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It’s nearly impossible to lose the amount of weight you want to lose overnight, but there are certain behaviors you can practice at nighttime on a regular basis to set yourself up for weight-loss success the following day. In many cases, people who want to become healthier may struggle with getting a good night’s sleep or with finding time to prepare healthy meals they can eat on the go or at work. When you feel as if you’re constantly being pressed for time, it can be tempting to grab a quick donut for breakfast or go through the fast-food drive-thru during your lunch break.
If you’re truly dedicated to losing weight and becoming healthier, start practicing the following four behaviors every night so you can continue to lose weight tomorrow — and on all the days that follow.
1. Get your breakfast ready
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why sacrifice your well-being and either skip breakfast or resort to eating bagels, donuts, or sugary breakfast cereal? Prep a healthy breakfast every night so you can wake up and focus on getting physically and mentally ready for the work day ahead. Put together some pre-made freezer packs of smoothies or smoothie ingredients, or lay out your breakfast by pouring granola into a bowl. Every little thing you can do to make breakfast an easier, more seamless process will help you in the long run when you’re trying to lose weight and stay healthy.
2. Prepare your lunch the night before
Nutritionists often say that not planning ahead for meals can lead to weight gain. When you grab lunch on the go, you’re less likely to track calories and make healthy choices. Every evening before you go to bed, pack your lunch for the next day. Prepare a large salad along with healthy snacks such as raisins, carrot sticks, and granola, and reach for these foods throughout the day instead of resorting to eating out or buying high-fat snacks from the vending machine.
3. Do gym prep
Instead of rushing around in the early morning or afternoon putting your gym gear together, pack everything up the night before so you can go to the gym at your convenience the next day without feeling rushed or unprepared. Not only will this practice save you time, but you’ll be more likely to adhere to your exercise routine as a result of being fully prepared on a daily basis.
4. Cut your vegetables
After a long day at work, the last thing you might feel like doing is prepping for dinner by cutting and dicing up all your vegetables. Stay on top of meal prep as much as possible, and cut up peppers, zucchinis, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, and your other favorite vegetables so when you get home from work, you can either throw your veggies on the grill or in a stir-fry. In most cases, cutting up vegetables only takes about 10 minutes, but can seem like a major ordeal if you’re really hungry or too tired from being at work all day.