Mind your sleep
Poor sleep quality can be what’s been hindering your fitness regimen this whole time. (It’s obviously not the double burger you had for lunch.) Difficulty falling asleep could stem from high cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, which you need to lower. One way to do it is to not work after sundown. If your line of work doesn’t allow that, at least try to not look at a screen for at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitting from our screens messes up with another hormone called melatonin, which affects our sleep. Meditating for half an hour before bed also helps.
No snacking at night
Late-night eating can mess up your fitness journey. When we eat before bed, our body doesn’t break the food down as well as it does when we’re fully awake. Add that to the fact that our usual choice of a late-night snack is normally processed and loaded with sugar or fat (or both), and you got yourself a real gain-blocker. If you must calm your stomach later during the day, do it with something your body can break down more easily, like a piece of fruit or some vegetables. Just steer clear of the snack drawer. It’s for your own good.
Up your breakfast game
A big, balanced breakfast immensely improves your entire day as well as your fitness journey. It boosts your metabolism, keeps you energized throughout the day, and helps you stay full for longer. Those of you who are looking to build up some muscle should have a breakfast containing eggs, lean steak, and some nuts.