The fourth of July is almost here. Chances are you are one of the millions of Americans that are planning to beat the heat by the pool or wear a light comfortable outfit that will show your arms or legs as you enjoy the festivities. Don’t hide in a moo moo this year. Let’s get you feeling great!
Let me start by saying, getting ‘bikini ready” is not a matter of starving yourself. In fact crash dieting and overwhelming hunger isn’t good for anyone. Eventually the average person ends up bringing on the very foods they were avoiding and overeating to make up for the massive hole in their stomach and emotional balance. Eating less or fasting can have outstanding benefits but starving yourself leaves a path of wreckage.
So here is the plan! I will take you through a week of implementing just one “tweak” every day then keep it up until your big day. No matter what your ultimate goal is, these 7 days of tweaks will leave you feeling leaner and firmer than before just in time for Independence Day. Weekends are the hardest when cutting out the junk, so it’s great to start on a Friday because your fresh motivation increases your chances of weekends success.
Ban Packaged Foods
Banning package foods is more about ditching potato chips and cookies but even “healthy” processed snacks are packing on the pounds and increasing cellulite by damaging your skin cell’s connective tissues. They create a false sense of hunger and end up making you crave more food than your body truly needs to consume. Packaged foods are highly addictive and easy to access making it a hard habit to ditch but this is your ONLY duty on Friday! You can do this. Today is a great day to read ahead and hit the grocery store for all you need this week. Prepare for your week of resolve! Make it your goal to visit the produce aisle and search for foods with no label at all. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, leave the food at the store, it only wants you to wear it. Shame on those sneaky foods.
Don’t Drink and Strive
Alright sisters, its no secret that a glass of wine is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day chasing a toddler or working your job but try abstaining while you get ready for your big day. Cut out alcohol today and say sianara to hundreds of empty calories this week. Not only are alcoholic drinks dehydrating but they also spike insulin levels making it tough to avoid the foods you are ignoring this week. Studies have clearly shown that women consume more calories after drinking.
Megadose That Fiber
Fiber-up to take advantage of the proven source of long-lasting satiety. Sprinkle flaxseed onto salads or add a side of sliced almonds to your lunch. If you’re really craving carbs, have 1/3 cup fiber-rich quinoa, barley, or brown rice. If you are using a low carb method of dieting you can add Psylium Husk which I LOVE! I like to take it 30 minutes before breakfast lunch and dinner to decrease the amount of food my brain tells me I need. Fiber also decreases the impact of any glycemic index carbohydrate when consumed before or with the meal. As if that wasn’t all, fiber will be your friend when it comes to eliminating unnecessary toxins and obstructions in your colon. All poop talk aside, this is a major key to having a flat stomach! Be sure to take in adequate amounts of water in order to help fiber do its job and keep your system from backing up.
Cut the Cals
Eating regularly throughout the day will stoke your metabolism fire and keep it burning calories consistently to prepare for more intake. Large food portions will counter balance this process, slowing down fat loss. So eat lighter but eat often. Aim for 1200 calories each day this week and spacing meals no more than 3 hours a part. Spilt the meals evenly throughout the day so that the calorie burning is at a steady pace. Try three small meals (300 to 350 calories each) and two snacks (100 to 150 calories each) per day. Be sure to include fresh spring water to curb your appetite between meals.
Broccoli, onions, and peppers cause gassiness and bloating. Stick with water-based produce like cucumbers, spinach, and asparagus. Potassium-rich fruits like bananas and oranges also purge retained water.
Flush It Out
Cells retain water when they don’t have enough of it. Sip your water slowly and the water will hit your bloodstream rather than filter out through your liver, so you won’t be making a mad dash to the ladies room every five seconds. Adequate amount of water equates to ½ -1 gallon of water each day. The higher your water intake the faster your fat loss results will be.
Get to Know Your Protein
The Atkins diet is outmoded, but a healthy, protein-rich breakfast will fill you up and head off unnecessary snacking through this final push. Try an egg-white scramble packed with veggies. Add Sriracha for an added kick-me-out-of-bed breakfast!
See you poolside!