10 Summer slim-down secrets

by SheKnows
Jun 8, 2012 at 3:14 a.m. ET
Skipping breakfast isn't going to help you lose weight. It sends the wrong message to your body, slows down your metabolism and prompts you to overeat throughout the day. So instead, fuel your body and your metabolism with a healthy breakfast every day.

1 /9: Use smaller plates

1/9 :Use smaller plates

Trick yourself into eating less food by eating off of smaller plates. If you have problems with your portion control, fooling yourself with smaller dishes is a great idea. Subconsciously it will make you believe you are eating more food than you are.

2 /9: Drink water first

2/9 :Drink water first

Make it a habit to drink a full glass of water before every single meal. It's essential to drink plenty of water in the summertime to stay hydrated as well as rid your body of toxins. Drinking right before eating will help fill you up and you'll be less likely to overeat.

3 /9: Don't totally deprive yourself

3/9 :Don't totally deprive yourself

If you ban yourself from eating sweet treats and other favorites, you are more likely to binge later and blow your diet completely. So instead, treat yourself with a treat once a week, or limit yourself to just a big spoonful of ice cream or just a bite or two of cake instead of a full portion.

4 /9: Incorporate exercise into your daily routine

4/9 :Incorporate exercise into your daily routine

If you feel like you don't have time to exercise, think again. Even if you can't get to the gym every single day, you can still exercise. Get moving by playing outdoors with your kids, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and never driving where you can walk or bike.

5 /9: Fill your plate with veggies

5/9 :Fill your plate with veggies

Make it a habit to eat a salad before diving into any other foods at lunch and dinner. By filling up with greens and other raw veggies, you'll be less likely to overeat fatty or starchy foods. Even if you aren't having salad, fill up your plate with a colorful selection of fruits and vegetables as often as possible.

6 /9: Visualize yourself

6/9 :Visualize yourself

Nothing is more motivating than seeing yourself in a fit and healthy state. When you are having trouble sticking to your summer exercise program or diet, close your eyes and picture a healthier, happier, more energetic you. Concentrate on looking and feeling healthy -- not re