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BIKINI-BODY READY

The ultimate guide to healthy and wise summer eating

Bikini Body


 
Bikini Body

 

Curb your enthusiasm…to eat

Summer food is one of the things we love most about the season. What we don’t love, though, is the extra padding that may come as a result of chowing down on all these fatty treats. But you don’t have to miss out on your fave foods in order to keep your slim figure. Hope Warshaw, a registered dietitian and author of Eat Out, Eat Right: The Guide to Healthier Restaurant Eating, says the key to healthy eating is portion control. “Eat what you want to eat, but just less of it,” she says. “You need to maintain pleasure in food in order to achieve long-term lifestyle changes.” Here, a few of Warshaw’s ways to cut calories.


Drinks


 
Drinks

Drinks

A new study conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore found that weight loss is linked to reducing liquid calorie consumption, and that the liquid calories you consume have a greater impact on weight than solid calories consumed.

Smart substitute: Choose iced coffee and request zero-calorie sweetener and low-fat or skim milk when placing your order (as most places will automatically serve you 2% milk or even cream). If you’re in the mood for an alcoholic drink, be mindful and have only one or two, and choose your mixers wisely: opt for sparkling mineral water or club soda—or have your drink on the rocks.

Sushi


 
Sushi

Sushi

Remember that the tasty sushi rice is sticky thanks to being flavoured with sugar, salt and vinegar.

Smart substitute: Limit yourself to 1–2 dumplings and enjoy appetizers such as edamame or wakame salad.

Ice cream


 
Ice cream

Ice cream

Skip the cone and save about 100–200 calories. Plus, a kid’s scoop will satisfy your sweet tooth just as well as the double scoop you might normally order.

Smart substitute: Have frozen yogurt or sorbet instead; they’re typically both lower in fat and calories than most brands of ice cream.

Hamburgers


 
Hamburgers

Hamburgers

Burgers can be high in fat, if made with regular ground beef instead of extra lean.

Smart substitute: Opt for leaner meats such as turkey or chicken, and choose a cooked patty that is closer to three ounces versus an six-ounce behemoth.

Chicken


 
Chicken

Chicken

Chicken is less fatty than spareribs or hotdogs, so it’s a smart choice when it comes to barbecued meat. The breast is the leanest part of the bird; wings, the fattiest.

Smart substitute: If your only option on the menu is chicken wings, eat just the drummette and leave its skin along with the wing on your plate. Instead of packaged sauces, make your own marinades at home so you can control what’s going into them.

Salads


 
Salads

Salads

That green salad of yours isn’t so healthy when it’s drowned in ranch dressing. And toppings such as cheese, crispy fried noodles, croutons and bacon bits are no friends to your waistline.

Smart substitute: Order the dressing on the side when dining out. Balsamic and oil-and-vinegar-based dressings are the healthiest choices, but you can order the one you like—even if it’s a high-calorie one such as Thousand Island or blue cheese—if you use a small amount. Add crunch (along with beneficial fats) by topping your salad with nuts such as toasted almonds, pecans or walnuts.

Corn on the cob


 
Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob

This high-fibre veggie is a healthy choice, but not when it’s doused in salt and butter.

Smart substitute: Eat it au naturel (in-season corn is already naturally sweet) or add flavour by roasting it with herbs or a spare brushing of olive oil.