Personal trainer and The Biggest Loserstar, Jillian Michaels understands some of the woes woman face in losing weight. She’s been away from the show for two seasons during which she gave birth to her two children, Lukensia and Pheonix. Jillian gained weight while she was pregnant and now she’s sharing her trick for losing it:
“I’ve become the master of shortcuts! It’s still about eating less and moving more, but there’s a way to do it so you don’t feel miserable,” explains Jillian to HealthMagazine.
Jillian Michaels weight-loss tips
- Swear off fad diets — None of the trendy diets are manageable long-term and your metabolism may suffer because of them.
- Be an 80/20 eater — “Make 80 percent of the food you eat healthy and take 20 percent of your daily calories and make them fun,” says Jillian.
- Speak in positives — Deprivation language makes you a rebel and instead you should say, “I’m not going to have that,” or, “I won’t,” because it’s a choice you’re consciously making.
- Get your sleep — Sleep impacts your hormones that control how you burn and store fat, and how you maintain muscle.
- Diversify your workout — Working multiple muscles at the same time gives you strength-training along with cardiovascular exercise.
- Order wisely at restaurants — Don’t look at the menu; ask for what you want that includes veggies, grains, and protein.
Pro tip: Tell a white lie and say you’re allergic if you feel uncomfortable.
- Scout out lunch spots near the office — Compile a list or book of “slim lunch options” from takeout places near your workspace to prepare for when you need a quick bite and don’t want to think too much about it.
- Travel with snacks — Packing small meals you can make in a hotel room or at a long day conference can help you stay filled throughout the day and prevent binge snacking at night.
- Fill up before parties — “Eat a filling, healthy snack before you leave home. And take a healthy dish so it’s like you’re contributing, but you’ve also covered your ass with something you can eat!”
- Eat citrus every day — Your body produces a hormone, cortisol, that tells you to store fat and eating vitamin C inhibits cortisol production.
- Eat more lean protein — Turkey, chicken, and fish can help you stay fuller for longer with amino acids to help you build muscle.
- Drink plenty of water — “Hydration can curb hunger and boost your metabolism by up to 3 percent! Drink water until your pee looks like lemonade.”
- Say yes to dark chocolate — Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and in moderation, it’s better than other sweets.
- Stand up! — Standing burns 1.5 times more calories than sitting; try standing at the doctor’s office, when you watch TV, and when you’re working on a laptop.
- Clean out your pantry — Get rid of all foods that contain trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and high-fructose corn syrup.
- Spotlight healthy food — Put the healthiest things on display by placing fruit on your countertop, fridge foods at eye level, and the best snacks in the front of your cupboard.
- Ration your junk food — “Don’t buy more treat food than you’re going to eat in one day. Get just one calorie-controlled allotment, like a small bag of chips, so you can’t continue to go back for more.”
- Don’t freak out on “fat” days — Instead of focusing on how you feel right now, stay positive and think of something fun to incentivize yourself into doing something healthy on these days.
Use these tips and get a friend to join you on your weight-loss journey. It’s better when you have someone to confide in and work together at achieving each of your goals. For more healthy weight-loss tips, visit Health.com.
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