by Joyce Del Rosario
How many times have you seen even the most beautiful celebrity splattered all over the internet just because they gained a few pounds?
Within minutes, the photo evidence has been shared all over the world, and everyone is sharing their opinion. This type of thing has a huge effect on our modern day culture. It causes people to obsess about their looks, even if it means giving up some of the foods they truly love.
But why not have that beautiful body you want, while still allowing yourself to indulge in some of the flavors that make life worth living? If you follow a few important tips, you can have both.
Tip #1: Moderation.
Whether you’re talking about food, drink, television, or anything else in this world, moderation is always a big key. Most things done to excess are bad for you, and food is right at the top of that list.
If you want to stay in shape, let yourself have that piece of cake… just cut it in half and have it less often. If you do this, you will lose weight and your treat will taste even better.
Tip #2: Avoid Binge-Eating.
Stress. It causes us to do all kinds of things we normally wouldn’t do. One of these things is binge-eating. After a tough day at the office, many people artificially make themselves feel better by gulping down whatever fried, fatty, junk food they can get their hands on. You must be conscious of this and avoid it.
When you’re feeling stressed, try going to the gym and getting a workout in. You’d be amazed at how well that will make you feel.
Tip #3: Switch to Water.
Simply put, water is the healthiest beverage you can put into your body. It helps stave off dehydration, digest meals, and can even make you feel full when you are craving a snack. If you replace sugary drinks like soda with water, the pounds will immediately start to melt away.
Tip #4: Eat Smaller Meals.
We were all raised on three square meals per day, but that is an outdated concept. By eating smaller meals more often throughout the day, your body can digest the food much faster. This will not only result in a thinner body, but it will also steady your blood sugar and make you feel better on the whole.
Tip #5: Limit Your Carbs.
I know you love that fresh bread. We all do. But carbs are a big no-no when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. However, it is not necessary to go on a complete no-carb diet. Again, it’s all about moderation. You can cheat once in a while to fulfill your urge, or even have meals that are low in carbs. Just don’t do it all day, everyday.
And while we’re on the subject of cutting carbs, here are a couple of great low-carb recipes for you to make right at home.
Low-Carb Chicken Kiev
4 large chicken breasts
4 toes crushed garlic
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
A couple dashes of dried parsley
Pound the chicken until it’s of even thickness throughout. Place butter, parsley, and garlic in the center and roll the chicken up tight. Seal it with toothpicks. Mix eggs and milk until smooth. Mix together the salt, pepper, bread crumbs, and garlic powder. Dip chicken in the milk/egg mix, then roll it in the bread crumbs. Bake on 350 degree for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.
Low-Carb Lemon Cheesecake
1 lb. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup Splenda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Beat the cream cheese until it is creamy, then beat in the Splenda and eggs one at a time. Beat in the salt, vanilla, and lemon zest. Stir in the cream. Pour mixture into large glass pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then at 300 degrees for another 20 minutes or until done. Cool to room temperature, then serve chilled.
Joyce Del Rosario is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of health and fitness courses and Dietician Courses. When not working, Joyce blogs about health and fitness.