4 Weight-Management Tips for Busy People
Step on the scale. Look in the mirror. Pull on a pair of pants you haven't worn in a while. If you don't like what you see and you're tipping the scale in the wrong direction, it's time to take a closer look at your diet and lifestyle habits. Continue reading to learn our weight loss tips.
When you’re busy, it’s easy to go for pizza or hit the drive-thru. And if you top off one of those meals with a sugary soda and dessert, chances are pretty good you’re eating too many calories. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to help you lose a few pounds, even if you are busy.
1. Choose to change. If you notice you’ve gained a few pounds, but never do anything about, you’ll probably just keep gaining a little at a time. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Choose to change. Make it a priority. And start developing a plan to eat healthier and be more active.
Meal planning with the help of these Portion-Controlled meals made from fresh ingredients is a great place to start.
2. Simplify. Think about this. How long have your diet or exercise habits been a little too loose? Months, maybe years? For most people, bad habits don’t disappear overnight. If you want to tip the scale in the right direction, start small. Replace one soda a day with a glass of water. Switch from white bread to whole-grain bread. Park far away at the store to get in extra steps or take a walk during a work break. Make one simple change, master it, and move on.
3. Set SMART goals. Your goals should be...Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. So be honest about your schedule, your commitments, and your busy lifestyle. What can you change, and what can you accomplish? Try this: I’ll cook at home 3 nights a week. I’ll drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
4. Plan ahead. If you’re busy, it’s probably the biggest roadblock. Why plan when you can just grab something on the way home? Think about it like this, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s really that simple. Take a few minutes to plan out your meals for the week and check your pantry or fridge for what you’ll need from the store. Carve out some time on your schedule for daily physical activity. Then treat those things just like an important appointment.
Learning to practice portion control is a matter of awareness for most people, especially busy people. Stop, think, and choose to be healthier.