Fall is well and truly underway, which means that the holidays will be here before you know it. If you’re hoping to get into shape ahead of the festive season, it’s time to make some small changes that could help you along the way. Here are six things to try.
1. Walk to and from work
Unless you live a serious distance from your workplace, there’s no reason that you can’t commute by foot. Most people typically use public transport or drive to work. While this might be the most convenient (and quickest) way to get around, it’s by no means the healthiest and won’t help you lose weight.
Research from the University of East Anglia found that either walking or cycling to work could help to improve your wellbeing. That means that not only can this lifestyle change help you lose weight, but it can also help improve your mood and lower stress levels.
2. Chew your food at least 40 times
How much do you chew your food? Many of us are guilty of rushing too much when we eat, but it could be detrimental to our health and weight loss. One study found that chewing your food around 40 times (rather than the average of 15 times) leads to consuming 12% fewer calories.
With that in mind, it’s worth taking the time to chew your food properly before you swallow. It might take a little practice at first, but you will soon get used to it. Starting this small and simple habit could make a major difference to your waistline.
3. Stock up on healthy snacks
Eating well during mealtimes is one thing, but many people find it hard to curb their snacking. Should you find yourself eating between meals, you might want to consider what it is that you’re snacking on.
Chips, chocolate, and cheesy treats might be seriously satisfying, but they are no good for your health and they’re packed with calories. Rather than relying on these traditional snacks, opt for healthy alternatives. Stock up on nuts, dried fruit, and yogurts instead.
4. Try to cut back on alcohol
As the holiday season draws near, you might find yourself heading to more parties and social gatherings. There’s just one problem – these events involve a whole load of drinking. A single glass of wine contains as much as 123 calories, according to USDA.
So, if you have a few drinks over the course of a dinner party, you could be drinking hundreds of extra calories that you don’t need. Try mixing your wine with soda water or drinking a glass of water between every alcoholic drink.
5. Use smaller plates at home
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to trying to lose weight is failing to limit their portion sizes. The problem could be the plate that you’re using for your meals. Studies have shown that people will fill their plate up, regardless of how big it is.
With that in mind, it could be worth considering the types of plates that you use. Switching to a slightly smaller plate could help you cut back on your food and lose weight at the same time. Remember, you can always have seconds if you’re genuinely still hungry.
6. Keep your social life active!
Now that the weather is getting cooler, you might find yourself spending more time inside and less time out socializing. But when you’re curled up on the sofa watching Netflix or reading, the temptation to reach for a snack or two will be seriously high. One way to avoid this problem is to distract yourself with plans and fun fall activities.
Don’t let the cold hold you back! Be sure to plan loads of fun activities for you and your friends. The key here is to organize things that don’t revolve around eating or drinking. For example, you could take a walk in the countryside, play some sports, or go dancing.
Of course, if you’re looking to skyrocket your weight loss, there’s one thing that is sure to help. Getting a personal trainer could help you to boost your weight loss. Get in touch with me today and let’s start working together.