By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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7 Habits to Help You Lose Weight and Keep It Off

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Weight loss can be done by modifying one’s eating and exercise habits. But our routine/ habits also play a vital role in this. Let us discuss some of these habits.

1. Set small, specific and realistic goals

Set a more realistic goal of losing 5% to 10% of weight, and give plenty of time and some flexibility to reach that goal, keeping in mind that most people take at least six months to achieve the desired weight loss.

2. Start self-monitoring

Tracking yourself regarding what you eat and how much exercise you do can help you to gain awareness towards achieving specific goals. People can track themselves on low-tech (a pocket-size notebook with a pen) or high-tech (a smartphone app) devices and applications. The basic idea is to improve.

3. Find a support network

Find your spouse, a friend, a relative, or a colleague who has already lost weight to motivate you to achieve your goal just as they have done it for themselves. You can also go in for online support groups.

4. Energize your exercise

Try some new exercises like swimming, dancing or playing frisbee depending upon your area of interest. It is easier to stick to an exercise which you enjoy doing as it energizes you. Slowly and steadily incorporate new types of exercises so that there is no boredom and you are challenged to move ahead.

5. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep

It is very important to have enough and sound sleep as inadequate sleep can lead to weight gain. Most people need about eight hours of sleep every night. If you wake up fresh in the morning ready to go out rather than groggy and grouchy, it means that you had sufficient sleep last night.

6. Eat breakfast slowly and mindfully every morning.

Most people skip breakfast because they’re too rushed or they aren’t hungry. Try getting up 15 minutes earlier (which means going to bed earlier so you don’t sacrifice sleep time) and make time for breakfast.

7. Monitor and modify your screen time.

Track your time for a week and judge how much time you spend on weight reduction. People nowadays have longer screen time which leaves them with very little/no time for doing exercise or preparing healthy diets.

Including these habits in your lifestyle will hopefully help you lose weight faster and will also help you to sustain it better. But don’t do all of these at once. Choose the one that seems the most comfortable and try to stick with it for a week or so. Once it is fairly consistent, then add another one. Many of these habits can be interconnected.

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