Three Steps To Get Back On Track, Post 4th Of July

If you’ve been overdoing it this holiday weekend, you may be tempted to go to extreme measures to undo the damage. But the truth is, with a few smart, reasonable adjustments, you can loosen up those too-tight clothes before your next trip to the beach. Here’s how to get started:

Start Eating on Schedule
Each day, eat breakfast within an hour of waking up and eat again every 3 to 5 hours. Starting your day with a healthy meal and enjoying evenly spaced meals will maximize your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels, and level out your appetite. I know it may be tempting to cut way back, but starving yourself completely backfires. Eating too little forces your body to switch into conservation mode and burn fewer calories, which means you’re more likely to hang onto body fat. And under eating can cause your body to break down muscle mass for fuel, which also causes a metabolic slow down. Unless you want to wind up thinner but flabbier, eating enough and at regular times is key.

Drink More H2O
Water does support optimal metabolism and some research shows it may naturally curb your appetite, but it can also help you feel better fast. Drinking more water flushes out excess sodium to help you quickly de-bloat, and it gets things moving in your digestive

system to relieve constipation. Aim for 2 to 2.5 liters a day (about 8 to 10 cups).

Cut Back, but Don’t Cut Out Carbs
Nixing carbs completely can force your body to burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain your calorie-burning muscle. So instead of cutting carbs out, just cut back. Pair veggies, plant-based proteins  and a small serving of whole grains. I recommend aiming for 2 cups of veggies (about two baseball’s worth), 3 ounces (deck of cards) or a 1/2 cup (half a baseball) of plant-based  protein such as tofu, beans, a 1/2 cup of a whole grain such as quinoa, barley.


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