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How to have a Beach Body!

Ok, I know that is not what you are talking about. Quite frankly, this is true. BUT HOW TO get a HEALTHIER, STRONGER and more AWESOME BOD tips are below, so keep reading.

There are so many simple new habits that you can start right now today that will make a big difference in the long run (and even in the short run). I saved this article for right now because we are post-Spring Break and hopefully back on track to feeling like the best version of you!

How to #1 - Check your PORTIONS

When was the last time that you put thought not into WHAT you eat, but how MUCH you eat? Since the early 1900s, the size of a normal American dinner plate has become at least 25% larger. We tend to fill up whatever kind of plate we use, and you might find you are just as satisfied with a portion that fits on the smaller plate. Added bonus, wait 15 to 20 minutes before taking seconds, and 95% of the time, you will be satiated at that point.

"If we simply give people a larger plate size, in some cases, they'll end up eating 25%-50% more food just because the dish they're eating from is bigger," says author Brian Wansink, PhD, professor and director of Cornell Food and Brand Lab

How to #2 - Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

Just like the size of our plates have increased, so have our glassware. If you drink juice or soda, try replacing just one a day with a glass of water. We are 70-75% water and naturally lose hydration through the day, plus being extra on top of water intake will have you feeling fuller longer!

How to #3 - Limit mindless snacking

Have you ever been snacking on a bag of chips as you’re working or watching TV and suddenly you reach into the bag to find it empty? Don't feel bad because it happens to more people than you think. In today’s fast-paced society, we are constantly tempted with abundant food choices. PLUS distractions have shifted attention away from the actual act of eating toward our smartphones, laptops, and televisions. That

How to #4 - Lift more weights

I know that we have been trained and conditioned to believe that weight loss is all about the cardio, but I am here to set the record straight. Lifting weights supports weight loss by building muscle. Ok and...muscles are metabolically efficient and support weight loss by burning more calories at rest. Thus, it’s typically best to add both weight training and cardio to your workout regimen

Plus your metabolic rate is increased after weight training, meaning you’re still burning additional calories hours after you workout!

How to #5 - Get more sleep

Sleep allows your body to recover from exercise and stress, and sleep is how your muscles repair themselves. Lack of sleep also makes your body experience more weight gain, makes you more prone hunger and cravings and it can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Aim for between 7 -9 hours of sleep per night.

Commit to YOUR best body!

So how do you do these things? Create a Habit Calendar and choose ONE of the 5 recommendations I have made and mark 28 days off on the calendar. Complete that one new habit every day for 28 days. Evaluate at the end how you feel and add a habit on top of that!

As always, I have tons of ideas and recommendations to help you feel like the best version of you starting today and for the rest of your life. #starttoday


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