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5 Basic Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle

Many believe that exercise alone is the key to a long healthy life. However, without a solid nutritional foundation, just exercising is going to fall short. Therefore, if you want to get to your best possible health, you need to be combining a solid exercise plan, a solid diet, and healthy habits. In this article, I’m going to show you how to do exactly that by listing five top healthy living tips.

1 – Drink Lots Of Water

Water is essential for life and supports many vital functions in the body. It’s also required for optimal fat burning and failing to drink at least eight glasses of water per day can slow down your metabolism and lower the total amount of calories you work off on a daily basis. In addition to this, drinking lots of water suppresses your appetite and reduces the chances of you snacking on unhealthy foods between meals. So if you’re serious about losing weight and getting healthy, make sure you’re filling up on at least eight glasses of water per day. But don’t overdo it! Water toxicity is a very real thing.

2 – Load Up On Veggies

Vegetables are a perfect health food. They’re low in calories – most servings of vegetables contain well below 100 calories – are packed full of essential nutrients, which support your body and ensure that your metabolism doesn’t slow down, and versatile enough to go with most dishes. Despite this, many people who are trying to lose weight or just be healthy in general don’t make vegetables a key part of their diet. So make sure you’re eating vegetables whenever possible and that they’re part of most of your meals to accelerate your fat loss efforts.

3 – Avoid Processed Foods

If you’re aiming to live an overall healthy lifestyle, processed foods are one of the worst things you can eat. They’re often loaded with calories and other unnatural ingredients. So if your diet currently contains high volumes of processed foods, start making some changes today. Fresh fish, fresh meat, fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables are all whole-natural foods and an excellent foundation for a healthy diet.

4 – Go Low Carb

Carbohydrates are essential nutrient that provides your body with energy. However, if you consume more carbohydrates than your body needs, the excess carbs get stored as body fat. To avoid this problem, make sure that no more than 30% of your daily calories come from carbohydrates. This can easily be achieved by cutting processed carbohydrates (such as white pasta and white rice) out of your diet and eating only natural carbohydrates (such as fruits and vegetables).

5 – Be Aware Of Your Total Calorie Consumption

While the four tips above are all healthy suggestions, if you’re trying to lose weight and are not monitoring your total calorie consumption, they’ll have little to no effect on your fat-loss efforts. Therefore, make sure you always have a general awareness of how many calories you’re eating each day. Then if you’re not burning body fat at the rate you want but you’re eating healthy foods, simply reduce the total amount of daily calories you consume until you find a rate of fat loss that works for you.

Ashley M. Curtis is a graphic designer who recently adopted a healthy and fit lifestyle and wants to share her journey with others. With a focus on weight loss tips, fitness routines, grocery tips, and more Ashley wants to share it all! Including Beauty, Fashion, How-Tos, and even Personal Finance.

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