Just say no – willpower is like a muscle: Work it and you get stronger. The key is to practice keeping yourself in check in non-food situations, too. Whether you’re driving in rush hour traffic or dealing with a rude customer, there are many challenges that require self-control. Succeed in not gesturing at that rude driver and you’ll be better able to resist dessert at the party.
Steer clear of banking calories – cutting back all day so you can indulge at an event that night only sets you up for a pig-out. Why? Because you’re starving! It’s easy to get out of control when you’re faced with high-calorie choices. Be sure to eat three square meals and a couple of snacks during the day. Aim for lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein.
Compress your workouts – if you can’t get to your favourite spin class or find time for the treadmill just 15 minutes can help you maintain your fitness level. For example, skipping for 15 minutes torches about 190 calories; and just 30 minutes of dancing in the kitchen can burn the same amount.
Get plenty of potassium – the nutrient counterbalances sodium, so you retain less water. Find your favourite potassium food and stock up: take your pick from bananas, papayas, kiwis, strawberries, and cantaloupe melon.
Be accountable – We all need someone to encourage us when we start feeling lazy. This could be a workout partner, a personal trainer, a friend or a member of your family. Whoever it is, find someone who will make you push yourself and be accountable. Alternatively, you can join many online social groups for people who share the same goals as you.