Whether your goals are to lose weight or to maintain your current figure, adopting some healthy habits can help you succeed. Here are a few suggestions to help prevent weight gain:
Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast every day. Eating a healthy breakfast will help you start the day feeling satisfied, kick-start your metabolism, and will help minimize food cravings throughout the day.
Researchers state that drinking water increases the rate of your metabolism. Most experts recommend drinking about eight 8oz. glasses of water a day.
Eat Smaller and More Frequent Meals
Instead of following the typical American habit of eating 2-3 large meals a day, experts recommend eating smaller portions every 3-4 hours. This will keep your metabolism “engine” running on high speed.
Basic Weight Training
Incorporating basic weight lifting into your exercise can have a large impact. It can be as simple as using hand weights or using your gym’s weight machines. Weight lifting increases muscle mass, which in turn raises your daily metabolic rate.
Eat Spicy Foods
Try adding spicy foods to your diet. Some say spicy foods have chemicals that can increase metabolic rate.
Make sure to incorporate lean protein into your diet each day — protein burns more calories than high-fat or high-carb foods. Control Snacks has a variety of protein-rich drinks and foods sold in our online store.
For other high-protein foods, check out our blog post Snack Smart: Top 10 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks.
Record What You Eat
Write down exactly what you eat during each day. Buy a small notepad to use as a food diary. If you have a smartphone, try using calorie counting apps like MyFitnessPal. Knowing your daily calorie intake will help you know when you might need to adjust your diet.
Another way to keep the weight off is to stay as physically active as possible. Take regular breaks from your job during the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Try to exercise 30-40 minutes, a few times each week. We recommend doing activities you enjoy since that will encourage consistency. Try activities like running, swimming, dancing, karate, Zumba, hiking, or rollerblading. The opportunities are endless!