Swimming suit season is nearly upon us. Is your body prepared? I know mine isn’t. Those insulating winter pounds seem to remain on long after the cold months are over. Do not worry, though, there’s still time to lose those pounds before donning your swimsuit. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Don’t eat so fast. A recent article authored by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says researchers in Brand new Zealand “looked at the relationship 2,500 women had between their self-reported speeds of eating and their body mass indexes.” The study found the faster the women ate, the higher the women’s body mass indexes were likely to be. The very best eating environment is one without distractions. If you watch Television or read while you eat, you’re more likely to eat mindlessly even after you are no longer hungry.
Just eating three meals a day is not necessarily good for you. Really, Lauren Antonucci, M.S., owner of Nutrition Energy in New York City says, “eating more often keeps your metabolism humming, and prevents you from getting super hungry.” Just make sure you are not eating a ton of chips or cookies. Stick to fruits and vegetables for your snacks.
Set reward calorie limits
Working out is good; make sure you don’t use your great workout as an excuse to eat junk food. Before you exercise, set a limit on your reward calories. Nutrition expert Nisevich Bede suggests, “A secure number is 200 reward calories, and if you went for a really, really long workout, 400 calories.” Try getting these calories from places like low-fat ice cream, a single serving of chips, or a bit of dark chocolate.