We’re half way through the year and this makes it a perfect time to check the status of your health resolution from January. Are you on track? If so, you should pat yourself on the back as, by now, your efforts are manifesting into a slimmer and healthier you. If not, don’t be hard on yourself, many lose sight of their commitment shortly after it’s made. Look at the trend and if you’re trending in the right direction, be proud!
Here are a few tips to help you make a positive impact on weight loss:
• Start your day with a physical project, like home improvements, or at the gym to get your workout in and then out of the way. It’s a great way to get your body moving and set the stage for a productive day.
• Don’t avoid sweating; embrace it. Yes, there is a time and a place to sweat like at the gym or during yard work but regardless this is proof you’re working your body. It’s a positive detox and it helps shed the pounds.
• Regardless of your activity, hydration is key to your success. At minimum, drink 8 glasses of water per day (8 ounces each). The Zingular diet actually requires its participants to drink ½ of their body weight in ounces of water each day to help offset hunger, detox and hydrate. If you’re 183 pounds (where I started) you have to drink 91½ oz’s per day.
• Make sure to add ice to the liquids you’re drinking. According to Dr. Oz, a cold drink not only cools the body, it makes it work harder causing more calories to burn.
• End your day with activity too. An evening stroll or nighttime swim gifts a serene end to a hectic day and you’re burning bonus calories.
• It is proven that well rested people are prone to lose more weight and be generally healthier. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep and/or take naps if needed.
Everyone falls off of the weight loss wagon and cheats on occasion but if your health numbers (weight, cholesterol, blood pressure etc.) are better today than in the beginning of the year, your efforts are paying off. Keep up the great work. Otherwise, there is no time like the present to get back at it; you’re worth the extra effort!
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