Your summer slim down checklist | 5/2/2017, 10:49 a.m.
This list is everything you need to tweak your diet and workout routine just enough to get noticeable results in ...

Looking for simple ways to slim down in time for the summer? This list is everything you need to tweak your diet and workout routine just enough to get noticeable results in a short amount of time before summer is here. You can build these into your normal routine to keep the healthier you going strong through summer and beyond.

1. Eat Real Food

Put down that packaged dinner, and back out of the drive thru. To see the numbers on the scale go down, you’ll have to pick up some whole foods. Eating real food helps you ditch the added sugars and ingredients that never fill you up and only make you crave more. Whole foods like fruits, veggies, and whole grains are full of nutrients and filling fiber to keep your mind on something other than food.

2. Keep Sugar On the Low

Sugar is the #1 culprit to weight gain, and it is hiding inside of pretty much everything we consume. Pay close attention to food and drink labels for sugar content and try to keep your sugar intake to around 40 grams a day. If you’re a fan of juices and smoothies, drink them in moderation or use less sugary fruits, dark berries and avocados and load up on more veggies.

3. Nix the Alcohol

Depending on your social calendar, cutting back on alcohol can save you more than 1,000 calories a week (that’s about 2 margaritas)! But if skipping the bar is a challenge, there are healthier drinks out there as well. A simple tequila with club soda and a squeeze of lime is low in sugar and calories. Same goes for wine or sangria made with fresh fruit juice. When choosing drinks that won’t set you back, keep it simple and avoid the pre-mixed variety.

4. Burn 500 Calories a Day

With your nutrition in check, you can really melt the fat with some serious calorie burn every day. If you do one activity that makes you break a sweat for 60 minutes, you’ll easily reach the 500 calorie mark. If an hour at a time is too intense, you can break up your sweat sessions throughout the day. Stick to this daily plan to burn a pound of fat in just one week.

5. Healthy Meal Replacement

You can quickly cut back on calories by replacing a meal with a protein shake, smoothie or juice. The key is to choose ingredients that are low in sugar and calories, but high in protein and nutrients to keep you satisfied. Swapping out our breakfast for a healthy smoothie is a, easy change to make during the summer. Not to mention, you can save time and money in the process.

6. Hit the Weights

Even though it sounds backwards, building muscle is a major key to slimming down. If you can do at least 2 days of strength training each week, you’ll build the lean muscle you need to burn more calories when you’re doing absolutely nothing. You will probably start to look slimmer too because muscle takes up less space than fat. Be sure to use weights for all your muscles, especially larger muscle groups like your legs and back for an extra metabolism boost.