8 Simple Lifestyle Habits To Adopt In 2021 That Will Help You Lose Weight Healthily

8 Simple Lifestyle Habits To Adopt In 2021 That Will Help You Lose Weight Healthily

Lifestyle Fitness Wellness
By Wei Yin on 31 Dec 2020
Digital Editor

If one of your New Year's Resolutions for 2021 is to lose weight, here are eight simple lifestyle habits to consider adopting that will make the journey easier.

Read on to find out more!

#1 Drink a glass of water before every meal

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Water is absolutely calorie-free and can be really helpful for weight loss! Drink a glass before every meal to help suppress your appetite so that you don't overeat. Try to also substitute sugary drinks with plain water too as sugar is one of the biggest culprits for weight gain.

#2 Have more home-cooked meals

Homemade pancakes for breakfast
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Having more home-cooked meals is a great way to help yourself lose weight too. That's because you will get to make better and healthier food choices while having control over the amount of sodium, sugar and sauces that go into your meals.

#3 Get plenty of sleep

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Catch up on sleep in 2021 if you haven't been giving yourself plenty of rest last year. And yes, you read that right - sleeping more will actually help in your weight loss journey! When you are sleep deprived, your metabolism slows down and hunger pangs and cravings start kicking in. That results in you eating more than you actually need. So, make sure you sleep more and get enough rest!

#4 Keep a food diary 

Food diary with smoothie bowl
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Most food diary apps come with calorie and weight trackers. Using one is an easy way to keep track of what you have been eating as well as your daily weight so that you can tweak your meals according to your needs. You will feel more motivated when you see your weight slowly decreasing and notice the changes in your eating habits.

#5 Use a smaller bowl or plate when eating

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Control your food intake by using a smaller bowl or plate when you have your meals at home. Fill that bowl or plate with enough food and eat only from it. This prevents you from overeating and helps you to pay attention to your portions too.

#6 Eat slowly

Girl eating salad and sandwiches
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It's hard not to gobble food down especially when you are hungry but that's also one of the reasons why you tend to overeat too! Eating slowly gives your body time to feel the fullness so that you can cut back on calories.

Like how fine dining restaurants always serve small portions but with a bit of waiting time in between, eating slowly will help you feel full faster.

#7 Don't use food to reward yourself

Girl shopping and taking photos
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Although having a yummy meal is satisfying, rewarding yourself with food high in calories when you accomplish something will only push you away further from your weight loss goal. There are many other ways to reward yourself such as buying something, treating yourself to a massage and more, so try those instead!

#8 Ask yourself if you are really hungry 

Girl eating popcorn
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Ask yourself if you are really hungry when you reach out for that snack. If you are just bored and looking for something to munch on, try healthy snacks such as nuts and fruits instead.

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