The pursuit of a lean body is a familiar concept to many people. Health and wellness together make up one of the most popular subjects in both mainstream media and the thoughts of individuals everywhere. Wellness involves holistic health in both body and mind, so fitness definitely deserves its due time. Not to mention, a lean body comes with all kinds of benefits, including strength, reduced risk for disease and injury, and personal satisfaction/confidence. So what are some realistic ways you can reduce fat, support healthy muscle function, and maintain your mental sanity in the meantime? Here are 3 habits you should get familiar with.
Eat More Greens
Greens are good. Period. Foods like broccoli, lettuce, and kale are not only packed with vitamins and minerals, but they also encourage healthy digestion. If you incorporate more of them into your diet, you will notice that they curb cravings for high calorie foods, and help you feel full. So try adding some spinach to your smoothie in the morning. Bulk up that salad with fresh kale and romaine. And choose broccoli for the perfect dinner side dish.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is one of the things that is absolutely critical for health, and on a grander scale, life! Like food and water, our bodies need sleep to function, and they need enough sleep to function well. The experts recommend going for 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night. This helps your hormones stay balanced, it helps your body repair itself from yesterday’s workout, and it helps you avoid craving quick energy foods like candy and soda, which turn to fat in the body.
Do Small, Frequent Meals
Eating smaller meals more often is a great way to stoke your metabolism and keep your body energized. If you consistently go long periods of time without eating, your body will eventually kick in to starvation mode, meaning it will start to store anything and everything you put in it because it does not know when it will next be fed. So the next time you think skipping lunch is a good call for weight loss, think again.
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