Keep Fit with Friends
Find an accountability buddy to work out with—family members, friends, or even the dog can help keep you on target. Weight loss and exercise can be hard, however when you transform weight loss from a solitary chore into a friendly fun-filled activity – the results are amazing!
Move to the Beat
A 2010 study found that cyclists actually worked harder when listening to faster music as compared to music at a slower tempo. But too fast is no good, either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.
Try Meatless Mondays
Go vegetarian one day a week. For an easy substitution in a stir fry, use 1/2 cup cubed tofu (marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil) instead of chicken. Cook as usual with your veggies for a satisfying dinner.
Give up the Grains!
Try spaghetti squash. The name says it all with this veggie varietal. Once baked, spaghetti squash can be flaked with a fork to reveal spaghetti-like strands.
Planning & Prepping!
Preparation is one of the biggest time savers when cooking a healthy meal. Lay out all ingredients, equipment, and utensils that you will need before you begin cooking. This organization will makes your cooking experience much more successful and enjoyable.
A recent study showed that if you eat with your nondominant hand you can reduce what you eat by 30% because it breaks up that automatic hand-to-mouth flow. If you have trouble slowing down, put your utensil in your other hand.
Pet a puppy or kitty!
Studies show that petting a dog or cat can immediately elevate your mood. According to Web MD, “for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity.