1. Drink Water
Skip the juice and soda—yes, even diet soda—and start drinking tons of water. Water helps rid your body of toxins, banish bloating, improve your skin, up your energy levels and keep you from over-snacking. Keep a bottle on hand throughout the day to make sure you get your fill. Eight glasses a day is a good round number, but the amount of water your body requires is really based on your weight. To figure out how much your body needs, divide your weight in half—the resulting number equals the number ounces of water you should be drinking every day.
2. Take Smaller Portions
Constantly indulging in huge servings of food can lead to weight gain, over-eating, bloating and other bad habits. Start with small portions and only take more if you’re still hungry. Experts even suggest that it’s better to eat four or five small meals with moderate portions throughout the day than to have two or three large meals. The most important thing is not to deprive yourself. Eat the right foods when you’re hungry, but stop when you’re full (not when you feel sick).
Tip: Carry healthy snacks with you when you’re on the go like fruit, vegetables, nuts or granola bars. Healthy munching will not only keep yourup, but it’ll also keep you from binging on a huge meal when you finally do sit down to eat.
3. Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies
If you get in the habit of eating tons of fruits and vegetables every day, you’ll have less room for more fattening, sugary and processed treats. To keep your snacks interesting, find a good produce store where you can pick and choose from a wide variety. Instead of chips and crackers pair guacamole and hummus with crunchy produce like peppers, jicama, carrots and celery. Stash some exotic fruit in your bag for when you’re running errands or at work. While you’re at it,a good knife to make prep work on fruits and veggies painless and quick.
Tip: When cutting back on calories, it’s crucial you take a daily multivitamin. A lack of vitamins and iron may leave you tired and inclined to reach for a candy bar or processed snack.
4. Cut Back on Cocktails
A celebratory drink can cost you 150 calories or more—totally worth it on some occassions (like your engagement party), but you don’t need to add all that sugar and extra calories to your everyday diet. Even if you’re in the habit of having just a few drinks a week, cutting back on alcohol can save you hundreds of calories in the end. Save the cocktails for the special occasions coming up and sip water instead.
Tip: Can’t give them up entirely? Try alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so you won’t feel left out of the festivities.
5. Get Some Exercise
Time toTwenty minutes of exercise a day will do wonders to boost your energy and kick-start your metabolism. Walk to work, take the stairs or at least do a few laps of window shopping (seriously!). If you’ve given yourself more intense fitness goals, aim to do 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic exercise (running, cycling, swimming) three or four days a week. Just make sure you’re eating enough before a serious workout and replenishing with plenty water both before and after you sweat.
Tip: Choose a time of the day when you usually feel motivated and energetic—that way, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. If you’re a morning person, hit the gym before work. But if you’re the “don’t talk to me till I’ve finished my coffee” type, an evening or even a quick lunch workout may be better for you.
Source: The Knot