It’s time to shed those extra kilos you’ve been hiding under loose tees and baggy clothes all summer long. Slimming down doesn’t have to mean a huge diet overhaul — it can be as easy as swapping out certain foods and picking healthier snacks. Adopt a few of my simple strategies to help you eat better, avoid excess calories, and keep hunger at bay. You’ll shed unwanted kilos, look and feel slimmer, and help your family get healthier too…
Follow the Rule of One
Baffled by the buffet? Restaurants, parties, and office events often present the biggest temptation for dieters, and while you don’t want to go overboard, depriving yourself isn’t realistic either. Follow my rule of one: that means one of each delicious hors d’oeuvres, one full but not overloaded plate of food, and one sliver of dessert. This will keep your portions in check, leaving you satisfied without the guilt.
Make Healthy Food Swaps
Substitute tomato salsa for fattening condiments like mayo, sour cream, butter, and creamy salad dressings. With less than 20 calories per ¼ cup, salsa makes a terrific, low-cal dip for crunchy veggies like carrots, cucumber /celery sticks, and bell pepper slices.
Slip in Veggies
Rich in filling fiber, vegetables are a must for any successful weight loss plan. Add veggies into rotis, rice and pasta — your kids won’t notice a difference, and you’ll all get a huge dose of healthy vitamins.
My personal favorite Try sliced water chestnuts — they’re a low-calorie,non-starchy veggie and you can munch your way through a handful for just 50 calories. They also make a crisp, refreshing addition to low-fat chicken or tuna salad and a terrific ingredient for stir fries.
Ban Mindless Eating
Nibbling is one of the biggest obstacles to weight loss. Most people are shocked to realize how sneaking little bites while making dinner or feeding the kids can add up to lots of calories. To break the habit, try this technique: “Plate it, sit with it, own it.” Anything you're tempted to pop into your mouth — whether it's the leftover cake batter in a bowl or a handful of potato chips from the bag in the cupboard — must first be put on a plate and eaten while sitting down. Try this for a few days, and I guarantee you’ll start to see and feel a big difference.
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