As summer approaches and even during it, it’s undeniable that almost every teenage girl out there is thinking about their body. The words “diet” and “gym” seem to echo through every conversation.
Well, personally, I hate exercising. I always promise myself that I’m going to start working out, and I even spent a lot of money on a new pair of sneakers to motivate me to go, but of course, I still never do.
And then the dieting. I don’t want to eat salad and nuts. I like my greasy, fattening cheeseburgers with a lot of ketchup.
I knew there had to be something different. Small ways that would be effective, but still allow me to eat whatever I want. So here they are, people!
Five small tips that will make a big difference.
1. Eat off of blue plates. Psychologically, the colors red and yellow cause us to eat more food, even when we aren’t hungry. Yeah, thanks a lot, McDonalds…
2. Turn off the TV. It’s as simple as this: when you’re bored, you eat. Have you ever been watching TV and gotten up to get a snack when you aren’t even hungry? Turn off the TV and ask yourself if you are really hungry, or if you’re just bored.
3. The King’s rule. For all you breakfast lovers out there, this one is perfect for you. Start with a big breakfast in the morning. And I mean big. This will fill you up, and by lunch time, you won’t be as hungry. It also gives you the whole day to work off all the food you just ate! Later, eat a medium lunch and a small dinner. This quote always helps me remember: “Eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch, and pauper for dinner.”
4. Get some sun. This one is easily my favorite. Just by being in the sun, you’re body will increase it’s vitamin D level, giving you more energy to go out and do something to work off all that bacon you had for breakfast! Not only will it give you energy, but studies also show that getting more vitamin D helps put you in a better mood!
5. Drink chocolate milk. Second favorite, for sure. Studies suggest that drinking chocolate milk after you work out is better than any sports drink. And the best part is… if you’re like me and hating exercising, drinking chocolate milk is good for you even if you don’t work out! It has the same effects as getting sun does: more energy and a better mood. Drink up!
6. Set a goal for yourself. By having a goal and telling yourself that you are going to achieve that goal, you will make improvements. For example, this hot pink Thakoon dress with the slit is perfect motivation for me to want to make steps to eat better.
7. Drink water before your meals. A lot of people confuse hungry with thirst. By drinking a glass of water before your meal, will eat significantly less.
8. Brush your tongue. Brushing your teeth between meals helps to suppress your hungry, but brushing your tongue is even better to do. By brushing your tongue, you are lowing your craving for salty foods. If you do it enough, you’re taste sensations will improve, too!
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