Everyone knows Labor Day weekend is the most bittersweet weekend of the year. You’re tan AF, you haven’t been sober since May, and youre ready to end the summer with a bang (literally, you’re looking to bang someone). Basically, the goal is to get too drunk to realize summers over and the new gin ros concoction you just discovered is already out of season. You also want to look your hottest, considering people are seeing you in a bikini for the last time until like, Christmas. You may have gained a couple pounds since your pre-summer diet, so heres how to slim downor at the very least, fake itin time for that one last poolside pregame.


1. Cut Out Artificial Sugar

Weve already told you how we feel about your daily Diet Coke and three packets of Splenda in your iced coffee, but new studies just came out proving our point even more, so its time to stop kidding ourselves. Fake sugars arent actually doing anything good for your body. In fact, new reports are showing that artificial sweeteners actually lead to weight GAIN instead of weight loss. Basically, because youre digesting all chemicals and no calories, youre tricking your body into thinking its full, but then your brain just ends up craving actual sugar, and you put on ten pounds just like that. JUST SAY NO.

2. Eliminate Salt

Having a little salt in your food now and then isnt bad for you, but if youre trying to flatten out your tummy in a short amount of time, your best bet is to eliminate as much salt as you can. So, yes, that means avoiding soy sauce with your spicy tuna roll, and saying no to the side of edamame, too. Its been scientifically proven that sodium makes you bloated, so you might have to be okay with eating bland foods for the next few weeks if you want to lose those last three pounds.

3. Snack On Cucumbers And Watermelon

You already know how important it is to drink a ton of water throughout the day, but sometimes drinking water is just annoying and you get sick of having to get up to pee every six minutes, so you have to trick your body into hydrating. Thats where cucumber and watermelon come in. These two foods are LOW in calories and HIGH in water content, so by snacking on them, youre filling your body up with water. If youve ever eaten a huge bowl of watermelon and felt super full afterwards, its because of its high water content. These snacks are key.

4. Have Easy-To-Digest Foods At Night

Because everyones bodies are so different, sometimes the healthiest foods in the book will still make you feel like shit if you eat them right before bed. If youve ever eaten a huge salad for dinner with raw veggies and chickpeas, you may feel bloated and gross after. Its not because you ate unhealthy, its actually because you ate things that are just harder for your body to digest. Were not saying vegetables and legumes are bad for you, nice fucking try, but try eating them earlier in the day so your body can digest your food more easily at night and you dont have to wake up with a food baby. 

5. Do Resistance Training, NOT Excessive Cardio

This sounds counterproductive because obviously cardio burns a shit ton of calories and that makes you lose weight. Thank you, science. Heres a curveball, though: sometimes when you need to lose a few pounds in a time crunch, resistance training is actually your best bet. When you do an intense bootcamp class or a spin class, your body is losing a ton of water, and you walk out of the class STARVING, so you’re dehydrated and you end up eating more than you burned off. By lifting weights or doing Pilates, youre toning your body without giving it a reason to pig out post-workout, so put down the Quest Bar.

6. Walk Everywhere

Your late-night Uber driver might miss your drunken rides home, but its time to stop cabbing everywhere and actually get some steps in. Even though we just told you not to do a ton of cardio, walking is an amazing way to burn calories throughout the day without making you starving or (that) sweaty. Whether youre parking far away or picking up your dinner instead of Seamlessing it, try to get around 8,000 steps a day and youll notice a huge difference. And don’t worry”Despacito” will still be on the radio when it’s time to take a cab again.

7. Chill On The Alcohol

This tip is obviously a huge and literal buzzkill, but its the truth. If youre indulging in margaritas at happy hour every night after work, those calories add up REAL quick, and dont even get us started on the bowl of nachos that are too close for comfort. Try limiting yourself to one night of drinking per week until Labor Day. Your weekends might be a little more boring, but youll probably find that you feel skinnier, more energetic, and less hungover. Like, imagine waking up on a Sunday morning without a pounding headache and a cracked iPhone screen. What’s that feel like?

 

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