Winter is finally coming to an end. Finally! If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably put on a few pounds.
It’s easy to let good habits slide during the colder season as we turn to warm, comfort foods. Plus, those giant sweaters make it easy to hide growing bellies.
You might be dreading short sleeves and lighter clothing as spring approaches. Try not to dwell on the fact that you’re not your ideal size. Instead, take action and do something about it.
Get a pedometer, Fitbit or Jawbone to track how active you are. Try to be a little more active every single day.
Exercise and activity doesn’t have to be limited to the gym. Go for a hike. Work in the yard. Take the stairs. Walk the dog. Try a standing desk. Play outside with your kids. You don’t need to be stuck at the gym to burn calories.
Every movement you do helps burn calories. They can really add up over time, which is why I highly recommend some sort of tracking device. Most people are surprised to find out their everyday activities can actually burn more calories than traditional gym workouts.
Find little ways to be more active every day. It will pay off as your clothes start fitting better and your weight go down.
Work Your Muscles
Cardio is excellent for burning calories, but strength training is key to firming the body, adding muscle definition, and increasing your metabolism.
The faster your metabolism, the faster you’ll burn fat and the faster you’ll reach your weight loss goals.
If you combine the metabolic boosting benefits of resistance/strength training with a healthy diet and an effective metabolic boosting supplement, you’ll lose body fat faster than you’ve ever imagined.
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Stress can stop your weight loss in its tracks. Stress increases cortisol levels in your body, which encourages stomach fat accumulation.
Pretty much the opposite of what you want!
Excess cortisol also increases the risk that your muscle tissue will start breaking down. The less muscle tissue you have, the slower your metabolism will be.
Take a long bubble bath. Sleep in on the weekends. Read that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for months. Try yoga. Allow yourself time to relax and unwind to keep your stress levels in check.
Eat More Veggies
Don’t underestimate the power of vegetables. Vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber, and provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to burn fat.
When eating, fill up half your plate with vegetables and watch your body transform. I like to make a giant salad for lunch. You’d be surprised at how filling it can be if you add a little protein and carbs!