Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Surviving swimsuit season: Tips for simplifying your summer nutrition plan
Swimsuit season is upon us, but that doesn't mean adopting yet another fad diet to shed those lingering winter pounds. In fact, according to a recent study, "Successful Weight Loss Among Obese U.S. Adults," which was released on April 10, 2012 by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, popular diets showed no association with weight loss.
Instead, consider simplifying your nutrition plan. No counting calories, no elimination of whole food groups, just simple wellness. Navigate the path of numerous temptations by sticking to the basics and trying these easy tips.
Know what you are eating
Be aware of what is entering your body. Read labels and watch portion sizes. Fill your body with fresh vegetables, fruits and protein packed foods to keep you fueled throughout the day.
Need something convenient to grab as you run out the door? Keep your pantry stocked with wholesome, portion-controlled snacks like new Perfectly Simple nutrition bars by ZonePerfect. With 10 or fewer ingredients, these gluten-free bars provide 10 grams of protein, 200 calories or less and make simple eating, simple.
It's all in the planning
Running late is a common excuse for a derailed nutrition plan. Stay on track by preparing meals in advance. Make a healthy meal calendar and only purchase those items needed to follow it. Prepare fruits and vegetables in single serving bags so that snacking and packing meals is convenient and won't take a lot of time each day.
Surviving summer events
Summer ushers in cookouts, company picnics and wedding buffets. While you can't always control the food offerings, you can prepare before heading out the door. Empty stomachs cause bad choices, so try eating a healthy, high-protein snack such as a hard-boiled egg before leaving. When you arrive, stick to nutritious options like lean meats, veggies and fruits instead of the higher calorie items.
Summer events are typically held outside, which means it is especially important to stay hydrated. Invest in a well-insulated water bottle and take it with you everywhere you go. In addition, steer clear of empty-calorie, sugar-filled beverages.
Simple fitness choices
Determine a few simple exercises that you can do anywhere. Dragging at work? Try some jumping jacks for a boost. Why not do stomach crunches while you watch your favorite evening television show? Many exercises can be done in your own home and still make a big impact.