Spring is in the air, and that means so is bikini weather. If you are heading on Spring Break, time is running thin. You can’t ignore that bikini that you put away last season much longer, it is time to take it out and face the music. With the holidays just being behind us, you may have put on an additional couple of pounds that are making you just a bit uncomfortable in your jeans. It is time to put your mind to taking off that inch or two that you got for Christmas now. Even if you are staying home in your wool sweater for Spring Break, those big clothes won’t last forever, it will soon enough be time to shed them.
If you are looking for the best ways to trim down in a couple of short weeks, there are ways to jump start your metabolism, and have you burning calories like a well oiled machine.There are simple things that you can do to lose weight that don’t have to be as punishing as you think. You don’t have to completely cut out all the things that you love, or starve yourself to see significant change in your weight, you just have to make good choices, and eat in moderation. The first step is to make a realistic weight loss goal for yourself and stick to it.
When you decide to lose weight the first sabotage you can do to your diet, is to cut out everything you love, or to go on a crash diet where you are starving yourself. You body was created to burn calories, but it was not created to live without them. Going without the food that you need realistically on a daily basis, will not only cause stress to your body, it will affect your mood and your ability to think. Depriving yourself of food all together is never a good way to lose weight. It may have significant results at the start, but sustainable weight loss from starvation is rarely sustainable, or long lasting.
If you want to lose weight and to keep it off, you have to change not just your eating habits, but your thought processes as well. If your goal is to lose weight, then that is what is foremost in your mind from the moment you wake, until the moment you retire to sleep. What you are thinking about is not eating, but what you are really thinking about is food. You are literally creating a scenario whereby all you think about is food all day, everyday. It is hard to not eat when all that comes to mind is food.
Even if your goal is to lose weight for spring break, or for summer, your ultimate goal should be to keep the weight off indefinitely, so that you are not doing this weight up, weight down cycle forever. Every time you lose weight, if you regain it, you are messing up your natural metabolism, and making it more difficult to lose it again. Take small steps, cut food back proportionally, and for goodness sakes, think about something other than food, or lack there of.