Everybody wants to look good in a bathing suit when the weather starts to warm up and summer has nearly arrived. Whether you need to lose two pounds or 20 pounds, you still want to look your best, and you’re likely hoping you can do by the time you need to take off your clothes at the beach this year.
While losing too much weight too fast isn’t good for your body, there are some healthy ways that you can lose weight. Some can even help you start to take weight off today.
Use these tips to help you slim down for summer and keep the weight off.
Know Your Caloric Intake
A lot of people balk at the idea of counting calories, but the truth is that if you aren’t aware of how much food you’re eating versus how much your body needs, you’re kind of playing a guessing game when it comes to weight loss. Don’t fret though, counting calories doesn’t have to be an insane process of weighing every bite of food you take.
Instead, figure out about how many calories you’re burning each day and the caloric values of healthy foods you’re eating. For example, a six-ounce piece of baked chicken breast with no skin will net about 180 calories. A cup of brown rice is about 200 calories.
Use this information to determine the caloric values of healthy foods you should be eating and stay under your limit for the day. Without a goal it can be very hard to tell if and when you’re going to lose any weight.
Try Meal Replacements
Knowing how many calories you’re eating, especially when you’re very busy, can be extremely difficult. If you’re the type that’s running from meeting to meeting, you might not even have the chance to sit down for a healthy lunch at all during the day.
That’s where protein shakes and healthy meal replacements can come in very handy. They’ll fill you up, give you the nutrients you need and help you stay on top of your weight loss goals.
Best of all, you can get them pre-mixed so they’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.
You know exercise is important, but most people don’t do it each day, even when trying to lose weight. Even if you’re just walking, make sure you take time to exercise each day.
A rest day after strenuous exercise is okay.