Keeping slim and fit as you get older is not easy for most adults unless you are blessed with amazing genes.
So whats the secret of those people who always look lean and healthy? How do they do it?
Largely, it might just be that they have wonderful genetics. However there are a lot of people who stick to a lifestyle of healthy habits that help to keep them looking great.
I have put together a list of some of those habits that help maintain that enviable figure of the people that stick by these ways of life.
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!
THEY AVOID ALCOHOL
I’m not saying that if you want to lose weight or keep slim that you can never enjoy a drink. However, it’s no secret that alcoholic drinks often contain a lot of empty calories.
A large 250ml glass of 13% wine can contain more than 200 calories or a standard 175ml glass can set you back more than 160 calories.
If you’re looking to stay slim, then try to save the alcoholic beverages for special occasions and reach of water instead. Water is not only calorie free, but consuming plenty of water will speed up your metabolism.
THEY DRINK LOTS OF WATER
The benefits of drinking water are plentiful. People who stay slim will often drink the recommended daily intake of two litres of water.
Drinking this much water will dramatically improve your overall health in a number of ways including: flushing toxins from the body, speeding up metabolism, reducing anxiety by hydrating your body, reducing food cravings and boosting performance in exercise.
THEY COOK THEIR OWN MEALS
If you’re looking to keep your weight down, it’s always best to prepare all of your own meals at home.
Home cooking allows you to know every single ingredient that goes into your food, that way there are no hidden empty calories from oils, additives and fatty ‘extra’s’ that are frequently found in pre-packaged dinners, sandwiches, and fast food.
THEY EXERCISE REGULARLY
Keeping active is of course a massive factor in maintianing a healthy body weight.
If you aim to get in thirty minutes of cardio exercise every day, this should really help you to smash your weight loss goals. Depending on your genetics and starting weight, you can alter the length and vigor of your routine.
THEY PRACTICE INTERMITTENT FASTING
Intermittent fasting has long been a technique used by dietitians and fitness experts as a way to improve weight-loss and kick-start metabolism. People who keep slim are often massive advocates for the positive results of intermittent fasting.
Try sticking to only coffee or water until you have completed your morning workout as a way of keeping lean and strong all year round.
THEY GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain both directly and indirectly.
Being tired throughout the day can cause you to snack more on high sugar content foods to boost your energy. Lack of sleep can also slow down your metabolism as your body is too exhausted to function at maximum capacity. Plus, if you’re tired then you’re much more likely to pass on the daily exercise.
If you want to keep healthy and boost your energy levels, you should aim to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
For more tips and tricks on how to improve your sleeping habits, make sure to check out 9 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep Tonight.
THEY FIND HEALTHY SNACKS
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that sticking to a diet is made most difficult by finding healthy but tasty foods to snack on in between meals.
You can stick to a full day of healthy, home cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you’re snacking on chocolates, biscuits and crisps throughout the day, you’re not going to see the weight loss results that you desire.
If you’re truly dedicated to loosing weight, then make sure to check out 17 Tasty Weight Loss Snacks You Will Love for some great ideas for foods that you can enjoy throughout the day guilt free.
To Finish Off…
I really hope that you enjoyed this post and I’ve given you some ideas and inspiration for ways that you can keep slim and improve your overall health and fitness.
If you have any other tips and tricks for keeping your weight down and staying healthy then make sure to let me know in the comments below and check back here soon as I post brand new fashion, lifestyle and health & fitness tips on The Angelina Archives every single week.