Swimsuit season. It's almost here. Probably the last thing we'd like to think about is how we're going to look in that swimsuit on vacation in a few weeks. Don't let that stress you out. Here are 5 simple tips that will make you not feeling stressed about being in that swimsuit, while not adding extra stress to your day.
1. Throw out any thought of going on a strict or crazy diet.
If it sounds ridiculous and like a gimmick, it probably won't work. If you adopt a very restrictive diet, you probably won't stick to it. And either way, you will likely end up gaining weight after your diet and not maintaining what your hard work got you.
2. Eat your veggies first.
Go heavy on the veggies in every meal, and ALWAYS eat them first! Veggies should be your best friend, but many times they’re an afterthought on our plate or what we’re trying to stuff into our body at the very end of the meal once we’re already full. Fill half of your plate with veggies, and when you start eating, eat all of them first. It will not only ensure that you do in fact eat your veggies before you get too full, but it will help to make you feel fuller quicker, possibly allowing you to eat less before feeling full.
3. When you feel full, stop eating.
Yes, this sounds pretty stupid. But how many times do you keep eating after you start to feel full because it just tastes so good? It takes the brain approximately 20 minutes to get the full signal from your stomach. 20 minutes! That means that by the time we’re done most meals, our brain still hasn't received the full signal. Chances are, you’re going to eat much more than your body needs. So wait. Two strategies are to eat slowly and enjoy every bite, or to eat half of your meal and wait 20 minutes before eating the other half.
4. Make realistic swaps.
We all know that there's a healthier version of something we're thinking about eating. Take that option. If you don't know, google it! There are so many healthy eating bloggers out there who give you healthy recipes for their unhealthy counterparts, so do some googling. Here are some simple swaps that you can make with everyday meals:
Don't eat this....
Instead eat that...
|Mashed Potatoes||Mashed Cauliflower|
|Milk or Cream||Coconut/Almond Milk or Cream|
|Canola, Vegetable, Sunflower or Soybean Oil||Avocado, Olive, Coconut, Macadamia, or Walnut Oil|
|Conventional Sugar||Raw Organic Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Nectar or Coconut Sugar|
|Noodles or Pasta||Spiralized Vegetables (Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes, Beets)|
|Roasted or Flavored Nuts||Raw Nuts|
|Chips||Kale, Jicama, or Vegetable Root Chips|
5. Stressed out? Get moving.
Stress is the little devil that can make us not lose weight even though we might be doing all the right things. Combat stress realistically every day by getting up and moving around. Maybe you can’t make time for a workout, but you can get up and move. Take the stairs, park further away and walk that extra 50 feet, do a little happy dance to relax yourself and burn calories, take a phone call while walking outside, anything you can to get your body moving. The more we move, the more calories we burn, blood gets flowing, and we more actively combat stress.
Chill out... it's not as hard as you think!