by Jillian Spector, founder of TheFittChick
No one has seen you without your puffy coat or a big comfy sweater for the past several months, and that’s probably a good thing! Between holiday eating and the cold weather, most people haven’t had much motivation to stick with a healthy eating program.
But with warm weather right around the corner, or a vacation being planned, it might be time to jump back on the healthy lifestyle wagon, so when it’s time to shed the winter coat and bulky sweaters, you’ll be feeling good and looking great!
With just 30 days until spring, and about five weeks until spring break, it’s time to get back to clean eating and workouts that actually WORK!
Consider taking the next 30 days to challenge yourself to eat clean (avoid any overly processed, sugary, “empty calorie” food), guzzle your water (drink half your body weight in ounces), and step up your exercise routine by adding an extra day or starting something new! Get inspired to see results, so you can feel great when the snow melts, the temperatures rise, and the sun starts shining. These 10 tips for eating clean from www.eatingwell.com are sure to help.
Making smarter food choices is definitely the way to get started, but if you’re feeling like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day, I encourage you to check out some of these 30 Day Fitness Challenges. If you combine healthy eating with some sort of physical activity, there’s no doubt that you will see an increase in your energy level and start to feel great!
I’d also like to share four proven strategies to not only help you lose weight, but to also help you maintain the loss.
Get on the Scale
Afraid of stepping on the scale? You shouldn’t be. Regular weigh-ins are one of your best weapons in the battle of the bulge. I recommend getting on the scale anywhere from 1-3 times per week, as weight is constantly fluctuating.
Eat at Home
Meal preparing at homes saves thousands of calories. When you prepare your meal at home you know exactly what you are consuming and it will help with both your waistline and your wallet. If you are heading out to eat, I recommend checking out the menu ahead of time so you can plan what you are going to eat in advance. And, don’t be afraid to ask about ingredients and calorie counts.
Keep a Food Journal
It may sound too good to be true, but there is one simple strategy that can help you double your weight loss; write down everything you eat and drink! Personally, I love www.sparkpeople.com to track my foods. Knowing your exact calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
Know Your Portions
Here’s the reality…we live in a ‘super-sized’ culture. Looking at data from national surveys involving more than 60,000 Americans, researchers found that serving sizes have gotten bigger over the past 20 years not only at fast-food chains and other restaurants, but even in homes. Because of this, one of the most important appliances you can keep on your counter is a food scale! Taking the time to measure your portions will help in your weight loss journey.
The official start of spring is March 20. Make a commitment to start eating healthier today!
About Jillian Spector – TheFittChick
Jillian turned her passion for health, wellness and fitness into a thriving business as the founder of TheFittChick. As a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, she has helped hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds, learn how to eat right, and live healthier, happier lives. As an accomplished blogger with thousands of social media followers, she writes about weight loss, workouts, wellness, fitness, and her favorite recipes. She is also a personal trainer, a food allergy specialist, and the author of several e-cookbooks. To learn more, visit www.thefittchick.com