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Overeaters: 7 Tips to Slim Down for Summer

Spring is a time of renewal and change, the perfect time to start new, healthy habits or lose those last few pounds. Here are 7 springtime tips to help you on your way and slim down by summer!

1. Make plans for outdoor activities
When you're outside, a few things happen. First, you burn more calories than you would just sitting around the house, which is great! More importantly, though, you feel better about your life and its direction. There's something therapeutic about the springtime sun that makes our problems just seem easier to handle. And of course, the less stress, the less snacking!

2. Plan a summer trip
Keeping a sense of momentum in your life is the key to warding off those feelings of anxiety and depression that can lead you to overeat. While our lives never go exactly how we want them to, having something to look forward to is a great way for us to feel like there's something good on the horizon. A summer trip is a great thing to look forward to -- and if you're heading to the beach, it's also a great incentive to slim down!

3. Clean out the pantry and refrigerator
Spring is all about making a fresh start. You can do that by cleaning out your panty and refrigerator. If there are canned goods in there from 1975, toss 'em out and make way for the new and healthier foods you'll pick up the next time you're at the store.

4. Shop light
After cleaning out your pantry and refrigerator, make a trip to the store. Choose light, springtime foods, like yogurt and fruits. These good foods will not only help you cut back on calories, they will also make you feel lighter and more in tune with the season, which will in turn help fuel the outdoor activities you have planned.

5. Deep clean the house or apartment
Spring cleaning is almost cliché at this point. But, there's a lot of wisdom there. Anxiety and overeating are often driven by lingering responsibilities, those background chores that you're putting off. While cleaning your home won't magically put your life in place, the light feeling it brings to your house will make approaching these problems seem easier. Addressing unresolved problems is a great way to preemptively avoid emotional eating.

6. Make a springtime resolution
New Year's resolutions can sometimes be comical. By January 2nd, most people have forgotten them. However, pushing yourself to be who you want to be is no joke. While your New Year's resolutions may have fallen by the wayside, spring is a good time to revisit your goals and aspirations. In fact, goals set in spring seem easier to achieve than the ones we set in the depth of winter. Take a few moments to think of a springtime resolution and see how much easier it is to succeed! Feeling good about who you are is a great way to reduce emotional hunger.

7. Do something new
After winter, our lives often feel stale and stagnant. Spring is the perfect time to try something new. Experimenting with new activities is a great way to make your life feel like it's moving forward. And, when you feel that things are flowing, you'll stop turning to food for relief or reward.

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