Changing daily living habits on a consistent basis is likely the most difficult part of the entire weight loss process. If you’ve already started on this trek to drop that excess weight and get in shape, you may have found some aspects of this journey a bit more difficult that others.
Everyone is different so what’s easy for you to do may cause extreme issues for someone else. However for the most part the two most important items of business you need to take care of on a regular basis is your daily nutrition and your exercise regiment.
Therefore here’s what you can do to help prepare for a healthy day the night before. You’ll find that when you take care of most of this preparation before you go to sleep, you will be much more inspired to stick with your intended plan the following day. And that’s what counts the most.
Once you develop this healthy habit and stick with it consistently, planning out your healthy day the night before will become your ritual and those pounds will really start falling off your body.
Since nutrition is the absolute key for weight loss success, if there is one thing you prepare before you go to sleep is what you’ll eat the following day. Don’t stop at merely what you’ll have for breakfast since that meal is likely about 1/4 of what you will be consuming for the day.
Take a moment to prepare two pre-portioned snacks along with a sensible lunch. Think easy and nutritious. For snacks, fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, and peaches need nothing more than maybe a quick rinse and they’re ready to do. Or how about some yogurt or raisins with almonds? Tie any of these snacks with a 20oz. bottle of water and you have a great low-calorie, nutritious snack that will tide you over to your next meal.
When it comes to your meals, portion size is king. The portion you should eat for a meal will vary depending on your age, gender, and activity level, but generally a fist-sized amount on a small plate give or take a bit should be fine. At meals, don’t eat to the point of being stuffed. You’ve eaten far too much if you have that feeling afterwards. Develop the habit of drinking one or two large glasses of water throughout your meal and slow down your eating and you’ll find that you will get full on less food than you’re likely used to.
It can help to buy some plastic travel containers that are size appropriate for your meals. The next time you are at the market or your local dollar store, take a look at the variety of containers they have for sale and pick some up to add to your current inventory. These travel containers can really make the difference between sticking with healthy nutrition when away from home. You don’t want to abandon your intentions and resort to getting a meal from a fast food spot since that likely won’t lead to weight loss success.
Once you have a good handle on your nutrition for the following day, don’t forget to try and plan a time when you will get some exercise. A great idea is to exercise in the morning right after you wake up. Get it out of the way and not only will you rev up your metabolism early in the morning, but you will be much more inspired to stick with your healthy day, particularly your healthy eating plan since you already have a great workout under your belt.
To help ensure you workout in the morning, set all your exercise clothes and tennis shoes out on your dresser the night before. Set the alarm clock for an hour (or 45 minutes) before you usually get up and be sure to go to sleep a bit earlier. Watching television until well past midnight is not going to help you lose weight at all, getting up early and exercising will, plain and simple.
Give it a try one week and see if this really helps you stay focused on having a healthy day. Remember, if you have failed in the past trying to achieve your weight loss goals, you owe it to yourself to try something new. When you focus on your nutrition and exercise plan the night before, you will be much more inclined to stick with it and hopefully you finish the day proud of your accomplishment and will repeat the following day.