Summer is here (although it’s summer pretty much all year round here in the 305!) and we find ourselves eager to lose those extra pounds gained through the Winter months. We might not have gained that much, but two, three or even four pounds can make us feel a bit uncomfortable and hesitant about throwing that bikini on.

Here are 5 tips to motivate and kick start those healthier summer habits.

  1. Don’t Wait for Monday – Just Start

Mondays are probably the worst day to start a diet because it brings on that pressure to starve 10 minutes after breakfast, setting up the perfect excuse to overindulge the rest of the week. Choose any other day to make a commitment with yourself to start eating healthier.

  1. If You Don’t See It, Don’t Eat It

Get rid of all the leftovers in the fridge, all the chocolate, chips and cookies in the cabinets and all the soda that may be lying around. If you don´t have bad food around, chances are you won’t eat it.

  1. Organize Your Groceries

Everything in life needs some organization and your eating should be no exception. Plan out your weekly meals and go grocery shopping based on the menu. This is one of the easiest ways to stay on track and avoid buying those unwanted items at the store.

  1. Eat Carbs

Yes, you read it right: eat carbs! They are necessary for your health and even more if you are exercising. Be smart and choose complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, corn, quinoa and whole grain. They will keep you satisfied and avoid those unhealthy drops in blood sugar.

  1. Move

A good diet makes a huge difference, but moving is the “cherry on top.” Mix up your routine to target different muscle groups. Try to do something every day for at least 45 minutes, even if its walking. You won’t regret it.