It’s a struggle to stick to a diet for a period of time, and not many people can. If you have started your diet journey but could only last a week, you are not alone. Diets are generally meant to be for a short period of time, where you build a mindset to consume only certain foods.
Although extreme diets can show effects on you over a period of time, the results can be temporary too. You would be surprised to know how adaptive the human body can be, hence returning back to regular eating habits means gaining the lost weight too. For more permanent results, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle instead of a diet.
A healthy lifestyle involves effective changes in your habits and daily routine to help improve your mental and physical health. Here are a few healthy lifestyle habits that you can bring to your life:
Try to fit exercise into your daily routine. It may sound to be exhausting for people with long work hours and intense schedules, but the results are quite the opposite. Exercising regularly will burn the extra calories you intake from the food you eat, which would only make you feel more energetic and improve your overall well-being. Apart from its physical benefits, exercise is beneficial for your mental health as well.
You don’t need to do vigorous exercise in order to stay healthy; short physical activities or exercises can do the trick to keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
2. Eat Healthy
At times it can be difficult to stay on the course of a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy, especially with the fast food options available at every corner. Grabbing a bite on the way or eating in a restaurant is a lazy way of doing things, and you would be surprised to know how very little nutritional value these overly processed foods have.
Make a habit of prepping meals at home and eating healthy food. This not only benefits your body and you to stay fresh and energized but also eliminates the need for dieting.
3. Eat in smaller portions
Eating a healthy, and healthy lifestyle also means the limit for nutrition your body requires. Consumption of food in abundance can be unhealthy too. Instead, make a habit of eating in small portions. This way you give yourself the energy you need to function and your body the time to digest, without consuming any extra calories.
4. Make Walking a Habit
“There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking far without fatigue.” – Thomas Jefferson
Walking can offer numerous benefits and can easily fit into your daily routine. Walking helps burn calories, boost your immune system, and also energy levels.
There are many ways you can fit walking into your daily life, i.e; walking your pet, walking to a grocery store, or even work. If none is practical, maybe you can walk in the park. You can set yourself a challenge or distance limit to make sure you cover every day. This helps in keeping you motivated and achieving your goals.
You can also join Dr. Nancy’s Weight Loss Walking Challenge to go through this journey with tens of other people and stay motivated and guided throughout the course.
Staying healthy is a lifestyle that doesn’t require extra effort. All you need to do this make some small changes in your daily routine and you will adapt to them over time.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building healthy habits can assist you to stay healthy for a long time.