With all the tasty treats you’ve had over the last few months, it’s easy to keep right on going through the New Year. Studies show if you do something for 20 days, it becomes a habit. It’s no wonder losing extra holiday pounds becomes more of a task than you’ve bargained for. Here are some easy tips to get you back on track for a Bikini New Year:
*Craving sugar? Reach for healthy raw, baby carrots instead. Carrots are one of the sweetest vegetables you can eat. As a bonus, they are packed full of nutrients and naturally low in fat and calories.
*Carrots not appealing to you? One trick I have taught myself in the world of sugar is to indulge in one pretty big bite of whatever sweet treat seems most appealing. For me, it’s usually chocolate. So, I’ll enjoy half of a Hershey’s Candy Bar, one See’s Candy Nuts ‘n Chews, or one bite of my favorite cake. Whatever your favorite treat is, enjoy one normal bite of it. Then, put the rest aside. Don’t just gobble it down. Really enjoy it, savor the bite, and allow a few minutes for your stomach and brain to connect. Chances are the one big bite is enough to curb your cravings.
*Get your body in motion. Most likely you put any kind of exercise on the back burner during the holiday season. Make a plan to exercise. Write it on your calendar, if you have to. Make a date with a friend to walk, go to the gym, or play tennis, if that’s your fancy. Whatever motivates you to get your body moving, schedule a date with yourself for exercise and stick to it.
*Increase the fiber in your diet. Fiber accomplishes several things for your body. First, fiber fills you up! It’s no secret that eating fibrous foods makes you feel full faster and for a longer period of time. As a bonus, high fiber foods help breakdown the proteins in other foods, making them more easily digestible which in turn makes your body work more efficiently. An efficient body translates to a higher metabolism which means more fat and calorie burn for you!
*Carrots, increasing fiber doesn’t sound delicious to you? Add flavorful lemon zest, fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary to fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish dishes. A little goes a long way and they can be used in almost anything! You’ll find numerous recipes on my website www.thebikinichef.com Try out a few. If you like them, visit my online store and invest in a copy of one of my books Substitute Yourself Skinny which features over 175 recipes and “Skinny Secrets” to keep you bikini all year long. Or, kick start your metabolism with Boost Your Metabolism, hundreds of recipes for all occasions that are easy to follow, flavorful, and good for you.
Here’s to a great start to your Bikini New Year!