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Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for a good health. Both our diet and our lifestyle play an important role in our weight and in our health. Here are 8 tips to lose weight.

Drink water – Many times we confuse hunger with dehydration. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drink water before your meals, this can help you lose weight. Avoid drinking soda, sugary beverages, caffeine, and alcohol. 

Eat healthy – Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits. Fiber slows digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Choose healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, fish, avocado, and olive oil. Eat complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Eat lean protein.

Home cooking – This allows you to control portion size and the quality of the ingredients. Cooking at home also allows you to regulate the amount of salt and fat you consume. Try not to eat fried foods and experiment using herbs and spices to flavor the food. 

Eat more often – Eating more often increases the feeling of satiety and decreases hunger, which prevent us from overeating. Also, eating more frequently lets our bodies know that food is available and that it’s okay to burn energy instead of conserving and storing it as fat. 

Eat breakfast – Breakfast activates your metabolism and helps to control cravings better. Also, a good breakfast prevents you from getting very hungry in the middle of the morning, which prevents you from snacking on unhealthy foods. 

Review what you buy – Read labels and ingredients of the groceries you buy. Avoid sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, and hard-to-pronounce names (they are probably chemical, not natural).

Exercise – Physical activity, besides helping you losing weight, has many other health benefits. Try to exercise 30 minutes a day to start strong and at the right weight. Remember that any type of movement is valid: walk, use the stairs, run, do yoga, go to the gym, swim, dance, or any other sport you like. Just move your body!

Sleep well – Try to sleep at least 7 hours. Lack of sleep disrupts circadian rhythms, which can cause the body to not properly regulate metabolism, appetite, and energy. In addition, when we are sleep deprived, the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which indicate us when we are full, behave in an altered way. 

Your weight doesn’t define you. Love yourself as you are, acknowledge how much you are worth. Only then you can take care of yourself and find the best way to nourish your body and soul.

Remember, you are already perfect!