Monday, April 15, 2013

Spring into shape

photo by Phil Roeder
The sun is shining and the weather is warming up. You know what that means? Summer swimsuit season is just around the corner. 
To prepare for the return to a slimmer wardrobe, I've upped my game, working out more and eating healthier. That includes portion control, calorie reduction and incorporating sugar-free foods and beverages into my dietary mix. 
According to Beth Hubrich, a registered dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, consumers can "slim down without sacrificing their favorite foods and beverages. Low-calorie sweeteners and light products can aid in weight loss efforts. Of course, portion control and regular exercise are also crucial to a healthy lifestyle." For example, reduced-calorie yogurt eliminates about 110 calories per serving. And by switching from regular to diet soda, I save 150 calories. Over the course of a year, that daily calorie savings could result in a 15-pound weight loss.
In addition to the food changes, I've been working out a heck of a lot more in recent weeks - alternating between circuit training, step, spin, running, zumba and hiking on the weekends. I'm hoping that by constantly switching up the type of exercise, I'm less likely to get bored and lazy. Either way, I'm well on my way to hitting my target weight in time for those hot summer days. 
Wish me luck!

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