In today’s world we’re constantly on the go and bombarded with more information than ever.
We sacrifice our health due to our fast paced routines and often forget that we only have one body, and it matters how we treat it.
We have to rely on healthy lifestyle habits to extend our life and keep us looking great.
It’s hard to keep up with all aspects of well-being, especially when there’s new health fads coming out all the time.
Something that was good for our health yesterday, can now actually make us gain weight or cause diseases.
Luckily for you, we reveal how to look your best for life – we know you’re just dying to know!
Incorporate these 5 easy-to-follow lifestyle tips into your daily routine if you want to have a healthy long life as well as a achieve your weight loss goals.
1. Wear Jeans
You’re coming after work and you want to make yourself a delicious lunch.
Go ahead, but first take off those comfortable yoga pants.
Instead, put on some jeans.
It may sound silly to you, but note this – we tend to overeat when we are dressed in comfortable clothes.
Cassie Bjork of Healthy Simple Life, also suggests to stop eating when you’re 80% full.
This allows your brain to connect with your stomach and realize that it’s had enough.
This will prevent weight gain and lower the risks of heart attack and diabetes.
What’s more, stopping eating before you’re totally full prevents blood sugar crashes that can lead you to overeat later in the day.
Remember that obesity can decrease your life by up to 8 years, so think before you eat until you’re stuffed!
2. Eat Breakfast Like a King And Dinner Like a Pauper
In interviews with people aged 100 or more, they all had one thing in common – their smallest meal in the day was their dinner.
Tel Aviv University has researched this further by putting two groups of overweight women on a 1,400 calorie diet.
Group A ate a dinner of 200 calories and a breakfast of 700 calories, and lost 50% more weight than Group B, who ate dinner as their highest calorie meal.
Group A also lost twice as many inches around their waist when compared to Group B.
This is great for losing weight but also shows the effect on life expectancy.
Both men and women have a higher risk to die if they have a larger waist because belly fat is often connected with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and coronary artery disease.
3. Enjoy a Cup of Tea
In Okinawa, the small Japanese island, 7 out of every 10,000 citizens lives to see 100.
Explorer and author, Dan Buettner, conducted research that shows the citizens there drink green tea every day.
Researchers from Norwich BioScience Institutes have discovered that the polyphenols, a micro-nutrient type contained in green tea, help in blocking VEGF, a signaling molecule that causes plaque buildup in arteries that can provoke strokes, vascular diseases and heart attacks.
Green teas powerful leaves also contain antioxidants, EGCG and catechins, which cause fat release from cells and improve the levels of hunger-quelling hormones in our bodies.
A Swedish study has shown that drinking tea during your meals lessens the desire for eating, even up to two hours after.
Drink a cup of green tea with your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for maintaining your optimal weight and reaping all the additional health benefits!
4. Add Fish to the Menu
Want to lose weight A.S.A.P and live to blow out 100 candles? No problem.
You just need to incorporate more nuts and fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines, or tuna into your diet.
These foods are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which lower your overall mortality risk by 27% and the risk of dying from a heart disease by 35%.
Omega 3’s also prevent blood sugar spikes and speed up your bodies recovery after a workout, boosting your weight loss.
5. Drink a Glass of Wine
Treat yourself with a glass or two of wine in the evening.
Researchers have found out that women who drink a glass of wine every day have a lower mortality risk.
Also, those that consume alcohol regularly in moderate amounts are less likely to gain weight and succumb to obesity.
However, if you are already overweight, drinking alcohol will have a contrary effect.