’ve been trying to lose.
1. Hit the snooze…once
I know I said that getting up early was important in reaching your goals however, you don’t want to be depriving yourself of sleep either. Did you know that lack of sleep actually messes with certain hormones, which can have a negative impact on your metabolism? When we are deprived of sleep, the metabolic system will be out of whack. Lack of sleep causes us to crave more carbohydrates. In fact, studies have shown that sleep deprivation plays a part in obesity in teens and young adults.
2. Get in the sun
The first thing you should do when you get up is open up your blinds or curtains and let the sun shine through. Exposing yourself to light early in the morning as opposed to later in the day synchronizes your internal body clock, which means that you’re more likely to have a natural and steady sleep schedule. By having a steady sleep schedule, it helps your metabolism run more efficiently which in turn, will help in weight loss.
3. Eat your protein
A lot of people skip breakfast and blame on “not being a breakast person”, but you should know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Something that I’m sure all of you have heard before. Eating breakfast actually gives you a little jolt to start your day and can help you resist cravings throughout the day. For some quick ideas I recommend eggs whites with some whole wheat toast. Or, for something to grab quick if you’re running late, greek yogurt and some fruit.
4. Drink your water
I recommend drinking ice cold water the second you get out of bed in the morning. It helps get rid of bloating and rev’s up your metabolism. Some of us like to drink juice in the morning with our breakfast such as OJ. I recommend flavoring your water with a lemon or lime instead. There’s roughly 100 calories in an 8 oz glass of orange juice. A study has shown that drinking a large, cool glass of water after you wake up has been shown to fire up your metabolism by a whopping 24% for 90 minutes.
5. Morning workout
If you’re one of those people who get in their workout first thing in the morning, keep it up; it boosts your metabolism. Whether it’s going to the gym, going for a run, or doing some type of workout at home, keep doing it. If you’re not a morning workout person, it definitely has its perks. Two being that it helps you feel more accomplished and positive. I have found that having a friend work out with you can help you stay focused and motivated when you feel yourself falling off track. Work out buddies make it more fun anyway.
6. Pack your snacks
If you have the time, pack yourself a healthy lunch. If you’re running low on time, plan to pack several healthy snacks that will last you throughout the day. This will help fight to urge to go out and grab fast food, which is always packed with tons and tons of calories. Below I’ve listed some healthy options:
- String cheese
- Protein bar
- Dried fruit
- Whole wheat crackers and peanut butter
- Instant oatmeal
- Mini pitas with hummus
- Veggies with ranch
7. Walk to work
This one is kind of obvious. We tend to always park as close to our destination as possible so we don’t have to walk as far. Try parking a few blocks away from work or parking in the back of your parking lot to burn some extra calories.