B.E.A.C.H

1 06 2010

Its June! ¬†Which in my book means that Summer is OFFICIALLY here ūüôā

I enjoyed some great weather this weekend with some nice walks and swimming, but I had to make sure to slather on my super strong SPF since I unfortunately never tan, I only burn.

Since today might be the last day before I return to work, I decided to make an omlette for breakfast-YUM!  I kept it simple and just did three egg whites and in the center I mashed up a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese and topped with a some ketchup.

I also paired it with a Pink Lady apple, sliced extra thin, using the Iowa Girl Eats method.

See?

I love slicing apples that thin, its great for dipping and it makes it seem like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are. ¬†I also LOVE pink lady apples by the way, those and honeycrips are my absolute FAVE!

So I’m not addicted to Oprah by any means, but I kinda like Dr. Oz. ¬†I’m currently reading his book “YOU on a Diet” but I’m not really into it yet, its kinda a slow read. ¬†I read an article today about Dr. Oz’s B.E.A.C.H diet for summer, apparently some housewives tested out this diet and over the course of 4 months each of them lost between 30-60lbs. ¬†The full article is here but I can sum it up for you:

His plan uses some pretty basic concepts (if you’ve looked into healthy eating habits at all)

The B stands for breakfast, and he emphasizes how important it is that you have a nutritious one and not skip this meal (as so many people do). ¬†Make sure that you choose a breakfast that is high in protein and fiber (like my breakfast ūüôā ).

The E stands for eliminate simple carbs (i.e. white rice, white potatoes, anything made with white flour and sugar, alcohol, etc…).

The E stands for exercise ALMOST everyday. ¬†The women testing out this diet exercised six days per week doing a variety of activities from walking, dancing, kickboxing, etc…(apparently its BEEACH lol)

The A stands for add antioxidants to your plate.  Fruits and veggies are not only so low in calories that you can eat almost as much as you want to fill up, but most of them are full of antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation in the body which is directly linked to weight loss.

The C stands for indulge in dark chocolate.  Eat chocolate and lose weight? SCORE!!! However, you need to remember that moderation is key and look for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacoa.  This will help keep your sugar cravings in check and is also full of antioxidants.

The H stands for hydrate yourself. ¬†We all know how important water is not only for weight loss, but for over all health. ¬†Stick to water especially if you’re trying to lose weight, the other stuff is just empty calories.

Pretty straight forward. ¬†I was already doing everything on that list already (however, I’m not fully healed from my surgery yet so my workouts are pretty basic).

What are some of your favorite tips for weight loss?

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