They spend quality time with the fam
If trying to be fit and healthy is negatively impacting your lifestyle (i.e. you’re obsessing over food so much you’re missing out on activities you enjoy), something needs to give, says Dr. Seltzer. People who see the most success with their weight loss are also those who have outside interests-they play the guitar, read, or play with their kids post-6 p.m.
Surprise! They don’t always exercise
Sure, you’re certain to see the slim in the gym. But to drop pounds, you not only need a life outside of fitness, you also need a darn break. Rest days are just as important as the days you go hard. Going, going, going can lead to workout burnout, and without rest your body doesn’t get the time it needs to build muscle and recover appropriately.
They create a calm environment
Not sleeping? Your health-and your weight-will suffer. “If you’re not sleeping, your likelihood of being healthy, losing weight, and exercising is significantly lower,” says Dr. Seltzer. Research even suggests that when we’re sleep deprived, we’re more likely to reach for high-calorie foods and less likely to muster the motivation to hit the gym. That’s why the fit learn to love their pillows.
This article originally appeared on RD.com.