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The Importance of Healthy Morning Rituals in Losing Weight

By Roserighter @roserighter
Sticking to a ritual will set your day on a healthy path. Whether you start your day with a tall glass of water, a morning stretch or a healthy meal, it is a good way to set up a healthy day and get in the right mindset to stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Developing a healthy morning ritual can help you lose weight. Set your day in a positive motion and keep the momentum going. Here are a number of things that can help kick start your day:
  • Morning Stretches- Start by stretching before you even roll out of bed. Just a few minutes of stretching a day can increase flexibility and decrease your risk of being injured.
  • Morning Exercise- Get your workout in as early in the day as possible for maximum benefits. You will feel energized and strong the rest of the day without risking not being able to fit it into your schedule later on.
  • Staying Hydrated by Drinking Water-Water should be the first thing you put in your body every day. It is important to hydrate your body after a full night's sleep. It's also the best thing you can do to lose weight.
  • Revving up Metabolism by Drinking Green Tea- Drink green tea to feel energized and boost your weight loss results. If you are a coffee lover, try gradually switching over to green tea in the morning.
  • Energizing with a Daily Vitamin- A good multivitamin will keep your energy high. Include it in your morning routine to help reach your weight loss goals.
  • Planing Ahead for Meals and Exercise- Have a plan for your food and exercise. Follow a written plan to eliminate the need to make choices in a hurry or in potentially vulnerable moments later in the day. Don't allow yourself to be tempted by less healthy options.
  • Think Positive for Weight Loss Success- Adopt one or more positive statements that you can tell yourself each morning. Replace negative thought patterns with positives ones and tell yourself that you can do this and you will succeed.
  • Eating Breakfast Aids Weight Loss- Though it sounds simple enough, many people don't eat breakfast. Your body needs to be refueled after so many hours of going without food or drink. Eating breakfast is a powerful weight loss tool. If you prefer to save the calories, it's time to rethink your strategy. By eating when you wake up in the morning you will feel more satisfied and be less likely to binge later in the day.
  • Weighing In to Stay Accountable- Weigh in just once a week to stay accountable for your weight loss progress. Allow yourself a few pounds in either direction for water fluctuation but be alert to patterns or trends in the numbers. A simple plot graph of your weekly weigh-ins makes a good visual and can show if you are on a gaining or losing trend. Also be sure to track your progress using a tape measure.
  • Journaling for its Therapeutic Effect During the Weight Loss Process- Find a special place to write about your weight loss journey. Take a few moments each morning to clear your head, sort out your emotions and plan for a healthy day. Include visuals when possible to help track your progress. Studies show that those who write about their experience lose more weight.
  • Visualizing Yourself Thin to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals- If you visualize success you will achieve your weight loss goals. Get a mental picture of yourself as a fit, healthy person. Put together a collage or post a picture for a visual clue of your goals.
Develop a ritual that works for you and your time schedule. It may mean getting up a little early before work or the rest of the family wakes up, but you are worth it. Start your day off right with a healthy morning ritual and you will set yourself up for success.

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