NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) — Swimsuit season may motivate weight loss, and losing weight can turn into a summer feast, two U.S. dietitians say.
Megan Fendt and Michele Murphy of New York City’s NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center suggest portions of protein and/or starch can become smaller as salads and steamed vegetables seasoned with spices, lemon and balsamic vinegar, a little Parmesan cheese or low-fat dressings become the largest items on the plate.
Also, opt for fresh berries and melons — even some of the more exotic fruits can make it easier to bypass cakes, cookies and ice cream.
Other summertime weight-loss recommendations include:
– Increase exercise by playing a game of Frisbee, volleyball or tennis. Take long walks. Swim.
– Try wrapping fish or chicken in foil and adding vegetables and seasonings to the grill.
– Do “calorie banking” so cookouts with family and friends are not a diet disaster. Cutting back on calories a week before a special occasion allows indulging a little more and enjoying the party. However, try to restrict high-fat foods such as potato chips and mayonnaise-based salads.
– Alcoholic beverages contain empty calories and may stimulate the appetite. Better to hydrate with water, seltzer, juice diluted with seltzer, low-fat milk or iced tea.
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