Get fit for swimsuit season with six simple diet changes
Are you ready to get fit and trim this summer for your new bikini? I know I am! Everyone says changing eating habits is so hard and that it never works. But if you do it the correct way, you are bound to see results. There are six types of foods that you need to be eating to stick to your plan while building a healthy and lean body.
- Eggs: Did you know that by starting your day off with eggs can actually help you lose weight? Research shows that eggs allow you to consume fewer calories throughout the day rather than a bagel with cream cheese. Research has also found that people who eat eggs reduce their waist measurement by 83% which is huge! So try having an egg for breakfast along with a slice of whole grain toast to watch your waistline shrink.
- Soup: Before you enjoy a large burger and fries for lunch try having a bowl of soup. Research has found that eating soup before a meal helps suppress your appetite. Soup allows us to feel full quickly and contains very few calories, especially compared to fries! Research has also shown that people who eat soup before a meal reduce their calorie intake of their entire meal by 20% . So try a bowl of soup before lunch and see if it works for you.
- Whole Grains: Whole grains are another answer to getting a trimmer waistline. According to The Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study, women who consume more whole grains weigh less than women who don’t. Whole grains are not only healthy, but they slow down digestion and are high in fiber. Since whole grains have more nutrition than refined grains, they are good for your heart and help you lose weight. Whole grains also help in reducing cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. So don’t buy a bagel for breakfast, enjoy a delicious bowl of oatmeal instead! Some other tasty whole grains include corn, brown rice, bulgur and barley.
- Fruit: Fresh fruit is highly recommended when on a diet because it provides you with natural sugars, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. By eating fresh fruit, you will feel full throughout the day and it’s a great substitute for fatty sweets. Although fruit is good for you, try to avoid canned and frozen fruit because they are often packaged in a lot of sugar and syrup. Try switching out junk food for blackberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, strawberries and grapes in order to feel and look great!
- Green Tea: Did you know that green tea can lower cholesterol, burn fat and reduce the risk of cancer? Well, it can do all this and plenty more. Green tea is also known for improving memory, preventing strokes and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. You can even try incorporating it in your cooking to get a nice flavor!
- Vegetables: Vegetables also contain fiber and you can fill up on them without consuming too many calories. During dinner have a larger portion of vegetables on your plate rather than meat so you can decrease your fat intake. They are great because you can have them during lunch on a sandwich, as a side dish during dinner, or even as a light snack when you’re on the go! Some great vegetables that I love are cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, celery, carrots, cucumbers and mushrooms.
How would you go about incorporating these different foods into your dishes?
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