1. Lessen the stress
When you're stressed, the hormone cortisol is released into your bloodstream, which can cause weight gain if it's chronically released, especially in the abdomen and buttocks.
Try this: Don't let it get the best of you. Combat stress with a burst of tension. Get outside for a brisk walk, or run up and down the stairs a few times to get your blood flowing and clear your mind.
2. Afternoon nosh
Carrying the right snacks (not a sugar-laden cereal bar) will help you stay satiated longer and keep those afternoon hunger pangs at bay.
Try this: Carry resealable bags filled with unsalted nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews). You'll feel fuller longer and get a hit of healthy fats and protein.
3. Stay focused on hydrating
Drinking water has a lipolytic effect, meaning it helps break down fat cells in your body. Staying hydrated will help keep your fat loss goals on track.
Try this: Keep a bottle of water everywhere you'll be today - the car, at the your desk, in the kitchen. Mother Nature's fat-burning aid will always be within arm's reach.
4. The right surroundings
Experts say being around other people who are committed to fitness and clean eating can help keep your healthy attitude on track.
Try this: Make a gym date with a friend or take a new fitness class to meet fellow fitness lovers who have the same goals you do.
5. Breakfast burn
Get in the clean-eating frame of mind and start the day off with an energy-packed breakfast. Studies show that skipping this important meal will bring on the hunger and cravings, keep you sluggish and likely cause you to reach for a quick carb fix by lunch and later in the day.
Try this: Check out Oxygen's online recipes for fast, easy breakfast ideas to help keep your metabolism soaring all day.