Getting in shape for summer doesn't have to be about deprivation. After all, Oprah Winfrey says she eats bread every day and still lost 26 pounds. It's all about moderation! First, cut calories moderately. You should only reduce your calorie intake about 20% below your baseline for bodyweight maintenance. That means an active woman who consumes 2,000 calories a day and stays at a consistent weight should consume no fewer than 1,600 calories a day to lose weight. Especially if she works out! She may need to eat more (think fuel for your muscles) if she is logging in workouts 5 to 6 days a week. Second, heighten your awareness of how much you're putting in your mouth and be mindful of portion control. It is easy as using your hand. For instance, a clenched fist is about equal to a cup. You should aim for two clenched fists' worth of veggies (at minimum) every day. The front of a clenched fist (the knuckle side) equals about 1/2 cup - that's a portion of pasta. The end of your index finger from the first joint to the tip equals about 1 ounce of cheese. The measurements across your palm are about the same as a 3-ounce portion of meat, fish or poultry. Next week...we will go over a few simple things you can do to shave off about 200 calories every day to help you toward your goal of looking and feeling your best for the summer! Keep moving & stay positive!
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