Apart from major changes, such as eating more veggies, reducing your sugar-packed smoothies, and committing yourself to a kick-ass workout, small behavioral tweaks can also significantly impact your ability to lose weight. Actually, every sweat session and good dinner may be undermined by stuff you do every day. The excellent news is that you can keep up with your weight loss objectives by changing a couple of old habits and adding a couple of new behaviors. Add these habits to your afternoon routine and experience massive changes in your body.
1. Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains theobromine and theophylline, and the amino acid L-Theanine. These substances help calm the nervous system and improve concentration abilities.
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3. Go For a Midday Walk
Getting up and moving around not only can help you digest after a big meal, but it also may boost your fat burn.
4. Get moving
“If you sit for the rest of the day, you are undoing most of those good workout effects,” says Rumsey. “Make an effort to stand up and move at least once an hour, even if it's just for a minute or two. All these little movements add up.”
5. Have an errand walk
Instead of walking to get in shape, once or twice a week, walk to get things done.
6. Listen to your hunger
“If you tend to get slammed during the day, it can be easy to brush your hunger cues aside. This backfires, leaving you famished later in the day and more likely to overeat when you finally do make time to have a meal,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., C.S.C.S., author of Three Steps to a Healthier You.
7. Pamper yourself with a fruit shake
Instead of eating the desert you will probably regret why not replace it with a delicious fruit shake or smoothie.
8. Drink more water
“People underestimate the impact that not drinking enough water can have on our bodies,” says Rumsey. “Even slight dehydration (just one or two cups) can cause you to feel hungry, when really what you need is fluid.”
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Exercising gets your heart-pumping and blood-flowing.
10. Substitute Afternoon Snacking With Exercise
Exercise is the best way to fend off those post-work cravings.
11. Splash some cold water on your face
This is a great way to recharge your batteries.
12. Watch out for the bites, licks, and tastes
“While it may seem like just a small sample or tiny bite, these all add up over the course of the day,” Rumsey says. “Often these bites, licks, and tastes are a significant source of calories.”
13. Indulge yourself with a piece of chocolate
Chocolate contains tonic substances like caffeine, theobromine and theophylline which have a stimulating physical and psychological effect.
14. Grab a power snack
A good healthy snack is the best way to pick up in the early evenings, just to end the day in an active mode, rather than just waiting for you to get back home and hide.
15. Just laugh!
A good laugh releases happy endorphins, which help you get rid of all the stress and turn into the upbeat person you should be all the time.