- People living near gyms, swimming pools tend to be slimmer, says study.
- People living far away from food outlets also tend to be slimmer.
- There are some eating habits that can help you lose weight.
So now that you know what will help you achieve those New Year's resolutions, maybe it's time to look for house that's closer to a number of gyms and sports fields? Obviously that's easier said than done, therefore, here are some diet and eating tips to help you keep slim and fit:
1. Don't eat too late in the evening
This is something almost everyone who's even remotely concerned with leading a healthy lifestyle, is familiar with. Eating too late in the evening or late in the night is detrimental to health and leads to weight gain. For those wanting to lose weight, eat as early as is possible in the evening, ideally before 8 pm.
2. Keep healthy snacks at hand
The easiest way to cut out junk is to try and keep healthy food and snacks at hand, as often as is possible. Carry a box of nutritious homemade trail mix with you to your workplace and keep some healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts or roasted sunflower and flaxseeds at your table. These will keep you from feeling hungry too often.
3. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Water is an excellent appetite suppressant, besides acting as a detoxifier, by flushing out all the toxins from the blood. If you feel hungry between meals, drink a little water. Keep a bottle always handy. Drinking warm water has been proven to aid weight loss to a great extent. Even water seeped in various herbs and spices like fenugreek, cumin, etc also helps in weight loss.
4. Prep Your Meals yourselves
Meal prep is an excellent way of cutting out unnecessary calories. Plan ahead and chalk out a meal timetable for the rest of the week. This way you won't have to order in. Homemade food is always healthier than the meals ordered from restaurants that are usually loaded with salt. Meal prep also saves time and makes you fully aware of what you're consuming.
5. Say no diet sodas and artificial sweeteners
We know it sounds ironical, but it's true. Multiple studies on these sweeteners have denounced them for their harmful effects on the body. They have been known to promote hyperactivity, insomnia and reduced sleep quality. If you can't live without sweets, switch to natural sweeteners like honey or jaggery that also have a host of health benefits. For those really committed to weight reduction, keep away from sugary foods altogether.
Weight loss isn't easy, but small adjustments in eating habits and lifestyle may help you shed those extra kilos and achieve your body goals faster.