Drink lots of water and detox tea –
Take your weight in pounds and divide by two, that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking a day.
Don’t eat after 7pm –
Cutting 500 calories off your daily calories intake, will help you lose weight weekly**.
Prioritize exercise –
Make exercising as easy as possible! Whether it’s easiest for you to go for an hour walk before leaving for the office, signing up for a gym to go during your lunch break.
Stress less –
When you stress you produce a hormone called cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol tricks your body into thinking that you’ve expelled energy which makes you HUNGRY!
Not getting enough sleep not only promotes more eating, but also causes higher stress levels.
Lift weights –
Lifting weights builds muscle quicker than cardio. The more muscle tissue there is in your body, the faster your metabolism works and the easier it is to make more muscle.
Keep track of the food you eat –
It would surprise you how many extra calories you eat when you don’t know what you’re eating. Using apps like MyFitnessPal or FitBit will help those smartphone savvy people know how much they are eating and whether or not they are reaching their vitamin goals.
Cook at home, with lots of colors –
Stay away from take out as those usually come in larger quantities, with more grease (or carbs), and with sides that you would not normally eat. Cook, cook, cook to know what is in your meals and use the rainbow as a guide. Carrots, bell peppers, avocados, chicken, and chickpeas are all different colors that would make up a wonderful meal.
No liquid calories –
Frappuccinos, sodas, and shakes, oh my! Most liquids do not fill you up (I do allow protein shakes every once in a while) and therefore are just a pre meal snack, as they can hold 400-800 calories on top of whatever you’re eating next. Fill up on solid foods, focusing on your lean protein and veggies first!
Sit down to eat and eat often-
Boost your metabolism by eating 3-5 times a day. Make sure to take time to eat (not over homework or office work), pay attention to your food, and enjoy it!