1. Stock up on frozen veggies and berries to have on hand when you might need them.
It’s so much easier than having to remember to buy them fresh, and then also having to remember to cook them before they turn into gross smelly puddles of goo in the back of your refrigerator.
Toss your frozen berries into oatmeal or eat a few as a sweet dessert. And cook up your frozen veggies as side dishes, in stir fry, soups, and more.
2. Buy a season (or a series) of a very addictive TV show. Force yourself to watch it ONLY while you’re running on the treadmill, using the elliptical, or pedaling a stationary bike.
This was a tip from the story 14 Former Couch Potatoes Share Their Best Tips For Getting In Shape. Try it with 24, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Pretty Little Liars, or Homeland… or any other show that’ll keep you pretty riveted and desperate to find out what happens next.
3. Eat from small plates, bowls, cups, and jars to help manage your portion sizes.
Some research suggests that you’ll have an easier time with portion sizes (and feeling good about limiting portion sizes) when you eat from smaller plates and bowls. Because when you have a small portion on a big plate, you feel like you’re depriving yourself — but when that same portion takes up a lot of real estate on a smaller plate, you’ll think you’re eating more.
Get the recipe for the almond butter, strawberry, and banana overnight oats here.
4. Or eat from plates and bowls that are a different color than the food you have in front of you, also to help with portion sizes.
Other research has shown that people tend to eat more food when the food is roughly the same color as the plate, compared to people eating food that contrasts with the color of the plate.
5. Prepare a box of grab-and-go snacks on Sundays so you always have something healthy to nosh on every day.
Make sure you take them with you each day. Snacking on healthy things throughout the day will keep your energy up and will keep you from overeating at your meals. Here are 22 healthy and filling snacks under 200 calories for some inspiration!
6. Make good friends with a slow cooker.
Cooking with a slow cooker is basically the easiest kind of cooking. And you can make all sorts of healthy stews and soups and other stuff with them.
Here are 24 healthy and delicious things you can make in a slow cooker, here are 27 delicious low-carb dinners to make in a slow cooker, and HERE are 33 delicious paleo recipes to make in a slow cooker.
Get the recipe for those slow cooker vegan coconut rice pudding bowls with mangoes and pistachios here.
7. Carry around a big old water bottle wherever you go.
Always be hydrating! If you need some ~inspiration~ to get your water in, here are 13 easy ways to drink more water every day. OR, you can also back the Kickstarter for HydrateMe, a water bottle that syncs with your cell phone, tracks how much water you’ve been drinking, and glows when you need to drink some more (pictured above).
8. Drink a cup of black coffee before you work out, because it’ll help you burn more fat.
FUN TIP. As BuzzFeed Life previously reported, caffeine in coffee will free up your fat cells for your body to use as energy, according to Tim Coyle, exercise physiologist at ComiteMD. And it’ll also jazz you up a bit, which means you might even work out harder than you normally do. Read 17 things everyone should know about metabolism for some more facts and tips.
9. And eat some protein within half an hour after you work out, so you can build muscles ~faster~.
“When you work out, you break down muscle tissue and your body absolutely depends on protein in order to build that muscle back up. And muscle is the key to increasing your metabolism,” Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., co-founder of Soho Strength Lab and advisor at Naked Nutrition, told BuzzFeed Life in a previous story. A Greek yogurt could be a good option here.
10. Keep your hair dryer in your gym locker.
This basically forces you to get to the gym, OR ELSE. Very sneaky.
11. Prep all your workout gear the night before, so it’s all ready for you when you wake up.
When you don’t have to dig through your drawers for your gym shorts, getting up and at ‘em gets a lot easier. It’s the small things, you know.
12. Go ahead and sleep in your workout outfit, if you have to.
The ultimate in lazy = not even having to change out of your pajamas. Boom.
13. Fill half your plate with vegetables for lunch and dinner, and then make sure you eat the vegetables first.
Vegetables are obviously good for you, so you should be eating them for like a million reasons. But something that some people don’t know is that, due to the high-fiber content in a lot of veggies, they can actually make you feel full and satisfied pretty quickly. Eating your veggies first before you get to the other stuff means that you’ll be less likely to overindulge on things that are less nutrient-dense and filled with ingredients that aren’t so good for you. Read 29 small ways to change your eating habits big time for more tips like this.
14. Leave your blinds open at night, so the sunlight helps wake you up in the morning.
This is especially helpful if you’re trying to get into a habit of working out in the morning, btw.
15. Prep your lunches for the week on Sundays so you can just grab them without thinking when you’re out the door in the morning.
Here are 17 tricks to help you eat healthy without even trying (and they’re all about prepping meals for the week).
Get the recipe for the grilled chicken veggie bowls here.
16. Set an alarm about an hour before you want to be asleep, so you can harass yourself to get moving on your bedtime routine.
Getting good sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Good sleep involves a few things: Having a regular sleep schedule; actually sleeping for seven to nine hours a night; and having peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. It also really helps if you’re going to bed and waking up at a consistent time every day, BuzzFeed Life previously reported.
Help yourself in more ways than one by making sure you’re in bed at the same time every night (and also make sure that time isn’t like 2 a.m.) Setting an alarm to go off at 10 p.m. can alert you that you should start washing your face and doing everything else you need to do before bed, so you can consistently be tucked in by 11.
17. Lower your thermostat before you go to bed to about 65 degrees for a better night’s sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends this temperature because some research has shown that it might help promote better sleep.
18. Put your phone on airplane or do not disturb mode before bed.
To make sure that you aren’t woken up throughout the night by dings and noises that can seriously just wait until morning.
19. And take a few minutes every day to unwind.
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health, so it’s important to do what you can to limit your stress and find ways to relax and unwind. This restorative yoga pose is one of the three best yoga poses for stress relief. If yoga isn’t your thing, here are 26 genius tricks to help you deal with too much stress, and they’re all super easy. Maybe something on there will speak to you.
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