6 More Unsexy Healthy Habits for Lifestyle Changes

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6 Healthy Habits to Increase Your Fitness

6 Healthy Habits to Increase Your Fitness. Image Credit: Pixabay

1. Eat Slowly

Healthy habits are lifestyle choices that you make every day. It takes your brain and your stomach time to get on the same frequency. The feeling of fullness you undergo after eating a meal is not caused by your stomach is full, but by your brain reacting to the release of chemicals when food or drink enters your stomach. It can take up to 20 mins for these chemicals to kick in and for you to get this feeling.

2. Stop At 3/5 Full

If we were measuring your fullness level on a scale from 1–5, with 1 being “empty like Tom Hank’s stomach in Castaway” and 5 being “Post-thanksgiving dinner stuffed”, I want you at a 3–3.5 when you finish your meals. You should feel light and energized, almost like you could get up and go run a race.

3. Eat More Healthy Fats

Fat is usually demonized as something you should stay away from, but the truth is that it is an important macronutrient that is absolutely crucial to the operation of your hormones and body. Fat, like protein, is another great tool to help you fight hunger. Make sure you are getting good fats in your meals from sources such as nuts, seeds, avocados, fatty fish, and olive oil.

4. Eat Quality Carbs

Carbs aren’t the devil, and all carbs aren’t created equal. Check the quality of your carbohydrates. Where are they coming from? Are they coming from whole grain sources, brown rice, quinoa, sprouted grain bread, and fruits/vegetables of a variety of colors and sizes.

5. Gratitude

Most times, we focus the majority of our energy on the things we want instead of all of the amazing things that we have. This can lead us to a state of tunnel vision — and even worse, a state of nothing ever being good enough. This ties into recognizing non-scale victories, and not placing all of our eggs into the scale basket. Constantly checking in on what we are excited and happy about allows us to enjoy our journey. When you fall in love with the process and enjoy everything going on around you, you develop an unstoppable momentum that catapults you to further results.

6. Hydrate/Sleep

Water is the magic elixir of life. Many times we mistake the feeling of being hungry with what actually is dehydration. Putting yourself in this position sabotages fat loss. You just feel out of it cognitively and are more inclined to make some decisions that may move you further away from your goal. So just stay hydrated, people.

What a Good Night’s Sleep Does for the Brain — BrainFacts.org
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Healthy Habits, Lifestyle Changes, and Moving Forward

Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle!

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