With that being said, if it comes to a point where you are not seeing progress because throughout the week and every weekend you are going over your calories and that is because of alcohol.
You simply have to have a conversation with yourself about what your goals really are.
If you are struggling with being hungry on your diet yet you are having 700 calories from mimosas and beer, you simply will not be able to see results.
So choose wisely.
5. Diet Soda / Sparkling Water
Following up on the high calorie drinks above are going to be the best low calorie drinks for how to stay full on a calorie deficit.
I want to first make this very clear because there is some confusion about diet soda and weight loss.
Diet soda is 0 calories. It has 0 sugar. Your body does not recognize the fake sugar as real sugar and all of a sudden turn it into 500 calories. If it is 0 calories, it has 0 calories.
Also the artificial sweeteners in diet soda are not going to kill you.
Let me ask you think question. If the options were lose 50 lbs while drinking diet soda, or not lose any lbs and not drinking diet soda, what do you think is better for your overall health?
Losing 50 lbs is going to be better for you every single time.
All of your blood markers are going to be better. All of your cholesterol levels are going to be better.
As with everything in life moderation wins. Should you have diet soda with every meal? Probably not. That doesn’t mean having one here and there throughout the week is awful either. Moderation. Live it, learn it, love it.
Throwing into the mix sparkling water, both of these can help keep you full because of the carbonation can suppress appetite.
Feel free to utilize both of these to your advantage.
6. Sleep Like A Baby
Let’s talk a little science quickly, shall we? After we get past the cute baby sleeping.
There are two hormones in your body called Leptin and Ghrelin.
Leptin is the hormones that suppresses appetite.
Ghrelin is the hormone that promotes appetite.
When you sleep leptin is increased and ghrelin is decreased, essentially telling your body you are not hungry and you do not need to eat.
If you are not sleeping then leptin cannot increase. This can lead to ghrelin being increased even more, which means you will be hungrier for the simple fact you are not sleeping enough.
Not to mention that when you don’t get adequate sleep (7-9 hrs a night) you are just more hangry to being with.
You have less mental and physical energy. It takes mental energy to be on a diet, to say no to over eating, to workout and cook your food.
The less sleep you get means the less mental energy you have. The less mental energy you have the poorer the choices usually get.
So take after babies and get your sleep.
7. Adequate Hydration
I bet your first thought when to drinking water, didn’t it?
That is actually not what I am going to talk about here because water doesn’t necessarily depict how hydrated you are.
Hydration comes from two major nutrients for the discussion of this topic, sodium and potassium.
If you are lacking in sodium or potassium you are going to be dehyrated.
How do you know this? If your pee is super dark yellow it could be a sign you are dehydrated, and if your pee is clear white it could be a sign you are dehydrated.
Yep you actually don’t want your pee to be clear because this means you have no nutrients in you to pee out, aka being dehydrated.
You want your pee to be more of a lemonade color.
Now that we have gotten very personal talking about your pee color here, how can you make sure you get adequate sodium and potassium?
Well as far as sodium, I would simply look to lightly salt a few of your meals through out the day.
For potassium, stay tuned for when we go over the 10 foods to stay full on a calorie deficit.
If you are dehydrated this could easily mask itself as hunger, sneaky isn’t it?
This will lead you to eat more calories and going out of your calorie deficit.
Make sure hydration is in check and you will be more successful keeping your hunger at bay.
8. Stop Cutting Out Your Favorite Foods
This one is a bit counter productive in most peoples minds.
I am telling you to tips and tricks to stay full on a diet, but I am also telling you to eat your favorite foods knowing dang well they are high in calories?
Yep I am and here is why.
What happens when you tell your kid “don’t touch that”.
Within .8 seconds they go and touch it.
When something becomes “off limits” you automatically want it that much more, so you will crave it that much more.
So eventually you are going to have it because you are craving it. Except when you have it, since you are not supposed to have it because it is “off limits” you don’t have it in moderation.
You binge and eat all of it.
Simply for the fact that you aren’t supposed to have it and after that moment in time you will go back to not having it so might as well enjoy it while you can.
Stop doing that.
When you stop cutting out your favorite foods and have them in moderation the cravings go away.
Less cravings normally equals less over indulging on calories.
You can enjoy your favorite foods in moderation and still lose weight as long as you are in a calorie deficit, it is called flexible dieting.
I got your back with an entire article here I wrote on flexible dieting.
9. Hunger Is Not A Panic Button
I just spent the last 8 points teaching you ways to control your hunger on your diet.
Now this point is going to tell you that hunger is not necessarily a bad thing.
Let me explain.
How does your body burn fat?
You know to be in a calorie deficit but how does it actually burn the fat.
When you eat less calories than your body is burning you are intaking less energy than what your body requires to maintain your current weight.
This means your body is going to have to go to stored energy (fat) to use.
You have to remember your body is much smarter than you. It doesn’t want to lose fat it wants to maintain homeostasis right where it is at.
So what does it do? It plays mind games and tells you “hey we aren’t having enough calories to maintain our weight we need to intake some more calories.”. This is taken in the form of being hungry.
Sneaky body. Smart for survival, not smart for losing body fat.
You must realize some hunger is going to be normal and expected on a diet.
Now am I telling you to go starve yourself? Absolutely not I explained that in point #3 above.
Yet that doesn’t mean a little bit of hunger is going to be normal and what you should expect. You are intaking less calories than you are burning your body is going to try to counteract that.
On a scale of 1-10, your hunger should be anywhere between a 2-5, 6 max.
Hunger is not a sign of panic. When it comes, know it is normal, it is expected, and deal with it accordingly from the tips above and the foods I am going to cover below.
10 Foods For How To Stay Full On A Calorie Deficit
Now that we have our 9 tips covered, let’s dive into foods that can help keep you full on your diet.
Greek Yogurt. This is a quick and easy protein source with not that many calories. As we learned above, protein is the number one most important tool for keeping you full.
Spinach. Eat 3 cups of spinach for a whopping 20 calories and tell me how full you are after.
Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great fibrous carbohydrate that can give you long lasting full-ness and energy throughout the day. That is why it is so popular for breakfast.
Strawberries. For an entire lb of strawberries it is only 150 calories. A whole pound!
Watermelon. For an entire lb of watermelon it is only 140 calories.. Again, a whole pound!
Cottage Cheese. Similar to greek yogurt, cottage cheese is a quick and easy grab and go protein source to keep you full.
Popcorn. This carb has a good amount of fiber in it to keep you satisfied, just don’t overdo it on the butter.
Protein Shakes. Protein shakes are a super simple way to get in extra protein especially if you are struggling to hit your goal with just food alone. I will link some of my favorite ones HERE.
Potatoes. Remember how I talked about hydration and potassium? Potatoes not only will fill you up but they also are loaded with potassium to help with hydration.
Steak, Chicken, Fish. Really any quality source of lean meat is going to be beyond beneficial for how to stay full on a calorie deficit.
First and foremost Stephanie is by far one of if not the hardest working individual I know.
Despite her job being a mom to some amazing boys, since working with me she has never missed a check in, never missed a workout, and as you can tell it has paid off.
Stephanie, possibly much like you reading, fell in the trap of doing cardio to lose weight and tone up.
She actually came to me saying she thought it was impossible for her to get muscles or attain that lean aesthetic physique.
As you can see above, she clearly had no problem attaining that. The only problem was her plan she was doing to get there was wrong.
When Stephanie came to me she was doing almost strictly cardio, things like group classes at the gym or pilates.
She felt like she had to be working out every single day and if she didn’t it was going to impact her results.
This when we switched her from a 5-6x a week cardio only program to a 4x a week structured strength training program.
In the beginning she was still skeptical of taking rest days, and feeling like if she wasn’t sweating and out of breath that the workout wasn’t enough.
Oh how quickly did that change. Fast forward now Stephanie will tell you that she loves her rest days and needs her rest in between sets to perform the best she can.
What did these workouts consist of? Things like squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses, rows, bicep curls, chin ups, to name a few.
As far as her cardio, she walks and gets her steps in. Other than that, no dedicated cardio at all.
She lifted heavy weights. When I say heavy, I mean if the set calls for 10 reps, she is questioning how she will get that last rep.
She pushes herself hard in her workouts and that is something I admire about her. It is also the reason she is able to see such great results.
Need More? Here Is My Client Katie
Katie is so dedicated to what she does, not just fitness.
She is a mom, a teacher, a loving wife, and works her tail off to get where she is at. She is not only one of my clients but one of my best friends.
Similar to Stephanie, Katie came from a cardio only background.
She thought that to lose weight you have to workout for hours on end, do tons of cardio, and lifting weights was going to make her big and bulky.
As you can see above, she is certainly not big and bulky. More fit, in shape, and as she will tell you the best she has ever looked and felt in her life!
What did Katie do to get here?
She lifted 3x a week on a structured strength training program.
She lifted heavy. No 5lbs or 8 lbs dumbbells. She pushes herself in everything she does, and this was no different.
She did a ton of squats, deadlifts, rows, overhead presses, bicep curls, etc.
She worked on getting stronger, lifting more weights, doing more reps.
As you can see, the results speak for themselves.
So, What Does The Best Workout For Toned Arms Look Like?
Now that you know you need to be lifting heavy weights and building muscle let’s talk about what exercises you should be doing.
But before we do that I have to say this.
You can do all of the exercises I am going to mention below.
You can lift as heavy as you want, you can push yourself as hard as you want.
Yet you must keep this in mind, if you are not at a low enough body fat %, you will not see your toned arms.
Why is this? Simply because to be able to achieve that look you are chasing you need to have a low enough body fat % to show your muscles.
This is done through eating in a calorie deficit like I mentioned above. Since this article is geared towards the exercise portion, I will link an article HERE if you want some extra help with the nutrition aspect.
That being said, let’s dive into some exercises you can take with you and start doing today to get those arms you want.
Everyone knows what it is, very few people perform it correctly.
Now I know what you may be thinking “I can’t even do ONE push up!”, and I promise that is okay.
If you watch the video above in its entirety, you will see how you can modify it no matter your fitness level to do them and reap the benefits.
Why did I put push ups here instead of a specific bicep or tricep or shoulder exercise?
Because before going into those isolation exercises (bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder raises, etc) you need to make sure you have your compound movements down.
What are compound movements? These are simply movements that require all or most of your body to work. They will allow you to lift the most weight and see the most results.
The push up is a perfect example of this so it would behoove you to watch the video above, master the push up, and do them consistently.
Push Up Notes
You can perform the push up 2-3x a week.
Aim for 2-4 sets of 8-12 reps.
Start your workout with the push up before you do your other movements.
1/2 Kneeling Arnold Press
The 1/2 kneeling Arnold Press is a great exercise that encompasses a compound movement with a touch of isolation work thrown in.
You will be taking a 1/2 kneeling stance to cut your momentum out and solely put the focus on your shoulder muscles.
Watch the video above to get a full breakdown on the 1/2 kneeling Arnold Press.
1/2 Kneeling Arnold Press Notes
You can perform the 1/2 kneeling Arnold Press 1-2x a week.
Aim for 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps each arm.
You can make this the first or second movement of the day.
The Dumbbell Skullcrusher is exactly that, an exercise that replicates you crushing your skull.
I promise you won’t, but make sure you don’t hit yourself in the head… not that I have ever done that or anything.
The DB Skullcrusher is a great exercise for isolating the triceps.
Watch the video above on how to do them.
DB Skullcrusher Notes
You can perform the DB Skullcrusher 1-2x a week.
Aim for 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps.
Place these towards the end of your workout.
1 Arm Preacher Curl
The 1 arm preacher curl is going to check your ego real quick.
One of the best exercises I know to include in your best workout for toned arms.
This exercise is to target your biceps.
Watch the YouTube video above on how to get the most out of the exercise.
1 Arm Preacher Curl Notes
You can perform the 1 Arm Preacher Curl 1-2x per week.
Aim for 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps each arm.
Perform these towards the end of your workouts.
The Best Workout For Toned Arms
I hope this article gave you everything you needed to wear your tank top in confidence.
Yet even more than that, look in the mirror and be proud of what you see.
Being a coach, I know that most people go through their lives without ever truly loving the way they look or feel.
I don’t want that to be you.
If you have been trying to go at it alone and could use some guidance along the way, feel free to head HERE To see if we may be a good fit for coaching together.
Just like I did with me online coaching clients Katie and Stephanie above, I can help you be confident when you look in the mirror.