If your New Year’s resolution was to get in killer shape this year, you probably focused on what you should and shouldn’t eat. But changing your diet isn’t the only thing you need to get the body of your dreams. To drop pounds and keep them off, you need healthy habits, too. Here are some small changes that can boost your mood and make losing weight easier.
Sleep more - If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, it’s harder to stay on track with fitness and nutrition. One study recent study found that people who slept less than five and a half hours a night ate 385 more calories the next day! And the sleep deprived people chose different foods too - less protein and more empty calories. This is just another reason to get good, quality sleep every night.
Focus on your behavior, not the outcome - It’s good to set a goal, but then it helps to work backwards to figure out what you need to do to reach it. If you have a weight goal, think about how long it would take you to get there realistically - as in losing one or two pounds a week. And then figure out the little things you can do to reach your goal, like cutting out sodas, and eating more protein and veggies.
Stop beating yourself up about food - Food isn’t just about nutrition, eating should be enjoyable as well. And one meal or food won’t take away your chance at success. So if you go out with friends and end up having too many drinks and wings, forgive yourself and move on. Keep looking forward and forget what happened in the past. Having a healthy mindset is as important as having healthy food on your plate.
Source: Women's Health