If you want to shed some pounds before swimsuit season, now is the time to get started. With the weather getting warmer, it’s even more motivating to get outside and get moving, plus springtime and early summer bring a bounty of delicious fresh vegetables to add to your meals. Try the following 10 tips to drop those stubborn pounds just in time for swimsuit season:
Where are you now?
Sometimes all you need to do to jumpstart your weight-loss is to move to a different Phase in Atkins. Whether this means starting from scratch with a quick move back to Induction for two weeks, or moving up a Phase, both options have the potential of pushing you past a plateau if your weight loss has stalled over the winter months.
Read up on Atkins.
Jumpstart your motivation by reading The New Atkins for a New You
so that you have a thorough understanding of Atkins. Add two more valuable tools to your summer shape-up plan with The New Atkins for a New You Workbook and The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook.
Plan your meals
. Choose the recipes you want to cook each week, and set aside a day to do all your grocery shopping. Keep your pantry and office stocked with Atkins-friendly snacks so you always have a low-carb option at your fingertips. Include delicious snacks like Atkins Advantage
bars and shakes, nuts, jerky and cut-up vegetables and dip. Don’t forget Atkins Frozen Meals for those times when you want a delicious, hot, low-carb meal, but you just don’t have the time to cook.
Eat more often
. Stave off hunger by eating four to six 200- to 300-calorie mini-meals throughout the day. For example, start with breakfast (try scrambled eggs with sliced avocado and tomato), enjoy some ham roll-ups or an Atkins Advantage™ bar for a quick snack, feast on a salad for lunch topped with more fresh veggies, grilled chicken or salmon and blue cheese crumbles, snack on some hard-boiled eggs and celery and finish up with a quick dinner of grilled steak and asparagus flavored with fresh herbs and olive oil or an Atkins Frozen Meal like Italian Sausage Primavera.
Don’t forget H2O
. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Carry a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day and sip on it frequently. Replace those sugary drinks full of empty calories with ice, cold water, and you will start feeling and looking better. Drinking a glass or two before a meal will also help control your hunger.
Get your ZZZZ’s
. If you are sleep-deprived, your metabolism may not function properly, which may lead to weight gain. On average, we need about 7.5 hours of quality sleep per night.
Break a sweat.
Regular exercise can enhance your weight loss and tone your body. Start by walking for 30 minutes, three times a week (or break your session into three 10-minute walks throughout the day). Work up to five days a week. If you have already been working out, increase the intensity of your sweat sessions by adding 10 or 15 more minutes of cardio or lifting heavier weights.
Track your progress
. Record your meals, favorite recipes, daily net carbs, weight, body measurements and more by using the tools
in our online Atkins Community. Download our mobile app and get everything you need to search, track and plan your meals on your phone or tablet.
Slow and steady wins the race
. It didn’t take you a couple weeks to gain the weight you want to lose, so don’t put undue pressure on yourself to lose all the weight at a moment’s notice or you are likely to get frustrated and burn out. By starting now (before it’s time to hit the beach or pool), you are giving yourself time to incorporate lasting changes into your routine and set the stage for healthy habits for the rest of the year. Typically, you can realistically expect to lose 2 pounds a week
. Embrace your shape; most women are not a size two. Or even a size eight. In fact, the average woman is a size 14. And the average waist size for a man is 40 inches. Be proud of the changes you are making and the weight you are losing. If you are not quite where you want to be by swimsuit season, remember that you are an incredible work in progress. Enjoy your time in the sun by investing in a new swimsuit for the smaller size you’ve achieved so far and try a self-tanner lotion or a spray tan to showcase the weight you’ve lost.