With summer just a few short weeks away, many of us start to worry about the weight that we might have gained over the winter! But please do not fear! I want to share these 4 tips with you to bring you back to reality! There is NO reason to fear the warm weather and summer months!
1. Calm down!
-Stop looking and comparing yourself to people in magazines or on social media! This could actually be CAUSING you to gain weight! Within seconds of a stressful event, neurotransmitters and hormones, such as cortisol, are released into the body igniting our flight or fight response in the body. Chronic low-grade stress can lead to weight gain. Stress results in our body releasing cortisol, leading to weight gain, specifically belly fat. Evidence shows that increased cortisol hormone levels caused by prolonged stress can lead to overall weight gain and muscle breakdown. So, relax!
2. Pack you lunch!
-Believe me or not, you have to eat to keep your metabolism healthy and to prevent your body from going into starvation mode. Cutting out calories might seem like the right thing to do when the thought of putting on a bathing suit is lurking in the back of your mind, but eating the right foods throughout the day can actually help prevent extreme dips in blood sugar. In fact, research has shown that dieting, combined with extreme caloric restriction, does NOT lead to long term weight loss! So, choose nutrient dense foods. Look for foods that provide nutrients, vitamins, minerals, flavor, and grass fed protein, organic produce and healthy fats.
3. Drink some tea!
-Yup! Drink your way to a slimmer body. Green tea is known for its role in increasing oxidation, inhibiting fat cell development and increasing metabolism! Tulsi tea is great too, especially on those high stress days since Tulsi tea helps balance hormones, specifically our stress hormone…cortisol! The amino acid L-theanine can be found in black tea which can help with relaxation and reduce the body’s stress hormone cortisol, which can affect weight management. So try ditching your coffee for a cup of tea!
4. Watch the booze!
-Yes, I said it! It is really no secret that alcohol is wasted calories and offers you no nutritional value. It is also toxic for your liver, turns into straight sugar, dehydrates you, bloats you and most likely makes you feel like you know what the next day. Drinking can also set you up for some poor decision making skills when it comes to food choices. If you must booze, do it wisely. Try to watch the amount of drinks and keep them low calorie and sugar free. Opt for vodka and seltzer or even try sipping on some tequila on the rocks with a splash of lemon or lime juice.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about these 4 tips! Which one do you think you can start implementing in your lifestyle today?
Written by:Kelly Mahoney