5 Habits That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds

One
of the best things you can do to help yourself lose weight and maintain
the weight loss is to significantly increase your water intake. There
are lots of different ways to drink more water. Remember that tea and
coffee also count as water intake. The myth that tea and coffee lead to
dehydration has long since been debunked. Another easy way to drink more
water is to carry a water bottle with you throughout your day. Or to
set phone alarms to remind yourself when to take a sip (or chug lol).

 

Don’t eat after 8 pm.

If
you’re wondering which habit is the easiest to adopt, this habit is it.
Challenge yourself to stop eating before 8 pm, and then don’t resume
eating until the morning time. Most often, calories eaten after 8 pm are
calories we do not need. So ditch the late-night snack!

Plant-based Foods.

I’ve
been eating a plant-based diet for 6 years now. This means I avoid
consuming meat, dairy, and eggs. I absolutely credit removing red meat
and dairy to achieving my weight loss. Now, I’m not suggesting everyone
crazy change-up their diets right away, but I would highly recommend
limiting dairy and reducing animal fat intake. It’s an easy way to
achieve a calorie-deficit and (if done properly) means an increase in
nutrient-dense foods.

An easy way to dip your toes into this style
of clean eating is to adopt Meatless Monday. Challenge yourself to try
new recipes, vegetables, legumes, fruits, etc to fill yourself up.

Reduce or eliminate alcohol.

I
talk about not drinking your calories in another post but I’m going to
take it one step further and suggest reducing your alcohol intake.
During 2018, I committed to drinking little to no alcohol and it is
unbelievable the difference it played in my health. Considering even a
light beer is still almost 100 calories, even a couple of drinks adds up
real quick. And if you’re drinking mixed beverages, then you’re looking
at some serious calories. Easily drop a couple of pounds by removing or
reducing alcohol consumption.

Nowadays, I allow myself to have
the occasional drink each month. But I still commit to keeping my
alcohol intake low. Overall, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin
complexion and less bloating. Those are two great reasons that help me
stay away from overindulging in alcohol.

Embrace natural sugars.

Personally,
eliminating sugar from my diet is just not realistic. I’ve tried many
times and have failed miserably. But, when I started to substitute
white, processed sugars for more natural sugars like honey, maple syrup,
agave, etc, it completely changed my waistline. Even though I was still
eating sugar, I wasn’t gaining weight like I was in the past. Now, I’m
not saying go overboard on the sugar because it’s from a natural source,
but you can consume it more confidently.

When I’m craving sugar, I
try to eat fruit first. Fruit is a great natural sugar. Personally,
oftentimes an apple with some peanut butter will satisfy an initial
sugar craving. And like I said above, eating a healthy snack first makes
you less likely to have an unhealthy snack after.

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