Small Health Changes That Will Make A Big Difference
It’s that time of year where you see your colleagues and friends on a mission to become fit all over social media. While this isn’t a bad thing, you know in the back of your mind that not all of these people will stick to their new “diet” and will soon be back to their old non gym-going ways. One of the main reasons that people fail at dieting is because they try to change too much in their lives too soon, and they treat their diet as just that rather than changing their lifestyle for good. It’s understandable that you want to keep as fit as possible, but making too much of a drastic change will inevitably be broken because you’re taking on more than your body can handle. The key to changing your life for the better is by making small changes and progressively adding more challenges as you go along. Here are some small health changes that you can make which will make a big difference.
Drink more water
The first step that you should take is to aim to drink much more water than you previously have been. Did you know that the body often mistakes thirst with hunger? The next time you’re hungry, drink a glass of water and wait ten minutes. You will be surprised at how often the feeling of hunger was in fact your body mistaking thirst for hunger.
Drinking more water will also allow your body to better flush out toxins that enter your body, meaning that you won’t become ill as easily as before, and that your skin will clear up because it’s getting the hydration that it needs. Aim for 2 liters of water a day and don’t forget to drink water before deciding if you’re actually hungry!
Eat only until satisfied
One thing that we suffer as a species is overeating. Many of us don’t even realise that we are doing it either. When you’re eating, take notice of each bite and really savour the food that you’re eating. Once the feeling of hunger goes, stop eating. Normally we eat until our stomach feels full and we’re slightly uncomfortable. While it might have tasted great, it’s now much harder for your body to digest, and also meaning that your body has taken on too many calories.
Overeating often leads to heartburn and other stomach symptoms. Refluxgate have a great article about how you can deal with this, but keep in mind that if you’re only eating until you’re satisfied, then you’re much less likely to get heartburn in the first place. It doesn’t matter if you’re eating more meals a day because you will find that over time your body will realize when it’s had enough food, and the water you’re drinking will help fill you up and keep you hydrated. We eat much more than needed and that’s why obesity is an epidemic in this day and age.
Get your forty winks!
Making sure that you get enough sleep is imperative to good health. It’s easy to give in and stay up to watch your favorite programs, or to stay up later than normal because a film you’ve been wanting to see is on the television. However, denying your body the sleep that it needs will make you sluggish over time, and will also rapidly age you. You will find yourself more irritable, less able to concentrate, and also much unhappier than you usually are. Give your body a chance to rest by giving it enough sleep!
Don’t restrict yourself from anything
Finally, one of the most important things that you shouldn’t ever do is to restrict yourself from having anything. While chocolate might be your downfall, stopping yourself from having it will likely lead to you binge eating a massive bar when you’re having a major sugar crash. Rather than denying yourself chocolate, use the same eating rule as above. Eat some until satisfied. You will find that you’re more likely to stay on track with your eating if you don’t deny yourself anything. Don’t forget, everyone has off days but it doesn’t mean that you should just give up on your hard work. Becoming healthy isn’t easy, but it’s totally doable! Good luck with your lifestyle change, you can do this!