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Summer is looming, and with summer comes beaches, pools, weddings, graduation parties and outdoor gatherings with friends. Of course you want to look your best! But maybe Memorial Day BBQ’s have left you feeling a little…puffy. No worries! Do these 5 simple things NOW to lose up to 5 pounds this week!
Drink more water.
Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. Treat yourself to a new, large water bottle if you don’t have one. Try to drink 32 ounces before lunch, another 32 ounces before dinner and a final 32 ounces before bed. Drink up!
Ease up on the carbs.
Carbs are digested quickly, which means you’ll be hungry again quicker. Swap out chips for crunchy carrots, mashed potatoes for riced cauliflower, and go “bunless” this week- no bread. Load up on fruits and veggies, instead, but be mindful of increased sugar from fruits, which can lead to weight gain.
Get some sleep.
It seems counter-intuitive, but a lack of sleep does more than make you crabby, it also leads to weight gain and impedes weight loss. Try to get an additional 30 minutes of sleep each night by going to bed earlier, waking up earlier, or a combination of the two. If you have a FitBit or another fitness wearable that monitors your sleep check its stats to see how much “restful sleep” you’re getting. Tip: Do not look at your phone once you’re in bed! It keeps you up longer and the lighting stimulates you to become more awake.
Get some exercise.
If you have a gym membership, now is the time to use it! Even as little as 30 minutes of exercise each morning can set the tone for weight loss. Working out in the morning leads to making better food and health choices throughout the day. If you don’t have a gym membership take your dog for a run or a fast paced walk, or check out some YouTube videos for cardio. Get up and get moving!
Eat lean proteins.
Add more chicken and fish into your meals this week. Leave out red meats, pastas and fried foods. Grilled chicken is great on a salad for a healthy lunch (watch the dressing!) and salmon or tilapia for dinner gives you a protein boost at the end of the day. Eat dinner by 7pm and no snacking before bed!
I’d say “good luck” but you won’t need it if you follow these tips!
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