Achieving health goals doesn’t have to be a challenge, just like losing weight doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on magic pills or gimmicks. Sometimes the most basic everyday change can have a huge impact on your health and waistline.
Tip 1. Switch out your carbs
Refined, processed carbs are always on the wrong side of healthy living, but it doesn’t have to spell the end of weight-loss altogether. When swapping your refined carbs for healthier alternatives, you’re giving your body the energy it needs to function, but without the sugar crash.
Simple switches like choosing brown rice and whole-grain bread over white offers a leaner carb while lowering your risk of heart disease. Same applies to swapping large, peeled, white potatoes for sweet potatoes, or baby potatoes with their skins on, to give you a healthier carb fix.
Tip 2. Swap your spices
How many of you really know how much sodium and sugar is floating around in the spices you may use on a daily basis?
This might not seem like a big deal, but if you suffer from high blood pressure, it is important to keep an eye on your sodium intake. Rather switch to cooking with fresh herbs and whole spices that you can find in the fresh produce section of your local grocery store. They are not only healthier but tastier too!
Tip 3. Eat more good food
The biggest myth that surrounds weight loss is that you need to eat like a bird. This isn’t true and probably the biggest reason why so many people give up on their weight-loss aspirations.
Instead of having a handful of almonds and sniffing a salad, prepare five smaller meals to eat throughout the day. Keeping your metabolism working throughout the day will encourage it to work, which in turn burns fat – exactly what you’re hoping for!
Have your staple three meals a day, but make sure you’re including two snacks as well to keep you going through the day. Snacking on fruit, raw veggies, nuts/seeds or biltong (remember biltong has no fibre to aid digestion and elimination) are great alternatives to starving yourself in the hopes that you drop a few kilograms.
Tip 4. Move more
Healthy eating habits are 80% of a weight-loss regime, while being active makes up 20% of the equation. That said, you need to be 100% committed to a healthier lifestyle, and it doesn’t have to be a chore. Find fun activities that you know you’d enjoy doing, like joining a dance or yoga class, or walking your dog.
Exercise is not only great for weight loss, but also for the soul, because your brain releases endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body that leaves you feeling on top of the world!
There you have it! Four simple ways that you can kick-start your weight-loss goals with ease and you don’t even have to live on kale to do it either.
Keep moving and good luck!
Post first appeared on All4Women.
Until next time.