May 06, 2021 4 min read
The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on what was and wasn’t working for you in the past 365 days. With the past year being especially hard and with many of us experiencing major lifestyle changes, many of us have come to the conclusion that we’d like to be more active and perhaps shed some weight that could be getting in the way of our health and happiness.
However, the beginning of the year can also be very busy for many people. Returning to school, pressing start-of-the-year deadlines, and other obligations can take precedence over all of your best intentions.
Luckily, you can work on your weight loss goals even if you’re pressed for time. If you’re looking for easy weight loss tips that won’t require a complete lifestyle overhaul, read on!
If you work at an office (or, for many of us these days, on the couch) and find yourself too busy to hit the gym, you may not be getting as much physical activity as you’d like to. Stepping up your activity doesn’t have to be too time-intensive, though; you don’t have to commit to running a 5k every day in order to get enough exercise.
Simply making an effort to be on your feet more can do wonders for breaking up an otherwise-sedentary day and getting your blood flowing. Take frequent hourly breaks to walk around the office, stroll around the block during less-pressing phone calls, or choose to walk instead of drive to that close-by lunchtime favorite.
Some people even swear by using standing desks to keep their blood flowing while working!
It’s a timeless piece of advice, but it’s true: going to the store when you’re hungry can make all those tempting treats really hard to pass up. Schedule your grocery trip so that you’ll be doing your shopping on a full stomach, and be sure to make a grocery list to stick to beforehand. You’ll be more focused and less likely to forget your veggies in favor of those delicious chips that are calling to you.
If it’s not possible to go to the grocery store after mealtimes, keep a healthy protein bar on hand or whip up a quick smoothie to drink during the drive to help you feel a little more satiated.
Meal prep is a good way to lose weight, and that can also extend to your snack time. If you buy snacks like nuts, trail mix, or dried fruit in bulk, separate them into individual serving sizes so you aren’t tempted to bring the whole bag to work with you.
It’s also a good idea to have protein-packed snacks on hand to satisfy you when you know you’ll be the hungriest (for example, some people really start craving snacks in the afternoon). Greek yogurt and low-fat string cheese are good and filling options.
Since nutrition is one of the biggest factors of weight loss, you should always have healthy, nutritious, and properly portioned meals on hand. Unfortunately, that prep work does take a lot of time.
If you don’t have enough room in your schedule to cook enough healthy meals to keep you satisfied all day, subscribe to a meal prep service! They can do all the shopping and planning for you so you can spend less time thinking about food and more time with the other priorities in your schedule.
Alcohol can be a major enemy for many people trying to lose weight. Drinks are usually chock-full of calories but empty in nutrition, and having a couple of drinks can often equal or surpass the amount of calories in one meal!
The best thing to do for your weight loss would be to get rid of alcoholic drinks altogether. However, if you don’t want to sacrifice them completely, go for lighter drinks instead. For example, spirits on their own aren’t as bad as sugary cocktails or heavy craft beers.
In addition, have a glass of water in between drinks. You’ll get fuller faster and cut the calories in half.
It’s no secret that spending too much time in front of the TV or glued to your phone can lead to long hours of inactivity and sedentariness. You don’t have to completely give up the electronics – you can simply incorporate them into a more active routine.
Instead of sitting down on the couch, try doing a bodyweight workout routine during commercial breaks or streaming your favorite TV shows while you’re on the treadmill. Even better, you can switch your mindset and save your social media scrolling as a reward for moving more that day.
With just a little bit of effort and a couple of tweaks, you can make 2021 the year you crush those New Year’s Resolutions!
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