It’s a fact that most people who try to go on a diet will fail within the first three months. For some, this end comes even within the first week.
People who are successful in their diet will also find that the struggle is just as intense because of the body’s own internal workings. As you start losing weight, your metabolism naturally drops, and this makes it harder to lose more weight.
But there’s good news – while it still takes hard work and grit to stay fit, there’s no need to follow the latest diet trends or going extreme on your calorie-counting. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind:
1. Stay hydrated.
This is the most important thing you need to keep in mind whenever you’re committed to losing weight. With or without exercise, your body will still need to maintain its fluid balance, and this means you need to drink water.
If you don’t like the taste of tap water, you can always add flavor by adding citrus.
Make sure to steer clear of any artificial sweeteners! Just because it’s not sugar doesn’t mean you’re in the clear of any health problems in the long run. In fact, they can even mess with how your body processes fat.
2. Get enough sleep.
Sleep-deprived people are more likely to reach for high-calorie foods, which in turn make them more likely to gain weight than those who are well-rested. But there’s more to the lack of sleep than simply the craving for energy.
Not only will it make you seem sluggish the day after, but it can also raise your heart rate and make you more prone to heart-related diseases the more you go without sleep.
3. Take the time to enjoy your meals.
Breakfast or lunch doesn’t have to be big if you’re taking the time to savor the flavors each meal can bring. By going through your food slowly, you process it better while making your brain think that you’re full.
You should also make sure you don’t skip meals – it’s harder to say no to processed foods when you’re on an empty stomach, and you’re more likely to cheat on your diet.
Those who plan on reducing their overall calorie intake can even incorporate snacks in their diet as a way to spread out the meals without feeling too hungry throughout the day.
5. Exercise in the morning.
Regular workouts before breakfast help you burn through your stored fat reserves in your body without increasing your appetite. But the benefits don’t end at the waistline – it turns out exercise can even improve your disposition and help you live longer overall.
(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)