There are four days until the Fourth of July (the ultimate day of pool parties (read: bathing suits), eating, and drinking in the USA) and what better way to spend them than getting fit! Don’t postpone your fitness makeover until after the holiday weekend, start now! There are seven days in a week and unless you are training for some sort of competition, it is not necessary to be a strict fitness/nutrition freak all seven days of the week. That is why I am giving you four days to give fit a go! I have several guidelines for you and I will be posting daily workout challenges on my Instagram account (@fitdesiree) so play along and see what you can do! Take pics/video of your workouts or nutrition changes and add #Fit4theFourth to hold yourself accountable.
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. (Ex. if you weigh 150 pounds, you will drink 75 ounces of water per day.)
- Eat breakfast. (Even if it’s just a piece of fruit with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter or a glass of skim milk, something is better than nothing!)
- Eat every three hours. (It doesn’t need to be a giant meal and it doesn’t need to be three almonds. Caloric intake varies from person to person, but keep in mind that if you are a fully grown, generally healthy adult, a diet of less than 1300 calories should be medically supervised.)
- Eat at least two servings of veggies every day.
- Eat at least two servings of fruit every day.
- Do not add salt to any of your food.
- No sweets or added sugars! (Cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, refined sugar, etc)
- No soda! (Neither regular nor diet.)
- No alcohol! (All alcohol has 7 kcal per gram and is metabolized to fat in your body.)
- Eat only low fat dairy products. (No full fat dairy products.)
- No white flour foods. (Choose whole grain pastas, breads, and cereals, oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, black rice, etc for your carbohydrates.)
- No fried foods. (Try steaming, grilling, or baking instead.)
- Take a 20 minute brisk walk everyday. (This can be broken into two 10 minute walks if necessary.)
- Do the workout challenge that I post on my Instagram account. (This is in addition to any physical activity you already have planned 😀 )
Don’t make yourself crazy with your nutrition. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to healthy eating. You have to figure out what works for you. Lean meats, legumes, nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, low fat dairy products, and whole grains are your best choices. It is not always about making the healthiest choice, it is often about making the healthier choice.