Are you looking to create some healthy morning habits? Do you want to lose weight while improving your morning routine? There are many healthy things you can do in the morning to upgrade your daily routine. Follow these healthy morning habits and you will be on your way to weight loss and having a good healthy daily routine.
1.Get Enough Sleep
A good healthy morning routine starts with getting enough sleep the night before. People tend to eat more when they do not get enough sleep. First, they are up more hours a day so there is a chance of eating more. Next, when people are tired they tend to look to food to help make them feel less tired or feel better, which can lead to weight gain.
2.Perform the Same Morning Routine Each Day
Getting up at the same time and doing the same things in the same order help create healthy morning habits. If you do not have a daily morning routine or want to improve your current one click here. Add these healthy habits below to your morning routine as well.
Setting on the scale each day helps hold yourself accountable and make better choices each day. If you only weigh yourself once a week or never – you don’t have that constant reminder of where you are at and to eat well and exercise.
Even if it is going for a brisk 10 minute walk, get moving in the morning. Exercising with an empty belly will help you see better results from working out because exercising before eating will help burn more of your body’s fat. Make exercise a part of your healthy morning routine to help lose weight.
5.Drink A Lot of Water
Each morning before eating anything, drink plenty of water – like 16-32 oz. This will help curb your appetite and feel more full. Continue to grab water throughout the day anytime you feel hungry as it helps satisfy that hunger. In addition, drinking a lot of water is good for your body in other ways.
6.Plan What You Will Eat For the Day
In your head or on paper, go through what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Click here for an easy weekly meal planner template. Having a daily food plan will deter you from overeating and grabbing unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Each morning I envision my breakfast, lunch, and snacks so that way when I do get hungry throughout the day, I know what I should eat. When you have no plan, of course your first thought when you’re hungry will be to dig into the chips or treats rather than fruits and vegetables. If you struggle to come up with meal ideas grab an entire year’s worth of dinner ideas HERE.
Keep a list of healthy snack options and always have healthy snacks available that you can turn to if you are hungry. Furthermore, a good healthy habit is to have fruits and vegetables ready to eat. If you have to work to prepare food when you’re hungry or in a rush you won’t do it and will just grab the easy processed food instead. So have some fruits and veggies washed, cut and prepared to easily grab when you are hungry.
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7.Eat a Breakfast Loaded With Protein
Make protein a part of your morning routine for weight loss. Protein will keep you feeling full longer after you eat, so you are likely to eat less as the day goes on. In addition, your body uses more energy to break down protein. Therefore, eat breakfasts that include eggs, low sugar yogurt, whole wheat or whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
8. Do Not Drink All Your Calories
It can be easy to consume lots of calories through beverages especially in the morning with specialty coffee drinks and large glasses of juice. Instead, try drinking your coffee black or with a little milk or sugar-free creamer. If you enjoy drinking juice, try using a small glass to consume less or get low calorie/low sugar fruit juices. Another tip is to add some water to your juice to dilute the calories.
9.Track What You Eat
Keeping track of everything you eat helps hold you accountable. It makes you think twice what you are about to eat because you have to record it. Whether you use an app on your phone or manually write down each food & drink item, tracking will help you to eat healthier and lose weight.
10.Measure What You Are Eating
To track accurately what you eat, you need to measure exactly how much you’re eating. Use measuring cups and spoons to measure portion sizes. Keep measuring utensils handy to calculate how much cereal and milk to put in a bowl, how much peanut butter to spread on toast or put in the blender, and how much yogurt and fruit to put together, etc. It may surprise you how easy it is to supersize portions and consume extra calories without even realizing it.
11.Pack Your Own Lunch and Snacks
Packing a lunch and snacks is a good healthy habit to form. When you pack your own lunch and snacks you will avoid eating fast food, consuming too many calories during the day, and save money by bringing your own food vs. eating out. If it helps, pack your lunch and snacks the night before so you don’t have to rush to do so in the morning.
12.Practice Daily Gratitude & Mindfulness
Practicing gratitude and mindfulness are healthy things to do in the morning. When you slow down to actually think about the food you are putting into your body and to be thankful for the food you are eating, it may help you eat healthier and consume less. Eat only when you are truly hungry and avoid stress eating or mindless eating in front of your phone or the tv.
Final Thoughts on Healthy Morning Habits to Help Lose Weight
Making healthy choices and losing weight is a tough battle to consistently fight each day. Give yourself an advantage by making these healthy morning habits a part of your daily routine. You just may be surprised at what they do for you physically, mentally and emotionally.
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