Countdown to Summer: Lose Weight and Live Healthy

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The countdown to summer is on, which means we should take this time to get a handle on living a healthy lifestyle that will benefit weight loss—and looking good! Exercising and working out are definitely important to boosting weight loss, but eating healthy is a crucial component to losing weight and maintaining that weight loss.

If you want to jumpstart your weight loss and cultivate a healthy lifestyle, learn how to start eating smarter so you will not only look bikini-ready, but you will look great and increase your quality of life year-round. With the countdown to summer upon us, find out how you can improve your diet and maintain healthy eating habits so you can spend the season looking and feeling like your best!

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Start your countdown to summer with these healthy eating habits:

1. Use a South Beach meal plan as a kickoff to your countdown to summer.

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Don’t think of it as a diet, but as a meal plan. Finding the right meal plan program that works for you can help you get a handle on how to eat smarter to lose and manage weight—jumpstarting your countdown to summer. Losing weight with a fad diet will never last, but if you find a meal program that offers sustainable healthy eating with nutritional meals, easy-to-make recipes and proven fitness resources, it will be easier for your weight management success. A meal program like South Beach Diet provides you with all the tools you need to start eating right, from tasty meals that are made in seconds to accessible workout routines.

  • Manage portion sizes.
    South Beach Diet provides you with pre-portioned meals, many of which can be made in minutes or even eaten on-the-go. You will never need to guess about portion control or counting calories.
  • Eat five small meals a day.
    With our vast selection of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, you will never need to worry about what to eat. Skipping meals is bad for your moods, metabolism and weight management, so you can make sure you eat five small meals a day with support from South Beach Diet’s many delicious meals and snacks.

2. Meal prep on Sundays.

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Make your life—and healthy eating—easier with meal preparation and planning on Sundays. Prepare your Tupperware for sliced veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats from highly nutritional foods to enjoy during the week. You should also gather some healthy snacks and stock any pre-made meals you’re going to east during the week to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

  • Make time for breakfast.
    Don’t forget to prepare breakfast, too! Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and will improve your ability to burn calories all day, especially if you’re going to start your morning with a workout. You should fuel your day with a healthy breakfast—perhaps a refreshing and easy-to-make shake from South Beach Diet!
  • Stock healthy, on-the-go snacks
    Make sure to eat snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels constant and to curb hunger in a healthy way. Try protein-packed snacks like nuts, seeds or sliced veggies. You can also check out the transportable snack and meal bars from South Beach Diet.

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3. Eat more lean proteins and healthy fats.

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We all need protein in our diets as it helps our bodies function and gives us energy. Lean proteins are ideal because they contain little fat or healthy fats such as omega-3s.

  • Eat fish and seafood.
    Animal proteins with the leanest fat are often found in fish and seafood. Halibut, salmon and tuna are all great sources of lean protein that are versatile enough to be eaten with salads, veggies or on their own. Fish and seafood like shrimp are loaded with lean proteins and healthy fats from omega 3s, which are actually good for your body and diet.
  • Incorporate Mediterranean diet foods into your meal plan.
    A Mediterranean diet has been celebrated for its delicious variety of tasty foods and ingredients that are rich with lean proteins and healthy fats. Eat more of these Mediterranean foods that are great for losing and maintaining weight: fruits, nuts, veggies, yogurt, chickpeas, hummus, olive oil, legumes and seafood.

4. Cut back on carbs and fill up on fiber.

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A lot of people crave carb-heavy foods when they’re really hungry. The sad truth is eating foods full of carbs not only make weight loss harder, but it often makes people feel hungrier afterward. Refined carbs are stripped of nutritional value meaning they contain no fiber. According to Healthline, fiber is what helps your digestion and keeps you feeling full. Carbs also cause spikes in blood sugar leading to low levels of blood sugar and more hunger pains.

  • Eat more fruits and veggies
    Eating more fruits and vegetables every day is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber as well as many other vital minerals and nutrients. According to the Iranian Journal of Public Health, enjoying fruits and vegetables can deter many diseases, including heart disease, and has also been successful for weight management. And according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, with a high fiber content, fruits and veggies will improve your digestion and help you feel fuller throughout the day.
  • Drink lots of water
    While water doesn’t contain fiber, it does increase your feeling of fullness. If you want to completely curb cravings and decrease those nagging hungry feelings, start making water a priority in your diet. A combination of eating more fibrous foods and drinking lots of water all day will ensure you maintain healthy digestion and consistent satiety—all day long, so you can avoid snacking!

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5. Control emotional eating with mindfulness.

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Eating mindlessly is the best way to tear through a thousand-calorie bag of chips. Being present while we eat and focusing on how we feel can ensure that we don’t overeat or eat for emotional or stress-related reasons. Learn to practice mindfulness while eating and track your progress to avoid binge-eating for the wrong reasons.

  • Keep a food log in South Beach Tracker.
    Track your meals, snacks and other eating sessions. This will not only help with your weight management and weight loss, but it will help you determine if you have any issues eating at certain times of the day or overeating any specific types of foods.
  • Figure out your food triggers.
    The South Beach Tracker App will also help you determine if there was a time when you were logging a few too many lean proteins, healthy fats and extras. This could help you identify emotional, physical or situational triggers in the future that may urge you to overeat. You’ll learn how to control your emotions and avoid using food as a coping method. Replace the act of eating for comfort with socializing, reading or engaging in a fitness or entertainment activity to take your mind off it.