Healthy Summer Diets to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Summer is here - follow these tips for a slimmer you

MUNCIE, IN - Everyone wants to look good in the summertime - unless you live in Siberia and it doesn't really matter. For most of us, however, looking our best during the summer months is very important for many reasons. We are going to look at some tips and advice to make sure you lose weight the healthy way. Losing weight takes work and dedication, but if you put your mind to it you are going to be successful. Here are going to take a look at the two important meals - breakfast and lunch.

Most Important Start to Your Day: Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it can set the tone for your mood throughout the rest of the day, so it’s a good idea to start it off right!

A great recipe for this meal is the Portobello Mushroom Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. First, bake mushroom caps on an oiled baking sheet for 10-12 minutes on 425 degrees.

Meanwhile, sauté garlic and spinach in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, then add lemon juice, lemon zest, and nutmeg. In a blender combine roasted red peppers (finely chopped), capers, parsley, and reduced fat mayonnaise (optional).

Distribute the spinach onto the mushrooms, then a poached egg, the roasted red pepper sauce, and finally some Parmesan cheese. While calories are not important, this sums up at about 253, not bad for a filling meal!

Lunch/Dinner

Lunch and dinner are two meals that people expect to be big and filling. If you want something to fill you up, be sure to try this healthy version of a classic Chinese food, Sesame Peanut Noodles.

Use whole wheat spaghetti as the pasta and cook according to package instructions. For dressing, combine rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, peanut butter, grated ginger, dark sesame oil, brown juice, lime, and hot water in a bowl and whisk. Stir in noodles, and then add coleslaw mix, rep pepper, cilantro, apple, jicama, sesame seeds, scallions, and mix. Refrigerate for one hour. This delicious meal can serve as either a lunch or dinner, and weighs in at just 308 calories per serving.

Portion Control

Other than cooking healthy you must remember to always follow portion sizes given on recipes. For example, a serving size of pasta for the Sesame Peanut Noodles is ½ cup. This may seem like a small amount to you, but it’s just the right amount of pasta your body needs. If you cook healthy meals but consume more than necessary, you will not be making any major differences to your health.

Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet offers a different approach to weight loss, limiting certain carbohydrates from one’s diet in an effort to improve metabolism and minimize fat storage. The way that the Atkins diet is set up, it reduces the number of carbohydrates that you intake as carbohydrates are often converted into fat storage.

When simple carbohydrates-cakes, biscuits, candy, soft drinks, etc.-are consumed, they release an insulin response that converts calories to fat more quickly. The plan requires that simple carbohydrates be eliminated from a diet to reduce fat gain.

Instead of focusing on carbohydrates and grains as a source of vitamins and minerals, the diet focuses on meat protein and vitamin supplementation.

To learn more about losing weight the healthy way, be sure to stop by Health Courage, another website run by kpaul media.

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