Last updated on December 13th, 2020
Have you ever realized healthy lifestyle habits can play a major role to help you lose weight fast? Making a few small changes in your lifestyle can help you stay in shape and sustain your weight loss.
At times, weight loss seems to be an impossible task. You eat diet food and invest your money in taking a gym membership or setting up a home gym. Despite spending hours, you are not satisfied.
Do you know why you are not getting the desired results?
Because…you are not changing your daily lifestyle habits! Make small changes, incorporate below-given habits into your regimen and see the miracle!
Not only this, If you have healthy habits, but you also boost your physical, emotional and mental health as well.
These are 100 tested healthy lifestyle habits that will help you improve your health and lose weight.
#1. Schedule your workouts when you crave food the most. For example, if your workout is scheduled in the morning and you crave junk foods in the evening, workout in the evening.
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#2. Don’t confuse thirst with hunger, drink a full glass of water when you crave for eating something in between your 3 main meals.
#3. Eating high protein doesn’t mean you should eat bad protein. For example, breaded/fried chicken breast does not constitute an optimally healthy protein source, compared to sprouts and lentils. Potatoes do not constitute a viable vegetable source (they are a carbohydrate source).
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#4. Look at the bigger picture! Don’t try to lose weight, instead, try to do some more exercise which will keep you healthy.
#5. Avoid processed food and the food where you can’t pronounce the ingredients. Keep it as natural as possible. Processed food is not good for your health also.
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#6. Late-night food cut,…try not to eat heavy food after 7 in the evening. Late-night heavy food is hard to digest which slows your metabolism.
#7. Some people eat not for hunger only but for their habit to eat. To overcome this, put elaichi (cardamom) or saunf (fennel seeds) or something like that in the mouth. It will save you from unnecessary eating habits.
#8. Control your portion sizes. For this, if you have taken the sensible amount and still are craving, it is not hunger. You again can put saunf in the mouth and wait for half an hour…you will realize you are not hungry.
#9. Cultivate a habit to share your snacks.
#10. Eat as soon as possible after you get up in the morning. This habit boosts your metabolism. Your metabolism starts working at a higher rate sooner in the day. Start your day with a healthy morning drink.
#11. For beginners, it is almost impossible to follow a strict workout routine. They fail to go for workout daily. No need to go daily, start with exercising 3 times per week.
#12. Start walking outside to get fresh air, which makes your mood and good for your health too. If it rains, you can use a treadmill. But walk fast, no sissy stuff.
#13. Keep a written food and activity journal. Also prepare a list of healthy, easy to prepare snacks.
#14. Limit restaurant. And if you are tempted to do that, also, invite your friends too and put the burden of bills in your pocket. You can also think to donate that food to needy persons.
#15. Think about your kids. If you will stay fit, then they also tend to adopt good habits.
#16. Use low-fat cooking methods such as baking, grilling, boiling, poaching, broiling, roasting, steaming or microwaving without additional fat.
#17. Make a list of instant low-calorie snacks. Make sure when you crave for snacks, you find something to prepare fast and can avoid junk food.
#18. If you are dieting but you enjoy potato chips, eat the baked potato. You can also make it at home. Baked potato chips don’t taste much different from fried chips but are far healthier!
#19. Eat garlic. Both science and Ayurveda say that garlic is responsible for boosting your overall health. It makes you fitter by boosting your energy levels, burning more calories, firing up your metabolism and preventing weight gain.
#20. Three bean salad is low in calories. Add to your diet. You can prepare it in Indian style at home. Combine 1/2 cup rajma, 1/2 cup Kabuli chana, 1/2 cup labia, 1 onion, chilli, green bell pepper, lemon juice, jeera, chaat powder or anything as per your taste.
#21. Dieting…….? And can’t avoid those tasty Indian sweets? But there are some good options which you can still have while dieting- a slice of plain, sponge cake, fruits with natural sugar, mix fruits with honey and nuts, gluten-free chocolate cake.
#22. Making your cardio the first activity in the morning is an excellent way to lose weight. Doing cardio in this way burns up to 3 times the calories.
#23. Ask your friends to click your photos. These ‘before and after photographs‘ help you get perspective about your progress even when the scale says you haven’t lost any weight.
#24. Take small bites and chew food about 32 times. You will likely consume more food if you eat quickly, as your stomach does not have a chance to signal you that it is full
#25. Walk when you talk! Do not sit down when you are having a phone conversation. You’d be surprised at how much those calories will add up.
#26. Take some fresh cut vegetables with lunch. Enhance your lunch with a cup of warm soup.
#27. Eat a piece of fruit before lunch or dinner. This will help you eat a little less.
#28. No time for a workout? No problem. Practice this anywhere. Tighten your stomach muscles for 3 to 10 seconds. Repeat 3-4 times. No one will know that you’re working out.
#29. Weight gain is often due to improper digestion, or lack of digestion fire- says Ayurveda. Foods such as ginger, papaya, bitter gourd, garlic, chilli, increase digestion and do wonder with weight loss.
#30. Get rid of Ama. Ama is an ayurvedic term used to denote the incomplete digestion in Ayurveda. Ama is an accumulation of impurities and toxins in the body. Turmeric, Triphala, trikatu, barberry and Guggulu, all help in eliminating ama. You can get these in capsule form, and you can also use powders.
#31. Chew minty gum. It won’t necessarily curb your appetite. But, it can keep your mouth busy. Studies show it can lower cravings for sweet and salty snacks, and decrease hunger between meals.
#32. Put your money to sign up for a yoga class, booking some sessions with a personal trainer, investing in a fitness tracker or something like that. It will be a real motivator.
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#33. Too much relying on crash diets can cause weight gain. When you eat so few calories, you train your metabolism to slow down. You burn calories more slowly and you usually regain the weight.
#34. You can use an apple one more way. Take 3/4 cup of apple slices and spread a layer of peanut butter on each slice. But don’t use more butter.
#35. Greek yoghurt is rich in protein and you can eat it as a dessert. Take non-fat plain Greek yoghurt and add a teaspoon of honey to it. You’ll feel full.
#36. Learn to analyze what is the reason behind your weight gain. Sometimes it may be because of a decrease in metabolism or from disease too or due to medication. Consult your doctor and get engaged in metabolism raising activities.
#37. Ayurveda says- never eat your food while standing. Sit and relax. You’ll do less unplanned nibbling.
#38. Never eat your snacks direct from a bag or box. Eating this way increases your portion sizes.
#39. Fond of Paranthas? Eat them a smarter way. Rub oil onto the pan with a paper towel for the lightest possible coating. This way, you won’t need to put much oil on every next Parantha that you are going to make next.
#40. Search for healthier options for your cravings. For example- go for baked potatoes with some spices instead of high-cal aloo Tikki.
#41. If you can’t resist eating while watching T.V, do something that makes your hand busy, such as painting your nails, some exercise, cutting vegetables, etc.
#42. Carbs are important to fuel your body. So, don’t cut back on them completely. Instead take carbs from whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
#43. Don’t cut back on fat completely. Any type of food shouldn’t be left completely. Fat helps you feel full after eating curbing your desire for dessert. Replace unsaturated fats with saturated fats.
#44. Start your day with Ushapan. It is an Ayurvedic routine to start your day with 1 litre of water without brushing your teeth.
#45. Rejuvenate your body periodically to remove unhealthy toxins from your body and filter your system healthily. You can also try fruit detox.
#46. Make your leisure time activities healthy. They should be outdoors which makes your body move and not sitting idle at home. For example, swimming, playing basketball, horse riding or walking.
#47. Add variety to your diet and exercise. This practice saves you from boredom and keeps your interest and energy high.
#48. Only eat the whites of the eggs, rich in protein. The yolk is not healthy and it contains high levels of fat and cholesterol.
#49. Try doing exercise while sitting. You can also do the workout in the office. Office workouts may include arm circles, desk push-ups or you can search them on the internet.
#50. Get a treadmill. Trust me it helps a lot. It makes you more active. Whether you are in stress or feeling lazy, it will help you instantly to nudge you from your sluggishness. Just get on the treadmill and vent out all your anger & frustration.
Note: This is the list of 50 effective tips to adopt a healthy lifestyle and lose weight fast. If you like them and want to read more, please get all 100 healthy lifestyle tips here.
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DISCLAIMER: All the suggested tips and suggestions are based on expert advice, research, and personal experience. The content in this article is meant for spreading awareness and not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. It’s always better to seek the advice of your physician, fitness trainer or another qualified health care provider with any question you may have regarding health and fitness advice.
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