Memorial Day is just around the corner, and although it’s not the official start of summer, it might as well be. There’s an unspoken understanding that Memorial Day weekend kickstarts all things summer- including swim clubs, beach trips, and bbqs. The weather this winter and spring has been so crazy that it almost feels like May snuck up on us, and now we’re just a few weeks away from stripping down to our swimsuits!
If you want to lose some of the winter layers and pounds in the next few weeks before bathing suit season hits, you absolutely can. Below are 5 tips that I follow and implement in order to slim down and look and feel my best, so I can tell you from experience that they work. But… consistency is key. Give them a try over the next 3 weeks and get your body ready for summer!
- Drink LOTS of water. You’ve heard me say it many times before, but drinking enough water, as in half your body weight in ounces, is so crucial for weight loss and de-bloating. Water helps flush your system, aids digestion and elimination and supports many organs. TIP: always carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day to ensure you’re drinking enough. BONUS: add the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon into your water for a detoxifying and refreshing boost. You can also add other fruit, like berries or oranges, as well as cucumber slices or mint to spice things up. my favorite water bottle of the moment is this gold one from swell.com
- Chew your food well. Going back to digestion, chewing your food helps support your digestion by starting the process in your mouth- and the more you chew, the less your body has to work to break it down. BONUS: chewing your food well also forces you to slow down, which allows you to enjoy and savor your food, ultimately helping you eat less and control cravings. TIP: put your fork down between each bite until your are finished chewing.
- Cut out added sugar and reduce carbohydrates. When trying to lose unwanted weight and look and feel your healthiest, the best thing you can do is cut out all processed foods and enjoy clean, real foods, such as leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, lean protein, and healthy fat. Of course, there’s always some wiggle room (think 80/20 rule), but if you’re not ready to overhaul your diet just yet, follow this one tip– stay away from white, processed sugar! Sugar comes in so many forms, so be mindful and read food labels, but know that sugar is one of the worst “foods” you can consume. It negatively affects your blood sugar, causes inflammation in the body, is highly addicting, leads to fatigue, and causes weight gain and bloating. That being said, if you choose to follow a whole food diet then you don’t have to worry about processed foods and added sugars, as any sweets are naturally occurring :). Overall, cutting back on carbs all together, even the healthier ones, and focusing more on protein, healthy fats and veggies, will help you achieve weight loss and a toned body.
- Sweat. I know I don’t need to tell you this, but moving your body will also help accelerate your weight loss process. It doesn’t always have to be a hardcore workout. Aim to fit in 4 intense (45-90 minute) workouts and then try to do some movement the other days, even if it’s just walking a few blocks or steps further. TIP: find workouts that you enjoy doing, such as Yoga, Pilates, running, dance, etc. If you enjoy it, then you’ll actually look forward to the workout and view it as a positive activity instead of punishment. TIP: schedule your workouts in your calendar just like you would a meeting. This way you block off that time specifically for your workout, which will ensure you stick to your plan.
- Self-care. So often when we get busy we put ourselves at the bottom of our priority list and take care of everyone and everything else. It’s not selfish to schedule some “me” time- in fact it’s necessary in order to keep you going at your best. Consider it like filling your car with gas. Just like your car can’t run on empty, neither can you. Pick a couple times a week (or everyday!) to do something just for you. Some examples: read a book, get a spa treatment, call a friend, take a bath, etc.
BONUS: here’s a clean chocolatey recipe to help satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy manner:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Courtesy of thehonouresystem.com
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, slightly melted but not hot
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Pour evenly into muffin liners, approximately 1/2 full.
- Place in freezer for 15 minutes until set.
- Store in the freezer or fridge.