Have you been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or diabetes? Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Are you overweight?
Research shows that these chronic disease processes can be prevented and reversed by losing within five to ten percent of your body weight.
Thankfully, you don’t have to follow a special food plan in order to lose the weight. You just need to find a new way of eating that works for you and your unique body.
The best way to have long-term success with any weight loss plan is to make small lifestyle changes that don’t require deprivation. Eventually, these small changes will become habits, and you’ll be leading a healthier lifestyle without even thinking about it.
To get started, here are some small but powerful lifestyle changes I recommend making right away:
- Stop drinking soda. Cut down on your consumption and eventually wean yourself off soda altogether. I recommend finding a substitute so you don’t feel like you’re giving anything up. Polar seltzer has some awesome flavors without all the calories and chemicals. By making this one change, you’ll very quickly begin losing weight and having more energy.
- Add healthier foods to each meal. Making healthy changes isn’t just about taking away – it’s about adding in! If you usually eat a tuna sandwich for lunch, add lettuce and tomato and switch to whole grain bread. Look for ways to add nutrient-rich, calorie-dense foods that will fill you up and give you energy.
- Read food labels. It’s so important to understand food labels so you know what you’re putting in your body. The fewer ingredients, the better. And if you can’t pronounce something on the label, it’s an indicator that it’s highly processed and not the best choice for your health or your waistline.
I want to hear from you! Do you have any questions about making these lifestyle changes? Leave your message in the comment box below!