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What to Do All Day Long to Lose Weight Fast

Losing weight isn't about doing one good thing like going for a run or throwing kale in your smoothie — it's made up of a million healthy choices that you make all day long, every day. Don't view this as a burden; view it as a fun challenge! Every hour is an opportunity to do something that can bring you closer to your weight goal. So tomorrow, when you wake up, here's your around-the-clock guide to feeling slimmer by bedtime.

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6 a.m. — Wake up, and sip a big glass of water. It'll fill you up and get things moving to prevent belly bloat. Eat a small snack that offers quick carbs and a little protein such as half a banana and a few almonds — eating first thing jump-starts the metabolism. Now go work out! Morning exercisers tend to work out longer and more intensely than those who sweat it out during other times of the day. Plus, it'll keep the fire lit under your metabolism, so you burn more calories throughout the day.

7 a.m. — Do some stretches in the shower. Eat a filling breakfast that includes protein and fiber — at least 10 grams of each. Don't be afraid to fill up on healthy carbs, because enjoying them in the beginning of the day ensures you'll have time to burn them off.

8 a.m. — Make your lunch for later. These lunch-packing tips will help you lose weight.

9 a.m. — Fill your reusable water bottle once you arrive at work. Sip on it throughout the morning, since staying hydrated will prevent hunger pangs.

10 a.m. — Take a break from work to snack on some belly-filling fiber. Keep it under 150 calories like these snacks.

11 a.m. — Take a few minutes to fill in your food and fitness journal, writing down what you've eaten and how much you've exercised. It'll give you an idea of how many calories you're allowed the rest of the day, and seeing your stats from the previous weeks will motivate you to stay on the healthy path.

12 p.m. — Get moving by going for a walk with a co-worker, ride your bike to run an errand, or grab that set of dumbbells under your desk and do these strength-training moves.

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1 p.m. — Eat a healthy lunch that you packed from home that includes low-fat protein, fiber, fresh veggies, whole grains, and fruit for dessert. Enjoy it with nature's calorie-free beverage.

2 p.m. — Take that afternoon meeting for a walk. Whether you're on the phone or meeting in person, walking and talking can help you think more clearly while burning some calories.

3 p.m. — Have a 150-calorie snack to keep energy levels going till dinner. This could include a little something sweet like these 150-calorie desserts since indulging a little can prevent overeating later.

4 p.m. — Sip some green tea. The caffeine will give you a little pep, and green tea has been shown to suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism.

5 p.m. — Walk or bike home from work. Not only will it burn some calories, but it can also relieve work stress, which can trigger overeating.

6 p.m. — Make a low-cal dinner filled with veggies, low-fat protein, and whole grains. Here are some vegetarian options under 300 calories. After dinner is made, put away leftovers before sitting down to eat to prevent going back for unnecessary seconds.

7 p.m. — Brush your teeth while doing this two-minute butt-and-leg workout. It'll tone your tush, and that minty breath will prevent mindless late-night snacking.

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8 p.m. — If you like to relax in front of the TV, do these strength-training moves during commercial breaks.

9 p.m. — Get your workout gear ready for tomorrow morning. Slip into your PJs, and do these yoga poses to encourage sleepiness.

10 p.m. — Snuggle into bed on your way to dreamland. Getting enough sleep is proven to help with weight loss.

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Audrey14572331 Audrey14572331 1 year

Hmmm...maybe this works if you 1) work full time in an office environment and 2) don't spend early morning and late afternoon/evening driving kids around.

faithemt faithemt 2 years

LOL wow the author of this post apparently doesn't have busy teens and a job that doesn't allow for breaks. I'm a teacher. I get no breaks other than 15 min plus a 30 mo lunch. After getting home to sometimes do a quick workout, I then I have housework, schlepping the teen to her ballet classes, clubs, etc then dinners errands,etc. this. Is a great plan for a single, childless woman who lives in an urban area. How about writing some tips for those of us in suburbia and raising children who are very active?

Savannah16182382 Savannah16182382 2 years

This is just a guideline you have to make it work for you. Don't make changing your lifestyle hard when it doesn't have to be.

odouglas0908 odouglas0908 2 years

ok, this article is only practical for a single childless 20+ year old who does not have to commute to work and has a job that allows taking breaks every hour!
I get up at 5 a.m., leave before 6 to beat the traffic, drive 40 min. on 3 interstates to get to work, sit at my desk swamped with requests, trying to get them done, so I can leave around 4 p.m. to beat the traffic back and be home by 5 p.m. to cook dinner for my family, then have to get homework done with my K-gardener, take him to his activities most days. Then there is housework and other business to take care of. I would like to see an article that would work for a broader range of women!

squiroga9558 squiroga9558 2 years

This was gooood !! dinner is a bit early but i loved everything ! :D Thanks !!!!

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