A healthy journey to weight loss isn’t quick and easy. It requires patience, commitment and a whole lot of time… especially when you are overweight or have an uber crazy busy lifestyle.
But hey, don’t give up just yet. With these simple strategies, you can still be able to drop those unwanted pounds of yours.
1. Don’t skip meals.
This is one common mistake that busy individuals do. Make sure to take a break from your hectic schedule to sit and eat a decent meal. If you think that skipping meals will help you shed those pounds faster, well you are wrong. You see, going more than four hours of not eating will slow your metabolism and affect hormones and insulin levels that can cause unhealthy food choices and weight gain.
2. Eat in smaller portions.
When you get the chance to eat, remember to eat in smaller portions. Don’t think of refilling your plate and just skip the dessert. Eating in smaller portions won’t just help you control your food intake but it can save you time and money too.
3. Prep your meals ahead.
When you are pressed for time, you choose to order from a fast food chain, thinking that the food will be served faster and it can fill you up right away (which we all know, are very unhealthy). To avoid this, make big batches of healthy meals in advance. Do it on Sunday night and put together a variety of healthy meals using a bunch of microwaveable containers for each meal for the whole week. Check out this article for meal prep tips and ideas.
4. Have healthy snacks with you at all times.
Like I said, when you are too busy, you tend to make wrong food choices. One of those is eating unhealthy snacks like a bag of chips, sugary cookies or chocolate bars when you are feeling hungry in between meals. That’s why you should carry and stash non-perishable but healthy snacks inside your purse or office desk like whole grain crackers, granola bars and peanut butter squeeze packs.
5. Drink up.
Don’t forget to load up on water! Water helps boost your metabolism and is a healthier alternative for sodas and juices.
6. Squeeze in more movement.
Sneak in a quick exercise here and there like 10-minute break from paper or computer work to do a few squats or push-ups. Park a little farther so you can walk more. Choose the stairs instead of the elevator. These little things can definitely help you burn those annoying fats.
7. Do High Intensity Workouts.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the perfect choice of workout for busy individuals. HIIT is a technique where in you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise. It keeps you heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.