Spring break is right around the corner and along with the nice weather, sunny beaches and warm water is the pressure to have an attractive body. Since it’s almost here, you won’t be able to drastically change the way you look, but you will be able to make a difference big enough for you and your friends to notice. With a proper calorie restricted diet you can change your image. The next few weeks will require dedication and hard work but they will pay off.
To lose weight, you’ll first need to restrict your calories. You can use the Calorie Calculator to help you find an estimate of how many calories you are burning each day. To lose 1 pound per week, you need to eat 500 calories less than you burn every single day. If you’d like to see quicker results, eat 1,000 calories less than you burn and you should lose 2 pounds per week.
Aside from the number of calories, the types of calories can also help you lose weight and get a more toned appearance. You can start by cutting out all sorts of sugary junk foods. Foods that are high in sugar such as candy and soda will give you a lot of calories with no feeling of satiety (being full). This is because foods high in refined white flour or sugar are digested very quickly.
Avoid white breads, white rice or any grain that is not 100% whole wheat. Food that is digested quickly means you’ll be eating more.
Low Calorie Foods
Ideally, you’ll want to load up on foods that are low in calories and are digested slowly. The more time a food can keep you full, the less you’ll eat. Foods that are high in fiber will accomplish this: fruits, vegetables, 100% whole grain, brown rice, oatmeal.
Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Don’t forget to eat smaller frequent meals instead of three large meals per day. Eating less calories more frequently will allow your body to better utilize the calories you provide without storing them as fat. To avoid hunger, eat snacks between meals and drink plenty of water.
Because you’re on a last minute spring break diet, don’t expect to go from “flab to abs” overnight. Big changes require a lot of time. The best advice you should take away from this shouldn’t be about calories or healthy food. It should be to enjoy a healthy looking body, you need to take care of it all year round, not just the weeks that lead up to spring break.
The Bottom Line
Preventing unwanted weight gain is a lot easier than curing weight gain. Making healthy choices most of the time will prevent the need for quick diets before spring break.