Nutrition-wise, there are five principles that I stress to my clients. They are basic, no-nonsense weight loss tips. And when my clients follow them, they become the envy of their friends! If you are able to focus on these five things, I promise that you will see the results you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
Drink 80 to 100 ounces of water each and every day. Staying hydrated is at the core of my philosophy. It prevents bloating. I hate bloating. Bloat is absolutely unfair when you are trying to achieve muscle tone. Also, quite often people mistake hunger for dehydration. Keep your water intake up and it will help you stop overeating.
Watch your sodium intake because it will cause bloating. Ever have pizza for dinner and wake up the next day unable to wear your rings or watch comfortably? Pay attention to those salty dishes! You should only be consuming around 2,200 mg of sodium each day. If you try to cut back to this amount, you will find yourself cutting back on processed foods. Double win!
Too many starches in the evening are a leading cause of weight gain and weight retention. Unless you plan on making your late evenings your absolute busiest and most active time of the day, you don’t need starchy dinners. Starches are an energy source, so gravitate toward them early in the day to fuel yourself. Some of the starchy dinners that will get you are pastas and bready meals. Choose lean proteins and veggies instead. Because those starches will be stored as fat if you don’t burn them off.
Added sugar is a huge cause of weight gain, and comes with other nasty negatives too. Try to limit yourself to natural sugars, like those found in fruits and vegetables. Beets are a great source of natural sugars and provide other great benefits. In the evening, consider dark chocolate to satisfy dessert cravings. You could even pair it with PB2, a low-calorie peanut butter that I am immensely fond of.
While trying to lose weight, this is a must: Limit your alcohol consumption to 2 drinks a week. You will experience leaps and bounds of improvement just from doing this alone, because you’ll be cutting out empty carbs with no nutritional advantage. When you do have a drink, it’ll feel all the more special. This is a must when trying to hit a specific weight goal!
These five tips aren’t just what I preach; I live by them every day when I’m in the grocery store, cooking meals, enjoying evenings with friends, and reviewing nutrition with my clients. My most successful client stories always involve people who have committed to these principles. Set your goal today!