WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Getting healthier and losing weight isn’t just about doing one single thing, it’s about consistently making healthy choices, throughout the day.
- By having a plan and being intentional with how you go about your day, you will become closer to your weight loss goals.
- One of the best things you can do to become healthier is to always stay active.
Losing weight isn’t about committing to one healthy choice, the journey is made up of many lifestyle decisions that you make every single day at any given time. Every hour is an opportunity to do something that can bring you closer to your goal! This year we have one extra day, so let’s make the most of it!
Here’s your ’round-the-clock guide to feeling slimmer by bedtime.
Early Bird Gets the Worm Wake up, and sip a big glass of water. It’ll fill you up and get things moving to prevent belly bloat. Eat a small snack that offers quick carbs and a little protein such as half a banana and a few almonds. Then go work out! For a healthy, on-the-go option grab a Clif Bar.
Stretch and Fuel-Up Always remember to stretch after your workout to prevent soreness and injury. After you get out of the shower it’s time to fuel up. A healthy balance of protein and fiber is key for a post workout meal to help your muscle recover and rebuild. This is also the perfect time to get some healthy carbs, because enjoying them in the beginning of the day ensures you’ll have enough energy for the day.
Keep Track of Your Food and Fitness Take a few minutes to fill in your food and fitness journal, writing down what you’ve eaten and how much you’ve exercised. It’ll give you an idea of how many calories you’re allowed the rest of the day, and seeing your stats from the previous weeks will motivate you to stay on the healthy path.
Keep Lunch Light and Healthy and Go For a Walk Eat a healthy lunch that you packed from home that includes protein, fiber, fresh veggies, whole grains, and fruit for dessert. This will keep you on track for daily caloric intake. After lunch go for a walk. Prioritizing walks at work is very important to your health and productivity.
Snack Time Have a 150-calorie snack to keep energy levels going till dinner. This can be anything from an avocado to an apple or a low-calorie dessert.
Sip Some Green Tea This will give you some caffeine to get you through the last stretch of work. Green tea has also been shown to suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism. No time to make tea? Shop our top-rated appetite suppressants.
Dinner Time Make a low-cal dinner filled with veggies and lean protein. After dinner is made, put away leftovers before sitting down to eat to prevent going back for unnecessary seconds.
Multitask Do a mini glute workout while brushing your teeth and perform some small backward leg lifts. This will tone up your lower body and that minty breath will prevent mindless late-night snacking.
Yoga to Fall Asleep Get your workout gear ready for tomorrow morning and fill out the rest of your day in your fitness and food journal. Slip into your pj’s, and do yoga poses to encourage sleepiness.
Bedtime Sleep is so important to your health. It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly, causing you to gain weight.