Next time you're binge-watching The Mindy Project on Hulu, make those 30-second commercial breaks count. "See how many burpees you can get done and try to beat it during the next break," says Skye. If you're a beginner, start with modified burpees. To perform: Get into a push-up position, keep your body parallel to the ground with a tight tummy and straight back (no sagging in the middle), then jump your feet in so they land right near your hands. Stand straight up with tight abs and squeezed glutes to finish. To make it harder, perform a push-up before jumping your feet in toward your hand, and add a jump when you stand up.
Sound the Alarm
You know those days when your schedule all of a sudden becomes insanely busy and then — whoops — before you know it it's 3 p.m. and you haven't eaten? Yeah, that's bad news bears. "Set an alarm to remind yourself to eat," says Skye. "It's important that you eat enough food every day because under-eating will lead to your body's metabolism slowing down and more fat being stored. Not to mention your immune system will be affected, cellular renewal will slow down, and you risk becoming lethargic, sluggish, or even sick." To really see success, Skye says it's important to figure out what works for you. "Some people prefer to eat several smaller meals throughout the day while others like to have three larger meals," she says.
Skip the Scale
A scale can be one way of checking in on your weight loss progress, but don't let it be the be-all, end-all. "Scales don't take into account muscle weight," says Skye, and that can stress you the eff out. "The worst thing you can do when trying to lose fat is stress about your weight because stress can actually cause your body to hold onto fat," adds Skye. Monitor progress by how your clothes fit or how you look in photos (you can snap mirror selfies weekly) instead, she suggests. "It's easy to become obsessive with measurements and body fat percentages, so make sure you never sacrifice health to look a certain way. How you feel mentally and physically and how your body functions should always be your priority."