Even though these aspects of the weight loss process may not seem terribly difficult, understand that the number one reason why people fail in achieving their health and fitness goal is that they’re not willing to stick with a daily calorie amount that is appropriate for their body and workout regularly.
This is why in order to get your healthy routine to a point where it’s basically worry-free and in cruise control, you have to get your entire day running smoothly from morning to night.
Unfortunately one of the easiest things to do is to overeat. It’s so simple especially when we’re faced with numerous eating moments each and every day, meaning there are many opportunities to take in too many calories. This is especially true if you’ve become accustomed to eating a certain amount of food at meals.
Get Your Healthy Routine Into Cruise Control
Think about your current eating trends and what you regularly eat. How often do you go out and eat at restaurants or fast food spots? Do you drink a lot of sugary beverages such as soda, juice, or energy drinks? Do you usually snack while watching television, reading a book, or other leisure type activity? Do you find yourself often feeling stuffed after a meal and a lethargic feeling causes you to want to take a nap?
Your answers to these questions should give you an idea of what may need to be altered if you want to have success losing weight in a natural, healthy manner. If you are determined to succeed with this endeavor and are willing to make some actual changes, you will achieve your goal through your consistent effort.
Therefore in order to get your healthy routine into cruise control, you need to get your entire day up to speed. What does that actually entail?
It means the decisions you make during the day from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep should have your health as the top priority. In order to get into cruise control, not only do your three main meals of the day need to be monitored for their content and size, but also those sneaky snacks that pop up a few times every day.
As surprising as it sounds, snacks can sometimes end up totaling two or even three times the amount of calories of a regular meal if self-control is not maintained. This is something you definitely do not want to happen for it will limit your weight loss progress.
Ideally, you want each eating moment to be nutritious and appropriately portioned so that by the end of the day you will have a calorie total that is healthy for you. Try to create a daily habit, a routine that will guide you from one eating moment to the next.
Don’t get fancy with breakfast, just keep it simple with a whole grain cereal with fat-free milk, a half of whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and honey, or an egg white omelette with mushrooms, spinach, olives, and a pinch of mozzarella cheese. Also be sure not to ruin that breakfast with drinks like orange juice or cranberry juice. You just don’t need that glass of 250+ calories and sugar. Stick with water, black coffee, or other 0 calorie tea/beverage.
Next, get in the habit of packing nutritious snacks for work so you don’t have to rely on vending machine Snicker bars and sodas. Simple snacks in Ziploc bags are easily tossed in along with your lunch so you can eat nutritious the entire time you’re away from home. Try almonds with raisins, yogurt with granola, all fruits, rice cakes, granola bars, or carrots and celery sticks.
Be sure not to forget a travel lunch too in your weekly healthy routine! Leftovers make wonderful simple meals to go that literally take no additional effort to prepare. Not only will you save a ton of money over the year by not needing to buy lunch but you will have much better control over the portion size of the meal.
If there are no leftovers to take to work, try to keep food on hand that’s easy to put together to make simple meals to go. Stock whole wheat bread and wraps at home so you can toss in tuna, or lunch meat, with lettuce, tomato, and mustard on the days when there are no leftovers. Frozen Lean Cuisines and Weight Watchers meals at $2 dollars each are another option if you have access to a microwave while away at work.
Dinner will likely be the last hurdle you’ll need to overcome so that your day ends as a healthy, nutritious one. Be open to try new things in the kitchen. You’ll literally find thousands of healthy dinner recipes in minutes if you put the Internet to work for you.
Look for simple yet appealing meals to try at home. Don’t forget to cook a little bit extra so you have lunch leftovers or enough to make a different meal the following day. Plastic travel containers are a healthy individuals best friend so make sure you have a good stock in various sizes.
Once you’ve finished your last meal of the day try not to eat anymore and dump extra calories into your system before bedtime. If you absolutely cannot deal with hunger cravings that may arise towards the end of the day, try a large glass of water and a carrot stick. You may be really surprised at how filling that simple 50 calorie snack can quench a hunger craving while at the same time not ruin an entire day of healthy nutrition which a giant ice cream sundae would do at this moment.
Always keep in mind the importance of your healthy routine and hopefully you will make the right decisions with the choices you’re faced with everyday.
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