I can’t believe the new year is flying by so quickly and that it’s already March. That means it’s spring break month and just a few months until summer is upon us!

I am sure some of you are planning some relaxing or active vacations with family or loved ones and of course you want to feel and look your best for these upcoming events. Others of you are still committed to a healthier way of eating and lifestyle in 2019 and are just working on creating better habits.  

Regardless of your motivation, losing weight is always a challenge with the busy lives we lead. Whether you’re preparing for a wedding, vacation, or if you just want to fit into your favorite pair of jeans again, kicking those couple of pounds will take time and dedication.

You know I am a firm believer in holistic health and changing your lifestyle and mindset around food for a healthier body (that will naturally include weight loss), so here are a few ideas for losing a few extra pounds quick yet in a very natural way!

1. Limit Fat Intake

Fat is an essential component in your diet, but it only needs to be about 20% of your daily intake of nutrients. Eating a diet full of fast food and processed food leads to about 40% from fat. Limiting your fat intake will give you a more wholesome approach to your diet.

2. Eat More Protein

Consuming more protein is an easy way to help you feel full without storing excess weight. Protein is a macronutrient that is not stored in excess. Any additional protein that you eat is passed as waste – making it a very effective solution to weight loss.

3. Start Exercising

Diet will take you pretty far, but the real kickstart will occur when you start exercising. Do the simple things like going on the treadmill, basic barbell exercises, or joining a new yoga class. You could also swim, enjoy neighborhood sports games, or play with your kids. The style of exercise doesn’t matter. Be patient, have fun, and you will lose weight.

4. Eat More Fiber

Fiber is an indigestible source of carbohydrates. Consuming it in larger quantities can help you to feel full. Fiber will also lower your net carbohydrate count, lower cholesterol, and lead to greater success in weight loss.

5. Eat Spicy Foods

Eating spicy foods like garlic, pepper, and cayenne will help to increase your metabolic rate in a very natural way. That’s because of an ingredient called capsaicin which can help to elevate the heart rate without having an effect on blood pressure – perfect for that extra kick in weight loss.

Hopefully these tips feel helpful, wholesome, and manageable for you to reach your goals, whatever they may be this spring and summer. Stay focused on your health, but also remember to enjoy your life!