Posted on May 11 2017
Mix up your routine to avoid weight-loss plateaus.
Muscle mass burns more calories, so include three 20-minute strength-training sessions each week.
Go for kettlebell workouts — the average person burns 400 calories in 20 minutes.
Add sprinting intervals to your workout to target belly fat.
Add an extra five minutes to your cardio routine.
Choose faster-paced styles of yoga such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa to burn more calories while also getting a good stretch.
Don't just stand there! Do squats while brushing your teeth, calf raises while standing in line, or lunges while chatting on the phone.
When nature calls, use a bathroom on a different floor to make you use the stairs.
Keep weights in the living room so you can do some reps while watching TV.
Do one of these 10-minute videos right now.
Follow the 80/20 rule, which means eating clean 80 percent of the time and indulging a little 20 percent of the time.
Take time once a week to plan out and shop for meals and snacks so you're prepared whenever hunger strikes.
Keep a food journal and email it every night to a friend or family member. The accountability will keep you honest.
Put a big chalkboard up in the kitchen to jot down your weekly meal plan or one of these inspirational sayings.
Once a week, snap a photo of yourself so you can see proof of your body changing. Weight-loss jars are also a great visual reminder of reaching your goal.
When boredom, depression, or stress causes cravings, find a nonfood way to satisfy them such as going for a walk, calling a friend, taking a bath, reading a book, or doing some yoga.
Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Being tired makes for skipped workouts and extra snacking.
Baggy clothes hide your body and encourage lounging around. So even when you're relaxing at home, wear fitted clothes to keep you on track.
Keep cut-up fruits and veggies in the fridge to grab for snacks or easy meals.
Don't keep junk food in your kitchen. If it's not there, you can't be tempted by it.
Aim for a 300- to 400-calorie meal.
Add fiber-rich greens, avocado, and berries to your smoothie to satiate hunger for hours.
You already know never to skip breakfast, but it's also important to eat within an hour of waking to boost your metabolism.
Include at least 10 to 15 grams of protein, which suppresses ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite. Include eggs, which are proven to control hunger.
Also include 10 grams of fiber to satiate hunger longer and prevent bloating from constipation.
Going low carb is proven to encourage weight loss. Limit the carbs (especially refined carbs like muffins and bagels) and include a little fat.
Measure out that bowl of cereal or oatmeal, including the fruit, nuts, maple syrup, milk, and yogurt you add to it. Have a set of measuring cups and spoons on hand instead of eyeballing.
Bake a healthy breakfast ahead of time to ensure you don't grab a sugary scone on the run.
Make pancakes even healthier by adding mashed baked sweet potato, some pureed spinach and blueberries, or cooked quinoa.
Eat a grapefruit instead of drinking juice; the fiber will help you feel full longer, and grapefruit is proven to help with weight loss.
Keep this meal between 400 and 600 calories.
Buy fun containers, and pack lunch and snacks from home.
Label each with time and calorie amounts to avoid eating everything all at once.
Double dinner recipes so you can have the leftovers for lunch.
Pack five salads on Sunday night so your healthy meal is already made.
Add cooked whole grains to a salad to increase the fiber and protein and make the meal feel more satisfying.
In the mood for a hot meal? Make a huge pot of veggie bean soup, divide into two-cup containers, and store in the freezer. Before bed, place a container in the fridge, then grab it before heading out the door in the morning.
For sandwich-lovers, use spinach or swiss chard leaves instead of a wrap, skip the slice of cheese, and load up on the veggies.
Sip calorie-free water, seltzer, or green tea with your meal instead of soda, sweetened iced tea, or juice.
Instead of cream cheese or butter on bread or bagels, spread almond or peanut butter. The healthy fats satiate hunger and can decrease belly fat.
Keep this meal between 400 and 600 calories. Serve yourself a smaller portion, so if you like going back for seconds, you'll just end up eating a normal-size portion.
Use salad-size plates instead of dinner-size ones.
At the beginning of the week, prepare a big container of salad to keep in the fridge. If the salad is already made, you're more likely to get greens with your dinner.
Chew gum while cooking to keep from snacking.
Salt causes bloating and butter is high in calories, so flavor pasta, soups, meat, and stews with fresh herbs, garlic, and onions instead.
Celebrate Meatless Mondays by making a meal starring beans (another weight-loss aid).
You'll love this sweet potato and black bean burrito.
Spray on salad dressing instead of pouring.
Cut veggies into larger-size chunks. The more chewing you have to do, the slower you'll eat, allowing your brain to recognize the "I'm full" sensation.
Freeze pureed veggies to add extra fiber to sauces and soups.
Halfway through your meal, stop and drink some water and decide if you're really hungry for the rest or if you're just eating it because it's on your plate.
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