Ten Is The Magic Number

Turns out that in today’s stressed out and over-scheduled world, it only takes a few steps to make big difference in your weight and your mental health.

Whether it’s a change in your diet, or more sleep, ten minutes of your time could change your life.

1. Take a 10-minute breather

Literally a meditative ten minutes to just breathe. Studies show that meditating on a regular basis — even for just a brief period of time — can help reduce your stress levels, keeping them from sabotaging your desired weight loss.

2. Cut out 100 calories
Removing only 100 calories from every meal, each day can help you lose weight in a more doable way. Keeping your life essentially the same, you’re able to take off at least three pounds each month.

3. Sneak in 10 minutes of exercise
Studies show that squeezing in ten minutes of exercise throughout your day can be just as effective — if not more — than one longer session. Take a ten minute walk at lunch and walk on the treadmill for ten minutes in the afternoon. Breaking exercise down into smaller sessions can be more manageable to fit into an already over-scheduled day.

4. Take 10 to plan ahead
Make a lunch, prepare a healthy breakfast, or have healthy snacks with you…all of this makes for a stable blood sugar level–without spikes or dips there’s no cravings, and no chances for a quick grab of something fattening or unhealthy.

5. Cook your own dinner
Ever watched a real chef cook? Butter, butter, and more butter. These folks pour it on–literally, and that goes for too much oil. Stay in control of your portions and your ingredients.

6. Hit the hay 10 minutes earlier 

When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, the hormones that control hunger and satiety get out of balance, causing you to eat more. One study found that women who were well rested weighed ten pounds less than their sleep-deprived counterparts. You don’t have go down after the 6 pm news, but ten minutes earlier each night until you’ve gained the extra hour or two could get you to the much-need 7-8 hours nightly.

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