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Six Snacks for a Super Summer Body

girl in pink bikini with strawberry belly ring and starsSummertime is all about feeling and looking your best. Whether you count on the activities you’re involved in or a rigid exercise routine to keep you in shape, it’s just as important to eat right.

Make sure what goes in your body complements what you’re expecting to get out of it! Incorporate these summer snacks into your diet to keep your figure fit and fabulous.

Oats – High in soluble fiber (known for promoting good digestion) and energy, oats will fill you up without bogging you down. Try them for breakfast with some yogurt and berries on top, or eat the oats dry as a mid-day granola snack!

Lemons & Limes - It’s safe to say everyone has had “that” moment; either you bit into a lemon yourself and your face puckered up or you’ve watched a little kid do it. These fruits pack a punch! Though high in Vitamin C, it’s their flavor that makes us love lemons. No matter how much a person enjoys water, there is no denying it’s nice to have a little flavor sometimes. Skip the caloric juice and soda by adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink!

Mulberries – There is no denying that summer is the season when a majority of fruit is at its freshest and most plentiful. Fortunately for beach bodies, mulberries are one of those tasty treats. A great source of potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C, one serving of mulberries is only 43 calories! Delicious dry or juicy, mix mulberries into your salad to add great flavor without the guilt. Note: raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are also a good option.

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Eggs - Cheese and butter aside, eggs are a great option for someone looking to fuel their body while watching their weight. Eggs are cheap, versatile in consumption, and high in protein. Help yourself to as many egg whites as you like, but limit yourself to one yolk a day.

Summer Squash – How can you go wrong with summer built into the name?! It may be high in nutrients, but one serving is just 10 calories! Try it as a baked goods additive or grilled.

Salmon - Most fish, when prepared efficiently, offers necessary nutrients for little to no calories. Even shrimp (if you stretch the definition of fish) is high in protein. However, there is no diet seafood quiet like salmon. Salmon contains omega-3 oil that fights fat cells in the body, keeping new fat cells from forming and wearing down old ones! What more could you ask for in food!?

Now that you know our top picks for a sleek summer shape, tell us yours! What’s your delicious and nutritious go-to food? 

 

 

Need to Tone Up the Tummy? Give These Ab Workouts a Try

bb photoYou’ve been to the piercing salon, you braved your way through the piercing gun, and you spent weeks cleaning your belly bling to ensure that it didn’t get infected. Maybe you’ve even already stocked up on the newest feather belly button rings and other dangling belly rings. This means you have officially earned the right to show off your studded stomach!

So what’s next? Take your confidence to the next level with a toned tummy. Don’t have time to hit the gym? Pick up a DVD or download one of these five ab workouts and you’ll be on your way to shaping up that tummy.

Denise Austin’s Shrink Belly Fat. If you aren’t an avid exerciser, this video is a solid start to a regular fitness routine. Denise shows you how to build your muscles with three different 15 minute workouts (do them all together or gradually work up to all three): Traditional Abs, Cardio Abs, and Athletic Abs. Don’t just sit there doing sit-ups; stand up and do some knee raises and torso-twist punches.

Cathe Friedrich Ab CircuitsIf you tend to get bored with the same old routine, check out this workout for a variety of ab circuits. Nothing is better for leaning out and sculpting muscles than shocking them with different exercises; you’ll get them all right here. Cathe’s site also makes it super easy to download- whether you want the entire workout or just segments. Working out with a buddy? There’s even a Partner Abs segment you can download.

Jazzercise: Dancin’ Abs. This video is not your normal workout. Despite the intermediate difficulty for 59 minutes, time will fly by. For this one, think more along the lines of Zoomba. Dancin’ Abs is a “dance aerobics” video, and there is no floor work involved! It’s a fun way to break your monotonous bodybuilding routine.

Jessica Smith’s 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs. How many times have you thought, if I just lost 10 pounds? Sometimes the littlest thing can yield the biggest reward. Try Jessica’s high impact aerobic choreography and tone up your entire body (Psst – don’t’ let the phrase “high impact” scare you, this one is relatively tame for high impact). Like a lot of our featured videos, this 79 minute workout can be broken up into three parts: Cardio, Interval segments, and abdominal floorwork.

Jillian Michaels’ Killer Abs. You’ve seen her tough love help tons of people out on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, now it’s your turn to benefit from Jillian’s expertise. This video lasts for 96 minutes and includes three different workouts that range from intermediate/advanced to flat out advanced. Start off with the easier workout, and by the time you’re fit enough to try the third you’ll be doing the same moves in half the time! Set and watch yourself break your abdominal exercise goals!

Now that you know our five favorite workouts for a tight tummy, what are yours?

 

Belly Ring Tips: 6 Ways to Beat the Belly Bloat

Although summer doesn’t officially start for a few days, tummy-baring tops and cute little bikinis have probably already become a regular in your wardrobe rotation if you’re got some belly ring bling or a sexy belly chain to show off.

While regular exercise is really the best way to get a sexy, belly ring- flaunting tummy, we’ve collected some tips you can use to keep the bloating at bay.

1. Cut down on salt. Salt consumption makes you retain water which can cause bloating. Even if you don’t normally add a lot of salt to your food, start reading labels to see how much sodium a food contains. Canned foods in particular, such as soups can contain a high amount of sodium, as do some foods you might not expect: salad dressing, ketchup, bacon, cheese, and breads.

2. Drink plain water. This is a no-brainer. Carbonated drinks like soda and sparkling water continue to churn even after you drink them, which can cause pressure and bloating in your stomach.

3. Avoid processed foods. Processed white food in particular, like bread, pasta, etc. can be difficult to digest. Choose whole grains instead, such as brown rice, oats, and whole wheat breads, which are a good source of fiber. One word of caution: add fiber to your diet slowly to give your body a chance to adjust. Too much fiber too quickly can also bloat your digestive track.

4. Don’t chew gum. Chewing gum means you’re also swallowing air, which makes its way into the stomach and causes pressure.

5. Just say no fried foods. Foods cooked by deep-frying take longer to digest, which can cause an uncomfortably full feeling for an extended period of time. It’s best to avoid the deep fried shrimp basket if you plan to put on a bikini a few hours later.

6. Eat your veggies, most of them anyway. Veggies are an excellent addition to your diet, but avoid those that have been proven to product more gas: beans, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower to name a few.

7. Avoid large meals and eat slowly. Eating a big meal can do a number on the stomach, and gulping it down quickly can double the discomfort. Rather than eating three big meals a day, spread your menu out to include six smaller meals. This helps keep your hunger levels in control so you’re not ravenous before a meal, which can in turn, cause you to eat too fast.

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