Pre-Summer Slim-Down: 6 Habits to Start Today
Plan AheadThe name of the game is meal prep! Having a stash of good-for-you food is a savvy way to ensure you don't make poor impulse decisions. Ready-to-eat breakfasts like these make-ahead morning meals are perfect. Making your lunch the night before is a super-smart plan. And we suggest filling your freezer with calorie-slashed meals, so you're always prepared when hunger hits. The key is to whip up healthy food when you do have time, so you're not stressed out when you don't.
Drink Water All Day LongIt's one of the best things you can do for your body. Staying hydrated keeps you energized and satisfied. Sometimes when we're a little dehydrated, we think we're hungry... but all we really need is a tall glass of water! Carry around a refillable water bottle at all times, and replenish yourself frequently. Bonus: Drinking lots of H2O is good for your skin! Find it hard to chug regular water? Click for tips.
Start SnackingWe're not suggesting you adopt a habit of mindless grazing. There are two types of smart snacks: scheduled snacks and emergency snacks. For the former, build between-meal snacks into your daily plan. You can lighten up your meals to balance out the additional calories. This way, you'll never arrive at a meal feeling famished, which is when we're more likely to overdo it. Choose satiating snacks with fiber and/or protein. As for emergency snacks, these are portable picks to keep on hand at all times; they'll keep you from making unhealthy food choices due to lack of options. Think jerky, 100-calorie packs of nuts, snack bars, and more. Keep 'em in your purse, backpack, briefcase... wherever!
Make Friends with the (Food) ScaleIf you haven't gotten yourself a digital food scale yet, now is the time. It's the best possible way to make sure that your food portions are spot on -- eyeballing it or even using measuring cups leaves a bit of ambiguity. This means you could be taking in more calories than you think! A food scale is especially great for calorie-dense foods like meat, nuts, and avocado. And it doesn't have to be a major investment. This highly rated find on Amazon costs less than ten bucks, batteries included!
Cut Yourself Some SlackIf you go on a hardcore diet that you can't sustain, you're likely to bail and backslide before summer even rolls around! The key is to set realistic expectations and abandon an all-or-nothing attitude. Stick to the 80/20 technique: Make healthy choices 80 percent of the time, and let go a bit during the other 20 percent. Live your life, and enjoy yourself. Just make good choices most the time, and the rest will work itself out!
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