Think Big, Start Small
When you decide to change your lifestyle to become healthier, you’re thinking in terms of the big picture. But realistically, you can’t make sweeping changes to your life all at once. It’s much easier to fail that way. Instead, you need to start out with fairly small changes. You can’t completely change your diet, for example, without feeling a dramatic change that may be overwhelming. It’s much harder to make and stick to a dramatic change like this. Instead, making a few small changes over time can be a much better way of getting healthier.
Phase out Junk
You can start slowly changing your diet for the better by phasing out how much soda, coffee, sugar, and other bad foods you consume. Replace them with healthier alternatives. For example, begin by only letting yourself have one soda with lunch and dinner each day, then make it a soda a day, and finally cut it down to a couple a week. This will help prevent having a major caffeine crash and dealing with the withdrawal that comes from it. Yes, there is caffeine withdrawal, and it can be very bad. Wean yourself off the sugars and the caffeine slowly to avoid this.
Another technique is to write down how many calories you eat each day and make a note on the days you were over your daily calorie amount in red. This helps some people because they’ll see when they were good, and they will take pride on having a week of no red days. On the other hand, it can lead to a defeatist attitude if there’s a lot of red marks, so be careful with this tip.
Start Exercising More
You also need to make sure you’re exercising and moving around. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to the gym. Instead, make a few small changes. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. If you do this a couple of times a day, you’ll already have increased the amount of physical activity you’ve been doing. You can also pace your office during your coffee break or eat lunch while standing up. Instead of talking on your cell phone while sitting, stand and walk around if you can. I may not seem like you’re doing very vigorous exercise, but it does all add up.
Be realistic. Start with some low-impact exercises like walking. You need to build up your strength before you can jump right in and do a long, heavy workout. If you try to do too much exercise too soon, you’re going to do more than get really tired—you’re going to potentially hurt yourself!
If you take the bus or other type of mass transportation to work, one way of getting a little extra exercise is to get off one stop early. This guarantees you’ll get a good extra amount of walking. It might be a little much to start with, but it’s not a bad idea. You could even walk or bike to work if it’s close enough and you don’t have to worry about the weather.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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