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A balanced night routine can be a game-changer for a weight loss since it creates a smoother, stress-free morning. When stress is chronic and prolonged (like something we deal with every day), it can directly impact our health. For example, our immune response is hampered and we may crave more comfort foods, which could lead to weight gain. Digestion, mood and cardiovascular measures are also negatively affected.

Here, five simple, actionable tips to help save you time, energy and anxiety in the mornings, while setting you up for a more streamlined day.

1. PREPARE BREAKFAST

Rather than skipping a meal or reaching for the doughnuts at the office, (which will result in a sugar crash), take 10 minutes to prepare breakfast the night before. If you want a smoothie to take on-the-go, try pre-measuring and putting some of the ingredients together the night before, or even pre-mixing it. If you’re more of an oatmeal person, try overnight oats.

2. PACK YOUR LUNCH AND SNACKS

If you’ve meal prepped on the weekend, this shouldn’t take long but you can also take advantage of leftovers and pack them the night before. This could include pre-cut vegetables for a salad or making a grain bowl with whatever protein, whole grains and veggies you have on hand. It’s also a good idea to pack your snacks so you have an appropriate portion size and won’t be tempted by less healthy choices.

3.HAVE A HYDRATION PLAN

Whether it’s coffee, tea or water, it’s important to make sure you’re well-hydrated. Pre-set the coffee maker or fill the tea kettle so you can just heat it up in the morning. Fill your water bottle and keep it in the fridge so it’s ready to go in the morning. Being hydrated helps your body function at its best, which aids weight loss….

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