Keeping slim and fit as you get older is not easy for most adults unless you are blessed with amazing genes.
However, there are a number of habits that if you stick to most of the time, you should find it easier to lose weight and keep it off without having to rely on ‘crash diets’.
I hope that you find these tips helpful, and if you have any ideas or secrets for weight loss then please leave a comment once you have finished reading!
9 Habits Of Naturally Slim People
THEY DON’T EAT AFTER 6
Eating too late at night does not give your body enough time to properly digest your food before you go to sleep. When our bodies are sleeping, our digestive system slows down dramatically. If you still have food in your stomach that’s not had time to break down, then your body will turn this into fat during the night, leading to increased weight gain.
As a general rule of thumb, try to avoid eating anything after 6pm if you want to stay trim. If you find yourself getting peckish before bed then try a herbal tea to curb your appetite.
THEY DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Breakfast is pegged as the most important meal of the day, and there is a reason why! Eating breakfast shortly after you wake up in the morning, kick starts your metabolism into gear and your body begins burning calories quickly rather than storing excess energy as fat.
If you struggle to enjoy food first thing in the morning, then start gradually with a smoothie or piece of fruit and work up towards something more substantial such as wholemeal toast or porridge.
THEY DRINK LOTS OF WATER
It’s no secret that drinking plenty of water is one of the keys to looking and feeling your best. Water cleanses the body of impurities, improves hydration and contributes to maintaining a healthy digestive system – all factors which help maintain a healthy weight.
To keep slim all year round, aim to drink eight glasses, or two litres of water every day.
THEY REDUCE STRESS
Whether directly or indirectly, stress leads to weight gain. Stressful situations can encourage us to overeat as a form of comfort, and stress also has a dramatic impact on the body’s ability to function at full efficiency.
High stress levels can impact metabolism, and cause changes in our hormone levels which can cause our body to hold onto excess fat.
THEY GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Sleep deprivation is another matter which can cause an increases in weight gain. Tiredness can cause you to comfort eat if you are feeling low in energy or motivation as a result of a late night, plus similarly to stress, lack of sleep can wreak havoc on our hormones leading to weight gain.
Make sure that you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, in a dark, well ventilated room to give your body the quality of rest that it needs to function properly.
THEY EAT 50% FRUIT AND VEG
Aim to fill your plate with 50% fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. The rest of your meal should consist of a relatively even split of protein and carbohydrates.
By following a diet with a high fruit and veg content, you are giving your body the vitamins, minerals and fibre that it needs to maintain a healthy digestive system. You will also stay fuller for longer, reducing the temptation to snack on junk foods in between meals.
THEY INCREASE FIBRE
Increasing your fibre consumption will speed up the digestion process, and allow your body to burn off the excess calories that aren’t being used, rather than turning them into fat. Eating a fibre rich diet will also reduce the feeling of constipation.
High fibre content foods include most fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and potatoes with the skins still on.
THEY AVOID ALCOHOL
Most alcoholic beverages are high in sugars and calories, which alone is a big reason that they greatly contribute to weight gain. Additionally, alcohol consumption, even in small quantities, can affect the function of your organs, particularly your liver and intestines.
Therefore drinking a lot of alcohol can inhibit your digestion and lead to weight gain, particularly in the tummy region. If you are looking to lose weight, then the best choice will always be to drink plenty of water and leave the booze for another time.
THEY INCREASE CARDIO
Lastly, increasing your cardio activity is one of the best ways to lose weight faster, as it burns excess calories at a speedy rate rather than allowing that energy to be turned into fat.
Cardio exercise can be practiced in the form of HIIT training, spinning, jogging or even brisk walking if you prefer something a little less intense. If you’re looking to stay slim, then 30-60 minutes of cardio per day is the general recommendation.
To Finish Off…
I hope that you found this post helpful and that you will be able to implement some of these tips to kick into action your own weight loss journey.
If you have any further tips on how you like to keep slim and lose weight, then please share your experiences in the comments below!