Wouldn’t you love to spend the next week at a luxurious spa to shed those holiday pounds? Impractical? Okay, here is a DIY approach to getting back in shape.
1. Hit the ground running.
Start every day with physical activity. Don’t even think about it! Before checking email, taking phone calls or applying make-up, get out the door for a walk, jump on your home treadmill, go to boot camp or go to the gym.
2. Eat breakfast every morning.
You should eat breakfast, preferably at home, so you’re not tempted to eat junk at the office. Skimping on breakfast usually backfires and causes over-eating later. Start with a high fiber breakfast, such as oatmeal to regulate the system and fill you up.
3. At lunch, eat only lean proteins
Lean proteins such as seafood, poultry, extra-lean red meat, fruits and veggies (fruits and veggies are an unlimited item in your menu). Banish refined starchy foods and sugars from lunch and dinner until you lose your desired weight.
4. Give your muscles some TLC
You must build up to at least 10,000 pedometer steps minimum — but 12,000 to 15,000 steps per day average — to lose weight and transform your health with ease.
Drink water, that is. Rehydration is key. Focus on downing six to eight glasses of water daily. Add a lemon or orange slice for vitamin C to burn fat and decrease inflammation. Both your stomach and skin will thank you for it!
6. Eat light at night.
At night time, you want to consume fewer calories than you would early in the day. Soup is ideal for helping you feel satisfied with fewer calories, so you don’t go to bed feeling too full and can wake up hungry for a good breakfast in the morning.
7. Sleep at least seven to eight hours, nightly.
Study after study has shown that sleep disturbances are correlated with weight problems.
8. It takes a village.
Spend your time with like-minded people and avoid people who will sabotage your goals. This is an important feature of being at a spa, one reason being there makes achieving weight-loss goals so easy. If your spouse or friends are not on board, it will be difficult to stick with any plan.