A.D. Thompson
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Even though we’re heading out of beach season and into pumpkin-spice everything season (or perhaps because of it), now may be a great time to transform your apartment into a diet-friendly paradise for a pre-holiday slim down.

1. Practice “selfie”-restraint

Remember when you fit into that amazing dress you wore to your friend’s wedding? Or when you’d go sleeveless for back- and bis-day at the gym? Find a couple of your favorite photos – the ones you’d use for profile pics! – and stick them up on the fridge where you’ll see them.

Images of your skinnier self can work wonders, pushing you toward healthy choices over empty calories. Or even better, inspire you to close the door altogether and opt for a glass of water instead. You may not be as hungry as you think you are!

2. Junk the junk

Speaking of healthy choices – that’s all you’ll find in a truly diet-friendly apartment. Purge junk food and overly processed items in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins.

You may even want to get yourself a blender. Smoothies are an amazing way to get a lot of your fruits and veggies in one shot. Add some protein powder to make sure you’re getting enough (it helps build muscle) and to ensure the shake will fill you up like a true meal replacement.

If a special occasion requires having some decadent eats in the house, be generous and offer your guests the leftovers! You don’t need a lingering cookie tray to become a midnight movie snack temptation. If no one’s willing to take it, bring it to the office break room, where treats are known to disappear.

3. Mirror, mirror

Like the scale, the mirror is an ally often seen as an enemy. But a full-length mirror in a high-traffic area will help to keep your nutrition front-of-mind. As you begin your slim down, seeing your svelte self gliding past is really the best encouragement of all to stay on track with healthy eating.

Another smaller mirror by the door will serve not only as a last-minute stop to check yourself before heading out, it’s a last-minute reminder to make good choices when you’re not at home, too.

4. Water, water everywhere!

OK, you may not want to put a water cooler in every room but buying a few refillable tumblers or water bottles will encourage steady consumption while you’re at home. Buying a well-insulated one won’t leave condensation rings on any of your furniture, making it easy to hydrate no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

A filtration pitcher, fridge unit or faucet attachment is a great idea, as well.

5. Goal gear

Maybe you’re hoping to fit into those small-waisted jeans you wore in high school. Or maybe you’ve spotted an amazing dress at your favorite store but wish you could drop a size or two before buying it.

Use these as carrots to help you remember to eat carrots! Leave those jeans out in a place where you’ll see them every day as you get dressed. Post a picture of that dress to the fridge next to your shopping list to take away your temptation to buy treats.

Photo by Elijah O'Donell on Unsplash

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A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson spent the first half of her 25-year career behind the editor’s desk, including time at Playgirl Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Orlando Sentinel and a host of other publications, print and online. Now a full-time freelancer, she is the Orlando expert for USA Today’s 10Best.com and writes about everything from Mickey Mouse to marijuana-based tourism with equal levels of enthusiasm – and occasional bouts of the munchies.

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