In addition to healthy changes like cutting back on sugar and fat and maintaining a regular work-out routine, applying small changes to your days can also impact your ability to lose weight. Indeed some of the small actions you do and don’t think twice about like jot keeping your water at hand or skipping on lunch can undermine your sweat hour in the gym or the healthy dinner you ate last night.
The good new is that, ditching some of your old habits and following new healthy habits can help you reach your goal weight faster. Check out these five afternoon habits and try to apply them to your daily routine and see how greatly you will be losing pounds.
1- Listen To Your Hunger.
While busy at work or with the house chores it is easy to skip your lunch or delay it until you have enough time to prepare a meal.
This habit can backfire on you causing you to have hard- to-control cravings later on which will certainly make you overeat and eat foods that are high in calories.
Instead, plan ahead and make sure you have specific times for your meals, that way you will always be keeping your blood sugar levels stable and prevent hunger attacks.
2- Keep A Full Water Bottle Always Near By.
People tend to always underestimate the impact of dehydration on their ability to lose weight. Not drinking enough water can make your trials to lose weight slower and more exhausting.
When your body needs water it is easy to mistake the thirst to hunger which make you reach out for snacks and sugary drinks.
Also dehydration even a slight dehydration can impact your metabolism and in return your energy levels making working out seem like a burden for you.
Therefore try to always keep a full water bottle at your hand reach and especially in the afternoon after your lunch so the stress of the work don’t make you crave sweets and comfort foods.
3- Watch What Goes In Your Mouth.
It is easy not to count those small bites of candy samples and tiny tastes of a cake your mother just baked. Those small bites, licks and tastes actually add up to the total calories intake of the day. Indeed they can be a big source of calories. Even a small bites or a candy bar can have as much calories as what’s found in a healthy lunch that can fill you up and make you satisfied.
If you are always reaching for high calories snacks that are not real food you will never be truly hungry nor truly satisfied. You will just be adding up on the calories.
Studies found that people who workout at morning before work needed less calories throughout the day. But even if you workout before work, that doesn’t mean you should spend the whole day sitting at your chair and not moving your body. Make sure to stand-up, wake or do any sort of moving at least once every hour.