Embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Making a strict DIY weight loss routine and diet, although good in theory, can be hard to stick to. Now that we’re over halfway through 2015, it’s time to get realistic about our health and fitness goals and that includes re-evaluating our plan of attack.

Whether it’s about skipping breakfast or reaching for a 3pm sugar-fix to beat the arvo slump, we’re all guilty of indulging in these not-so-great patterns. Here’s how to break the cycle.

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Make it fun

Adopting good practices can be difficult when it feels like a chore, that’s why choosing a workout you enjoy is the only way to kick the ‘why bother’ attitude. Your exercise and eating habits shouldn’t feel like hard work, on the contrary it needs to be enjoyable enough that you forget you’re actually working.

Taking up a team sport, or working out with friends are two of the easiest ways to make exercise fun. Likewise, experimenting with new healthy recipes and ingredients will make you look forward to meal time, not fill you with dread at the thought of snacking on lettuce leaves.

Visualise your goals

Bad habits are easy to keep because they’re easy to do. After all lazing on the couch is effortless; hitting the gym isn’t. However, picturing long-term effects can help you break the dodgy cycle you’ve slipped in to. Imagine how you will feel in one year, or even two if you stick to your goals. This will help you focus on why you’re making the changes.

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Meal prep

We all have those days where we can’t even be bothered turning the oven on – making that take-out menu look oh so sweet! Nutritionists and personal trainers swear by cooking ahead and for good reasons. Cooking large amounts of healthy foods and freezing them ensures there are plenty of nutritional dinners available even when you’re in a slump. Particularly good are stews, soups, low fat chilies, and curries. It won’t take much more effort and helps you to avoid commercially available sugar- and fat-laden meals or takeaway when you’re tired.

Zap your cravings

Increasing your protein intake will help you resist the 3pm cravings and stop you from snacking on sugary treats throughout the day. Healthy habits made easy, means incorporating protein filled meals and snacks to keep you fuller for longer and ensure a slower release of energy. If you must eat chocolate, try small squares of dark chocolate or chocolate-coated Brazil nuts. If you’re hankering for a croissant, try an almond version so the protein from the nuts will keep all your cravings at bay.

Make sure your healthy goals last the distance by making friends with your new healthy habits.

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