For many of us, the winter pounds quickly add up but can be difficult to take off. If you’re hoping to slim down so you can be proud of your body at the beach or pool this summer, this post is for you.

Here are some ways you can get in shape while still having a good time:

Use the 80/20 rule

You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule when it comes to dieting. Basically, you want to eat super clean 80% of the time, so you can enjoy a few treats 20% of the time. One good way to do this is to focus on eating well throughout the workweek, and then give yourself a little leeway at the weekend. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can have a complete binge for two days- that will undo all of your hard work and then some. But it does mean that if you’re eating healthily and working out throughout the week, you can probably enjoy a nice brunch or go out for a couple of drinks once a week.


Eat less sugar

We all know how it goes- we eat a large piece of cheesecake and feel a little sick, but a few hours later, we’re craving sugar again. That’s why it’s so important to try to limit the amount of sugar you eat. When we eat sugar, our insulin levels spike- leading to weight gain. That’s why it’s a good idea to eat sugar free sweets and limit your sugar as much as you can.

Sugar is found in all types of food- and so is high fructose corn syrup. Once you begin reading labels, you’ll quickly begin to realize exactly how much you’re eating.

Plan accordingly

We all know what happens when we don’t plan well. We may have every intention of cooking through the week, but when we get home and feel exhausted after a long day, we’re more likely to order in or grab a pizza on the way home.

One of the best ways to get around this is to meal prep. Consider doing all of your shopping for the week on Saturday or Sunday and then taking the time to prep meals for the week. Sure, you’ll lose a few hours of your weekend, but it’ll be worth it when you arrive home to a nice, healthy, homecooked meal when you’re done with work.