With millions of individuals committed to a New Year’s resolution of losing weight or improved diet and exercise, some easy tips from Team Beachbody, the support group behind the new P90X 3, have arrived just in time.
Author of the weight loss diet and exercise tips, Rebecca Swanner writes, “Whether you’re just getting started or just want to lose those last 10 pounds, these little changes can have a big impact!”
We agree. The tips provided are so simple that you may wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself. He have listed all 15 of these simple tips to help you lose those extra pounds gained over the holidays, and keep you on a path to sustained fitness, improved health and weight loss.
1.Replace refined carbs (like white rice or enriched pasta) with whole grain versions. Why? Whole grains have more fiber and more nutrients and absorb slower. The result is they won’t spike your blood sugar and will provide you with longer-lasting energy.
2.Rotate your playlist. Why? To keep your workout feeling fresh. And, while we love our trainers, if you need an extra push, don’t hesitate to put on your own soundtrack.
3.Swap soda with unsweetened, preferably fresh-brewed, iced tea. Why? You’ll save hundreds of calories and won’t be drinking nasty chemicals. Just make sure not to drink “diet” tea or tea with weird preservatives or other chemicals.
4.Watching TV? Do push-ups, crunches, squats, or stretch during commercials. Why? You’ll burn extra calories, keep your brain active, and spend less time sitting (which is really bad for you in long stretches).
5.Reward yourself with clothing or new fitness gear when you hit a milestone. Why? To give yourself something to look forward to and to train your brain to stop rewarding your body with food.
6.Dedicate 75% of your plate to vegetables and the remainder to whole grains and lean proteins.
7.Wear a pedometer. Why? You likely spend a lot of the day sitting. Blast belly fat by moving 10,000 steps per day, or approximately five miles.
8.Making a sandwich? Avocado > Butter or Mayo. Why? Avocado is full of healthy monounsaturated fat and fiber and contains more nutrients than those other two.
9.Sign up for an athletic competition to keep yourself motivated. Why? If your goal is “getting in shape,” it’s easy to lose steam! But, if you know you have to get—or stay—fit for an upcoming race, you’re more likely to stick with your workouts.
10.Reach for mustard, hot sauce, and salsa instead of ketchup, mayo, or sour cream. Why? The former have fewer calories, more nutrients, and usually less sugar.
11.Plan a fun activity date, like a snowball fight, a hike, or a game of tennis. Why? Novel activities and laughter are two proven ways to strengthen the bond between you and your partner.
12.Eat slowly. Why? It takes your body 20 minutes to realize it’s full.
13.Get some Zs! Why? Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep helps muscles recover faster, the brain work better, and makes you less likely to overeat.
14.Take the stairs! Park farther from the entrance! Why? The less time you spend sitting, the better it is for your body. And, if you’re trying to lose weight, every little bit counts!
15.Cooking? Use light olive oil instead of butter. Why not extra virgin? When cooking over high heat, extra virgin’s lower smoke point can cause it to break down into dangerous byproducts.
All of these diet and exercise tips, and many more, can be found online at the Team Beachbody web site. Additionally, they have a newsletter to which you can subscribe to receive regular healthy tips and great diet recipes in your inbox.