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8 Super Easy Health Tips For Spring

8 Super Easy Health Tips For Spring

Weight loss isn't everything -- but finding a healthy, sustainable balance for your body is important. There's a lot of things you can do to be healthier (let's say, live the non-toxic lifestyle), from dry brushing to wearing the most awesome Vibrant bra. But, at end of the day, the simplest things are probably the most important. Kick off Spring a little healthier with some easy habits. From our resident wellness editor, and Vibrant Body's Company's Global Brand Ambassador, Diana Nicholson, here are eight, sustainable, weight loss tips to get you going.

Life is filled with tough choices, stress, and a thousand little distractions. The trick is to stay focused and set your intentions. Many of us set unrealistic health resolutions, expecting a completely transformed body by the month of January. Remember, nothing worth having happens overnight. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your weight loss goals:

1) Don't skip breakfast

Have breakfast every morning. It will regulate your blood sugar levels, resulting in eating less food throughout the day. Make a habit of a healthy breakfast. If you have limited time, make a protein smoothie. My favorite is "The Lean Body Protein" by Simply Young at The Vitamin Barn.

2) Make a to-do list

Using a to-do list enables you to mark off the tasks you have completed. At the end of the day, when you look at the list, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. A written list will also encourage you to stay on task.

3) Gratitude Journal

Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system. Your gratitude journal doesn't have to be deep. It can be as simple as "my family", "the awesome hike" or "my rose garden." The benefits are miraculous.

4) Trick your metabolism with fat-fighting foods

Eat whole, organic, locally grown, grains and seasonal vegetables with all the colors of the rainbow. Here are a few fat fighting foods to speed up your metabolism: almonds and other nuts, eggs, turkey and other lean meats, berries, peanut butter, fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel), grapefruit, green tea, chili peppers, spinach and green vegetables, whole grains (in small doses help keep your body from storing fat), beans, and whey.

5) Create an exercise schedule

The benefits of an exercise journal are many. One of the biggest barriers to fitness success is an irregular fitness plan.

6) Drink more water

Drinking plenty of water can help you lose weight. This is due to the fact that water can boost your metabolic rate. In two studies, drinking 17 ounces of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24%-30% for up to 1.5 hours. This means that drinking 2 liters of water every day can increase your total energy expenditure by up to 96 calories per day.

7) Get a full night's sleep

There’s one piece of advice every weight loss guru now agrees on: getting plenty of sleep is one of the biggest secrets to losing weight and keeping it off. Research shows that the body is metabolically very active during sleep, so the longer we sleep, the more we rev up our fat-burning engines. Lack of sleep also wreaks havoc on two key metabolic hormones, leptin and ghrelin, which control hunger and satiety. 

8) Meditation

The practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity. It can help you manage stress, which drives some people to eat. Although there's not a lot of research showing that meditation directly helps you lose weight, meditation does help you become more aware of your thoughts and actions, including those that relate to food. For example, a research review showed that meditation can help with both binge eating and emotional eating. "Meditation takes you beyond the ego mind which is the perfect starting point to plant your seeds of intention" -Deepak Chopra M.D.

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