Along with the fall season upon us comes all of the tempting foods and delicious desserts throughout the holidays. Although it can be difficult to avoid stuffing your face with all of the yummy foods, I have some of my favorite slimming secrets that will help you fit in your favorite skinny jeans during the fall season. I'm not doing this because I am some sort of fitness expert, but more so to give you some insight on what worked for me in losing weight and keeping fit. Taking care of your body is imperative to your health and I believe it promotes self-confidence and beauty as well.
Tip #1: Begin your day with a lean protein shake.
Rather than bulking up on a heavy breakfast loaded with carbs, like pancakes, choose to drink a lean protein shake (like Beachbody's Shakeology or GNC Lean Shake). It will keep you satisfied until lunch time and boosts your protein intake. Add a small fruit serving as well (i.e. a small apple or banana).
Tip #2: Eat slowly.
When you're consuming a meal, it's always helpful if you chew your food slowly because it gives your brain enough time to realize that you really are full. Trust me, it works. When you're eating during the holidays, choose foods that have less oil/butter and stay away from fried foods.
Tip #3: Drink a glass of water before and after each meal.
Believe it or not, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal will also help with your "sense of hunger" and it's great for your skin!
Tip #4: Go fishing.
Instead of eating red meat consistently, opt for fish because it's lower in calories than other protein selections. I typically go for grilled tilapia or salmon and fill my plate with bright vegetables.
Tip #5: Soup, soup, soup.
Eating soup is beneficial because it helps you feel full longer and regulate calorie-intake. However, don't get confused with cream-based soup which is full of fat and calories. Choose a broth-based soup and put a cap on the broccoli and cheese or clam chowder.
I hope these tips have helped you, and remember to stay away from the Halloween candy (okay, maybe a little is acceptable).