10 Tips to Help You Slim Down for Summer

Summer is fast approaching. Follow these 10 tips to look great and feel confident during all the warm-weather festivities to come!

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner!  This is the time of year I always used to panic because I had still my "winter weight" going on. How about you? Thoughts of tank tops, shorts and bathing suits making you want to run and hide? Want to slim down for summer?  Here are some tips I have used successfully:  

1. Make a DECISION to lose weight in the next 30 days!

Make a conscious decision and BELIEVE you CAN do it! This is critical - the more determined you are, the better results you’ll get. Setting up a goal and sticking to it is the very first step to success. Don’t get overwhelmed with thinking long term – focus on the next month. How does losing 4% sound? Focus on an attainable goal for 30 days and then DECIDE you are going to reach your goal. And make sure that the goal is important to you – if not, you might be tempted along the way to waiver.

2. Get outside!

Spring is here, it is getting warmer, the sun is out – get yourself outside! Walk instead of taking the bus or the car or if you have to drive, park far away from the door – the vitamin D from the sun will be your bonus, along with extra steps. Make them count – go for 10,000 steps a day if you can. The more you move, the better you will feel and the better you feel, the more motivated you will be.

3. Be prepared!

I can’t stress this enough. Make sure you have the right food in the house to set yourself up for success. Bulk cook so you always have something healthy to grab when you don’t have time to cook. Or buy healthy prepared food! Take advantage of salad bars. Have healthy snacks available for grab-and-go; it is very dangerous to get too hungry as you will tend to then overeat. Soume good snacks include:

  • 1 ounce of almonds 
  • an apple and peanut butter
  • a “clean” protein bar
  • a Greek yogurt
  • a green smoothie
  • cucumber/celery and hummus 

4. Motivate yourself with new gear!

Use the money you are not spending on junk food and Starbucks lattes and treat yourself to some fun new workout clothes. Just get yourself a little something new for this season – a sport band for your smartphone, a new tank top, a pair of good quality leggings, or whatever you need to get you out the door or to the gym.

5. Go the distance with a friend!

Look around you and you’ll probably will find a bunch of people just like yourself, with similar goals for this season. Train together! Challenge each other! For example, go walking with a friend every morning or after dinner. Or join a DietBet and/or a StepBet with a friend!

6. Use clothing as motivation!

Find something in your closet that is a little too small that you want to wear. I love this strategy and have used it a lot – pick a favorite outfit that doesn’t quite fit now that you would love to wear in a month! Be realistic and don’t pick something you would need to lose 20 pounds for, but have a fabulous piece of clothing one size smaller, hanging where you can see it every morning to fuel your motivation. When you're trying to decide whether to eat that cupcake, visualize yourself in that outfit. Trust me, it works!

7. Ditch gluten, dairy, and refined sugar!

Gluten, dairy, and refined sugars are naturally inflammatory for many people and inflammation can cause bloat and cause you to hold onto weight. Also if you eat more “cleanly” and avoid processed carbs and bread, crackers, cakes, and cookies you will find it much easier to lose weight. You can do anything for 30 days! A lot of people find after trying this for days, they feel so much better that they continue leaving some or all of these items out of their daily diet.

8. Track and reward your progress!

Put a mark in your calendar for every day that you made progress towards your goal. Those success marks will keep you motivated to continue. Make rewards for yourself for 5-day milestones, 10-day milestones, etc. Make up your own rules and stick to them. It’s easier if you see what you’ve already accomplished rather than how far you still have to go.

9. Don’t try to skip meals!

Don’t ever try to lose weight by starving yourself. It will only slow down your metabolism and make you feel deprived. When you feel deprived you will tend to then binge or overeat. Make each meal nutrient-dense and eat a lot of vegetables, enough protein, and include healthy fats which will help you feel full and are so very good for your health!

10. Hydrate!

Water, water, water! 80% of our bodies are comprised of water. Water is essential for proper digestion and nutrient absorption, and the nutrients our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream. Water plays an important role in the proper functioning of the your body and that includes the metabolism of fat. Your kidneys rely on a certain level of water to function efficiently and when they are dehydrated, a significant portion of their workload is transferred to the liver, which then can’t do a good enough job turning fat to energy. So, as the liver metabolizes less fat, you lose less weight! You also need water to flush toxins from your body and keep your inflammation levels down. Another good reason to drink plenty of water is if you don't drink enough, your body will hold onto water (aka fluid rentention!) to preserve the small amounts it has. So drink up!  

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