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Exercise - Everyone says it, and it's important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I'd start with 25-30 minutes, then you can build up to possibly an hour. Personally I enjoy aerobic DVDs, dancing or walking. You should do what you enjoy. If you like tennis head out to the court for an hour. If you like hiking go for hikes, just do whatever form of exercise you like to get your body moving and blood pumping.
Drink Water - It's very important to drink water it flushes all the toxins out of your body, it's good for your skin and keeps you full. I've heard everything from drinking 5 glasses to 10 glasses. Personally, I think 10 is too extreme. I'd start out with 4-5 glasses a day and then gradually build up. Swap out soda (even diet soda) for water with your lunch and dinner.
Eat Breakfast - It's super easy to skip breakfast, we're all busy and rushed in the morning and if we do eat it's usually something unhealthy like a donut or something out of the vending machine at work. It's important to eat healthy some healthy options include: Oatmeal, Homemade Smoothie, Parfait with Granola, Low-Fat Yogurt and Berries, Healthy Cold Cereal with Skim or Soy Milk and Strawberries or Bananas or Whole Grain Toast or English Muffin with Peanut Butter. Avoid: White Bread, Pork Products, Pastries and Frozen Foods (unless they are whole wheat). If you are super rushed grab a piece of fruit or a low-fat yogurt cup and water.
Cut Out Junk Food - All foods like cookies, candy, ice cream and chips. A lot of these foods have empty calories which means you'll eat more to fill up. Plus they have very little nutrients. Healthier options include: Applesauce, Low-Fat Pudding, Granola Bars, String Cheese, Whole Wheat Pretzels, Sunflower Seeds, Frozen Grapes and Peanut Butter on Apple Slices. If you absolutely have to have candy try Dark Chocolate or hard candy like Jolly Ranchers or Lifesavers. As for ice cream there's frozen yogurt or ice cream treats from Skinny Cow, Weight Watchers and Healthy Choice.
Cut Out Fast Food - As a once in a while treat this is fine but if you are somebody that eats fast food daily now would be the time to stop. If you must eat fast food try this, at most places there is a 500 calorie menu and under or something similar or if that's not available get a side salad and burger (regular not double) and only eat the meat. Try to get water but if it's not available get a small diet soda.
Bring Your Lunch To Work - First of all it's going to save you some money. If you're unsure of what to pack try this: Turkey breast (or chicken) on whole wheat with a slice of low-fat cheese, lettuce, tomato and a dab of mayo or mustard. If you want to remove the meat you can substitute with avocado. Instead of chips try whole wheat pretzels. Add carrot or celery sticks and apple slices or grapes and you've got lunch.
Cut Out Alcohol - The more alcohol you drink the more likely you are to add on the pounds. If you have to drink limit yourself to 1 to 2 drinks. Keep a bottle of water nearby so you aren't tempted to have alcohol.
Eat Lean Meats - If you are able to buy organic meat do so but if you aren't look for lean meat. On the labels of beef and poultry there is a number that shows the percentage of how lean that package is. The higher the number the better. The healthiest 'meat' is fish and I don't mean fishsticks or popcorn shrimp. It doesn't matter if it's frozen or fresh. Avoid pork it's the fattiest meat around, this also includes: hot dogs, bacon, sausage and bologna.
Eat Your Veggies - I used to hate vegetables, As a kid I was a picky eater but as I got older and found all the different ways to cook them I began to enjoy vegetables. I fix salads with all kinds of fresh veggies and I cook in the skillet mixed frozen veggies and have over brown rice. People argue that fresh is best but there's absolutely nothing wrong with frozen or canned vegetables. Do some research and experiment and you can find all kinds of recipes.
Get Enough Sleep - You should try to get 7 hours of sleep but a lot of us don't get that. A few things to try before bed: Turn off the TV and electronics (If you have a job that requires you to be near a phone don't do this). Take a warm bath. Do some stretching exercises. Invest in an eye mask and some earplugs to block out light and noise. If you still have trouble sleeping visit a doctor who can get you on some medication but always remember never abuse medicine you don't want to get hooked on something that would lead to addiction.
All these tips are used to add up for healthy habits for the rest of your life. Always remember to start out slow and gradually build up. Also don't deprive yourself of anything the moment you do this you'll later end up binging which is super unhealthy. Eat in moderation, if you want a slice of cake have one, just one not the whole cake. If you want a fast food burger eat one once a month. Lastly remember it's not about what size you are or the number on the scale it's about being healthy.