Gallery: How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide on how to shed a few pounds and feel more healthy, while also satisfying your resolution to green your lifestyle? Well search no further! Everyone knows that a balanced diet and plenty of exercise is at the core of any fitness plan, but this how-to guide will point you to what you can add onto your routine to increase your weight loss and help the environment. For the greatest success while following any fitness plan, we suggest that you first check in with your doctor for the green light to begin, but once you've got the thumbs up, getting yourself to stick to your new plan is the next step. Get a buddy to take on the challenge with you, use a record keeping app, or start a blog to track your progress -- these simple measures will help you get the most out of our guide ahead!

Boycott the Car

Walking everywhere you need to go, or at least walking to the public transit that will take you everywhere you need to go, is a fantastic way to help yourself and the environment. You can burn more than 200 calories per hour by walking, which will result in weight loss when combined with a balanced diet. And by walking instead of driving, you are saving on CO2 emissions and cutting back on usage of fossil fuels.

photo by Stephen Heron

Go Vegan

Eating vegan, which means cutting out diary, eggs, and all animal products, has an astounding number of health benefits. Its easy to imagine that less animal fat would help with getting healthy, but did you know that a vegan diet has also been to help rheumatoid arthritis and even stave off allergies? Being vegan also helps the environment, by saving on all of the energy and water used to raise animals. We often forget about these “hidden” wasted resources. If you are finding it hard to compare the amount of water used to grow the veggies in a salad, versus the meat for a hamburger, the folks at GOOD published a fantastic infographic that shows the HUGE disparity.

If you are having trouble knowing how to start a vegan diet, PETA has a nice web introduction set up. And if you feel that going vegan is not going to work for you, try vegetarian — or at least doing meatless Mondays.

photo by Nikki L.


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