We sometimes assume that celebrities owe their fit physiques to food plans and workout regimens only stardom can buy. But it turns out that some of the most effective ways to stay fit are habits anyone can adopt. Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer and nutritionist who has worked with celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry, Katy Perry, and Megan Fox, recently shared his biggest tips for staying in shape with Eat This, Not That. His tips revolve around simple lifestyle choices that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life. Committing to these habits will help you shed pounds, tap into your strength, and boost your overall health. Keep reading to see our favorites.
Bring sneakers to work. We all know that a sedentary lifestyle doesn't do any favors for your body. Taking more steps (you should try to hit at least 10,000 a day) is the simplest way you can get back on track to a healthier lifestyle. Bring sneakers to work to take in a long walk on your lunch break or even plan with colleagues in advance to take one of your meetings outside. Pasternak says, "not only are walking meetings great exercise, studies suggest they lead to more creative thinking too!"
Fear fat-free. Pasternak warns against fat-free desserts. If it "sounds too good to be true, you're right," he says. "When manufacturers take the fat out of cookies and sweets, they typically load them up with sugar, which is one of the worst nutrients for total health and weight loss." So when you're in the mood to indulge, treat yourself to the real thing but keep portion sizes in mind and give yourself one sensible serving.
Unplug. While we've heard that taking the time to unplug can contribute to overall wellness, we don't always associate our time with technology with how it affects our fitness. Pasternak emphasizes the importance of taking a break from our gadgets for at least an hour a day and spending that time reading a book, doing yoga, taking a walk, or meditating. Whatever activity makes you happy. "The constant attention-grabbing chirping that our phones, tablets, and computers make has an impact on our stress levels, sleep, and perspective," he says. "And since stress and sleep both play a role in health and weight loss, powering down can help you stay trim, too."
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