Operation Swimsuit Season: 5 Lifestyle Changes You Can Do Now!

Hello Summer! Is your bod ready to head off to the beach or have you flaked on your yearly resolution of losing pounds? If you still need to shed off a few pounds this swimsuit season, here are ways to get you started.  

1. Get Rid of All the Junk Food Around You
Out of sight, out of mind. If you don’t have chips and cookies conveniently lying around, you’ll less likely binge on them while watching TV.

2. Start Walking More
It may seem like a small thing but walking is such a great way to burn calories with minimal effort. No equipment needed. No schedule. Just get up and go. It also clears the mind and helps lower stress levels. There’s no downside to this activity.

3. Cut Down on Your Daily Sugar Consumption
This means ditching the soda, the cupcakes, and the chocolate bars. If you gotta have dessert, lessen the servings/portions you’ll eat and spread an average amount over a number of days. 

4. Hydrate
Don’t forget to hydrate! You’ve heard this a thousand times before and are probably sick of it but we cannot stress it enough—drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Those mid-afternoon hunger pangs may not be hunger at all. It could be that you haven’t been drinking enough and your body is just in need of more water. Staying hydrated can cut those cravings between meals. 

5. Cut Out Weeknight Drinking Sessions 
Zapping your after-work alcohol habit will guarantee weight loss. You may not realize it, but each bottle of beer or cocktail you order has at least a hundred calories in it. Multiply that by the number of bottles you down each night—say, a conservative three bottles—and you’ve added at least 300 to 500 calories to your daily count! 

We can’t shed all the unwanted fat over a weekend, and fad diets are never a long-term solution if you want to keep the weight off, permanently. Studies have shown that small but consistent lifestyle changes are what ultimately work in the battle with the bulge. Stick with the program and over time, you’ll find yourself slipping back into those string bikinis and out shopping for new tops and skinny jeans!