For many people, losing weight and staying healthy is extremely challenging. Before you blame genetics, you may want to blame the subtle unhealthy lifestyle habits that you just can’t get rid of. It’s important that you identify these unhealthy habits to begin your first few steps on the road to a more active and healthier lifestyle.
You Are What You Eat
The rather ancient phrase above pretty much explains one unhealthy habit that most people can’t get rid of. The kind of food that goes down your gullet is pretty much instrumental when it comes to shaping your body. Fast food has a myriad of detrimental effects that range from extra calories, decreased insulin resistance, and higher blood pressure just to name a few. Being overweight is already a risk factor, and eating burgers and nuggets everyday won’t help you get any healthier.
Admittedly, stress and an increasingly busy lifestyle means that we can’t always whip up healthy and hearty home-cooked food. Healthier alternatives are also more expensive, making eating healthy even more difficult. Still, you don’t need to change your diet in just one sitting. Take it slow and incorporate healthier foodstuffs in your diet until eventually, it would dominate your eating habits. You might want to keep a food diary to help you keep track of the food you eat.
A Sedentary Culture
The West has been repeatedly criticized for promoting a sedentary and less mobile culture. Automation and our over reliance on technologies means that more and more people are spending time sitting on their couches or starting at their computers instead of going out and getting some sun.
This sedentary culture and lifestyle, on top of unhealthy eating habits, mean an increased susceptibility for greater weight gain. This heightens the risk for disease and other health problems associated with gaining extra weight.
You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to start on the journey to a more active lifestyle, though. Outdoor activities such as walking, running, or jogging, are good ways to promote a healthier living as it helps you keep your metabolic rate up. And we all know that the higher the metabolic rate, the more effective your exercises are. So before you hit the gym to shave off those extra pounds, start going outside and do some activities so that your body gets used to the burn.
A Time to Relax
Finally, it’s important to get enough time to relax and sleep. Stress and an increasingly busy lifestyle can take a toll on your health and at the end of the day, a good night’s rest and sleep may be all you need to detox and refresh yourself. Staying up too late is bad for you only because it tires you out the next morning, but also because it slows down your metabolism, making you more susceptible to gaining weight.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be abrupt. Sometimes, the little things like adding some healthy alternatives to your diet and going outside more will help you keep the pounds away and set you on the right path to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.