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It’s ‘Slimming For Swimming’ Time!
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
It’s Slimming for Swimming time! I’ve got FIVE FOR FIGHTING … FAT ideas for eating like a caveman to help you get in shape for bathing suit season!
What do Jessica Biel, Megan Fox and Uma Thurman know that YOU should, too? The secrets to the Paleo diet.
According to Google, the Paleo diet was the most downloaded diet of 2013, and interest is continuing to grow as The New York Times bestseller lists, national television shows, like TheDr. Oz Show, blogs and new products — from running shoes to snacks — are exploding with Paleo hits.
But how does one of the hottest healthy lifestyle trends help you look like a million bucks on the beach?
By following my 5 P-A-L-E-O tips, you will lose weight, decrease bloat, get glowing skin and become stronger and energized — no spear required!
The holy grail of weight loss is an approach that naturally and spontaneously leads to eating less without trying to eat less. Many diets promise this, but there’s only one diet I’ve seen that actually delivers for the long-term: the Paleo diet.
HERE, MY “FIVE FOR FIGHTING” … FAT
P= Personal Play: Eat enough carbs to support what you do by discovering your “personal play. ” Personal play is how many starchy vegetables (like sweet potatoes or carrots) you need to sustain your energy level. Decreased energy is one of the main reasons why all diets fail.
A= Adhere to a Lifestyle: Make weight loss more about a new Lifestyle. Getting enough sleep (not enough makes us hungrier and makes us gain weight, studies show), reducing stress (stress hormones cause us to eat), and moving an hour a day (this is critical) are just as important as what you eat for weight loss.
L= Less is More: Eat less without trying. Counting calories makes people miserable. The good news? You don’t have to. You don’t purposely restrict fat or carbohydrates, though you’ll naturally eat fewer carbs, simply because Paleo eliminates the highly processed and refined carbs (like flour and sugar) that are such a big part of the Standard American Diet.
E= Eat Simple: Everyone loves a gourmet meal, but while you are trying to lose weight, keep your meals simple. Stick to the basics like meat or fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re better off cooking simple dishes that don’t have a bunch of extra ingredients and additional flavoring, and saving those recipes for special occasions or a nice weekend dinner.
O= Organize Your Meals: Food management is essential for long term weight loss. Batch cooking (cooking up some of your families favorites once or twice a week like browning some meats, chopping some vegetables, making hard boiled eggs for grab and go protein, etc) is the most important key element in weight loss. Scheduling out your meals and rotating them is also a smart way to keep a good rhythm going in your house so you don’t have to deal with the age old doldrum “what should I eat?”.
In the end, how fast you can get your body healthy — meaning healthy cells and the fluid surrounding those cells — is how quickly you will look good in a bathing suit. The only way to look and feel sexy and confident on the beach is to radiate with health — the weight loss always follows. It’s against natural law not to!
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