Many people struggle with their weight, you’re not alone! Whether you can’t find time to go to the gym, or you have a serious sweet tooth, there is always a way to get on the right track to a healthy body. There are tons of dieting fads out there that don’t end up working because they are just too extreme, but making simple changes to your daily routine is enough to help you shed a few pounds! Check out these 12 easy steps to get you on your way to a summer body!
One of the hardest things to conquer is your sweet tooth. Especially after dinner, late at night, and all you want is that left over piece of cake in the fridge. The best thing you could do in this scenario is eat fruit! Maybe an apple, or grapes? Fruit is delicious, healthy, and it should satisfy your sweet tooth enough.
Shake It Off
The best way to lose a good 200 – 600 calories an hour, invite some friends over and just get silly! Bust out some Taylor Swift, move your body, dance, laugh, and simply enjoy yourself!
If you have the right music playing for your run or workout, it’ll actually pump you up even more! Some major athletes listen to music we would probably call ‘relaxing’, like symphony music. So don’t worry, you don’t have to only listen to Lady Gaga and One Direction, pick the tune that works best for you!
You may notice your weight changing throughout the day, this is totally normal! So when is the best time to check the scale? In the morning! Pretty much before you do anything, eat, drink, or start any of your daily activities. This way you will get the most accurate number. You can do this either daily or weekly.
If your steak takes up more than half your plate, it’s too much! Cut down the size and make room for more veggies or fruit. This way you won’t overdo it on the high calorie items likes potatoes with cheese and bbq sauce.
So it’s ladies night and you know you’re going to indulge in a drink or few. Try to sip slowly and also order a glass of water between each drink. Substitute some of those empty calories for some H20. If you want to make it a little fancier, try sparkling water and ask the bartender to add some fruit, lemon, lime, or orange wedge and have it served to you in a martini glass!
Eat And Run
If you’re doing a 5 or 10k run, it’s important to eat right! About 90 minutes before you start warming up to go, eat about 200-250 calories mostly in carbs. Try a bowl of oatmeal with some fruit, or a piece of toast with peanut butter. Also drink coffee! It’ll help with your performance and boost your energy.
Don’t get yourself down about that bowl of ice cream you had this weekend. It takes a good 3500 calories just to gain body fat, so that one day off your routine isn’t the end of the world. Just watch what you do the next few days. Don’t let yourself fall off tract, keep eating healthy, do regular exercise, and the occasional cheat day won’t hurt.
When you’re working out, it’s important to stay hydrated. Those sports drinks that are packed with electrolytes are also packed with unnecessary calories. So drinking water is definitely the best way to go until you’re working out for over an hour, then don’t worry about having some Gatorade.
So the weekend is coming up and you’ve got three events back to back. A wedding, a birthday, and a dinner party, what to do? Try to up your work out during the rest of the week so you won’t feel as bad about eating over the weekend. Even just taking a little 15 minute walk around the office will help! Also eat a 100-calorie snack before going out, it’ll curb your appetite so you don’t overeat at the events.
Spice It Up
Dieting doesn’t mean only eating plain and boring food, you can liven up any meal with a sprinkle of spice, a dash of fresh herbs, and a squirt of lemon! This can change any dish into a yummy meal.
When you have someone to work out with, it makes all the difference. Make sure you find someone who will motivate you, encourage you, and help you push your limits, otherwise you won’t get the results you’re looking for. Also make sure you find a friend who will commit to a weekly schedule with you so you don’t fall off track.