I’d like to share 4 simple habits that have successfully supported my healthy lifestyle over the years. They’re modeled after the longest living societies in the world and are basic enough to implement any time of the year (…no time like the present!)
1) Eat less of everything
In my 20’s I used to have a big appetite and I’d overeat at practically every meal. Eating less was triggered by reading books on the longest living societies who are known to not to overeat. Whenever I was tempted to overeat I consciously thought to myself “would the longest living people gorge on this”? If the answer was no, I’ think twice about a second helping or ordering dessert.
2) Eat less frequently
I have a rule. I eat 3 meals a day and I don’t snack. I also try my best to leave a 12 hour gap between dinner and breakfast the next morning. Large gaps of this nature gives your digestion break and allows more body fat to be burned.
3) Indulge sensibly
Don’t overdue do it with the sweets and desserts following a main meal. If you’re out with a friend or spouse, share a dessert. By sharing your dessert you’ll end up having half the sugar calories.
4) Commute actively to work if you can
A couple of years ago, I got rid of my car and I got a bike, which I was able to use for my work commute. This simple change added an extra 10km of exercise on a daily basis that was built into my daily routine. Can’t bike to work? You could find ways to add some natural forms of activity by doing things like:
- parking your car far away from your office for a few extra steps
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator,
- getting a timer to remind you to get up from your desk every 20 minutes to stretch out and walk around