Thursday, June 28, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Top Five Tips for Losing Weight







































#1: Lose the Sugar!
Many people don't realize the amount of extra calories you consume by drinking soda, juices, or other drinks that are full of sugar.  Rather than drinking beverages high in sugar, opt for water.  It's much better for your body and your skin!  There is also plenty of sugar in alcoholic drinks, so if you are looking to lose weight I suggest leaving the alcohol alone for awhile.  If you have one drink per week, then mix it with club soda or have one glass of red wine.

#2: Portion your Plate 
If you eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, it will help you with portion control.  Your plate should be no higher than an inch of food in height and should consist of primarily proteins and vegetables.

#3: Switch to Whole Grains
Limit your grains or carbohydrates to a minimum, but choose whole grains if you must.  Whole grains refers to brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pita bread, or anything that says "whole-wheat" is pretty much safer for you to consume.

#4: Egg Whites are your New BFF
There are added calories in whole eggs so switch to consuming egg whites, which are lighter and better for you.  They are the perfect breakfast with a side of turkey bacon and spinach or hard-boiled eggs are a great snack (minus the yolk).

#5: Snacks Don't Have to be Bad
If you must have a snack throughout the day, grab a handful of raw almonds (no salt added) or dried cranberries.  I also like apples with a little almond butter. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are looking to lose weight or for those of you who just want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.