Hi all! Coach Mindy Here!
Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it! The days are getting brighter and the weather is mild. It's the perfect time to amp up your weight loss routine and recommit to any weight loss goals you may have let slide over the winter months. Here are my top five tips for getting back in the groove.
1. Spring Clean
While you're Spring Cleaning, take time to clean out your pantry and fridge as well. Toss any sweets or off-plan foods and start the season off clean! It's also a great time to reorganize. Designate shelf space for healthy snacks and put pre-cut fresh veggies and fruit front and center in your fridge. If you're following one of the BITE tracking plans from Healthi, the pantry BITE stickers in our Healthi shop make meal planning a breeze!
2. Refocus on Water
Water is essential for weight loss and keeping hunger at bay. Make drinking your recommended 64 ounces fun with our Healthi water bottle! Mix it up by adding slices of fruit like lemons, limes, strawberries with some fresh herbs like rosemary, mint, and lavender. Experiment to see what combinations you like best.
3. Move exercise outdoors.
Being outside has a ton of health benefits, and coupling those benefits with exercise gives you a two for one punch! Not only do you burn more calories and challenge your body more, It's great for boosting mental health and self esteem. On bright sunny days, our brains have higher levels of serotonin, which is the body’s natural mood stabilizer. Sunlight will also increase your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D has proven to be an effective way of enhancing your mood, so exercise outside to help beat depression and anxiety.
4. Revamp your sleep routine.
Sleep is so important for weight loss, and often overlooked. The effect of inadequate sleep can mean the difference between losing or gaining weight. With longer days the time changes , it's no wonder our sleep can get a little off track during spring. Start working on good sleep hygiene NOW. Create a simple bedtime routine and stick to it consistently. Once your brain begins recognizing those bedtime habits, it will get the hint that it's time to wind down.
5. Balance your meals and have protein with EVERY meal.
Creating a meal plan around lean protein, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, will help you eliminate processed food and excess sugars. It will also ensure you're getting adequate nutrition. Also, be sure to incorporate protein with every meal and snack. Protein is essential in maintaining lean muscle mass, controlling appetite, and burning calories. The digital scale in the Healthi shop is perfect for keeping up with your portion sizes.
With spring well on it's way, these five tips are certain to help you get yourself re-motivated and well on your way to your goal weight.