1. Make It a Positive Experience
This might be the smartest thing Jillian has ever said. When you frame things the right way, you change your entire perspective on how you look at getting fit and healthy. Instead of saying you “have to” work out or you “can’t” eat that food, put a positive spin on things. Say “I get to run today,” or “I’m choosing not to eat that today,” and the way you see a healthy lifestyle changes immediately. Easy, right?
2. Have an Orange Every Single Day
Luckily, oranges taste good and are easy to find year-round, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you. According to Jillian, the vitamin C in oranges helps block cortisol production, which is a hormone that leads to fat storage within your body. Any citrus will do, so mix it up with grapefruit, lemons and limes if you want to. Yum!
3. Drink More Water
This is something that Jillian tells lots of her clients because it works. Staying hydrated helps keep your body from tricking you into thinking you’re hungry when you’re just thirsty. Getting plenty of water also boosts metabolism, which helps you burn calories and stay fit and trim. Get yourself a really cute water bottle and take it with you everywhere you go. Just be sure to wash it regularly to kill germs and bacteria.
4. Go Ahead and Eat out
The great thing about Jillian is that she would never tell you that you have to give up the things you love. Yes, you can certainly go out to eat if you are trying to get healthy and fit, but you have to do so with caution. Jillian suggests looking online and making a healthy choice before you get to the restaurant, then ask for substitutions as needed to ensure that your meal is healthy and in line with your goals.
5. Just Go to Bed
Sometimes the best way to end a tough day is to just call it quits and go to bed. Turns out that getting enough sleep is vital if you want to stay slim and healthy. Being too tired increases the amount of hormones that drive hunger. So not getting enough shut-eye can lead you to overeat and make poor health decisions during the day. Jillian tries to get at least 8 hours every night and suggests you do too.
6. Change Things up Often
If you do the same workout all the time, you will get bored, which can lead to throwing in the towel and giving up your health goals. However, mixing things up from time to time keeps exercise exciting and challenges your body in new ways. Jillian also suggests targeting more than one muscle group at a time so you can shorten your workouts, but rev the benefits.
7. Follow the 80/20 Rule when It Comes to Eating
This rule says to eat great 80 percent of the time and allow yourself to indulge 20 percent of the time. Depriving yourself only leads to binge eating, so letting yourself have a treat now and then is a great way to stay on track and still enjoy your favorites.
8. Swear off Fads
Jillian Michaels says to stop following fad diets and realize the problems behind these "quick weight loss schemes". Fad diets do way more harm than good to the body so it's best to just skip them and put in the effort for lasting weight loss.
9. Have a Plan B
While packing your lunch for work everyday is great for not only your wallet but also your waistline, sometimes we can't resist the offer to dine out with a co-worker or friend. If that's the case, always ensure you have a healthy option wherever you choose to go so you stay on track.
10. Stand as Much as Possible
Whether it's watching tv or being in the waiting room at the doctor's office, stand up. Standing burns 1.5 more calories than sitting which means just by getting up from the desk to do work, or not plopping down on the couch, you are burning more calories! Which of these tips is your favorite? Do you think it will help you shape up and trim down?