Apart from the kind of food that we eat and the amount of physical activity that we participate in, there are other aspects of life that affect whether or not we lose weight and just how fast. But let’s be honest, those two things are individually and together the most important things when it comes to weight loss. One of the biggest fitness goals for people today is shedding the extra kilos they might have on. However, with the variety of contradictory advice and host of diets available in the world today, the weight loss process can be an excruciatingly overwhelming one. But here’s the thing, you don’t need to follow all of that advice or the fad diets in order to lose weight successfully. Instead, you could include some simple hacks into your daily routine to meet your weight-loss goals. Smaller changes in your everyday life don’t require too much effort, but can eventually have a huge impact. Here are a few weight loss hacks to keep in mind.
1. Don’t buy what you’ll feel guilty eating
It’s one thing to indulge in a ‘cheat-meal’ every now and then, it’s another to stock your fridge or pantry up with unhealthy treats. Eating a big or calorie dense meal should be treated as a novelty – not something you feel okay doing every other day. So make it a habit to only buy healthy and filling foods that are rich in nutrients and not in empty calories. If you don’t have something just lying at home and at your disposal at any given time, you will be less likely to consume it on a regular basis.
2. Cook at home
It might sound tedious and at times, it really can be – but cooking your own food is the easiest way to ensure that you don’t go over your calorie limit for the day. When you prepare your own meals, you know exactly what is going into your food and consequently your body. You’re able to measure exactly how much oil, butter, sugar, salt, etc goes into your food. Often, even when you might think an outside meal is healthy and low in calories, you can’t be sure about how much of what goes into restaurant food.
3. Take more steps
Studies have found that those who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity face risks that are similar to the risks posed by obesity and smoking. Balancing the hours of sitting with enough physical activity is important. Make sure to keep standing up, stretching, taking short walks (even if just to the water cooler), through the day. Not only will it make you feel better overall, you’ll also end up burning more calories and therefore aiding your weight loss process.