People who are lean have different habits and mindsets that set them apart. We know they don’t have more willpower than the average person they just have smarter shortcuts.
Here are top 10 shortcuts that lean people embrace. Apply them to lose fat, fit in your favorite clothes again, and love the way you look in the mirror.
1. Prioritize diet over exercise.
If your goal is lose weight you must start with your diet. You eat at least 21 meals a week and if you spend an hour working out 3 times a week the impact of your diet is 7 times more powerful. You have 21 opportunities to change your choices to make a dent in your weight versus exercising. Start with your diet first.
2. Grocery shop when you’re full.
You’ll make more reasonable and healthier choices when you’re not starving at the grocery store.If you’re starving put something in your stomach before you go so you won’t be loading your cart with junk food that you’ll be eating all week long.
3. Plan your meals around lean protein.
When you eat enough protein per meal, at least a handful, you’ll find yourself satiated for at least 3-4 hours at a time. Protein has a high thermic effect which means about 30% of your calories from protein gets burned off by your body processing it so it’ll keep you full longer.
4. Stick with drinking water and tea.
Changing your beverage options are the fastest way to make a dent in your daily calorie consumption. Even juices contain a lot more calories than you would expect and often times they contain 2 or more serving sizes and are full of sugar.
5. Pack your own lunches.
If you’re cooking at home cook twice as much so you can bring that as a leftover meal the next day. It’s one less chance for you to make an unhealthy choice when you’re out.
6. Shop the perimeter.
When you’re grocery shopping stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. See if you’re able to leave the grocery store without anything in packages or boxes that is processed. Whole foods are lower in calories and keep you more satisfied versus the processed version.
7. Set an alarm to get to bed earlier.
We need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Getting enough sleep curbs against weight gain. Even losing 30 minutes of sleep every night puts you at risk to crave fatty, high carb foods and increases your stress hormone.
8. Start slow.
There can be an overwhelming number of things you can do to help you lose weight. Pick one that you feel you can do and stick with in the long run. Do the habit consistently, master it, then add another one. It’s more important to stick to one then try 12 different things at the same time then drop all of them.
9. Bring snacks with you.
When you know you’ll be out all day running around and not have a chance to sit down and eat pack healthy snacks with you. This will prevent binging when you get home after a long day.
10. Prioritize your energy levels.
How much you get done in a day is determined by how much energy you have not how much time. Whenever you make a food choice think about how much energy it will give you or take away from you.
Start adding these tips to your lifestyle and watch your appearance transform without having to get one another diet.