I am so psyched that so many of you are going to be participating in the 11-Week Bikini Boot Camp Challenge with me! Exercise is an important part of losing weight and getting in shape, but the truth is, if you’re not following a healthy diet, all of the hard work and effort you put into exercising will be lost. So, to help make sure you stay on track to your best bikini body over the next 11 weeks, I put together this list of healthy eating tips. Check it out!
1. Eat a good breakfast! (The possibilities for this are endless. Eggs, oatmeal, fruit, whole grain cereal, whole grain toast… Click here for tons of easy breakfast ideas.)
2. Only eat when you’re hungry. Listen to your body and learn to decipher between cravings and true hunger.) This also includes learning to not overeat by stopping when you’re full. This can be accomplished by eating more slowly, drinking plenty of water with your meal, and training yourself to eat mindfully and intuitively.
3. Cut out refined carbohydrates as much as possible. (White bread, white rice, white pasta, etc.)
4. Cut back on added sugar. (Limit the intake of soda, candy, sweetened beverages, and desserts.)
5. Snack healthy! Keep the unhealthy snacks out of your pantry and fridge and for ideas on what to replace them with, check out Greatist’s "88 Snacks Under 100 Calories."
6. Cut out all processed foods. You want to be eating more “real food” and less food that is packaged and processed with tons of crazy ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. For more info on this, check out 100 Days of Real Food’s "14 Steps to Cut Out Processed Foods."
7. Drink lots ofwater, and drink more if you’re exercising! Buy a reusable water bottle and start carrying it everywhere you go!
8. Always measure your food and be sure to control your portions. Check out Fit Sugar’s "Everything You Need to Know About Portion Control."
9. Never completely restrict yourself from the foods that you love! NASM Elite Trainer Ann Prokenpek says:
One of my personal rules in weight loss is to not completely eliminate foods I like but are not necessarily good for me. If you deprive yourself of your favorite foods, it may lead to binging on that food somewhere down the line, and can destroy your best attempts at weight loss. Instead, be sure to eat healthy foods that are packed full of nutrition, but lower in calories. Then, when you want to have that cookie or whatever your “not so good for you” food is, have a small portion after you have filled up on the healthier, low calorie foods.
And for even more healthy eating tips check out some of the following links:
10 Weight-loss Rules That Work
Habits of Successful Weight Losers
The Best Foods for Burning Calories and Boosting Metabolism
Healthy Eating Tips from ‘Hungry Girl’ Lisa Lillien
Healthy Eating Habits from ‘The Biggest Loser’ Nutritionist