Spring is here, so there’s really no excuse to hold on to that winter fat. If you want to look killer this summer and feel better than ever, now is the perfect time to start working on your weight loss! Here are a few tips that will aid you on your path and make your weight loss less painful.
Ways To Lose Weight This Spring
Munch On Spring Superfoods
Spring is the time of superfoods! All the best ingredients can be found completely fresh (and much less expensive) in the supermarkets and farmer’s markets, so make sure to use them. For instance, why not whip up a nice asparagus and radish salad (these are full of anthocyanins and slow-digesting nutrients) or you can make a tasty and healthy snack with apricots, strawberries and Greek yogurt. With many spring superfoods and some that are available all-year-round, you’ll have no issues creating a healthy meal or a quick snack.
Try To Cut The Sugar
Even though you’re more than free to eat sugars in moderation, it can often be hard to just take one Oreo or have just a few sips of soda. If you thrive on all-or-nothing mentality, you’ll want to cut sugar from your diet. Why? Well, according to experts, adults get around 13% of their daily calorie intake from nothing else but pure sugar, which means you’re eating too much of it. But, if you’re ready to ditch sweets, expect some serious withdrawal. However, once you get over the hump, you won’t miss sugar at all, your cravings will be gone and your mood, health and weight will definitely improve.
Give Alternative Weight Loss Methods A Shot
If you just about tried every traditional way to lose weight and failed, why not try something else? Today, there are so many techniques you can try to shed some pounds that you’re bound to find something that works for you. For instance, you can give homeopathy a shot and add some practical weight loss drops to your diet. These should not only help you lose weight, but also melt fat in extra problematic areas, especially if you also control your portion sizes. Another alternative weight loss method that might work for you is acupuncture, but if you’re not a fan of needles, you can try something less scary like hypnosis or mindfulness (visualization). These work for so many people, they might work for you too!
Eat More Greens
If you boost the amount of leafy greens on your plate, you can really see some serious weight loss (and other amazing health benefits). With that said, it’s also important to point out that most Westerners don’t eat anywhere close to the recommended five servings of veggies a day. So, which group you want to be a part of this spring? And don’t get discouraged when you hear the words “leafy greens”. There’s so much more to this category than just lettuce, spinach and kale. Broccoli, endive, bok choy, Swiss chard, collard greens, watercress and arugula all fall into this healthy green food family and there are so many amazing recipes you can whip up with them!
Spend Time Outside
Check out this neat trick: Just get up and go outside every two hours for at least 10 minutes. No matter if it’s cold or if Netflix is playing, you need to walk around. If you spend your entire day at home, you’re bound to venture into the kitchen, open the fridge and look inside. But, if you take regular short walks outside, you’ll shift your attention and reduce stress from being cooped up. Additionally, you’ll learn the difference between real hunger and restlessness.
Boost Your Water Intake
Are you one of those people who do their best to stick to a diet and hit the gym regularly, but still don’t see the results that are satisfactory? Maybe you’re not hydrating properly! Water has so many benefits for weight loss: It regulates appetite, boosts digestion, flushes out toxins and increases your energy. Additionally, if you’re eating foods with heavy amounts of sodium, you just found the reason your scale is not moving. Sodium retains water, so make sure to control your intake of salt.
See? If you want to lose a few pounds, you don’t have to change your entire routine. A few neat tricks and diet tweaks will make your weight loss easy and just in time for your summer vacation!