The sun is starting to come out, summer is just around the corner, and everyone has been struggling to lose weight for months.
Excuses are being thrown around constantly; My diet isn’t working, I have bad genetics, I don’t have time to work out.
Sticking to a diet is hard. Period. But there are a few ways to make it easier.
Here are 6 easy tricks to help you stick to your diet, and obtain your ultimate beach body:
1) Lower Your Daily Calories Over Time
People will often quit cold turkey, or dive into lifestyle changes head first. While I sometimes agree with this approach, I don’t think it’s a good idea when it comes to losing weight.
Drastically lowering your calorie intake from one day to the next makes it harder for you to stick to your diet. It also increases the likelihood of giving up on the diet all together.
Instead, gradually reduce your calorie intake by 150-250 calories for a few weeks. Your diet will be a lot easier to maintain and you won’t feel as hungry all the time!
2) Keep Healthy Foods Easily Accessible
When I was growing up, my mom would always leave fruit and nuts on the kitchen counters, while hiding chips, cookies, and sweets in the pantry.
As a kid I obviously hated this, but as an adult I thoroughly appreciate it. We tend to gravitate towards food that is more readily accessible.
When you’re trying to lose weight, your first move should be to hide your unhealthy snacks and replace them with fruits, nuts, and protein bars!
3) Use a Daily Calorie Tracker
It is impossible estimate the calories and remember every piece of food you eat every day.
Instead, try using a daily calorie tracker such as MyFitnessPal.com.
It lets you search for whole meals or individual food items in their vast database. If you’re using their mobile app you can also scan each individual barcode!
This allows you to track what you’ve been eating all day, and lets you see at a glance if you are hitting your goals for the day.
4) Meal Prep Ahead of Time
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin.
Restaurant and fast food meals tend to be loaded with sugars and fats. This over-saturates the meal with many unnecessary calories.
Instead, prepare and schedule your meals ahead of time.
Not only will this make it easier to lose weight, but you will also end up saving lots of hard-earned cash to spend on the ladies.
5) Give Yourself a Break
Diets are hard and sticking to them 100% is almost impossible. Repressing your cravings and completely cutting out snacks is usually met with overindulging later.
Instead, eat a piece of your favorite cake or a small cup of ice cream every now and then.
Giving yourself a break allows you to recuperate and recharge your mental strength to come back stronger the next day!
Just make sure you don’t overdo it, or you will completely negate your weight loss efforts.
6) Track Your Progress
Last, but definitely not least. Track. Your Progress!
You have been dieting and training hard for three weeks. You’re excited to step on the scale to see how far you’ve come. Unfortunately, you only lost a single pound.
It’s easy to think you’re making progress, but the scale doesn’t lie. To ensure you are losing weight, track your progress.
An easy way to track your progress is periodic weigh-ins. Choose a day and time to weigh yourself. Weigh yourself on the exact same day and time every week. This consistency should cancel out the periodic variances in weight.
Losing weight is simple, but these 6 tricks will also make it easy! Do you have any diet tips or tricks to add? Let me know in the comments.