Summer vacations are on the horizon, which means it’s time to hit up the gym and shed some of that extra cushion we’ve saved in the winter. What we eat affects our body’s image and can change our health in the long run. These days, our diet mostly consists of simple carbs and high-fat meals. Unfortunately, these choices promote fat storage and make our skin sag. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to the processed foods that make up a majority of our diets. Aim for whole foods and foods that are high in fiber to keep you full throughout the day, which will minimize cravings and lead to less binge eating. These are the top 10 diet modifications that will lead a better summer body and a healthier lifestyle!
1. White bread replacement: Sprouted or Whole Wheat bread
White bread has been refined into a simple carb that quickly stores as fat, switching it to whole grain breads will keep you full and won’t store as fat. Make sure it says 100% whole grain wheat, because many companies simply color the white bread darker and slap a whole wheat label on it!
2. White rice replacement: Brown rice or Quinoa
White rice is the simplified version of brown where the shell, that contains fiber and magnesium, has been removed, switching it to brown rice or quinoa keeps you full and can help trim the belly fat.
3. White pasta replacement: Whole wheat pasta
White pasta is simplified into straight sugar leading you to want to eat more, try replacing it with whole wheat pasta to keep you energized throughout the day.
4. White potato replacement: Sweet potato
White potatoes are all natural, but they can still spike up your GI making you hungry quickly, sweet potato digests slowly into the body and keeps your GI low.
5. Pastries and desserts replacement: Mixed Berries
Mixed berries are loaded with antioxidants, low in sugar, high in fiber, and most of all a guilt-free treat.
6. Soda replacement: Green Tea, Flavored water, or Fake lemon-lime soda
Green tea helps to speed up metabolism, lowers risk of cancer, kills bacteria and keeps you full. All of this with no sugar added.
7. Trail Mix replacement: Almonds
Almonds contain natural and healthy fats that are necessary to the body’s hormones to function properly while keeping your mood stable. On the other hand, trail mix has unnecessary sugar and salt added.
8. Flavored yogurt replacement: Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
Fat-Free greek yogurt is not only a healthy intake of probiotics, but one cup has 18 grams of protein with little sugar and carbs that can keep you satisfied.
9. Butter replacement: Olive Oil
Olive Oil is a healthy fat and loaded with omega-3 to keep your skin glowing and keep that belly fat off.
10. Whole egg replacement: Egg Whites
Egg whites are a healthy source of protein with little fat and cholesterol intake.