Spring is here!!!! Jackets are off, and arms are bared. Don’t let frustration mount over unwanted pounds. Planning ahead will get you fit and prepared for the warmer summer months ahead.
Physical activity helps control weight gain, so get out and walk and enjoy the weather we have been waiting for.
And watch your food consumption. Weight gain is about energy in and energy out. Calories are energy that is taken into the body from foods. If we take in more calories than we need, the inevitable result is weight gain.
There are ways to cut calories without feeling deprived of the foods you love.Here are some tips:
Have a half of a bagel instead of a whole one.
Use natural fruit preserves instead of butter.
Use skim milk instead of whole or 2%, even in coffee or tea.
Drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables- low in calories and help keep you hydrated.
Stay away from (or cut back) junk foods.
Avoid gravies and heavy creamed sauces.
Bake or broil instead of frying.
Use olive oil (healthy fat) and vinegar, or lemon, with a pinch of salt is a healthy way to dress a salad.
Small changes will bring big results if the foods you are choosing are healthy, and you are physically active on a regular basis. If you do not have a gym membership, think about joining, or find out if a local club has day rates. There is still time to shed those unwanted pounds before summer, so pack a gym bag, keep it in your car, and move your body. You’ve nothing to lose- except a few pounds.