Ten Tips to Lose Weight for Summer
Summer is almost here and you will want to look your best for swimsuit season. If you’re like most people, you have those few stubborn pounds you just can’t seem to lose. There are many different ways to try to lose weight and while not all methods work for all people, there may a trick or two that might help you do the trick. Here are ten ways, both conventional and unconventional, to assist in your weight loss goals. If you live in Tucson, Arizona and want to join a Tucson Gym, or hire a personal trainer you can head on over to our website at https://boxingincorporated.com/ to find out more about or Gyms, the programs we offer and meet some of our personal trainers.
Water, water, and water. You’ve probably heard this one before, but our bodies consist of mostly water and it is imperative that we replenish the water we lose each day. When we drink at least 8 ounces at least 8 times per day, not only are we rehydrating ourselves, but studies show that drinking water increases the rate at which we burn calories. You should drink at least one glass of water before you eat, as well; this will help with digestion and help you to feel fuller, sooner.
Cut out unhealthy drinks. We tend to consume a lot of our calories through drinks, mostly sugary sodas, juices and even the contents of our coffee. Try infusing water with lemon or cucumber, or flavored water with zero calories as an alternative to sugary drinks. Don’t substitute diet soda thinking you will cut down on the calories; diet sodas have proven to be worse than regular soda! While fruit juice may have “fruit” in its name, it is full of sugar, adding inches to your waistline. And if you consume coffee, drink it black; the sugar and creamer are full of calories. Enjoy having a few cocktails? Eliminating alcohol will help you cut out unnecessary calories. If you must enjoy a libation, try limiting yourself to one day per week, and try drinking straight tequila. Tequila has been shown to have weight loss attributes, and you will drink much less of it than you would beer or wine. If you prefer other alcohol, drink them without mixers; many contain lots of sugar.
Meal Prep. Yes, prepping your meals for the week is all the rage, and for good reason. If you take the time to prepare healthy foods for the week, you are controlling the ingredients, and this puts you in charge of your caloric intake. If you prepare dinner in advance for the week and all you have to do is reheat it, you are less likely to fall into the “let’s-just-call-for-take-out” when you’re tired after a long day. Prepare protein and lots of veggies and even healthy snacks, that way you won’t grab some cookies or chips to get you through the day. If you only have good choices on hand, you will have to go out of your way to get the “bad stuff”. And speaking of bad stuff, avoid the fatty, calorie-laden fast food. Convenient, yes. Fattening, definitely. If you need a little help preparing your meals and counting calories, you can always hire a personal trainer to help you create a meal plan and monitor your caloric intake.
Get Moving. By making even the smallest changes in your routine, you can kill some calories and in turn, lose the weight. Like many Americans, we sit all day—at work, in our cars, in front of the TV—the trick is to get more exercise in, even if it is in small doses. Park in the furthest parking spot in the lot so you add extra steps to your journey; take the stairs instead of the elevator, and don’t keep snacks and drinks within reach. If you’re thirsty while working, make sure to get up and get water; don’t keep it handy. This will force you to get moving. Walk your dog around the block, or do some squats while you’re cooking your meals. Small steps equal big caloric burns if you’re consistent.
Exercise, But Set a Timer. What list of weight loss goals would be complete without exercise? To make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of exercising, start small. Set a time for two minutes and run in place, or do some exercises. Then, go do something else. Thirty minutes later, take another two minutes and get your heart rate going. Or, if you go to a gym to exercise, give yourself a time limit to burn a set number of calories. This will give you a goal to achieve and will intensify your short workout. You’ll find you have more time and you won’t dread an exercise routine.
Put Down the Phone. You’re eating your meal, and what do you do? Check out your phone, most likely. You send messages, watch videos, or scroll through your feeds, all while eating. Quit your multi-tasking, and savor your food. Think about what you’re eating, and truly enjoy it. Eat slowly. If we are cognizant of the food we are putting into our bodies and truly enjoying it, we will slow down the process and not be distracted by electronic devices.
Do the Math. Remember when you thought you would never use algebra past high school? Well if “X” is the number of calories you consume each day and “Y” is the number of calories you expend each day, how many days must “Y” be greater than “X” for you to lose weight? It’s simple, really; you need to consistently burn more calories than you take in to lose weight. If you wear a Fitbit or other electronic device, you can see how many calories you burn each day. Subtract that number from your caloric intake; if the first number is too low, then get moving. Tracking your progress and your food intake can help you stay on pace, as well.
Find a Buddy. People are more likely to lose weight if they are held accountable by someone else like a personal trainer or nutrition coach. Say it is seven a.m. and you are planning to go for a jog. You are much more likely to hit snooze if left to your own devices; however, if you have someone waiting for you, you will be more likely to show up and complete the task. Enlist the help of a friend or even a personal trainer to help you stick to a schedule.
Add Some Spice. Studies have shown that consuming spicier foods helps you burn more calories than just eating plain foods. Capsaicin, a compound found in chili peppers, has been found to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat longer, up to 100 to 200 additional calories!
Spa Treatments. When all else fails, you can shell out big dollars to try and lose those last few stubborn pounds. There are several different methods you can try, including herbal wraps, Coolsculpting, which freezes fat cells or Vanquish, which uses heat to eliminate fat cells. None of these is a miracle cure, but if you have tried everything else and have the funds to invest in a series of non-invasive, fat-melting procedures, you can see if they work for you.
And there you have it; ten ways you can work on your weight control. See you at the beach!