Looking to lose those holiday pounds before Spring Break? Wanting to stick with that New Years Resolution? Well here are some tips to have you bikini shape by Spring Break.
Getting a healthy diet in order is the first step to shaping your body for the spring break. The supermarket is a wonderful-terrible place. You can lose weight if you buy healthy items, but you can also be sucked into buying super fattening items. These unhealthy items are targeted for college age people, they're easy, quick and convenient. Fast food is another appealing option most college students turn to.The first thing to get you eating right is to correct your shopping habits.
Staying on the outer edges of the supermarket will get you on the right track from the start. On those edges you'll find all the fresh vegetables and fruits you want. Fruits and vegetables are the kinds of foods you can almost eat unlimited amounts of, so don't think of it as a diet, think of it as an unlimited fruit and veggie menu.
The next section you'll find on the outside edges of the supermarket is the meat section. When dieting you'll want to stick to lean meats like chicken, fish or maybe ground turkey.
Dairy is the next section most college students always stop. Cheese is a food most people think makes anything delicious, but the trick is to look for fat free cheese or low fat cheese. A study by the Yale-New Haven Hospital showed that an ounce of cheese gives you 200-300 mg of calcium.
Eggs are an important and healthy option for losing weight. Eggs are a protein powerhouse. They also suppress your appetite. If you eat eggs in the morning, you not only have more energy throughout the day, but you won't be wanting to snack until it's time for lunch.
Another important item is bread. If you are going to buy bread opt for wheat, or whole wheat.Whole wheat pasta is another healthy choice because as college students pasta is an easy option most students know how to prepare.
A very important thing to remember is that not only does your food have calories and fat but your drinks can too. If you can cut back on alcohol and the amount of sugary drinks you drink that will make a noticeable difference in your weight. Instead of these sugary drinks substitute them for water or Crystal Light.
For your Spring Break diet keep track of the unhealthy and the healthy things you eat.By keeping a food diary you will be much more aware of what you eat and how much of it you eat.
Caitlin Boyd, a junior at Auburn University, was asked if she ever cooked, she responded,"does a microwave count?" This seems to be a common response among college students which is prompting a very unhealthy lifestyle.So after figuring out what students were wanting to cook, I took the spring break diet tips and came up with a few simple recipes I hope you will try along with the tips I've already given above.
Cabbage Ramen Noodle Salad
1/2 head cabbage finely chopped
4 green onions chopped
1 package Ramen Noodles crumbled
For the dressing:
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
flavor packet from noodles
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together except noodles, chill for at least an hour, when ready, mix in noodles, toss and serve.
whole Wheat Pasta Salad
1/2 pound whole wheat pasta spirals
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup red onion diced
1/2 cup chopped spinach leaves
1/2 pound grilled chicken (optional)
1/2 pound sliced sun dried tomatoes (optional)
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt to taste
pepper to taste
Directions: Cook pasta according to directions, rinse pasta under cold water, drain and chill in refrigerator. Mix first six ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl mix the rest of the ingredients for the dressing. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss to coat.