The summer time can be a fun-filled time with friends, family and sun, but if you’re feeling self conscience about the way you look and how your clothes are fitting, then this time of year can be just the opposite.
All the stores have already launched their Summer collections of cute sun dresses, short shorts and colorful swim wear, making you even more anxious about the upcoming season.
This time of the year used to make me so anxious! I would pray that mother nature would send us an unexpected snow storm to buy me more time to fit into that sun dress.
In the last few weeks, I have received quite a few emails from readers requesting quick slim down tips before heading out to a scheduled vacation, summer getaway and even a friend’s wedding, so I thought this was a good time to post some helpful tips on how to boost your weight loss and confidence for the Summer months.
Breathe and relax. Stress will only cause cortisol levels to increase and lead to not-so-cute belly fat. If you need to sip some wine, get a massage or even do some yoga poses, do it! Time is precious and should not be wasted over meaningless stress.
Example of how I relax: During my work day, I take 30 minutes to sit alone, preferably near a sunny window to slowly eat my healthy lunch which is usually grilled chicken, green veggies and some nutty brown rice. Working out with my trainer Lisa after also diverts any stress in my life and converts it into heart pumping time.
Be Realistic. Stop comparing yourself to the airbrushed, size 0 models on the TV commercials. Your goal should be looking and feeling better. Beauty comes in different colors and sizes, so make the best of what you have.
Example of my realistic goal: Since I’m a curvy girl, I concentrate on more squats, lunges and butt work to make my jiggly curves more lean and tone.
Commit and take action. Stop blaming the diets, it’s you! Acknowledging that you are in control is a key step to achieving a better self and body. You are amazing and capable of anything if you put your mind to it, so pull out that note pad and start setting your goals.
Example of how I commit and take action: I love making promises to myself. “I promise that I won’t order dessert after dinner!” “I promise to add 15 more minutes of cardio this week” “I promise to eat more veggies!”
Nutrition. Whenever people hear the words “diet” and “nutrition” it always sparks a torturous way of life. Why!!!! Food is amazing! There are so many options that are both figure friendly and oh so yummy. When losing weight, my biggest weight loss tip is CALORIES IN… CALORIES OUT.
If you monitor your calories and eat well-balanced meals full of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats, I promise your body will naturally respond to your efforts.
Example of my eating habits: I always prep my meals for the work week and stay within my calorie needs. My favorite protein sources are grilled chicken, protein bars (coconut coco cream ) and greek yogurt. My favorite fibrous veggies are cauliflower and zucchinis because they’re so easy to cook or steam. My favorite complex carbs are brown rice, sweet potatoes and oats.
Exercise. Unless you are on bed rest, there is no excuse for a healthy individual not to get 20-30 minutes worth of physical activity during the day. You have so many options from taking a fast, brisk walk before dinner, walking up and down the stairs a few times in your work building, or even jumping rope in your living room. Mark out a time slot during your day and force yourself to start. Sometimes, it’s all about routine and once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll find yourself looking forward to it.
Example of my favorite exercises: I love weight training! Resistance training is an amazing way to sculpt lean, sexy muscles while boosting metabolism. If you’re a women who’s scared to bulk up then I just want you to trust me when I say it’s not that easy to. In order to bulk up, you must consume more calories and up your protein.
When it comes to losing weight, it’s easy to get caught up in the vanity so bring it back down to earth and love life. Enjoy the people that mean the world to you and don’t let life pass you by. Lose the weight to be healthier. Looking good and feeling better will be a guaranteed side effect.