By Christine Dailey
You’ve been hitting the gym six times a week, and you still don’t have the abs you’ve dreamed of. Or, you’ve been eating a strictly clean diet filled with lots of veggies, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats, yet you’re still not satisfied with your waistline. What gives? You’re putting all your effort into a healthy lifestyle and you feel great, but you just can’t lose that last five pounds or get over that very last hump to your ultimate fitness goal.
Think about it – what’s that one last thing you just can’t give up? If you think you’re on track but not seeing the results you want, there’s got to be that thing standing in your way. Is it that glass of wine with dinner every night? Treating yourself to a caramel Frappuccino a couple times a week? Maybe your portion sizes are too big or you just have to have something sweet after dinner. Whatever it is, figure out a way to reduce or eliminate your indulgence. Here are some tips:
- Control your portion size. It’s easy to over eat, even on healthy food, with restaurant-portion sizes being so large and skewing our perception on what a normal portion should be. Be aware of how much you’re eating and reference the USDA guides to ensure you’re not over doing it.
- Eat your protein. Not only does protein keep you satisfied and full, your body burns twice as many calories digesting protein than it does when digesting carbs.
- Drink more water. The more water you drink, the more it’ll help you avoid overeating. People frequently confuse thirst with hunger, and water can help fill you up. So next time you’re craving a snack at work, go fill up your water bottle!
- Try a juice cleanse. Blast your body with nutrients and give your cleansing organs a break. Although this isn’t the best way to lose weight in the long run, it might give you the push you need to get on track. Make sure you speak with a nutritionist and do your research before embarking on a cleanse to ensure it’s right for you. Learn more – download our complimentary ebook, Juicing 101: Recipes, Benefits and More.
- Drink your coffee black. Eliminate sugar, milk or creamer to save on unnecessary calories. This simple switch can make a big difference if you’re having one or two cups of coffee a day. Drinking coffee black might taste bitter to start with, but we promise you’ll be used to it by week two!
- Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). High-intensity workouts help build both strength and endurance, and have been proven to provide great results in shorter durations of time.
- Switch to whole grains. Swap out white pasta, white rice and regular bread with whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta and quinoa. Whole grains are packed with fiber, which will help keep you full longer, plus they contain more vitamins and minerals.
- Swap out sweets for fruit. If you’re craving something sweet after dinner, have an apple, strawberries, grapes or a piece of dark chocolate. If you’re craving a bowl of ice cream, swap that out for a couple spoonfuls of a fruit sorbet. This will help satisfy your sweet tooth craving without packing on too many extra calories. You’ll feel much better about that decision when you wake up the next morning!
- Don’t consume alcohol during the week. Save your glass of wine, beer or cocktails for the weekend instead of having one or two with dinner every night. This helps save on calories and also lets you digest your meal more efficiently because your body won’t burn fat or carbs for energy until it burns off the alcohol.
Have any tips of your own? Comment below – we’d love to hear what helps you overcome that one last thing!