Dieting is tough, and it doesn’t always last, but Cosmpolitan have some top tips to help you get slim and stay that way.
Integrate at least three of these behaviors into your day-to-day routine. They are all backed by nutritionists — and you’ll be thinner and healthier in days. (Plus, the weight will stay off.)
1. SNACK, BUT SMARTLY
Satisfy a craving with healthy grub rather than ignore it and risk a junk-food binge later.
2. TURN OFF THE TV
Dining while viewing can make you take in 40 percent more calories than usual.
3. STEP ON THE SCALE DAILY
If your regular weight increases several days in a row, it’s time to cut back a little or beef up your workouts.
4. SCULPT THREE TIMES A WEEK
Doing 5 minutes each of push-ups, lunges, and squats (in 30-second intervals) will help build and maintain muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be.
5. REACH FOR YOUR CELL
Next time your mind gets stuck on a certain food, call a friend and redirect your brain by asking how her day’s going. Research shows that cravings only last about 5 minutes, so by the time you hang up, the urge will have subsided.
6. EAT A BIG, BALANCED BREAKFAST
An a.m. meal made up mostly of carbs and protein with some fat keeps blood-sugar levels steady and hunger pangs away.
7. WATCH THE BOOZE
Treat yourself just on the weekends and cut back somewhere else or stick to a glass of wine, light beer, or vodka and soda — three drinks that each have about 100 calories per serving.
8. HAVE FRUIT TWICE A DAY
Fruit has no fat and is mostly water, so it fills you up while leaving less room on your plate (and in your tummy) for high-cal fare.
9. STAY ASLEEP LONGER
When you’re well-rested, you’re less prone to snacking out of fatigue or stress.
10. VISUALIZE YOURSELF THIN
When you feel your willpower breaking, conjure up a mental picture of yourself when you looked and felt slim. This keeps you focused on your goal and reminds you that it is attainable, since you’ve done it before.