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Thursday, May. 7th 2015

Lose Weight Despite Your Busy Life

It seems that everyone has an opinion on how to lose weight. The fact of the matter is the healthiest way to lose weight is to live a healthy life – eat foods that strengthen your metabolism, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Now why is that so hard to do? Because we are too busy!

We live in a fast paced, fast-driven, NOW kind of world. Food is readily available so there is no need to cook. Water has no taste and has become boring unless it is in a fancy bottle with some kind of flavor and color added. Let’s not even go there about exercise, or let’s…exercise takes time and dedication. So much easier to sit on the couch and demand the right to “relax” than it is to exercise these days. Get up at 7, get ready, drive to work, work, want to leave this place so of course hit a restaurant for lunch, back to work, drive home, and plunk down on the couch, grab the remote and call for pizza.

Reality check…with a few minor changes you can be busy and still achieve weight loss and even live a healthier life. Try this for a week and see if you feel a bit lighter in your shoes!

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier and use the extra time to stretch. (Not yoga or palates…just stretch) Hold your stretch for a count of 10 or 20 and move to another muscle.
  • Eat an apple on your way to work. Apples are a natural energizer for your blood and metabolism.
  • Take the stairs. (throughout the day not just in the morning) If you work on the first floor then park way in the back of the lot so you have to walk farther. If you work on the 14th floor then tackle a few flights and each day add another flight.
  • Replace one soda with one bottle of water and try to increase the amount of water you drink. It helps get toxin out of your body and since you are 70% water…you need it!
  • If you must go out for lunch choose lighter food like salads and avoid fried foods
  • Drive to the store after work and pick out a chicken breast and a vegetable side you can pop in the oven for dinner. Hy-Vee and Price Chopper have great selections on seasoned ready to cook meats and vegetable sides and they cost less than a pizza!
  • While your dinner is in the oven, do one room of cleaning (dust, vacuum, wipe counters, mop…) cleaning burns calories and humans tend to thrive in a clean environment. Less dust means less allergies.
  • When your dinner is done sit down and eat and relax.

Try this for a week, it is simply a minor adjustment to your daily routine and we are positive you will notice a pep in your step after the week is over. Of course, if you stick with this and each week add another healthy choice to your new routine, your body will begin to normalize your weight and you will feel more motivated. What do you have to lose? It is just weight!

 


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