From the best breakfast to fitting in dessert (daily) and cleaning up your kitchen, all the little things can make a big difference once you get on the scale.
Wake up with water.
Drink 16 ounces of water when you wake up, says Good Housekeeping Institute’s Nutrition Director Jaclyn London. “Optimizing hydration early in the day gets your day off on the right foot,” she says.
Buy a set of 5-pound weights.
Strength training builds lean muscle — and thus, burns more calories, even when you’re sleeping, says London. Do bicep curls, triceps pulls, squats and lunges.
Fatty fish (salmon, halibut, tuna) and shellfish (mussels, shrimp) are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Plus, they’re a great source of lean protein. Grill them up and go to town.
Grill your veggies.
“Grilling veggies means less opportunity for food to be dripping in oil or deep fried,” says London. Plus, the BBQ adds a boost of yummy flavor. Veggies taste so different grilled, you’ll wantto load them on your plate.
Use your iPhone to measure portions.
Make sure when you’re eating meat or grains, your portion looks roughly the size of your iPhone, which will be about five ounces, says London. It’s a good visual gauge for keeping serving sizes in check.
Pack in the pre-biotics.
You’ve heard of probiotics, but pre-biotics supply a type of fiber that probiotics love to feast on, so they’re key for a healthy bloat-free gut. Try artichokes, asparagus and bananas.
Use a pretty plate every time you eat.
The trick can serve as a reminder to slow down, sit down and think about what you’re eating. Besides, it makes every eating occasion a little bit more special.
Everyone has stress, but chronic stress can make you more prone to weight gain. Doing things that make you happy — like watching the sunset or chatting with a friend—can help you stay calm.
Add produce to every meal and snack.
Throw a handful of spinach into your omelet, add sliced cucumbers and bell peppers to your sandwich or pair a plum with trail mix. Produce is loaded with nutrients and fiber, helping you fill up.
Cultivate a summer workout playlist.
Whether you like Beyonce or Coldplay, listening to the music you love can prompt you to push harder in your workout (without feeling like you are) and go longer. Win!
Add a wine cube to your water.
Dropping in a frozen cube of wine into your cup of seltzer water or club soda is a great way to feel like you’re sipping something special without drinking a ton of calories.
Switch to unsweetened dairy.
Some sweetened yogurts are so sugary you might as well be eating dessert. Buy unsweetened yogurt and plant-based milks. If you’d like, add fruit to your yogurt to naturally sweeten it yourself.
Try an outdoor yoga class.
You can find them in parks, parking lots, rooftops and more. All levels of yogi are welcome, and you just may fall in love with something new. (Doesn’t hurt that yoga can help you maintain a healthy weight, right?)