Want to lose weight without having to run a marathon? Not everyone likes to run, that’s okay, losing weight is about doing one good thing at a time, like throwing kale in your smoothy or climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Staying in good shape is made up of a bunch of healthy choices that you do all day long. Ask anyone, you can easily out-eat your exercise, yep even that marathoner.
Don’t get me wrong running is amazing, just try to enjoy it if you want to stick with it. (add music or listen to a good book while you run) Don’t view your exercise as a burden, view it as a challenge to get better and beat your old time or amount of reps you previously did.
Every hour is an opportunity to do something that will get you that much closer to liking that shape you see in the mirror. So, when you wake up tomorrow, here’s an around the clock guide to feeling slimmer by bedtime…also caffeine helps, at least for me.
6 a.m. — Wake up, and sip a big glass of water. It’ll fill you up and get things moving to prevent belly bloat. Eat a small snack that offers quick carbs and a little protein such as half a banana and a few almonds — eating first thing jump-starts the metabolism. Now go work out! Morning exercisers tend to work out longer and more intensely than those who sweat it out during other times of the day. Plus, it’ll keep the fire lit under your metabolism, so you burn more calories throughout the day.
7 a.m. — Do some stretches in the shower. Eat a filling breakfast that includes protein and fiber — at least 10 grams of each. Don’t be afraid to fill up on healthy carbs, because enjoying them in the beginning of the day ensures you’ll have time to burn them off.
8 a.m. — Make your lunch for later.
9 a.m. — Fill your reusable water bottle once you arrive at work. Sip on it throughout the morning, since staying hydrated will prevent hunger pangs.
10 a.m. — Take a break from work to snack on some belly-filling fiber. Keep it under 150 calories like these snacks.
11 a.m. — Take a few minutes to fill in your food and fitness journal, writing down what you’ve eaten and how much you’ve exercised. It’ll give you an idea of how many calories you’re allowed the rest of the day, and seeing your stats from the previous weeks will motivate you to stay on the healthy path.
12 p.m. — Get moving by going for a walk with a co-worker, ride your bike to run an errand, or grab that set of dumbbells under your desk.
1 p.m. — Eat a healthy lunch that you packed from home that includes low-fat protein, fiber, fresh veggies, whole grains, and fruit for dessert. Enjoy it with nature’s calorie-free beverage.
2 p.m. — Take that afternoon meeting for a walk. Whether you’re on the phone or meeting in person, walking and talking can help you think more clearly while burning some calories.
3 p.m. — Have a 150-calorie snack to keep energy levels going till dinner.
4 p.m. — Sip some green tea. The caffeine will give you a little pep, and green tea has been shown to suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism.
5 p.m. — Walk or bike home from work. Not only will it burn some calories, but it can also relieve work stress, which can trigger overeating.
6 p.m. — Make a low-cal dinner filled with veggies, low-fat protein, and whole grains. Here are some vegetarian options under 300 calories. After dinner is made, put away leftovers before sitting down to eat to prevent going back for unnecessary seconds.
7 p.m. — Brush your teeth while doing this two-minute butt-and-leg workout. It’ll tone your tush, and that minty breath will prevent mindless late-night snacking.
8 p.m. — If you like to relax in front of the TV, do these strength-training moves during commercial breaks.
It’s important to enjoy the life you’re living and to think positively about yourself. Set goals for your future and stick to them, no goals equal no results.
Is chowing down on a bunch of candy at night really worth that fat feeling you get when you wake up the next morning? It’s been said the thinner people weigh themselves at least once a week. Personally, I love it when I fight through my sugar cravings at night and go to bed a little hungry. It’s always worth it, in the long run, to skip the crap food and rock your skinny jeans without any unsightly bulges of fat poking out in the muffin top area.