Calling all moms who want to lose weight fast and see max results in minimum time! Here is my ultimate "go-to" list for when you are short on time, but are long on wanting to incinerate fat. Use this as a master list of fast and easy to implement tips and tools any mom who wants to be super-fit can use!
1. Have A Tea Party
Drinking tea daily will hydrate you, keep you feeling full, and give you antioxidants.
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2. Go 80%
Eat until you are 80% full. It takes the brain 20 minutes to register that there is no more need for food, so stop at a level 3 of fullness on a scale of 1-5.
3. Change To Milk
Replace your half and half creamer with skim or 2% milk.
4. Eat An Apple Before Dinner
It fills you up with good-for-you fiber and will take the edge off a roaring appetite!
5. Become The King/Queen Of Concoctions
Get creative with your favorite cheat food. Mine is nachos with the works. So I use low fat corn chips, fat-free sour cream and low-fat cheese instead of the real stuff. I slash the calories without feeling deprived.
6. Cut Out The Colas
Sip instead a glass of fizzy water garnished with a lime or lemon.
7. Instead Of One Entrée, Order 2 Small Appetizers
Opt for a house salad with dressing on the side with a bowl of low-sodium soup.
8. When The Munchies Attack, Grab Healthy Chips
Many now are trans-fat-free, whole grain, and may be available in low sodium versions.
9. Turn Up The Tunes
It has been proven that music boosts your mood. Therefore use it to your advantage. Add your favorite songs to your workouts to make them more effective and longer, burning more calories and having fun while you do it!
It's free and keeps you agile, fit, and you can do it anywhere!
11. Replace The Candy Bowl With A Fruit Bowl
Vitamin and fiber packed fruits will fill you up without the guilt of empty calorie candy.
12. Become A Substitute
Meaning, instead of a whole fat cheese, use low fat cheese. Instead of ground beef for your hamburger, use ground turkey instead. And you can do the same with hot dogs by substituting the real high fat ones with low-fat low-sodium turkey hot dogs.
13. Go European With Desert
Delight in a plate of fresh seasonal fruits.
14. The More Colorful You Eat The Healthier You Are
Well with fruits and vegetables that is! Aim to eat as many different colors that you can to make it fun and interesting while keeping all the taste without the calories.
15. Eat Healthy Fats To Lose Fat
Focus on walnuts, avocados, olive oils, and fish containing Omega-3 fats. You will shed those unwanted pounds while feeling full and not deprived.
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16. Season Your Way Slim
Instead of butter, salt, oil, and frying foods to make them taste good, stock up on salt free seasonings and lemon to make your food taste great without all the unnecessary calories.
17. Go Darker
With your salad that is. Instead of the pale iceberg lettuce that has little nutritional value, switch to dark, colorful greens which are vitamin rich.
18. Chew Your Calories, Don't Drink Them
Instead of guzzling about 300-400 calories in about 3 gulps (Starbucks anyone?), enjoy chewing and tasting your calories. And just sticking with water and forgoing those expensive calorie high drinks you will for sure lose weight.
19. Get Grilling And Stop Frying
Just switching the way you cook or order food can save you hundreds of calories! Opt for a grilled chicken salad instead of fried and watch the pounds melt off!
20. Get Jumping
It has been proven that jumping rope is one of the most effective and efficient calorie burners that you can do anywhere! They are light to pack, fun to use, and jumping rope gives you results.
21. Stop Snacking At Night
Aim not to eat after 8:00pm or 2 hours before your bedtime. If you do get uncontrollably hungry, have a small serving of a high fiber cereal with skim milk. This will fill you up without derailing your diet efforts.
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22. Go Nutty
Enjoy a handful of raw unsalted almonds or walnuts as a snack (about 12 pieces). Nuts are both good for you and will cut your hunger pains in half.
23. Sleep Off The Pounds
Feeling tired? Then instead of grabbing a sugary snack to get you going, take a quick 10-20 minute power nap. You will feel more energized without loading up on calories.
24. Stop Stress Eating
When you are pressured, do you reach for food? Start to retrain yourself to solve your problem without the false security of food.
25. Don't Commit Diet Adultery
Cheating means paying for it tomorrow. Remind yourself that an instant of the lips means months on the hips! Instead of an entire "Cheat Day" which you could eat up to over 4,000 calories, enjoy a small treat that won't derail all your efforts.