Let's be honest: as a working woman, it can be so much more difficult to make health a priority. Eating right (or even consistently) feels too time-consuming. Exercising feels like a chore and it can be hard to stay motivated when you aren't seeing the results you expected to be at this point. Losing weight may seem like a lofty goal when you are struggling to eat right and exercise. But you don't need to feel discouraged. If anything hits home in this blog, let it be this: JUST START SOMEWHERE.
You don't have to be eating ALL of the right things, or exercising on a schedule consistently right away. Start with small changes. Once you have made those small changes stick, add more small changes. If you have setbacks, don't beat yourself up about it. Just keep making the choice to carry through on your small changes. Doing something for your health is better than not doing anything. If you're struggling to find a healthy lifestyle that works for you and are wanting to lose more weight than you currently are, start with at least one of the following examples below to improve your health!
Make Sleep Top Priority
No matter how long your to-do list may be, it's important to get a good night's sleep to recharge your body and mind. Believe it or not, you will actually feel way more prepared to tackle what's left on your to-do list once you prioritize sleep. When you sleep, you'll notice increased energy levels, higher metabolism (your metabolism slows down when you haven't gotten enough sleep), greater ability to concentrate, and steadier emotions.
When it comes to long-term health, sleep is incredibly important. Here are a few ideas on how to do it better:
- Don't drink caffeine in the late afternoon or in the evenings.
- Avoid any time in front of screens within 30 minutes of when you plan to go to sleep.
- Do an activity that will help you unwind at the end of the day, such as reading a book, listening to relaxing music or ASMR, do a little yoga, practice deep breathing, etc.
Quit Smoking and Avoid Alcohol
Smoking wreaks havoc on your body, and although it may seem like it wouldn't contribute to weight loss, it actually can! Smoking affects your entire body. If you have a habit of smoking, your body doesn't function as it should, which can greatly contribute to an inability to lose weight.
As for alcohol, don't drink your calories! Even a glass of wine can help contribute to that little belly pooch that seems to linger. By at least limiting your alcohol intake, you're likely to see improved health and your gut thinning out.
Take Time for Yourself
Taking time for yourself with a busy schedule can seem near impossible, but it's really not! Whenever it makes sense during your day, take at least 20 minutes to do something you love. Happy people are healthier people. Spark joy in your daily life and escape the monotony of a busy schedule by rediscovering your hobbies and getting your creative juices flowing. Get a little walk in daily or listen to a podcast. Find some way to reinvigorate yourself daily.
Stress can do a real number on your body's immune system, causing illnesses and causing your body to hang on to unwanted weight. Cut things out of your life that are causing unneeded or irregular stress. Make a yearly vacation a priority. Take a yoga class or do some yoga at home or work when you need a little stress relief. When things get really stressful at work and you can't escape, do breathing exercises to calm your body and mind. Don't let burnout happen. When you can feel it coming on, it's time to take a step back.
Consider Appetite CONTROL
Appetite can be a huge hindrance when you're trying to live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. Appetite suppressants are a great solution to curb your appetite and help you lose those few extra pounds that seem to be clinging to you for dear life. They are especially helpful for women who are already putting in their best efforts to lose weight naturally. You still will need to maintain (or start) healthy eating habits, but appetite suppressants can help curb your appetite between healthy, balanced meals so that you don't overindulge throughout the day.
Not all appetite suppressants are the same, and every woman needs to talk with a medical professional before starting on them to ensure they're taking the ones that work best for them. You can learn more about how they work and which ones we offer on our Appetite Suppressant page!
PrIoritize Your Overall Health
When you take the time to prioritize your health, you will thank yourself for it in the future. Whether you choose to change your lifestyle habits, exercise or take advantage of medical weight loss options, you are taking a step in the right direction!
If you're looking for ways to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, schedule a consultation with us! We can help by creating a tailored plan just for you that you'll be able to handle.