Thursday, July 7, 2011

fit and health thursday.


thursdays are going to be my fit and health posts.
we can all use some good health tips, right?

summer time is officially here. this means...swim suit season is here. yay!

now, i'm not striving to be the next Victoria Secret's swim suit model, but i'm "improving" my life style.
being healthy and fit is the best gift you can give to yourself.

want to know what types of foods you should be putting in your mouth?
i found a great article on self.com about the 20 best foods for weight loss


Almonds - These filling, snackable bites can help keep your blood sugar steady. (12 almonds equals one serving)

Apples - Credit their high-fiber status—4 to 5 g each—which fills you up. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."

Black beans - Beans are super fat fighters because they contain the ideal combination of fat-busting nutrients—soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, and a type of fat-burning carb called resistant starch.

Cauliflower - Cauliflower is also a vitamin C standout: Just 1/2 cup nets you 36 percent of your daily needs.

Cinnamon - Everything is nice about this spice. Just 1/2 teaspoon each day can help control your blood sugar and prevent the post meal insulin spike that can trigger your body to store fat rather than burn it.

Coffee - Raise your mug to higher metabolism! The caffeine in coffee can raise your resting metabolic rate by about 15 percent, and the effect can last up to four hours—that adds up to 30 to 50 calories burned per day.

Cottage cheese - One half cup low fat cottage cheese offers up 14 g protein for only 81 calories. Studies show that protein can help you feel more satisfied throughout the day, which can help you keep your calories in check without feeling deprived.

Eggs - Egg protein is filling, so you eat less later in the day

Garlic - Strong flavors like garlic may make food more enjoyable so you feel fuller faster.

Lentils - are a bona fide belly flattener. They're high in protein and soluble fiber, two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels. Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.

Olive oil - Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite.

Parmesan - Whole dairy may have more conjugated linoleic acid, which might help your body burn fat. And Parmesan is so flavorful, it's easier to stick to one serving.

Pears - Pears deliver a dose of fiber (about 5.5 grams per medium-sized fruit), which helps keep you satisfied long after you eat them

Portobello mushrooms - Portobellos are naturally low in calories and have a "meaty" texture.

Quinoa - Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 g per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours.

Red bell peppers - These sweet veggies are super sources of vitamin C, and adequate intake of the nutrient has been associated with having a smaller waist. Plus, C has been shown to bolster immunity and prevent cell damage

Tomatoes – contain oligofructose, a fiber that helps sustain the effects of CCK in your stomach. Bonus: Lycopene, a compound found in tomatoes, has been shown to protect you against sunburn and may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Vinegar – increases feeling of satisfaction after a meal.

Wild salmon – keeps your heart healthy and shrinks your waist! Omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity – which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat.

Yougart - with its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady.


according to ms. j. Michael's...
 
 
 
hope you guys are having an awesome week!!! :)

4 comments:

Emily said...

Great tips girly! We all need to maintain the yummy foods to stay fit!
Keep up the workouts!! :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

you know i'm going to love these posts!! and jillian is awesome - love her.

Megan said...

Ahhh, love this!! Thanks for sharing. I can use all the tips that I can get!!

Sarah Grecco said...

Great post! I really love Jillian Michaels.....and about 99% of the items on your list thankfully!

xo,
Sarah
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