5 Simple and Sustainable Solutions for Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Guest post by Dana Brown:
If you are struggling to maintain a healthy weight, you are not alone. Statistics show that nearly half of all Americans will struggle with being overweight in their lifetime, and the negative impacts those extra pounds can have on their health can really add up.
The fight against obesity can be a lifelong battle, but with the right tools and mindset, you can arm yourself for success with a few simple tricks that may help you change your weight and change your life.
Fill your fridge with nutritious foods
What and how you eat can make more of an impact on your weight and overall health than any workout, so start your wellness plan by switching to a balanced, healthy diet.
Get rid of any processed foods, such as chips and sugary snacks, you have lingering in your cupboards and try to eat whole, nutritious food such as leafy greens, fresh fruit and clean vegetables.
A good rule of thumb when shopping for health is to stick to the outside of the grocery store, where the produce and fresh foods are stored. Some studies even show that switching to a plant-based diet may be beneficial in helping you lose and keep off weight.
Find ways to take the work out of workouts
Diet can definitely define a healthy lifestyle, but you still need to get some exercise. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of activity a week, but you don’t have to spend those minutes on a treadmill.
In fact, sticking to a treadmill can lead to boredom and make you less likely to stick to your workouts, so it’s important to find alternatives you actually enjoy doing.
Try taking hike along a nature path or signing up for a walking tour to have fun while burning calories. Discovering routines you actually look forward to can help you stay on track and stay active without having to really think about it.
Get healthy with a home gym
Getting in some cardio is key to maintaining your health but you should also aim for strength training at least two times a week.
Joining a gym may be the first thing that come to mind when you think about weights, but you may actually have more success by setting up a home gym.
Having simple, inexpensive fitness equipment, such as a kettlebell, resistance bands and a Swiss ball, ensures that you have fewer excuses to get exercise in each day. You may even be able to find equipment secondhand, if you’re looking to be more conscious of expenses and the environment.
Make mental health a priority
It’s given that you have to take care of your body to have a healthy one, but you may be surprised to know that your mental health can impact your weight as well. Leaving mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, unchecked can hamper your ability to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to making lifestyle changes around diet and exercise, make sure you leave time to take care of your emotional well-being. Simple practices can make a significant difference in your mental health.
Set aside time for sleep
Staying in control of your physical and mental health takes work, but you’ll want to be sure to leave time for real rest and relaxation. Aside from diet, sleep may be one of the most vital elements in maintaining overall wellness, and lack of sleep can have some serious side effects.
Try to build a routine that allows you to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night and take steps during the afternoon and evening to make it happen.
Limit caffeine after lunch, switch off screens a few hours before bedtime and take a few moments to yourself to get ready for a good night’s sleep and an overall improvement in your well-being.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most effective ways to ensure overall health and wellness, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
With patience and practice, you can overhaul your lifestyle and take charge of your health for good.
This is a guest blog post by Dana Brown. Dana is the creator of HealthConditions.info, which aims to provide Internet users with helpful content and resources that will lead them to making healthier decisions. For more useful tips about healthier decisions visit HealthConditions.info.