These moves will set you up for all-day success.
You know that whole early bird catches the worm thing? There really might be something to it when it comes to shedding pounds. Part of it has to do with the way most of us are wired: Early-morning sunshine leaves us feeling alert, energized, and focused, and this mindset makes it easier to take on habits that help you stick to your weight-loss goals. There's also a psychological aspect: When you start off your day accomplishing some of the things on your to-do list, you're less likely to throw in the towel later in the day. Make these seven moves part of your morning routine—and watch the pounds come off with a lot less effort than you'd think.
Sleep In a Little
Of course, you don't want to wake up so late that you're in a frantic rush to get dressed and make it to work on time. But giving yourself even an extra half-hour of snooze time can make a difference. "Not feeling rested makes you more likely to eat throughout the day," says Brittany Kohn, R.D., a nutritionist in New York City. Plus, studies suggest that persistent lack of sleep screws with certain hormones, negatively influencing metabolism.
Soak Up the Sun
Open the curtains or draw your blinds as soon as you can. The blast of UV light has a mood-brightening, energizing effect—and a recent study found that people who got a dose of daily sunshine had lower BMIs than those who stayed in the dark. What's the reason? Researchers think morning rays help synch up your body clock so your metabolism gets cranked up.