Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You put in weeks or months of dedicated, hard work in order to drop a significant number of pounds and fat for a special occasion; maybe a wedding, or party, or swimsuit season. But immediately after the big event is over, the incredibly easy (and frustrating!) reality sets in. Without your big event to motivate you, the pounds you worked so hard to lose are slowly creeping back on.
Ever been there before?
The reality is you've probably been able to lose weight when you had a big enough motivator. And maintaining that fat loss is certainly possible. However, it does require that you remain vigilant with your healthy routine.
Here are 6 secrets to maintaining your amazing body transformation for life. Think of these as your own personal lifestyle rules and stick with them at least 90% of the time to keep your body healthy and hot.
Hot Body Secret #1: Don’t Diet, Create Healthy Habits
Here's the most important thing you can change when you are losing weight to begin with as it will carry over. Create healthy habits instead of going on a crazy diet up to your event.
When you go on a crazy diet to lose weight fast for an event, you are usually mentally counting down the days until your event arrives, and your diet is OVER! Why are you so happy to get there? Because diets are usually restrictive and hard to stick to. As soon as you get to the event and your goal, you are more than happy to stop the misery of restrictive dieting and get rid of your hangry alter ego.
However, if you choose to slowly introduce and create healthy habits, there is a much better chance that you will stick with those new habits afterwards, and thus make keeping the weight off that much easier.
It does take a little longer to lose weight by slowly introducing healthy habits instead of restrictive crash diets...BUT, you won't be starving and miserable the entire time, and you will be able to keep those habits and the weight off much easier.
Hot Body Secret #2: Don’t Eat Just To Eat
There is no place in your healthy lifestyle for mindless snacking. I’m talking about a tub of popcorn at the movies or a bag of chips in front of the TV. All the calories ingested from mindless snacking have to end up somewhere…and that somewhere is around your waist or on your thighs.
Snacks are fine when you are aware of how much you’re eating. But in order to keep the weight off, you have to be mindful even with your snacks in order to balance them out with the rest of your meals for the day.
No more open containers of anything when you are distracted. If you want to snack while watching a movie, pre measure the amount of your snack and put in on a plate. Open bags will lead to...Who knows how many calories.
Hot Body Secret #3: Stand (And Walk) When Possible
Have you heard the saying "sitting is the new smoking"? The idea is that a lifetime of sitting all-day-every-day is as harmful to your body as smoking. We all know that smoking is bad for us, but think for a moment about how much of your day is spent sitting.
You wake up and sit down for breakfast. You sit on the commute to work. You take the elevator up. You sit for most of 8 hours at work. You take the elevator down. You sit on the drive home. You sit to eat dinner. You sit to watch TV.
That’s quite a bit of time spent sitting and being sedentary! How much moving and stepping did you do throughout your entire day? You may be surprised if you knew!
That's why fitness trackers have gained so much popularity. You can get a glimpse into how many steps you are taking...or aren't taking. Most Fitbit trackers even have hourly reminders to move, that remind you if you've been sedentary the whole hour!
Now imagine if you consciously stood for some of this time each day and took the stairs instead of the elevator. Over weeks, and months, it really adds up in calories burned, muscles engaged, and overall fitness and health.
Hot Body Secret #4: Avoid Refined Sugar
I know I probably sound like a broken record about this one, but that’s OK, I’ll keep harping on this point until more people listen. Our bodies weren’t designed to ingest large amounts of refined sugar on a daily basis. When you regularly take in excess sugar the results are always the same. You. Gain. Weight.
The tricky part is that sugar is hidden all around us, so avoiding it takes real vigilance.
A good place to start is with your beverages. Does they have sugar in them? Most of the beverages that are blended and brewed at coffee shops are simply vehicles for ingesting sugar. Sodas have sugar. Most bottled juices have refined sugar.
Find a beverage or two that you enjoy that doesn't have any added sugar. And stick to drinking those things that you know are without. Another good habit to start...the rule of not drinking sugary beverages throughout your day.
Hot Body Secret #5: Keep Dinner Light
Who says that dinner should be the biggest and heartiest meal of the day? Instead, focus on enjoying light dinners that are centered around protein and veggies and try to avoid the high carb meals.
Try my recipe for Beet and Grapefruit Salad as a great example. Add a grilled chicken breast to a serving of this vibrant, fiber-filled salad and you have a nutritious dinner that’s light and healthy.
Hot Body Secret #6: Always Exercise
How often do you brush your teeth? Do you sometimes take a few weeks or months off brushing your teeth? Um, I hope not! That’s gross. You brush your teeth everyday as an ongoing habit because you know that the benefits outweigh the slight inconvenience.
Can you see where I’m going with this? :)
Exercise only truly works when you do it as an ongoing habit because you know that the benefits outweigh the slight inconvenience. It’s part of keeping you healthy. It’s part of who you are.
I’m here to help create your new healthy eating habits, and to make your daily exercise habits fun and effective. Let’s do this! I know you can...If you need help getting started, I'm only a call or email away.
Dedicated To Making Healthy Your Habit,
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