Ever wake up on ‘the wrong side of the bed?'
I think we all have at some point.
It is critical when this happens to just stop and breathe and take the time to get into a positive head space.
This is imperative because starting your morning out right on a regular basis may be one of the most important factors in achieving your weight loss goals.
That’s because being energized, alert and focused not only makes it easier to continue or establish good habits that can help you stay on track, but when you start your day out right, you’re less likely to give up later on.
Make these 6 habits part of your morning routine
These 6 small changes in your A.M. are well worth the rewards of those pounds peeling off with a lot less effort!
1. Give yourself a little extra snooze time
Don’t wake up so late that you’re frazzled and in a rush to get out the door, but try to get to bed a half- hour earlier, or sleep in an extra half-hour to ensure that you’re well rested.
If you don’t get enough quality sleep, you’re more likely to eat more throughout the day.
A persistent lack of sleep wreaks havoc on certain hormones that negatively influence metabolism and increase the appetite.
2. Catch some rays
Whenever possible, start your day soaking up a little sunshine.
When you wake up, open your curtains or blinds to let the light in, which helps to brighten your mood as well as providing an energizing effect.
It can even help you drop those pounds faster as some studies have shown that those who get more exposure to sunlight tend to have a lower BMI.
Why? It’s because those morning rays help to synch your body clock, revving up your metabolism as well as aiding your sleep schedule.
3. An early workout
While exercise just about any time of the day is good, working out in the morning may be even better. It boosts your metabolism, helps you to feel more energized, reduces cravings for junk foods and simply makes you feel happier.
If the idea of a tough morning workout is just too much to stomach, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be intense. Even going for a 20 minute walk, or stretching, can help.
4. Eat the right type of breakfast
You already know eating a morning meal is a must for weight loss, but what you eat for breakfast is important too.
Ideally, it should include some healthy carbs, from nutrient-packed fruits and veggies, as well as lean protein and healthy fats from foods like plain full-fat yogurt, coconut oil and/or nuts and seeds.
And, it’s quicker and easier to put something together than you might think!
A protein smoothie is ideal – just toss a cup of water, a banana or a half-cup of berries, one tablespoon of almond butter, two scoops of protein powder, a handful of spinach and a half-cup of ice into your blender. Now, hit that blend button and you have the perfect breakfast to go!
5. Water is your new BFF
Okay, so it doesn’t have to replace your BFF, but water should definitely be one of your best friends. It keeps you hydrated and helps to flush out toxins.
Drink a tall glass with a squeeze of lemon shortly after waking to ensure a smooth running digestive system and to help your body get ready for the day ahead.
6. Prepare snacks for later
If you work in an office, or anywhere outside of the home, you know how tempting it is to hit that vending machine in the afternoon when hunger often strikes.
You can help yourself resist that temptation by preparing your own snacks before going to work.
The more options you have, the more likely it is for you to stay on track. Things like apple slices with peanut butter, bananas, raw almonds and veggie sticks are all easy to take on the go.
Yours in Health,
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