Are you ready to create some healthy habits for weight loss? Let’s do it.
I truly believe that healthy weight loss is about adding one positive habit after another. In this post I want to share 10 positive habits that are helping me achieve my ideal weight.
Healthy Habit 1 – Get Walking
1. Make walking a part of your life – I do get a little lazy with this one now and then but I know when I’m walking daily and doing 10,000+ steps most days, I lose weight and feel much more toned. I find that 2 x 15-20 minutes walks plus my normal daily activity will usually push me over the 10,000 steps mark.
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I honestly think that for me, this is the thing that makes the biggest difference to my weight loss.
Healthy Habit 2 – Drink up
Drinking water is a fabulous habit. I used to be a big Pepsi Max drinker. I still drink it but nowhere near as much as I used to. Usually, if I go out for a meal or something like that but not a couple a day or more like it used to be.
The habit I’d love you to start with is to drink a glass of water when you first get up. Then try adding a glass of water with each meal. Gradually building the habit of drinking more water and less of everything else.
Check out the drink water challenge to improve your health.
Healthy Habit 3 – Add veggies to every meal
Okay, I don’t always add veggies to breakfast, but I do try to add some veggies to every main meal or have some veggies as a starter. Sometimes this will be as simple as a few veggie sticks whilst the main meal is cooking. Search for tips to add veggies to meals too. For example, in a spaghetti bolognese, I can add, onions, mushrooms, different colour peppers…
I add sweet potato, onion, broccoli, cauliflower… to my curry’s
Check out our healthy eating recipes here on the blog – Within the blog post, you’ll find a link to the Pinterest board where I share healthy recipes regularly.
Healthy Habit 4 – Eat fruit every day
This one’s super easy for me. I love my fruit. I try to limit it to 2-3 a day and instead fill up on veggies. In my opinion, fruit is the best fast food available.
Healthy habit 5 – Add more and more activity to your normal day to day life
Whilst, of course, going to the gym or exercise classes are great, this habit is about finding ways to add more and more activity to your daily life. For example. I now don’t use my laundry basket. I take one item at a time from my washing machine and take it out to the wash line. I can easily clock up a good 3000+ steps a day on a busy wash day where I’m doing a few loads. I do the same when I’m bringing the washing in too. I take the stairs rather than a lift, I park further away in a car park instead of finding the space the closest to the shop. I take a bucket to do some weeding which needs regular emptying… Those few extra steps really do add up over the course of the day.
Healthy Habit 6 – Use a pedometer
This ties in with the walking habit, but I find if I use a pedometer, I push myself to get past that 10,000 goal. I get up from my work more often and get moving. When I don’t have it on, I get lazy and can easily sit for hours without moving around.
Healthy Habit 7 – Find a support community
No-one wants to feel alone and unsupported, especially when we’re trying to make a big lifestyle change. You are welcome to join my Facebook group Find a local support group, find friends who will support you… I’m often asked if I support groups like Weight Watchers and Slimming World. The answer is definitely yes, I do, mostly because they give you that strong support system and I think that’s really important.
Healthy Habit 8 – Visualize yourself at your ideal weight
Visualizing is a really positive activity. I recommend that you make this a daily habit. Some people tell me that they can’t visualize. The truth is we all can, it’s just we’re not all used to it. Give it a go. Head to YouTube and search guided visualizations for weight loss. Enjoy taking this time out of your day.
Healthy Habit 9 – Use Affirmations to stay positive
Affirmations are a superb way to keep your thoughts positive – Affirmations are positive statements we say to ourselves.
I am choosing healthy options for myself now
I am getting fitter every day
I am eating healthier all the time now
For more ideas read my affirmations posts.
You can also watch the affirmations for weight loss video below.And I’ve put together a FREE Affirmations for weight loss mini-guide This guide will help you to make the most out of affirmations so that they really support you on your weight loss journey.
Healthy Habit 10 – Make small changes to your diet
Look for small changes you can make to your existing diet rather than going on a full out diet change. For example, if you generally have cake at 11 am with your cup of tea, can you find a healthier option from your normal choice. Maybe even a homemade version instead of a shop bought cake and find a healthy recipe. Can you swap white bread, rice, and pasta for wholemeal versions? Can you swap shop bought crisps for home-baked veggie crisps or veggie sticks?
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