While some people really dislike mornings, there is no denying that morning are incredibly full of potential. Starting your day right is very important in order to have a nice day, and if you are trying to lose weight but don't know where to start, well mornings are not only the start of each day but also of your routine now!
We know that sometimes it can feel like an impossible task, and no matter how big is your weight-loss goal, we are here to bring you some of the best tips to start off your days in the correct way in order to start your routine. Don't worry, there is no need to completely scrap off your morning routine, these are rather small changes to apply and you'll see they can become a natural habit in no time, so let's get started then.
Mind over matter
The alarm goes off, you just want to sleep five more minutes, don't feel like getting up, but when you finally do so, you're not super energetic? Well, you're not alone. It's completely normal to want to sleep some more, but right at the moment you wake up is when your routine starts, so let's start it right then.
Motivation is key to losing weight and keeping a positive mindset is the best way to start motivating yourself. Don't concentrate only on how far are you from your goal, but also take a moment to think how far you've already made it. It's time to practice mindfulness.
Practicing mindfulness consist of fully focusing at the present moment, bringing awareness to your thoughts and feelings. This helps you to get some much-needed motivation to smile every morning. Take a deep breath and try to spend about five minutes to just be calm and connect with your senses.
Food for the body and soul
When you're trying to lose weight, food is just as important, if not more, than exercise. Keeping the right alimentation will help you in pretty much every aspect of your daily life. Drinking plenty of water, or a glass or two as soon as you wake up can fuel you up for good.
Drinking water in the morning will help you hydrate yourself, while also increasing your metabolic rate. Drinking water can also help you to reduce the calorie income of your breakfast by about 13%. All this while also giving you even more energy than coffee!
Now, when making your breakfast, it is time to get some proteins. Eating a high-protein breakfast may even help to reduce cravings since protein also decreases the levels of ghrelin, the so-called "hunger hormone" responsible for increasing appetite. Also, protein is excellent for building muscle and energize your day.
Be sure to also pack-up your own homemade food if you're going to work or study. You will need to eat lunch later on and it's much healthier and safer to know exactly what you're eating, and there's no better way to do this than making the food yourself.
While it sounds counterproductive in a morning routine to sleep more, it is really important to get some extra sleep in order to be more rested. But not only this, studies have also found that sleep deprivation is associated with increased appetite and food cravings.
But not only normal food cravings derive from sleep deprivation, but it is especially high-carb and high-calorie foods that people start craving as a consequence of sleep deprivation. So try to sleep earlier at night if you can or maybe setting your alarms a few minutes later too. Maximize your sleep every night you can and try to aim for 8 hours of sleep.
Sleeping will obviously give you more energy, and after a good night sleep, it is proven that the body is able to receive the nutrients from your food better while giving you better digestion and metabolic rate. Sleeping more is key not only for weight loss but also for better health altogether.