Swimming suit season is almost upon us. Is your body ready? I know mine is not. 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.
Do not eat so fast
Eating fast makes it easier to overeat. This is because your body doesn’t have time to realize it is full. An article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says researchers in New Zealand “looked at the relationship 2,500 women had between their self-reported speeds of eating and their body mass indexes.” They found the faster the women ate, the higher their BMIs were. If you want to keep from overeating, turn off the TV. Distractions will keep you from realizing how much you are eating.
You can eat more often
Limiting to just three meals a day isn’t necessarily healthy. 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.” But your snacks should be healthy-stick to fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And stay away from packaged or junk foods.
Be cautious with reward calories
Working out is good; make sure you do not 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 safe 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 piece of dark chocolate.