10 Morning And Evening Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight
Looking to lose weight? What you do in the morning and evening could decide how successful you are. In this article, we take a look at 10 morning and evening habits that will help you lose weight.
Too many of us say that we’re not a morning person. We see mornings as more of an inconvenience rather than an opportunity, or a source of potential. But when it comes to losing weight, making the most of your mornings and evenings is key.
All successful people tend to love mornings because they know that a good, productive morning kicks your day off in the right way and sets the right tone for everything else that follows. And when it comes to losing weight, mornings and evenings can hold the keys to your success.
How? Let’s take a look at why you should rise and shine early and make the most of your evenings with these 10 morning and evening habits that will help you lose weight.
It’s important that you don’t return home from work with nothing to do. If there is nothing to occupy your mind and keep you busy, it’s too easy to snack the night away.
Soak Up Some Sun
Okay, this one is a tricky one because some of you will live in gloomier countries where the sun barely ever shows its face.
And when it does decide to show its face, it’s always during those awkward moments when you’re in work.
But any time it’s sunny at daybreak, it’d be cool if you could go outside for a walk and bask in the sun.
Why? The sun nourishes us. It feeds us. It sprays us with vitamin D, which boosts our mood, revitalises us, and energises us.
In other words, it gets our mind and body pumped and ready to seize the day.
The sun releases more serotonin in your brain. It makes you feel happier. No one who spends their morning soaking up the sun can’t be unmotivated to chase their goals. Which for you include losing weight.
Eat From Smaller Plates
It’s customary for us to return home from work and eat a meal from a huge plate. We gobble the whole thing up, and then complain that we feel so full afterwards.
But did you know that it takes your stomach fifteen minutes to let your brain know that you’re full? This means you could be satisfied long before you’ve cleaned up the whole plate.
If you eat from a smaller plate in the evening, you still get filled-up, still get to clean up the plate, but by eating less you’re losing weight.
Refuel In The Morning With Protein
A lot of women skip breakfast, or if they have anything they just swig a cup of coffee. Maybe they don’t have the time or lack appetite in the morning.
Or perhaps they’re just trying to save some money.
However, your body needs to refuel in the morning with some protein. If you don’t give it what it needs, it won’t be suitably nourished and ready to seize the day. By the time you’ve arrived at the office, you’ll be tempted to snack. And this, as you know, causes weight gain.
More than anything, skipping breakfast is a bad habit. What you should do instead if you’re serious about losing weight is eat protein in the morning to refuel, stay full, lose weight and build muscle.
Eggs are popular at breakfast, but we also suggest adding quinoa – a complete protein – to a bowl of oatmeal and mixed berries. This is a tasty way of filling yourself up in the morning while getting vital nutrients into your system.
Drink water in the morning and in the evening for weight loss. Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty.
Get More Sleep
We live in a world whose mantra has become “sleep is for the weak.”
But is it really?
More and more of us are sleeping less these days, with a lot of women catching just 5 hours or less of Zzzs each night. But not only can a lack of sleep cause stress, exhaustion and brain fog, it can also cause you to put weight on.
Scientists have found a link between sleep and weight gain/loss. The findings suggest that the more you sleep, the less you’ll weigh because too little sleep increases our appetite.
Moreover, who here hasn’t stayed up until the early hours of the morning and found themselves raiding the snacks cupboard at 2am? When we stay up longer, we eat more.
Make Notes In A Food Journal
Each night, write down what you’ve eaten today. It’s a good way to track your habits and identify what you need to change.
Change The Way You Go To Work
Most of us to drive to work. It’s fairly easy (although the traffic is a nightmare).
But if you want to lose weight, you could change your morning and evening commutes to work and back by swapping the car for a bicycle.
This might seem a lot of effort at first, but once you get into it riding a bike to work can bring you a lot of joy – especially when the sun is out!
Try it a few times and see how you feel. It’s certainly an energising way of losing weight while also getting you pumped for work.
… And Change Your Route Home From Work
Sometimes, it’s the way we come home from work that’s a sucker punch. We’re hungry, we’re stuck in traffic, and there’s a fast food restaurant across the road. We’re not gonna say no!
If your route home involves you passing fast food places that often tempt you, change your route. Go down a different road that isn’t lined with these places. Stay as far away as possible from them!
Go For A Morning Jog
Instead of waking up so late that you only have time to make a quick cup of coffee and jump in the shower for five minutes, wake up a bit earlier so that you’ve got enough time to head out on a morning jog.
Making a ten-to-fifteen minute jog part of your morning routine is a fab way of losing weight. You could stick your headphones in your ears and listen to your favourite music, or you could listen to an educational podcast. It’s a great way of killing two stones with one bird!
Stay happy and healthy!