The restrictive fad diets that eliminate fat, carbohydrates or entire food groups are not only impossible to follow for more than a few days (or hours!), they are unhealthfully deficient in nutrients and teach you little to nothing about healthy eating. Though it's tempting to pick up the first diet book or supplement that screams "Lose 30 pounds in 30 minutes," but, seriously, if losing weight were that easy, wouldn't we all be bikini-ready regardless of the season?
Chef Susan Irby, known as the Bikini Chef who specializes in "figure-flattering flavors," has made it her mission to teach us beach body craving ladies to sensibly and deliciously cut calories without obliterating the satisfaction we need to stick to a healthy eating plan. "Great tasting food doesn't have to be bland, boring, and flavorless," she explains. "As the Bikini Chef, my food philosophy is fresh, fresh, fresh. Fresh citrus, fresh herbs, fresh natural ingredients that wake up your taste buds, are pleasing to your palette, and give you satisfying flavor."
Those homemade blueberry scones you love for breakfast? You can have them – simply swap in nutrient-dense ingredients. The burger you can't live without on the weekend cookouts? Make it lean and trim it down in size. Can't resist a good plate of pasta? Chef Irby recommends ditching the store-bought marinara (often high in sugar) and making your own fresh tomato sauce. Satisfying flavor is on the menu this summer, ladies, and these simple substitutions can be used all year round.
For more ways to deliciously keep your beach body all year round, visit www.SusanIrby.com or, if you are in the area, catch Chef Irby on her radio show The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby The Bikini Chef on KFWB News Talk 980 in Los Angeles, California.
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