Slimming Down

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Losing weight isn’t easy for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Sometimes, all you need is a good hard look at your own habits. While most of us are trying our best to make smart decisions about weight loss, common misconceptions and sneaky habits can quickly undo our hard work. Below, we’ll explore a few habits that you may recognize as your own — along with some insights and tips as to how to change them!

Your partying could be a problem

Here’s a hypothetical: let’s say that you enjoy going out in the evenings and having a few drinks. The next day, you’re a little bit tired (and maybe, just maybe, a little bit hungover), so you fail to go on your usual morning run. You’ve missed your exercise, but — despite what you may think — that isn’t the worst thing you’ve done for your health and weight in that time.

Any weight-loss plan starts with what you consume. Going on a morning run for a few miles is great, of course, but the impact of running, even for long distances, is surprisingly small compared to the impact of alcohol and unhealthy snacks. A 200-pound person burns about 150 calories per mile when they run (lighter people will burn less). A typical beer has 150 calories in it (light beers can have a bit less, while craft beers can have a good deal more). So if, for instance, you were to drink five beers in a night and then miss your three-mile run the next day, then you will have hurt yourself doubly — but the beer, not the running, will bear the most responsibility!

Of course, it’s never a good idea to put away five beers a night. Binge drinking is extremely dangerous, and the consequences of overindulging can be far, far worse than a beer gut. But if, based on what we’ve said here, you think booze is a part of your weight gain issue, then consider cutting back as part of your diet. You can also check out low-calorie beers liquors, say experts at a liquor store Lawrenceville, NJ. Speak to the pros at your local liquor store for low-calorie and low-carb recommendations. If drinking is part of the reason you have trouble waking up for your runs, perhaps you can kill two birds with one stone by drinking less (and drinking healthier), then waking up less tired (or, dare we say, hungover), so that you can run!

Snacking habits and nutrition

For most of us, snacking is a part of our weight-control struggle. But you don’t have to become a master of self-deprivation to lose weight. Instead, consider the things that you’re eating when you’re hungry. Experiment with less calorie-dense foods in your meals and in your snacks. Remember to focus on nutrition, too, and not just low-calorie options. Look for unprocessed foods, especially vegetables, and enhance your diet with multivitamins and other supplements. You can also use weight-loss aids like Fruta Planta. Just check with your doctor or other experts to make sure that you’re taking trusted products, and using them in conjunction with — not as a replacement for — a healthy diet.

Dieting is rarely fun, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Focus on ways to change your habits without erasing them entirely. If you drink lower-calorie beverages (and drink less), you can still party. If you snack on celery sticks, you can still snack. But you’ll be making your habits healthier, and that should help make your weight loss goals more attainable. Good luck!

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