Set aside more time for sleep
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock If you’re sacrificing sleep to squeeze in early morning workouts, you may be doing your body more harm than good, says Jay Cardiello, a celebrity trainer who’s worked with stars like Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez. “Skimping on sleep can cause the body’s levels of leptin to drop. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain that you’re full. So when you don’t have enough of it, it sends a message to the brain that there’s a shortage of food and increases your appetite,” Cardiello explains. “Do your waistline a favor and make sleep a priority. Seven or eight hours a night is ideal.” Try some of these seven essential oils for a good night’s sleep (and three to avoid).
Make some hard choices
Igor Normann/Shutterstock “It doesn’t matter if you do core exercises all day long if you’re indulging in bread, dessert, and wine on your ‘cheat days,'” says Cherry. “You will continue storing abdominal fat. Pick one and truly savor it. This will allow you to enjoy life without overindulging.”
Jim White RDN, ACSM, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios, seconds Cherry’s strategy, but he believes you will see results even faster by giving up alcohol. “Since alcohol provides little nutrition and is straight empty calories, I negotiate with my clients to reduce their intake at least by half. Each serving of alcohol that they eliminate per week helps them cut about 150 calories.”