From “magical” teas to weight-loss pills, so many products claim to help weight loss. Sadly, the only guarantee is that you’ll spend money… lots of it! But the secret to feeling slim is much simpler. It’s all in your everyday habits, with everyday foods. With these seven tips, you’ll feel energetic and alive.
7 Tips To Feel Slim Every Day
1. Go For A Walk
You don’t need to run a marathon to feel fit. A light, brisk walk can do the trick. This is a perfect way to get the blood flowing in the morning. You can also do this during your lunch break – a 10-minute walk can recharge your brain and body.
For example, a 30-minute power walk can burn anywhere from 120 to 178 calories.1 It’s not a bad trade-off for just half an hour.
2. Stretch It Out
Whether you sit or stand all day, staying in one position takes a toll on your body. Do yourself a favor and regularly stretch. This is will “wake up” your body and mind. Stretching also reduces pain, improves physical function, and regulates breathing. It explains why yoga feels so empowering.2
3. Control The Portions
Be mindful of lunch. A heavy, large meal is a setup for mid-afternoon bloat. Instead, size down and eat a small meal. You’ll feel much better as the day goes by. Remember, portion control is the key to weight control.3 If you get hungry after lunch, reach for filling snacks like bananas or almonds.
4. Snack On Fruits
Fruits don’t just taste great but are good for your body as well. It’s also always good to know that you’re providing your body with enough vitamins and minerals. Fruit is also rich in fiber, a nutrient that keeps you full for a long time. This will help you stay satisfied and prevent overeating later on.4 It’s a must for feeling and staying healthy.
5. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is another tool for weight loss. It’s been shown to burn fat through a process called thermogenesis, or the production of heat.5 The catechins in green tea also help in weight management even after you’ve lost weight.6
To top things off, catechins are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Your immune system will get a boost, helping you feel great every day.
6. Drink Water
Yes, it can be as simple as that. Hydration prevents sluggishness and exhaustion, two feelings that certainly won’t make you feel slim. It also lubricates your joints, helping you (literally) feel more fluid.7 Plus, water restores the fluids lost through breathing, sweating, and metabolism.
So instead of chugging a soft drink or a latte, reach for cold H2O. By staying hydrated, you’ll be more likely to feel good all day.
7. Avoid Too Much Caffeine
While caffeine perks you up, avoid overdoing it. One too many cups of coffee will lead to a caffeine crash! Like a heavy meal, it’ll make you feel fatigued and tired. Instead, go for a gentler option like green or matcha tea. Bananas are also a natural source of energy, explaining why athletes often eat them before working out.8
With these tips, you’ll be that much closer to feeling healthy and well. Look at it as a lifestyle – not a guide!
|↑1||Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights. Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.|
|↑2||Yoga: In Depth. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.|
|↑3||How to Avoid Portion Size Pitfalls to Help Manage Your Weight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|↑4||Fiber. Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health.|
|↑5||Türközü, Duygu, and Nilüfer Acar Tek. “A minireview of effects of green tea on energy expenditure.” Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 57, no. 2 (2017): 254-258.|
|↑6||Janssens, Pilou LHR, Rick Hursel, and Margriet S. Westerterp-Plantenga. “Nutraceuticals for body-weight management: The role of green tea catechins.” Physiology & behavior 162 (2016): 83-87.|
|↑7||Water & Nutrition. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|↑8||Nieman, David C., Nicholas D. Gillitt, Dru A. Henson, Wei Sha, R. Andrew Shanely, Amy M. Knab, Lynn Cialdella-Kam, and Fuxia Jin. “Bananas as an energy source during exercise: a metabolomics approach.” PLoS One 7, no. 5 (2012): e37479.|