We all know exercise is fundamental to feeling great. But did you also know that just 30 minutes of moderately challenging movement each day can help rid the body of toxins and waste? Through perspiration, we can give our bodies a mini “detox” every single day.
Aim for around 96 ounces of water per day (120 ounces for your man). With this goal, you’ll find that you won’t have a lot of room for other liquids—make H20 your top priority. If plain water is too boring for you, try adding sliced lemon or lime to liven things up. Not only will your skin elasticity and digestion improve, you’ll rid your body of toxins and trim down your waistline in no time.
Skip the Sugar
Start fresh. Cut out all processed sugar from your diet for a few weeks. According to Men’s Health, the average American eats about 92 grams of sugar a day, when the human body needs only about eight grams for energy, an amount that should always be satisfied through natural sugars from fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Avoiding processed sugars can aid the body in combating colds, improving digestion and the turnover of new cells.
Over the last 50 years in the U.S. the size of a hamburger has tripled, a basket of fries more than doubled, and the average soda has grown from a modest seven ounces to a jumbo 42 ounces. Here are some tips on controlling portion sizes:
- Use smaller salad plates for your meals instead of larger dinner plates
- Split a meal with your partner or friend while dining out
- Refrain from going back for seconds
Are You Really Hungry?
Before you reach your hand into the potato chip bag, ask yourself one question: “Am I really hungry or is this a craving?” Listening to your body will help you eat intuitively and you’ll be more inclined to reach for healthier foods that will nourish instead of harm. If you’re not sure whether you’re actually hungry, try drinking eight ounces of water and waiting a few minutes. True hunger is a rare thing in most people, as we tend to graze all day. Listening to your body is key.