For some expert insight we turned to health and fitness guru Jillian Michaels, who is currently set to launch Maximize Your Life, her first-ever speaking tour, for her best stay-slim tips.
If you really want to stay slim for life and avoid those frustrating weight fluctuations, you need to find a way to eat less and move more. “It’s that simple,” affirms Michaels. “There are many tips and tricks to accelerate your weight loss, but that is the universal rule. Don't believe anything else anyone tells you.” She shares some simple ways to start eating less and moving more.
As a busy mom and on-the-go professional, Michaels knows the importance of prioritizing healthy living. If you don’t make time for it, you won’t stay slim. To balance a busy career with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Michaels uses the same 80/20 equation listed above, but applies it to creating a work-health balance. “I spend 20 percent of my time on me, working out, going to get my checkups, having a date night, and the other 80 percent is all kids and work,” she says.
It’s also important to ask for help when it comes to making time to stay slim, something Michaels is not afraid to do. “Reach out to the grandparents. They love your kids as much as you do. My mom is always good for a few hours on a Saturday so I can get some 'me time,' ” she says. “Trade off watching the kids with your partner or spouse so you can both get that workout in.”
Having access to healthy snacks can go a long way toward keeping you slim. The easier it is to grab something good for you, the less likely you are to eat a bag of chips or handful of cookies. Michaels always stocks up on low-fat yogurt, almonds, low-fat organic cheese sticks and healthy bars for when she’s on the go. “These all have healthy protein and fat to help fill me up when I am on the go.”
Let’s face it, we don’t always feel like trekking to the gym or have time to squeeze in a fitness class. On days where you’re pressed for time or don’t feel like leaving the house, make sure you have exercise options you can do at home. For Michaels, that option is exercise DVDs. “You don't have to leave the house. No equipment needed. I actually do my own [DVDs] sometimes," she says. Find a few workout DVDs you love, invest in some hand weights, kettlebells or resistance bands, and make it easy to stay fit at home.
Some of the biggest stumbling blocks to being slim for life include finances, time and emotional eating. Michaels shares some advice for not letting these obstacles hold you back from the body you want.
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