Now that Labor Day is behind us and summer is officially over, we can all stand together in a moment of silence to prepare for the pain and suffering of sweater weather. I mean, there are obviously (a couple) good things about cold weather, but for the most part, betches peak in the summer, so the Sunday night regrets are starting to kick in. We’ve also been eating and drinking like assholes all summer, so our bodies are feeling it, to say the least. If you’re sobering up and notice you’ve grown a legit beer belly this summer, here are six things you can do to fix it without becoming like, a CrossFit freak.
1. Eat Bigger Meals In The AM
The science behind eating a small or early dinner has never been 100 percent confirmed, but a lot of studies have shown that by eating earlier in the day, you’re setting yourself up for faster weight loss. Instead of skipping breakfast (and no, cold brew isn’t breakfast), eat a filling meal in the morning and a filling meal for lunch. Then, when you get to dinner, eat something smaller and preferably easier to digest. This way, you’re giving yourself enough energy for the day and not starving your body to pig out at night. By the time you go to bed, your body won’t have to work super hard to digest your biggest meal of the day, since it’s been doing that for hours already.
2. Do At-Home HIIT Workouts
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve been raving about HIIT since the day we discovered the phenomenon, and we still swear by our short at-home workouts. HIIT, short for High Intensity Interval Training, is actually not as scary as it sounds, and it gets the job done in a short amount of time. Skip your 60-minute spin class and do a 20-minute bodyweight workout. Working hard in short intervals allows you to continue burning calories after your workout, so you basically can’t lose here. You’ll start seeing results fast, and you don’t even have to starve yourself to get there. Yay exercise!
3. Limit Restaurant Foods
Cooking is like, the most annoying chore ever, but if you can get yourself to stay away from restaurant foods for a few days, you’ll see major changes in your body. Here’s the thing about restaurants: even if you order the healthiest thing on the menu, you have no idea what’s going in your food. With the amount of butter, oil, and salt that they’re putting in every dish, a side of roasted vegetables can be up to 600 calories, and that’s a fucking waste. Like, it took every morsel of strength in me to say no to the bread bowl, so why would I waste calories on unnecessary oils? Try cooking for a few nights. Unless it’s your first time using a stove and you set your house on fire, there’s really no downside to it.
4. Eliminate Your Salt Intake
It’s been proven time and time again that salt makes you bloated. So, naturally, if your goal is to slim down your stomach from a summer of binge-drinking, it’s probably not your brightest idea to eat salty foods. Sodium drains your body of water and potassium, so it’s important to eat potassium-rich foods instead, like bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and spinach. Say no to the extra soy sauce and put down the salty potato chips. They’re not doing your body any good, so you’re only fooling yourself. You can start eating salt again when you look good in time for Halloween. I mean, those sweatpants are all that fit you right now.
5. Up Your Water Intake
This ties in with the salt tip, but it’s probably the BEST thing you can do for your body right now. Aside from the occasional watermelon slice by the pool (and in your margaritas), you probably haven’t been staying hydrated all summer, and rosé doesn’t count. Your body naturally bloats when you’re dehydrated, so that could be why you’re feeling puffy and gross right now. Try drinking two liters of water a day for the next week, and see if you feel the difference. Not only will you get your metabolism moving again, but you’ll also be filling your body with water, which will make you less hungry throughout the day. Start chugging…..now.
6. Chill On The Alc
This is probably the hardest tip, but we’re gonna be harsh here: you’ve had your fun. You’ve been wasted since May, and your body could use a break from the unnecessary calories that come with alcohol. From every time you went too hard during boozy brunch at Gurney’s to the nights you blacked out while looking for Scott Disick at AM Southampton, you drank your way through summer, and you can use a brief intermission. By cutting out alcohol for a week, you’ll automatically feel slimmer and healthier, and you might even wake up without a hangover, which is hard to imagine at this point. Like, who knew life existed before 11?