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Healthy Habits That Lead to Weight Loss

Jul 2 2014 - 11:00am

Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the Australian activewear line Lorna Jane [1], has a confession: while she may seem like she lives the perfect healthy lifestyle [2], she struggles just as much as the next person to stay healthy every day. So how does she live a life filled with nonstop healthy choices? By making them the easy choice. "I am human like everybody else, so I really have to put all of these things in place to make it easy on myself," she told us during a recent trip to the US to celebrate the opening of her Active Living Room [3] in San Diego, CA. Lorna shared with us what makes her stay healthy, no matter how hectic the day. Trust us: you'll want to pick up some of these habits!

  1. Lay out your exercise clothes by your bed: You'll be faced with a sweat-ready outfit as soon as you wake up; Lorna makes sure she does this so she can't talk herself out of her morning workout. "I have to do the walk of shame if I get up and I don't exercise," she says.

  2. Be a homemade snack queen: Peek inside Lorna's purse, and you're bound to find a multitude of healthy snacks placed so she's not "tempted to eat something naughty," she explains. One of her favorite ways to fuel: making a big batch of energy balls that she can throw in her freezer for a pick-me-up throughout the week. "It takes about a minute-and-a-half to defrost them, and when you put them in the freezer, you're not tempted to eat them all at once," she explains. Our protein-ball recipes [4] will help start your own healthy snacking habit.
  3. Prep your meals: If it's fast, healthy, and homemade, Lorna's on board. To make sure she stays on track, she sets aside time on the weekend to do a whole lot of food prep. Aside from making DIY smoothie freezer packs [5], she also poaches chicken, preps and precooks veggies, and makes homemade salad dressing (check out our healthy salad dressing recipes here [6]). Then, throughout the week, it's a matter of just throwing things together for a healthy, satisfying meal. "I just try to make things easy," she says.
  4. Keep a running list of your favorite healthy restaurants: "I always have a backup plan," Lorna explains. While eating at home is the best way to eat healthier and cut calories, having a go-to list ensures you're not tempted to just order greasy takeout when life gets busy.
  5. Remember why you're doing it: Sure, saved calories (and lost pounds) are nice, but they shouldn't be the only things motivating you to make healthier choices. "It's a whole mindset; your mind is so powerful," Lorna reminds us. "It's not about calories and putting on weight; it's about giving your body the energy it needs to do amazing things every single day."

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