We’re big on small goals—simple steps you can take to improve your health and wellness. That’s especially true when it comes to weight management. After all, which sounds easier: Losing 20 pounds, or just keeping your weight balanced? We’d take the latter any day.
Even more, focusing on just preventing your weight from fluctuating could easily put you on the track to losing weight healthily, if that’s your ultimate goal. We’re here to help you get started with four super-easy, super-healthy ways to control your weight gain.
Put your phone down.
Simple, right? Reducing time on your phone, laptop, TV, or any other screen you stare at for hours on end has been linked to maintaining a healthier weight. That’s partly because it helps you free up time to get a good night’s sleep and to incorporate physical activity into your day, both of which can help you keep your weight in check.
Eat more fiber.
Fiber helps with weight management because it makes you feel fuller for longer after you eat. That way, you ultimately eat fewer calories, which contributes to balancing your weight (and can even help you shed a pound or two!). Opt for natural sources of fiber, such as fruits, veggies, or a fiber supplement with no artificial ingredients, like Bellway.
Go for smaller portions...
This one is pretty straightforward. The more you eat, the more calories you take in. If you’re not burning them, then you’ll gain weight. Opting for smaller portions (or sharing large servings) is an easy way to control your calorie intake and, thus, your weight.
...but you don’t have to skip meals!
You don’t have to avoid eating entirely if you want to balance your weight. This is especially true for breakfast. Eating in the mornings can rev up your metabolism, so you’re burning calories earlier in the day. Plus, some people who skip breakfast end up overcompensating by eating more later in the day, which actually puts them on the track to gain more weight.
Regular exercise helps burn calories, which can help with weight management. You don’t have to go H.A.M. in the gym for it to be effective, either. Just two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity, aerobic physical activity a week can work to maintain your weight. You can do this by cycling, walking your dog, or parking your car further than usual to get some extra steps in.