In the Southern hemisphere, the food-filled holiday season coincides with Summer. Despite the constant encouragement that we should make non-drastic, slow-and-steady methods to get that beach body, sometimes you’re short for time and bikini weather is sprung upon you.
The authors of Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? Hallie Rich and Ilyse Schapiro were approached by Elite Daily for tips on how to shed a few pounds when you have limited time.
When you have two weeks
Rich and Schapiro recommend swapping out those pretzels and chips for healthy but crunchy alternatives such as carrots, cucumbers, celery or peppers. Also, ditch processed foods.
“They’re not natural and your body often doesn’t know how to digest them. They also tend to have tons of sugar and/or fat, which won’t do your figure any favors. Be careful with salads and avoid too many toppings (cheese, bacon, nuts), starchy veggies (corn and peas) and don’t drown it in dressing.”
“The more restful you are night, the more likely you are to make better choices during the day and make smarter choices when it comes to your health and eating habits.
Not getting enough sleep can actually stimulate appetite. Lack of sleep affects appetite hormones in your body and can lead to cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.”
When you have a few days
Drink lots of water and increase your fiber intake.
Avoid excess sodium as it makes you bloat,gum, sugar-free candy, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and diet soda.
Forget about restaurants and takeouts.
“By preparing your own food, you will be able to be in control of what you eat when. Also, use smaller plates so you are guaranteed to use portion control.
Try not to eat out or get take out. Restaurants tend to prepare big dishes and large sides, which can mean more calories and fat. As delicious as their meals may be, remembering how you have to squeeze into that outfit in a few days may make your home cooking seem a bit more appetizing.”
Never do anything harmful to your health in the name of losing weight. Never eat less than 1,200 calories per day.
“Not only might the weight loss be short-term, but you might suffer from dizziness, fatigue, headaches, dehydration and constipation.
The best bet is to have a healthy strategy that focuses on everything in moderation and knowing your triggers so that you can plan accordingly and maintain balance.”