Weight Loss Tip #1: Eat from a variety of food groups
While dieting always consume nutrient-rich foods from a variety of food groups:
Fruits and vegetables are low calorie options. Limit the amount of oil and dressing you use to keep the calories low. Whole grain help you feel full consider eating brown rice, quinoa or millet at your next meal. Contemplate consuming calcium and vitamin D fortified dairy alternatives such as almond and soy beverages, for bone health. Opt for beans, lentils and soy as sources of protein to help you repair and build muscles. If you are a carnivore choose small amounts of fish grilled or baked meats, rather than fried, to limit saturated fats.
Weight Loss Tip #2: Reduce stress with regular exercise
Life can be sometimes very hectic, juggling between work, kids and extended family can take a toll on you. I usually enjoy decompressing by practicing yoga in the privacy of my home where I don’t feel judged and I can push myself to my own limits. I love how my joints feel and how relaxed I am at the end of the class. Did you know you that according to the academy of nutrition you need at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week and strength training twice per week? Maintaining healthy sleep habits helps too!
Weight Loss Tip #3: Add apple cider vinegar to your diet
There are many uses to apple cider vinegar ranging from improving your hair to treating fungus. But did you know that a Japanese study found out that subjects that consumed 15-30 ml daily of vinegar showed greater weight loss around the abdomen area, lower triglycerides levels and even a smaller waist than their counterparts who didn’t?
So, if digestive issues, such as acid reflux, is not a concern for you; consider dressing your daily vegetable salad with apple cider vinegar to help shed some pounds!
Below is one of my favorite healthy snacks that are really easy to make. Occasionally after exercise I like treating myself to some rich in fiber energy bites that I customized from a recipe I found on a package of ground flax seeds. These Energy Bites are packed with fiber and nutrients and are perfect for keeping your energy up throughout the day.
Healthy Energy Bites Recipe
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
- 1/2 cup almond/peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Unsweetened grated coconut
1. Combine all the ingredients together, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
2. Form 1 inch balls with the preparation. Roll over grated coconut.
3. Refrigerate again for at least 1 hour and serve.