If your looking to maintain a healthy weight, then you need to look at your habits. Your habits are those small things you do every day that accumulate over time. That's why we want to introduce positive and healthy habits into our daily life. These can become automatic through repetition, and can help us become a healthier version of ourselves. Here's three habits that you can start to implement that will have a long lasting and positive effect on you and your health!
1. Increase your NEAT
NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) refers to the energy we expend that is not sleeping, sports related exercise or eating. It can range from the energy expended through doing house chores, walking, doing the laundry and going shopping. If you want to maintain or improve the weight your at, then don't neglect this key habit.
2. Lift weights
Through regular resistance training, your muscle mass is preserved and your metabolic rate will stay stable or even improve. This is an important habit to start implementing into your busy schedule. All that's required is 45 minutes of your time, two to three times per week. The benefits will amaze you!
3. Stay hydrated
Drinking water regularly is helpful for weight maintenance for a few reasons.
It promotes and helps give a feeling of fullness and may help you keep your calorie intake in check if you drink a glass or two before meals. In a recent study, those who drank water before eating a meal had a 13% reduction in calorie intake, compared to participants who didn’t drink water.
Diets can be restrictive and challenging for many, which often leads to frustration and weight gain.
However, the good news is that there are plenty of simple changes you can make. The key is to adopt new habits that are easy to stick with and will help you maintain or lose your weight in the long term.
It is possible for weight maintenance to be effortless if you simply adopt a few key habits, rather than going on and off weight loss diets.