Many people assume that in order to lose weight you have to begin exercising and eating healthy all at once, but this is actually far from the truth. Instead, you simply have to start creating small healthy habits and slowly build new one’s as you go.
What I would recommend is to start off with something simple, such as eliminating soda from your diet in exchange for water. While this may not be enough to get you in the best shape of your life, it will definitely improve your health and help you shed off a few initial pounds.
After you’ve become accustomed to your new habit (give it a week or more) you can then begin to learn a new habit – such as starting every day off by eating something healthy. Over time this will lead to a snowball effect that will eventually result in you losing a considerable amount of weight.
How do I know? Well, I’ve lost over 100 pounds since I’ve started my weight loss journey and it’s all the result of slowly building healthy habits over a long period of time. While it may have been a pretty long journey, it’s definitely one that I’m glad I embarked on.
In order to make your life easier, I have compiled a list below of all of the healthy habits that I’ve built over the past few years. While some of the habits on the list may be a little beyond your current level, just remember that you will get there eventually if you slowly keep going and never give up.
List of Healthy Habits
- Drop soda from diet
- Start every day with a healthy breakfast
- Take a vitamin with every meal
- No carbs after 6:00 pm
- Do 10 minutes of yoga every night before bed
- Jog for 10 minutes every morning before shower
- Drink a glass of water in the morning before work
- Go to gym 3 days a week (eventually 5 days a week)
- Eat healthy 4 out of 5 meals every day
- Take dog on longer walks
- Switch coffee for green tea with honey
- Drink a fruit/vegetable smoothie twice a week
- Start tracking calories
- Prep meals for the week every Monday and Thursday
- Foam roll once a day to reduce soreness
- Do 2 sets of crunches every day after lunch
- Eat only one cheat meal every 5 days (eventually once a week)
- Walk to get lunch instead of driving
- Throw away all leftover junk food in the house
- Hire a personal trainer temporarily to boost results
- Go to the sauna once a week
- Go to sleep earlier and get 8 hours of sleep every night
Now I know a lot of these habits are things you may not be able to do – like walking the dog – but you can always start different habits of your own as well. Just make sure to constantly be moving forward with your weight loss goals and always try to weigh a little less than you did the week before.
You can even weigh yourself bi-weekly if you prefer, just try not to forget when it’s time to do so. I recommend putting an alarm on your phone in order to make life simple, but you can also use a calendar as well.
And remember, no matter what you do – don’t give up!