I owe my success in losing weight, now 69 lbs, to my continuous drive to learn about my body. I took the time to see how my body responded to foods and did fair amounts of research. I provided myself stepping stones that ultimately led to healthy habits. The more educated I became, the more my routine changed. But the things listed below I consider to be holy grail and cannot see myself giving them up. That being said, lets get into it.
- Intermittent fasting: I fast 14 hours a day, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. the next morning. Since I incorporated this fasting window, I noticed my stomach bloating has gone away and I am much more regular. Fasting gives your digestive system a break and time to heal itself. If you’re only allowing a short time of not eating, your body most likely is in constant digestion mode. I recommend anyone who has digestive or bloating issues to try intermittent fasting.
- Skipping meat at dinner: This is fairly new to my routine, I started about a week and a half a go. Since excluding meat at dinner, I have noticed that I haven’t had stomach pain at night or the following mornings. I decided to incorporate this into my routine to help with digestion like the intermittent fasting. It takes hours for your body to digest meat, so I found it better to eat meat earlier in the day, usually just lunch, and get protein in other forms at dinner; such as beans, quinoa, whole grain, etc.
- Incorporating nut butters: Nut butters are a good source of protein and fat and an overall tasty treat. I eat almond butter, or some kind of nut butter, every day; don’t let the calories scare you. Nut butter can be very healthy if incorporated correctly into your diet. I use it in my morning oats, baked goods, paired with fruit, on homemade pancakes; you name it. I also noticed nut butters subside my sweet cravings, so less snacking more progress!
- Drinking water: Water is crucial for a healthy body. However, I don’t necessarily believe in drinking the 8 – 8 oz glasses a day; I did that for a while and all I noticed was that I peed every 30 minutes. Now, I just drink when I’m thirsty (ground breaking, I know). I found that just sticking to water as my beverage cut out stomach aches that carbonated or sugary drinks caused me. But please be my guest, have as much water as you want!
- Checking Nutritional Facts: Become aware of empty calories (food with little to no nutritional value). I check protein, sugar, sodium, carbs, and vitamins counts on all nutrition labels. If these numbers fall short of my standards, why bother? I can easily find something just as tasty that will also benefit my body. Doing this has made me more aware of the foods I am eating and helped guide me into making healthier choices and in turn, overall weight loss and a healthier body.
- Being Active: I do a 30 minute cardio or strength routine 4 to 5 days a week, as well as going on walks, playing with my dog, parking further away from entrances, taking the long way, using the stairs when available, etc. I made it a total life style change, not just a change for 30 minutes 4 to 5 days a week. I take every opportunity to move my body. In doing so, my physical capabilities have been heightened. I am more nimble, quick, and able to complete daily tasks with out pain or tiredness. Exercise burns calories and jump starts your metabolism so the more active you are the more calories you will burn, pair that with a healthy diet and you get easy weight loss.
I’d love to hear some of your routines or things that you do to live a healthier life. What has helped you reach your goals?