1. Keep Water on the Nightstand
Hydrating first thing in the morning is incredibly important, and the best way to ensure that happens is to keep a nice tall glass of water on your nightstand.
2. Drink Green Tea
Not black with whole milk and honey. Not sugary, bottled concoctions. Green tea, plain and simple! The EGCG—a super potent nutrient found almost exclusively in green tea—has been shown to help break down fat and discourage new fat cells. I recommend you drink it for breakfast: Your body absorbs the nutrients in green tea most effectively when you drink it at least four hours after your last meal, making it a perfect way to start your morning.
3. Take a Lunch Break Walk
Research shows that an overwhelming number of Americans—nearly 80 percent—are deficient in vitamin D. The vitamin is responsible for not only strengthening your bones but also for helping to boost your mood and immunity. One of the best ways to get more D is to simply step outside. Ever notice some of your coworkers slipping out for 30 minutes during lunch? They’ve got it right. Getting more vitamin D can help you stick with your fitness plan because you’ll likely be happier more often, and sick less often.
4. Keep It Real
Artificial sweeteners may be tempting to toss in your coffee in the morning, but resist them at all costs. Just because they are without calories does not mean they’re doing your body any good. Fit minded folks avoid the fake stuff because artificial sweeteners have been found to disrupt normal body functioning and actually triggers a great hunger response in the body.
5. Count Colors, Not Calories
You’ll hear time and time again from nutrition experts: Not all calories are created equal. A handful of almonds versus the same amount of calories in potato chip form has a tremendously different effect on your body. While keeping portions under control is crucial to keeping weight at bay, one of the best ways to put together a well-balanced plate is actually by observing the variety of colors before you. Filling your dish with greens and reds and yellows will help you craft a nutrient-rich meal that will help fuel your body better for your workouts, muscle recovery, and weight loss.