You know that diet and exercise are important when it comes to creating a toned, sculpted body, but you may be overlooking other important techniques for getting into the best shape of your life.
This article breaks down 13 easy to apply tips, that you can turn into habits watch your body transform.
1) Eat a Smart Breakfast.
Most people load up on carbohydrates and simple sugars for breakfast. Cereal, pastries, smoothies and juice are all poor choices when it comes to starting your day off right. Center your breakfast around protein and healthy fat, and you’ll have energy for hours. Try meat eggs, fish such as salmon or lean breakfast meat.
2) Get More Sleep.
If you’re not getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night then you are leaving some weight loss on the table! This is especially true if you’ve reached a plateau with weight loss. Give your body the 8 hours of sleep each night and see the difference in your body.
3) Just Gotta Do It.
If you’re really ready to achieve your best body ever, then dig down deep and commit. As Woody Allen famously said, “80% of success is showing up.” This is absolutely true when it comes to fitness. Show up to your workout. Even if you’re tired. In fact, especially when you’re tired. Even if you’d rather be doing something else. Just do it.
4) Plan Ahead.
Take one day each week to plan your healthy meals for the following week. You don’t have to do all the shopping and cooking on that day, simply jot down what you plan to eat. This small act of planning ahead will keep you on track with healthy meals even when the week gets crazy busy. Failing to plan, is planning to fail.
5) Cut Out Gluten.
Many people don’t realise that they have a certain level of sensitivity to gluten, which can cause intestinal inflammation and bloating. Also, gluten-filled foods are typically high in unnecessary carbohydrates (excess energy) which consumed in excess will contribute to weight gain. When you cut gluten-filled items from your diet don’t fall into the trap of simply replacing those items with other high-carb items. Choose non-packaged, whole foods instead.
6) Believe In Yourself.
Do you believe that you have what it takes to transform your body? If you want to succeed with weight loss then you have to believe that it’s possible. Give yourself a pep talk and dig down deep for the courage and discipline to apply these healthy changes to your life.
7) Eat Less Dairy.
Similar to gluten, dairy products can often cause digestive upset. We put every new RMF client on 2 week gluten and dairy elimination to make sure they don’t have any of these issues. Intestinal inflammation can make weight loss much harder. Take dairy out for a few weeks and see how you feel when re-introducing it back in slowly.
8) Sleep and Wake at the Same Time.
This tip sounds so simple, and yet it’s a powerful way to increase your daily energy. Get your body on a schedule and watch how much more productive and energetic you become.
9) Include Veggies at Every Meal.
Most people aren’t too crazy about vegetables, and probably eat less than they should. Make it a point to include a vegetable with each of your meals — even breakfast. The increase in fiber and other nutrients will give your body that extra boost that you’re looking for. I like to add spice rubs and/or chilli flakes to increase the palatability of vegetables. Try it.
10) Ditch Packaged Food.
Throw out those packaged foods! This is one of the easiest things you can do to achieve quicker weight loss results. Packaged foods contain chemicals and additives that will slow your fitness results. Once you’ve thrown them away, DO NOT buy anymore.
11) Drink More Water.
Being hydrated is key when it comes to creating your best body. Drink water throughout your day and limit caffeinated beverages to once daily. It’s such a simple tip, but makes such a difference.
12) Forget Artificial Sweeteners.
Sure, these sweeteners don’t contain calories, but they are known to increase your appetite and cravings for carbohydrates. In the quest for your best body, put down the diet soda and reach instead for some water. Add a dash of lime or lemon if plain water doesn’t wet your appetite.
13) Exercise With a Pro.
Are you exercising as efficiently as possible? Do you challenge your muscles enough during each workout? Are you keeping the routine new and fresh? These are all factors that will be taken care of for you when you work with a trained fitness professional. Working with a pro ensures that you make the most of your exercise time.
So there you have it, 13 tips that will take your results up a notch.