Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 7: Get Right Back on Track

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 7: Get Right Back on Track Blog Post

Did a co-worker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh from the bread basket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight-loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “my diet starts next week,” then you know that one indulgent meal can morph into a weekend of eating lots of high-calorie foods.

Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 5: Treat Yourself (Occasionally)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 5: Treat Yourself (Occasionally) Blog Post

Slimming down for summer isn’t about depriving yourself—it’s about making small changes that you can stick with. If you’re craving something sweet—or salty—but think you can’t have it if you are trying to lose weight, think again! Having a small treat every day may help you stick to your diet. Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a small daily treat didn’t sabotage weight-loss efforts. Some under-150-calorie snacks to try: a 16-oz.

Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 6: Be a Slim Snacker

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 6: Be a Slim Snacker Blog Post

Snacks can keep your diet on track by preventing your hunger from getting out of control. But if you don’t pick the right ones, in healthy amounts, snacks can derail your diet instead. Foods with protein and fiber make especially satisfying snacks—they help keep you full on few calories. Try carrots and hummus, nonfat cottage cheese and orange slices, plain nonfat yogurt and diced pear, almonds and raisins, or an apple with almond butter.

Do This Today: Pick a snack today with a mix of protein and fiber.

Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 4: Get 8 Hours of Sleep

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 4: Get 8 Hours of Sleep Blog Post

There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep. Being sleep-deprived can affect your emotional well-being, your skin and your weight! Without enough sleep, you’re more likely to eat extra calories and reach for high-calorie food choices. Learn more about the sleep and weight connection here. Most adults need around 8 hours of sleep a night. Two things that can help you fall asleep faster: less screen time before bed and these 9 foods.

Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 3: Drink Plenty of Water

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 3: Drink Plenty of Water Blog Post

Water definitely does a body good. In one 2010 study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, drinking water can help edge out calories from calorie-laden beverages like juice, soda and even sweetened tea or coffee. Unsweetened tea, coffee and seltzer are all good zero-calorie options to try. Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to iced tea and seltzer to make them more flavorful.
Find out how much water you should drink each day.