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Diet Fixes from Shape.com

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As summer approaches, many people want to get into shape so they can wear their shorts and swimsuits without feeling self conscious. Everyone wants to feel good sporting their swimsuit! During a recent visit to Shape.com, we came across some interesting information related to dieting and some easy diet fixes. Here is what we know. If you are interested in learning more about dieting and exercise, you can visit Shape.com for free.

Shape.com says to drink more water… It seems this is what everyone says if you want to stay in shape and not eat and crave as many foods. The weight-control benefit: Drinking water makes you feel fuller, so you’re likely to eat less, and helps prevent you from eating when you’re not hungry. Many people turn to food when they’re actually thirsty. Tip: Drink water instead of sugary drinks and juices to hydrate and save calories.

EAT MORE OFTEN—AND ADD SOME PROTEIN we have all heard this before - does it work for you?The weight-control benefit: By eating more often, you’re less likely to get ravenous and scarf down everything in sight. When you eat a midmorning and midafternoon snack, you’re not starving at lunchtime or after work, so you won’t come home and binge. For each meal or snack, eat both protein and carbs, such as cereal with milk, an apple with peanut butter or a turkey sandwich. Protein takes longer to digest than carbs, so you’ll stay satisfied longer. A small Yale study showed that when women had a high-protein lunch, they ate 31 percent fewer calories at dinner than when they had a high-carb lunch. Tip: Try adding 2-3 ounces of fish or chicken breast to your lunch.

SWITCH TO WHOLE GRAINS I believe this works. I actually like a lot of whole grain foods better than plain white breads, pastas, etc. The weight-control benefit: Whole-grain foods are chewier and more satisfying. Their fiber makes them more filling, so you’ll eat less and not be hungry as soon. Tip: Eat 1 whole-grain serving at every meal.

CHOOSE LOWER-FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS after growing up eating and drinking a ton of dairy products, I really do not have a lot of them and I finally was able to move from my 2% milk to 1%. I think there is a HUGE taste difference and I had to get used to the 1%. I do not see myself switching to skim any time soon. The weight-control benefit: This is an easy way to save on calories without sacrificing taste. Four ounces of regular cottage cheese has 120 calories, compared to 100 calories for 2 percent, 90 calories for 1 percent and 80 for fat-free. One ounce of Cheddar cheese has 114 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat; 1 ounce reduced-fat Kraft cheese has 90 calories and 4 grams saturated fat. One scoop of Breyers vanilla ice cream has 150 calories and 5 grams saturated fat; Häagen Dazs has 270 calories and 11 grams saturated fat; Breyers Light has 130 calories and 2.5 grams saturated fat. Tip: Focus on cutting saturated fat.

ADD A FRUIT AND VEGETABLE TO EVERY MEAL I really try to add at least a good vegetable to every meal. Not one that is full of cheese and salt but something that is steamed. The weight-control benefit: To feel satisfied, you need a certain amount of weight in your stomach. A whole fruit or vegetable will give you that feeling of fullness. Meaning, you will likely eat less during and after your meal. Tip: Choose fruits and veggies with deeper color.

At PamperYourselfDenver.com we hope this information found at Shape.com will help you with your dieting or controlling your weight. If you want to learn more about these five tips, their health benefits and The strategy behind them, visit Easy Diet Fixes

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