When you’re serious about losing weight and you’ve already made the big changes, like committing to a workout routine and slowing down on those sugary smoothies, there are tiny tweaks you can make that help. Here are some afternoon habits you’ll want to add to your day to boost weight loss.
Listen to your hunger - Registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey says this is a biggie. If you’re slammed all day and ignore hunger cues, by the end of the day, you’re hangry and more likely to overeat when you do have a meal. So plan ahead and have healthy stuff on hand to eat throughout the day.
Watch out for the bites, licks, and tastes - Just a few M&Ms from the office candy dish won’t hurt, but pass by it a dozen times a day and they start to add up. Grazing all day also keeps you from being truly hungry or full, so it’s harder to feel satisfied.
Get moving - Rumsey suggests getting up and stretching every hour, even if it’s just for a minute or two. You can even be productive while you do it, by hand delivering a message across the office instead of sending another email.
Drink more water - Being even just a little dehydrated can make you feel hungry, but all you really need is some water, Rumsey explains. So make sure you’re keeping a full water bottle at your desk and sipping on it all day.
Do interval training - If you’re hitting the gym after work, do some high-intensity interval training. "Alternating high-intensity bursts with low-intensity recovery periods increases the fat and calorie burn during the workout and up to 24 hours afterward," explains Rumsey. Even if you only have 10 minutes, she says short sweat sessions can help too.
Source: Women's Health