WINTER'S HERE & THAT'S A FRESH START. . .
A new season is a chance for a new YOU. January 1 isn't the only chance, we have to get a fresh start on our health and fitness goals. Now that summer's in the rearview mirror, so is the bloating and sluggishness that comes with too many frozen margaritas and funnel cakes. Instead, use the cooler weather or the-back-to-school-vibe to renew your commitment to eating healthy. Here I share my plan to stop the junk food cravings and lose the few pounds you may have packed over the summer:
1. Double up on your fruits and veggies
I've never been a fan of starving myself. Anytime I tend to fall off the bandwagon (and that happens easily in the summer months what with the family vacations, the endless barbecues and missed time at the gym) I cut something out of my diet (like sugar and dessert), but a gal's got to eat! Replacing high-calorie foods with produce (such as swapping the rice in your stir-fry for extra broccoli) can save hundreds of calories a day.
2. Cut out the grains
I'm all for grains; they're healthy, but easy to 0ver-eat. A large number of people are forced to subsist on grains as a staple because they're cheap and plentiful, but that doesn't mean its the best way to eat. Grain fiber is just a bulking agent that fills your toilet bowl. "Taking this one thing off your plate is so simple," says registered dietician Wendy Bazilian, coauthor of The Superfoods Rx diet, "and you'll see an immediate payoff as you shed some water weight."(ref: Redbookmag.com; September 2015)
3. Go carb-free at night
I love carbohydrates and while I can't give up my roti or bread at lunch, it's easier than I thought to eat just meat or fish at night. If you're craving a sandwich just take off the bread and eat the other good stuff: the meat, the lettuce, the cheese. . .and bam! See the pounds slide off. Kebabs, anyone?
4. Cut out the extra sugar
Cutting refined sugar out of your diet can be one of the toughest things to do. It's highly addictive so cravings can come on strong and are often hard to ignore. Skip foods with added sugars (cereal, ketchup, flavored yogurt) as well as sugary drinks (soda, juice, Pina Coladas). Instead, load up on sweet vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes to get your fix.
5. Walk a while after every meal
I love walking my dog after dinner every night. Why? It's a quick way to burn some calories and aid digestion. "Walking for just seven minutes when you've finished eating may burn up to 100 calories by the end of the day," Bazilian says.