Are you thinking you should lose a few pounds to look your best this swimsuit season? If so, now is the time to get started. Don't worry, it's not necessary to go on a crash diet. The best thing you can do is make healthy food choices that will contribute to weight loss.
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So rather than starving yourself on fad diets, make positive changes in your eating habits to look and feel great. It's not about trying to look like a swimsuit model, it's about feeling good in your own skin...I'll start by getting a bathing suit that flatters my curves, along with a nice sarong, and I'll also try losing a few pounds. Here are ten dieting tips that might help you!1. Make fruits and vegetables a big part of your diet.
- Try to eat at least two servings of fruits or vegetables with each meal.
- If you're not a big fan of vegetables, ease your way into them. Start with one serving a day, and work your way up from there. If you hate vegetables, try doctoring them up a bit with cheese, sauces, or dips.
- For a quick healthy snack, dip raw carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, or other vegetables into your favorite low calorie salad dressing. It helps if you keep a stash of fresh vegetables cleaned, cut, and ready to eat in your fridge at all times. In a pinch, buy bags of ready-to-eat cut vegetables (they even make carrots that are cut to the size and shape of chips).
- When possible, eat an all veggie lunch.
- Always have several bags of frozen vegetables and frozen fruit on hand.
- Instead, eat less of those foods... I know that is easier said than done.
- I find one of the easiest ways to eat less junk food is to pre-fill some zip-lock bags with small portions of your favorites, rather than sit with a box of cookies or bag or chips.
- Remember that junk food is addictive, so watch your habits!
- Try to get calories from foods you chew, not beverages. Have fresh fruit instead of fruit juice.
- If you have to have a glass of juice, dilute it with some water.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- Identify and start to regulate the number of empty calories toy consume.
And if you're on the computer a lot, you could try one of the many free online sites to keep track of food and calories. Here are a few examples of online calorie trackers:
- Make dinner healthier (and more filling) by throwing in an equal part of fresh or frozen veggies.
- Make a nice salad to enjoy with your meal.
- Eating fruit can actually help curb your desire for unhealthy sweets.
- Even frozen fruit alone makes a nice sweet treat... I love frozen wild blueberries.
The key is to avoid becoming hungry and not having a healthy option.8. Pick a time in the evening (at least a few hours before your bedtime) that you will stop eating.
- If you get hungry after that designated time, try having a cup of decaf green tea to keep your hands and mouth occupied without adding many calories.
- It may also help if you brush your teeth once you decide you won't be eating anymore that night.
- If you find it difficult to watch TV without munching on something, try turning it off and reading a book instead.
Water is very important and sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger, so make sure you keep hydrated. If you are wondering how much is enough, here is a link to About.com's Hydration Calculator.10. Recruit a friend or family member to be your healthy eating buddy.
It's always easier to succeed if you have a good support system. Encourage your whole family to eat healthy too.Also See:
- Five Small Diet Changes for Big Health Benefits
- Six Tips To A Healthy Diet Plan
- Healthy Foods That Increase Your Energy
Those are my ten tips. What are some dieting tips that work for you? Please share them with me!
Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan also writes at Catherine-Morgan.com
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