When it comes to Winter, the word “healthy” seems to vanish from our vocabulary. Second helpings seem like second nature, Ben & Jerry become the only men in our lives, and the extent of a “work-out” is when we get up off the couch to grab another Snickers. This could be the result of seasonal depression, it could be the shorter days, or perhaps we are just plain lazy. Whatever the matter may be, it’s time to get up and start moving. Here are 5 tips that will surely shed some of those extra pounds and leave your body bikini ready by Spring.
You’d be surprised how changing just a few unhealthy habits in your daily routine can gradually shed off those unwanted pounds. First things first, diet. We don’t really like to use the word diet, so for possible confusion, we will refer to this as our caloric intake. Listen, we understand, real girls eat, so with that being said, let’s talk food.
You Are What You Eat
If you find yourself shoveling eclairs into your mouth late at night, you’ll probably wake up with them attached to your problem areas. (Helloo Muffin Top!) What we eat makes up nearly 90% of our body weight, so hold off on the whipped cream, and swap those fries for a side salad. For many of us, this is our biggest battle. To start things off, let’s begin by filling our bellies with the good stuff. The better we eat, the better we’ll feel. Of course, healthy eating means less calories, but this also means more energy! Loading up on fruits and veggies throughout the day will curb our hunger and leave us with the energy that we need to hit up the gym after work.
1.) Eat a well-balanced breakfast.
We can’t stress this enough!! Eat up in the morning because this sets the tone for your entire day. Grabbing a bran muffin on the go may seem like the right choice, but in fact, it is far from it. If you are someone who doesn’t have the time in the morning to eat, figure out a way to incorporate breakfast into your schedule. Whether you pack your breakfast the night before, or wake up 20 minutes earlier to make some grub, eating breakfast will keep you going without that mid-day sugar crash. Preparing these things the night before make eating healthy easier for the girl on the go. Eggs, oatmeal, nut butter, spinach, whole grain bread, fruit, seeds, and yogurt are a few energy boosting breakfast foods that will help balance out your metabolism and provide you with energizing nutrients.
2.) Knowing the difference between feeling starved, hungry, full, and stuffed.
First thing’s first, you should never EVER feel light-headed from starvation. Come 3-4 O’clock, our energy levels seem to hit rock bottom and we're falling asleep at our computer desks. To restore that bit of energy, munch on dried fruit, nuts, non-fat yogurt, peanut butter, or hummus and veggies. The greatest part about eating healthy is that we should be eating constantly throughout the day! What’s better than that? Experts say 6 small meals a day is the way to go, but if you are still hungry, snacks in between are absolutely fine, just as long as they’re healthy and nutritional choices. Save money and calories by packing healthy snacks to ward off those uncomfortable tummy growls and to boost your energy levels so that we can hit up the gym after work.
*If you’re someone who tends to overindulge, eat until you think you are satisfied (not stuffed!), then wait 15 minutes. Usually after that time, we are full and satisfied. Here’s another fun fact, often times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually dehydrated, so to not confuse our minds and our stomachs, gulp down a glass of water before and after you eat.
3.) Plan for the week.
We understand, the days and hours in our weeks are pretty limited, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make time for healthy choices. Sundays are a great catch up day to go food shopping and get your food for the week. Not only will this save you time and money, it will save a ton of extra calories! Eating out means spending more money, eating bigger portions, and having less self-control. Avoid this all together by grocery shopping and cooking and preparing your food early in the week. Make yourself a little menu that you’re excited about. Just because you’re eating healthy, does not mean you have to eat cardboard for every meal. Note: Keeping your fridge fully stocked with healthy and appetizing choices will make this that much easier.
4.) Prepare ahead of time.
5.) Move that body.
Going to the gym could feel like a real drag at first, but once you get there, it’s not so bad. If the gym is out of the question for you, look into classes that will make you get up off your lazy behinds and move around. There are plenty of boot-camp, Zumba, and yoga classes out there to find the right and affordable fit for you. Whatever you end up doing, try to be active at least 3 days a week. Start off gradual and increase the intensity of your workout over time. That way, you won’t feel guilty for indulging every once and a while.
With the holidays right around the corner, falling off the bandwagon is easier than not, try these tips that will help you stay on track during these Winter months.