4 Basic Habits For Weight Loss And Improved Health

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Losing weight will be one of the hardest things you will ever do. For some reason, gaining weight is always much easier than losing it.  

Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential for overall health and well-being. Excessive weight gain can lead to various health complications such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  Read on as we discuss four essential habits to weight loss and health that can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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4 Steps Habits For Your Weight Loss And Improved Health

Losing weight is difficult. There is no other way to say it. It takes time, consistency, hard work, and dedication.  

Even though we want to find a magic cure to find a way to lose weight, there is no magic cure or easy way to lose weight.  It is always so much easier for me to gain 5 or 10 pounds than it is for me to lose those 5 or 10 pounds again.  

4 Basic Habits For Weight Loss And Health

Our 4 step basic formula for weight loss and health is four habits that can help lead to weight loss and better health if you do them consistently. Like anything in life, there is no guarantee, but these habits will help you keep your weight front and center in your mind.

Here are our four basic habits for weight loss and living a healthy life:

Habit 1. – Write Down What You Eat Daily

One simple and most effective way to lose weight is to monitor your daily food intake. Writing down what you eat daily helps you keep track of your food choices and helps you identify areas where you need to improve. 

Keeping a food diary makes you more likely to stick to a healthy diet plan and avoid unhealthy food choices. And when you eat unhealthy choices or eat that entire bag of candy that is over 1,000 calories, it forces you to be responsible for that choice.  

Track All Your Food Intake

To track your food intake, jot down everything you eat and drink in a notebook or a mobile app. We like the MyFitnessPal app as it is easy to use, and they have a free version. You can learn more about the MyFitnessPal app by clicking here or going to our stuff page. 

Record the portion sizes, the type of food, and the number of calories consumed. Tracking your food intake allows you to identify patterns in your eating habits, helping you identify where to make changes.

When you track your food intake, you can also make informed decisions about your food choices. You can identify foods that are high in calories or not good for you and adjust your diet accordingly. 

For example, if you consume too many sugary drinks, you can replace them with water or other low-calorie beverages. But more than that, writing down what you eat daily forces you to take ownership of your food choices and look at what you have eaten.

Habit 2. – Exercise At Least 45 Minutes 5 Days A Week

Regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy body weight. Exercise helps you burn calories, build muscle, and improve your fitness. 

According to the American Heart Association, adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. 

We feel this is too low for most people and is just the minimum amount of exercise a person should do. To lose weight most people aim for at least 45 minutes 5 days per week. 

Moderate-intensity exercises include activities such as brisk walking, Nordic walking, cycling, or swimming. Vigorous-intensity exercises include activities such as running, hiking, or playing sports. 

You should exercise for at least 45 minutes five days a week to lose weight. You can also incorporate strength training exercises into your workout routine to build muscle and increase metabolism.

If you are new to exercise, start with small, manageable goals and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. You can also find activities you enjoy and make exercise fun of your daily routine. 

For example, you can try dancing, hiking, or a yoga class.

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Habit 3. – Eat Sugar Only Once A Week, Maximum

Sugar is one of the main culprits of weight gain and obesity. Consuming too much sugar can cause a spike in blood sugar levels, leading to insulin resistance and weight gain. 

Most Americans eat more sugar in their foods than they realize. This is because many processed and fast foods have a lot of hidden sugar. 

When you consume too much sugar, your body stores the excess calories as fat, leading to weight gain and other health problems. This is one of the reasons we are also advocates for cooking your food fresh so you know what has gone into creating the food.  

One of the biggest culprits of sugar is the consumption of sugary foods and beverages. This includes sodas, sports drinks, along with other culprits as candy, cakes, and pastries.

Instead of eating these foods, choose whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources.

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If you have a sweet tooth, limit your sugar intake to once a week maximum. This can help you break the habit of consuming sugary foods and help you develop healthier eating habits. 

You can also find healthier alternatives to sugary foods, such as fresh fruit or low-sugar snacks.

Habit 4. – Weigh Yourself Weekly

Weighing yourself weekly can help you track your progress and stay motivated. When you weigh yourself regularly, you can see how your weight fluctuates over time and make adjustments to your diet and exercise routine accordingly. 

When I am not eating right, I often go a long time without weighing myself as I do not want to see what the scale is not telling – that I have gained weight.

That is why weighing yourself weekly can also help you identify any changes in your body weight and help you start right then to make changes and adjustments.  

When weighing yourself, make sure to do it at the same time of day and on the same day each week to ensure consistency. You can have a basic scale, but we like digital scales that accurately tell you about your body weight and even fat, muscle, and other health indicators.  

In addition to weighing yourself, you can also take measurements of your waist, hips, and other body parts to track changes in your body composition. 

You can also take photos of yourself to track your progress visually. And look at yourself in the mirror to see if there are any improvements.  

Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight is essential to a healthy lifestyle. You can improve your overall health by following these four essential habits for weight loss and health. 

Writing down what you eat, exercising regularly, limiting your sugar intake, and weighing yourself weekly can help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain healthy body weight.

Remember that losing weight and improving your health is a journey that requires dedication, patience, and consistency. It is a complex and challenging journey.

That is why it is essential to focus on making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle rather than drastic changes that are difficult to maintain. By making healthy choices each day and maintaining these four habits then you can achieve your weight loss goals and improve your overall health and well-being.

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