2014 has come to a close. How about your pants? Can you still close them? If your answer is “no”, then you’re not alone! Millions of Americans vow to shed those extra pounds starting January 1st. How can you make sure that your good intentions are more than just positive thinking? Check out these eight simple tips to ditch those extra pounds this year! You’ll be back into those skinny jeans before you can say “ice cream”.
Tip #1: Lose the Soda
Soda, pop, cola… whatever you call it, it’s standing between you and your goal weight. Sodas pack a punch when it comes to sugar, which means empty calories that lead to weight gain. Some researchers suggest that the average American drinks up to 1.6 cans of soda every day! At nearly 600 cans every year, that equals an increase in weight of nearly 16 pounds! Although diet soda doesn’t contain calories, the chemical ingredients have a negative effect on your metabolism, leading to weight gain. So ditch the soda. Your waistline will thank you!
Tip #2: Cut Back on Eating Out
Eating out at restaurants may be a favorite American pastime, but it’s also a great way to pack on the pounds. Portions are often much larger than what you would eat at home and are often high in calories. If you eat out regularly, try cutting back just a bit. For instance, instead of eating out five times a week, try cutting back to two times a week.
Tip #3: Increase Your Water Intake
Water not only flushes out toxins and helps to keep your skin younger-looking and hydrated, but it also helps you to feel fuller and cut back on snacking. Additionally, it signals to your body that it does not need to hang on to water weight since it is well hydrated. This results in lower numbers on the scale since you’re shedding liquid pounds.
Tip #4: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast in the morning jump starts your metabolism and signals to your adrenal glands that your body isn’t in crisis mode. This prevents your metabolism from slowing down to conserve energy and enables your cortisol levels to remain steady.
Tip #5: Get Moving … Even for a Few Minutes
It’s a no-brainer that exercise contributes to weight loss. However, getting motivated to get to the gym and actually work out is a reality many of us have a hard time facing. Instead of launching into a routine that will be difficult to stick to, try making small changes – anything that involves extra movement. Do jumping jacks during the commercials while you’re watching TV. Park at the end of the parking lot when you go shopping. Even the smallest changes can bring to birth a new mentality that will enable you to embrace a more mobile lifestyle.
Tip #6: Clean Out the Pantry
Go ahead and skip the guilt you’ll feel from throwing away the junk food in your pantry, refrigerator, or sock door – wherever you hide those gooey treats. Remember – these things are not really food items. They provide no nutrition, so you shouldn’t feel any worse about throwing them away than you would about getting rid of a dirty diaper. You don’t want them in the house.
Tip #7: Grab a Pal
Instead of spending girl’s night out consuming drinks and fatty appetizers, get the gang together to walk on the beach, play tennis, or even take a fitness class. Having a support group with you will help you to keep going and watch those pounds melt away!
Tip #8: Love Your Veggies
It’s okay if you can’t break away from pizza night, just try to make it healthy. For instance, you can make pizza at home with a whole wheat thin crust (pre-made or home-made) and top it with slices of fresh mozzarella, arugula, goat cheese, and fresh tomatoes. Big results can be seen from these kinds of small substitutions. Try to include vegetables at every meal. A little spinach in your omelette or a smoothie that includes veggies will help your body get the energy and nutrients it needs without adding extra calories.
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