As the busy season of autumn draws in with the kids heading back to school and hectic schedules to manage, it can be tough to keep on top of a healthy routine. In fact, 40% of Brits gain more than 5lb during autumn.
Good morning sleeping beauty!
Half of the battle when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being in right mind-set. As the days get shorter it’s important to ensure you keep your energy levels up by getting plenty of sleep. It’s scientifically proven to boost your immune system and help weight loss by regulating metabolism and appetite.
Start your day the right way
Make sure you have breakfast. In the morning rush when you’re getting the kids ready for school and prepping for your day ahead, it may be that you’re not having breakfast until much later, if at all! It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason, and having a good breakfast can impact your food choices for the rest of the day. Check out some of our favourite breakfast recipes. Reach for something rich in protein, like a Greek yogurt, which will keep you fuller for longer and less likely to indulge in a large lunch.
By planning ahead and making a shopping list for your weekly food shop, you can avoid the temptation of treats while queuing for the till. And if you need to check the SmartPoints values of foods, the Weight Watchers barcode scanner in the app, makes it easy as pie - and your kids can have fun with it too!
The freezer is your friend
Batch cooking can be a great time saver. As we head into autumn, it allows you to whip up warming, vegetable-packed stews and soups that can then be frozen for later use. Think of them as your personal ready meals – they’re cheap, healthy and can serve the whole family!
Have what you want, but make smart choices
There’s no shame in opting for a takeaway – when you’re wrangling with the kids’ multiple pick-ups and drop-offs after school, dinner can be hard to sort in a timely manner. The key is to make smart choices. Consider the cuisine: Mediterranean meals tend to be full of fresh vegetables and favour seafood and lighter grilled meats, while Chinese cuisine can have lots of hidden sugars in the sauce. If you want an Indian, opt for a tandoori instead of a creamy tikka masala.
These boots are made for walking
Make exercise fit your day, not the other way around and take every opportunity you have to be active. Whether it’s walking the little ones to school, parking further away when food shopping or opting for the stairs instead of the lift, every step counts! Pair this with a pedometer and you’re well on your way to earning some extra FitPoints™!
Eat as a family
If your children are picky eaters it can be tempting to simply eat what they’re having for ease, rather than cook up two separate meals. However, there are always ways to combine the healthy choices you’re making for yourself whilst feeding the family as well. For example, a homemade tomato sauce will have a fraction of the sugar found in pre-made and it gives you the option to add extra veg. Swap the beef for a lighter turkey mince and chances are the kids won’t even notice the change in their bolognese!
No gym? No problem!
If you struggle to find time to get to the gym, don’t fret. Instead of forking out a hefty monthly fee for the gym, consider low-cost exercise options instead. It’s easy to pick up running, with programmes like Couch to 5K or to ease yourself into practicing HIIT sessions at home. With high intensity interval training, you can pack the effects of a longer workout into convenient and compact sessions that can easily be slotted into a busy schedule.
You are not alone!
Remember to include your family in your journey. Not only will it help you adapt to your lifestyle change if everyone’s involved, they too will reap the health benefits! When everyone’s involved you have a built-in support system to help keep you motivated.
Make sure you’re getting enough water. Staying hydrated has multiple benefits, ranging from keeping your skin plump and blemish free to helping ensure you don’t overeat at meals and curbing cravings. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and track how much you’re drinking. If you struggle with plain water, consider putting a few pieces of lemon or mint in for a refreshing flavour.
Track, track, and track some more!
Use your phone to its full capacity. You will always have your phone on you so why not have it do double duty? The Weight Watchers app can track all of your food easily, from a handful of your child’s crackers to the pre-pickup apple. It can be difficult to write down every single thing you’ve eaten, but with our app, tracking has never been easier.