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Many people tend to be less active in winter, and it's not uncommon to add a few extra pounds over the colder months. If you're looking for some simple ways to trim down for summer, we've got three painless tips to help you meet those goals.
1. Drink More H20: Stay hydrated. We hear it all the time. Water is an essential fuel our bodies need to function, and many people don't drink enough. According to the Mayo Clinic, most men should drink about 3 liters of water a day, and women should drink about 2.2 liters a day. You'll want to drink more if you exercise. Will drinking water help you lose weight? Actually, a scientific study led by Brenda Davy, Ph.D and associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech, showed there is truth to the folklore. Drinking two cups of water before meals can actually curb your appetite and help you lose weight over time. Of course, if you combine this with a healthy diet and exercise, you'll see results much faster.
2. Eat Breakfast: It's easy to skip that morning meal, especially when there are so many other things to do before starting your day. According to WebMD, people who regularly eat breakfast are actually at less risk of being overweight than people who skip it. Breakfast can jump start your metabolism. Elisabetta Politi, RD, MPH and nutrition manager for Duke University's Medical School Diet & Fitness Center, explains: "When you don't eat breakfast, you're actually fasting for 15 to 20 hours, so you're not producing the enzymes needed to metabolize fat to lose weight." Eating breakfast also helps fuel your brain, minimize late-morning fatigue and fight the urge to snack later in the day. They don't call it the most important meal of the day for nothing!
3. Doggy Bag It: When you go out to eat, don't feel obligated to finish your entire meal. Taking home leftovers is actually an excellent way to reduce your caloric intake. By taking some of your food home, you've effectively reduced your portion size. Not to mention, most restaurant food tends to be richer and higher in calories then food you would cook at home, unless you're a serious gourmet, in which case you should probably apply the "smaller portion" rule to your home-cooked meals as well.
Have any summer slim-down advice of your own? Leave a comment and share your tips!
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