Bikini and short-shorts season is almost here, and that means one thing to millions of us women — time to diet and get fit! If you’re planning a new regimen, or just want to update your old one, I can help you get off to a good start. Here are 8 ways to jump start a diet… your diet! Let’s go!
1. Set a Goal
Before you begin any diet or fitness journey, you need to have a clear, reasonable goal. Select a goal weight, or better yet, a goal size, and write it down. Then honestly measure yourself, and figure out how many weeks you’ll need to get to that goal size. Here’s where the “reasonable” part comes in to play: count on losing a pound or a pound and a half each week, no more. If you lose a little more, that’s great! But if you lose just that amount, be satisfied with that.
2. Clear the Pantry
How will you jump start a diet if you have all that junk-food temptation right there in your own pantry? Clear out the entire pantry, shelf by shelf, and pitch or donate the food you know you shouldn’t indulge in, like crisps, chips, and sweets. When you’re done, clear out the fridge, too.
3. Stock the Fridge
Now that the kitchen is cleared of junk food, it’s time to re-stock with healthier choices. Replace the ice cream and other sweets with fresh fruits, and the crunchy snacks with fresh veggies. Swap the bland, bleached white bread for wholesome, fiber-rich whole grain bread. Ditch the soda in favor of all-natural mixed fruit juice or (better yet) water.
4. Get Your Gear
Now it’s time to gather all the gear you’ll need for your new diet and fitness regimen. Get fitted for the right trainers and sports bra. Find a great reusable water bottle and a comfy yoga mat. Invest in a balance or Bosu ball. You’re ready to jump start your diet now, right?
5. Plan Your Menu
To avoid making last-minute, hunger-driven meal choices, ones that may not be the healthiest, you need to plan your menu, and make sure you have everything on hand to prepare it. Pro-tip: plan your entire menu for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
6. Scrutinize Your Workout
If you’ve been doing the same workout for a while, you might want to refresh it with a new class or a few new moves. Add a balance or Bosu ball to your crunch routine, or sign up for a Zumba or yoga class. Amping up your workout is a great way to jump start your diet!
7. Try for Five
When you’re planning your new diet, try for five servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day, and incorporate them into five small meals (including snacks). Trying for five is a marvelously effective way to jump start a diet… five small meals means you’re less hungry, and that your metabolism keeps rocking all day long. Adding five servings of fruits and veggies ensures you’re getting the nutrients you need… if you use them to replace your less healthy snacks (2 of the 5 meals), that’s a double-bonus!
8. Ban the Baddies
We’ve mostly talked about what to add to your plan to jump start your diet… now let’s talk about what to take away. Start with fast food, soda, and prepared foods (anything in a box or can). These provide little nutritional value, and are loaded with fat, sodium, and chemical ingredients you can’t pronounce, not to mention digest. Ick!
With so many ways to jump start your diet, you’ll be off and running before you even lace up your trainers! Do these all at once, and you’ll be on your way to your bikini bod in no time. Which of these tips will you use to jump start your diet? Or do you have another tip to share? Please do!
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