Research has shown that shunning sedentary habits such as watching television and adopting those that promote any form of activity can make a huge difference in attaining good health. You must not miss any opportunity to flex your muscles, boost your heart rate, and eat foods that yield maximum minimal calories—especially if it does not require you to be all sweaty.
Depend less on technology and get into the habit of doing most things by hand like dish-washing, ironing clothes or vacuum cleaning. Prep and cook your meals are also better than take-away and delivery—plus it’s healthier!
You send your body a signal that you’re not starving, so it starts burning fat, even when you’re just doing normal activities. Scrambled egg whites or oatmeal with fruit are great choice for breakfast.
Eat less and eat often
Instead of reducing your meal portion and frequency altogether, it is better to watch portion size and increase the frequency of meals to having approximately 6 small meals a day. The body expends more energy in digesting small meals and hence the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is maintained at a higher rate.
Take note of friendly fiber
Fill up on fiber to reduce hunger pangs and keep yourself healthy and disease-free. Include low-carbohydrates, high-fiber foods like spinach, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower in your diet to reap the benefit.
No midnight snack!
Experts say that every individual must not eat at least 2 hours before they hit the bed. This is because the body is unable to digest the food if you eat and sleep straight after that.
Reduce sugar intake
Sugar intake stimulates the body to release insulin, which then either transplants sugar to the cells to be used as energy or stored as fat. So, it’s very good to stay away from sweets, canned juices and other high sugar foods.
A poor night’s sleep causes people to choose less-nutritious foods, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania. Sleep deprived people are also naturally less inclined to be active. Read here for tips to have a better sleep.
Drink more water
Water makes you feel full, so make sure to take it in adequate quantities to curb hunger. Dehydration also leads to a drop in metabolic rate as the body needs water for all its metabolic processes. Some studies have also found that drinking coffee increases the rate at which you burn calories.
Drink strong green tea
Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, plant chemicals that may also boost metabolism, according to a study from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Laughter is the best medicine
It is called the best medicine for a reason. If you laugh for 10-15 minutes a day, you burn up to 50 calories!