Losing weight doesn’t mean you have to stick to protein, greens and no carbs. You can make small, little changes to your daily routine and diet, and in turn have long-lasting results. I’m a huge fan of small, realistic changes, because when you make drastic changes, it leaves a drastic impact on your body and almost “shocks” it. That’s why doing things in a realistic way makes it so you can live and MAINTAIN a healthy lifestyle.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU CAN LOOK OUT FOR IN YOUR DAILY DIET THAT MAY SHED A POUND OR TWO!
1. TAKE OUR STRESS, FRUSTRATION OR ANGER ON FITNESS, NOT FOOD.
Some people eat their feelings. I’m one of these people. When I stress, I go right for the granola or crackers, and I can eat an entire box in one sitting. So when I know that binge-snacking is about to happen, I throw on a cute gym outfit and take it out on the treadmill, barbell or punching bag. “That workout made me feel bad,” said no one, ever.
2. WATCH YOUR SIDE DISHES, CHOOSE THE HEALTHIER OPTION!
Sandwich with chips? How about fruit or a side salad? Chicken with fries? How about a low carb soup or veggie dish? Side dishes can be one of the most difficult things to fix, because let’s face it, a side order is considered a “smaller” portion, so a small amount of fries isn’t bad, right? WRONG. Fries here & there isn’t a huge problem, however, do you go out to lunch every day? Those lunch time breaks can get the best of you without even realizing it! Try subbing for a healthier side, grab an apple or some veggie sticks, and you’ll feel so much better about tackling the rest of your day!
3. …WITH CREAM CHEESE… DUN DUN DUN!
It’s sooo good, yet sooo bad! Bagels are high in carbs and cream cheese is high in saturated fat. BUT I’m here to tell you that there are healthier alternatives to make some minor switches! Try a whole wheat (or grain) bagel, or try a lighter cream cheese! You can even use peanut butter, cottage cheese, ricotta or an avocado spread, just to name a few.
4. BE ACTIVE DURING YOUR MORNING ROUTINE.
Do you get up, make coffee and watch the news? Or in my case, watch Mickey Mouse? Get active! Take those ten minutes you’d spend in front of the TV and jump rope, squat or do jumping jacks. Not only will it burn a few extra calories, you’ll feel even more energized and ready to tackle your day when you finish!
5. LESS LATTES!
Yeah, I know this is a rough one. But your favorite latte probably has the same amount of calories of an entire meal. Try going with regular coffee OR if you’re feeling extra adventurous, grab some TeaMi Alive for that mid-work-crash-afternoon-pick-me-up.
6. WALK MORE!
Forget the elevator, take the stairs. Forget the closest parking spot to the grocery story, park further. Walking as much as possible will not only burn extra calories, but walking is a form of stress relief, and can boost your energy levels! A few steps towards a better mood? Why, YES!
Implementing some of these ideas can work wonders! You’d be surprised how much of a “normal routine” for you can lead to a few bad habits that you may be unaware of. So walk more, jump rope more, bagel less, snack less, and just make a few little changes to see a big (or thin ;)) result!
By MELISSA MORREALE.