With the weather getting warmer we have thoughts of getting that “summer body.” But what do you do when all you want to eat is ice cream?
Success rarely happens by accident so it’s always a good idea to have a plan.
So here are *8* strategies you can use to help you succeed this summer.
1. Have a goal - Setting short and long term goals are a great way to help you figure out what you want. Once you know what you want you it should be easier figuring out how to accomplish those goals!
2. Get rid of as much of the unhealthy/junk food in your house that you can - Make a conscious decision to keep those sodas and ice cream out of arm's reach!
3. Keep healthy snacks readily available - When you feel yourself getting hungry, make it easy on yourself and have something healthy ready to go.
4. Don’t starve yourself! - It’s easy to think “dieting means I have to eat less”. But by eating foods higher in protein (lean meats, fish, legumes, protein shake), fiber (whole fruits and veggies), and healthy fats (almonds, avocados, omega 3 supplement) you can stay full longer and not feel like you’re constantly hungry.
5. Stay Hydrated - The average American needs between 2-3 liters or about 70-100oz of water a day for proper hydration; more if you’re doing any kind of strenuous physical activity like working out or are outside in the heat. Staying hydrated will also keep you away from the “am I hungry or just thirsty” trap many of us fall into.
6. Don’t go shopping hungry - Make a list of what you need and do your best to stick to it. It can also be helpful to eat before going shopping, as you’re much less likely to have cravings while you’re full.
7. Track your progress - Progress can be measured in many different ways and is not just limited to a number on a scale or your waist size. It can be quantitative but it can also be qualitative. Do you feel better? Are you able to work or workout harder? It’s always a good idea to take a minute and think about how you feel, and how what you’re doing is affecting you.
8. Don’t take the “all or nothing approach” - Remember that your life and health is the accumulation of decisions and choices you make on a daily basis. So do your best to eat healthy and exercise, but remember it's not the end of the world if you eat some ice cream.
Written By Andrew Milne