Sleep more to weigh less. It might not seem like an obvious step to shedding pounds, but the more you sleep the more energized you will be the following day. More energy = more activity and more interest in making healthy choices. Plus, your body recovers while you sleep so you actually perform better in your next workout. Equally important to sleep is finding a way to relax when you are awake. In order to make smart choices and keep a clear head throughout the day you need to have an outlet for stress. For many people food becomes a source of comfort and a way to cope with anxiety or boredom. Instead, find a healthy activity that soothes you and fulfills you. You can try yoga, meditation, going for a walk, or catching up with a friend.