Here comes the sun! As the weather warms up, you’ll want to look as hot as you feel. And that starts with getting fit and healthy. So take a look at these 5 quick tips that will get you revved up and slimmed down for summer.
#1: Opt for whole wheat. Bleached, enriched flour and calorie-filled corn syrup? Not the ingredients you should be looking for. Buy smart, and pick fiber-rich whole-wheat bread that will give you energy without packing on the pounds. But beware! Lots of bread labeled “wheat” is really just white bread with caramel or molasses coloring added to make it look “healthier.” Look for “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain” flour, and you’ll be golden.
#2: Meet MUFA. That’s “monounsaturated fats.” These are the good fats you’ll find in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and fish – and boy, are they good. MUFAs can reduce your cholesterol level by a whopping 35%...which means a slimmer, trimmer you. Try a Mediterranean diet, which cuts down on red meat and includes lots of fish, grains and veggies – plus plenty of olive oil and a splash of wine. Your waistline and your tastebuds will love it.
#3: Choose fruit, not juice. It’s a tougher call than “make love, not war.” Those tasty juice drinks can be tempting. But did you know that one glass of IHOP cranberry juice contains as much sugar as two whole Snickers bars? Plus, most of the healthy fiber is squeezed out and long gone. Pick a tasty peach or succulent bowl of strawberries, and enjoy the sweet treat without the extra sugar.
#4: Plan healthy snacks. The key word here is “plan.” It’s relatively easy to stick to a healthy lunch or dinner schedule, but you know those between-meals moments when the munchies hit and it’s just easier to pop open a Pop Tart. When’s your weakest point? 2pm? 4pm? Right before bed? Be proactive, plan ahead and have some raisins or carrot sticks handy. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few healthy snacks can make.
#5: Don’t clean your plate. Yes, we know what your mama told you. But the fact is, eating everything on that dinner plate may push you into consuming unnecessary calories. When the plate’s half-empty, pause and ask yourself: Do I need to finish this? When you feel full, stop. It’s really OK, we promise.