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6 Daily Habits For Weight Loss

6 Daily Habits For Weight Loss

Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight, and while extreme dieting may seem like the only option in your efforts to slim down in time for summer, restricting yourself will only result in you gaining weight later down the line.  Making small, simple lifestyle changes each day is the best way to get lasting results, so what daily habits can you make to help you lose weight?

 

Stay hydrated

Ever felt like you’re starving but realised you’re actually just really thirsty? Yep, that’s a thing.  Dehydration signals can often be confused with hunger pangs in the hypothalamus (the brain control centre). Since your brain is 85% water, it’s the first organ to suffer from lack of fluids, which is what explains all the confusion. So how can you prevent this? By making sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day! Next time you’re hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes, if you’re still hungry, choose something healthy and nutritious to snack on.

 

Pump up the protein

Protein increases levels of satiety by reducing secretions of the hunger hormone Ghrelin. Swapping out carbohydrates for protein will keep you fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack later on. Add a scoop of protein to your morning smoothie for a satisfying, filling way to keep you going until lunchtime. For more information about how protein can help you lose weight click here.

 

 

Stick the kettle on

Forget your conventional sugar loaded, syrupy latte, start the day right with green tea! Dubbed the healthiest tea in the world, green tea contains a healthy dose of a group of antioxidant compounds named Catechins. It’s these bioactive substances which increase weight loss by boosting metabolism and helping our bodies to burn fat. Don’t like the taste of it but want to reap all the wonderful health benefits? Try our Green Tea Extract capsules for a more palatable solution to your weight loss worries.

 

 

Snack happy

Eating consistent, small meals has been found to more beneficial than consuming large long awaited meals. Snacking regularly keeps your metabolism in check and reduces large spikes in blood sugar levels. Make sure you stick to healthy, minimally processed snacks; we’ve picked a few ideas for inspo below – click here to check out our full range.

 

Think about it

Often our cravings are just signs of mild nutritional deficiencies, so learn what your body is trying to say. Check out our mindful approach to nipping your cravings in the bud and feed your body what it really wants.

Sleep it off

Making sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night will aid you in your weight loss efforts. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep regulates the appetite hormones ghrelin and leptin and it is these hormones which tell you whether you’re hungry or not, click here for some tips on how get a more restful nights sleep.

Stick at it, research by University College London found that it takes between 18 -66 days for something to become a habit, so take note of the above, keep going and the results will start to pay off.

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