S- STEADY does it. It has been proven that a steady weight loss of no more than 1kg per week is realistic and achievable. Fad diets or shake diets can result in a quick loss of weight, but this loss is not all fat and not maintained long term.
U- UNDERSTAND what you put in your mouth. Do you know about fats, protein and carbohydrates? Are you ensuring that you are having enough protein in every meal? Are you eating the right carbohydrates? If not, now is the time to learn, for your sake and your family’s sake. Contact details are available.
M- MODERATION – Don’t eliminate your treats, just don’t have them at every meal. Don’t overdo the exercise, just be active for part of each day.
M- MAINTAIN – anything that you start in the attempt to look healthier this summer needs to be able to be maintained forever! It takes 21 days to form a new habit. 21 days of being active each day, 21 days of moderate healthy eating, 21 days of anything. Start now, and by the start of SUMMER you will have formed a new habit. But beware, this goes for bad habits too!
E- EXERCISE BREAKDOWN. Have you varied your exercise this week? Incorporate resistance training at least 2 x per week, yoga or stretching 2 x per week and some cardio on most days of the week. Cardio can be broken into little sessions throughout the day with the kids, but should add up to 30mins- 1hr per day. A walk, an active ball game on the beach or in the park or a bike ride the options are always there and participation by your children should be encouraged also.
R- REST. Are you getting a minimum of 7hrs of sleep each night? Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can increase your likelihood of storing body fat.