A healthy eating plan is essential for gradual weight loss
in women. Lose one pound (maybe two) per week.
Know what healthy serving sizes look like – you can use your hang: Your palm is about the size of a 3-ounce serving of meat, and your fist is good for a half cup, perfect for pasta. Your thumb is about one ounce (for cheese, it is 1 ½ thumbs) and the tip measures 1 teaspoon, which counts for one serving of oil.
You need enough fluids, especially if you are getting lots of exercise. Be sure you get in at least 8 glasses of water every day. This can help increase your metabolism and improve your skin’s appearance.
A healthy eating plan suggests that you eat three small meals and two or three snacks a day, spaced no more than 4 hours apart. Women who follow this minimal plan are leaner and have less body fat than women who eat the same number of calories packed into two or three big meals. Eating small portions also helps speed up your metabolism and keeps your stomach full-like so you don’t overeat.
YES it can be done! It’s a lot easier than you may think. For example, skip the croutons in your salad and use 1 less tablespoon of butter on your bread, and voilà! Both are good for saving 100 calories.
That means foods high in fiber and water, such as broth-based soups and raw veggies. They are particularly talented at quelling appetite, so you’ll want to stop eating sooner. A study of 150 overweight people found that those who ate soup every day for a year lost 50% more weight than people who didn’t eat soup. Munching on a salad with fat-free dressing before your meal may cut your calorie intake by 12%, according to another study.
Cookies, crackers, chips… They are all packed with a lot of empty calories and not nearly as nutrient per ounce as healthier options.
In addition to this healthy eating plan, let me offer this
BONUS INFORMATION on Cellulite-Fighting Foods
Add these foods to your shopping list to curb your appetite, burn fat, and put you on the road to a smoother you:
OATMEAL A study found that the fibre in the roll grain curbs your appetite without a truckload of calories – the perfect combo to help you eat less and lose weight.
VEGETABLE JUICE Consider this a calorie-cutting cocktail: One glass of it before mealtime and you’ll eat up to 135 fewer calories later.
NUTS Add a few small servings of your favourite variety to your diet – the fibre and good fat in nuts makes them very filling, so your weight stays steady.
FAT-FREE MILK Several studies have shown a link between calcium and body fat: As calcium intake increases, body fat decreases. Two servings of dairy every day may reduce your risk of gaining weight by as much as 70%.
GREEN TEA Compounds in green tea may help boost your body’s metabolism and fat-burning-abilities, according to double-blind clinical studies.
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