Back in the days of Marilyn Monroe, most women adorned hourglass figures. Today this isn’t so much the case. The hourglass figure is what we all strive for because today most women are either rectangular shaped or pear shaped. Scientists believe that this has happened due to the large intake of processed, calorific foods and being less active overall.
An hourglass figure is the ideal body shape but very few women are naturally born with it. Most women are going to have to spend hours exercising and eating right.
Sally Lewis, author of “The Waistline Plan” suggests that the key to getting your desired body shape is to consume lots of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and fruits, and vegetables.
Before you begin your diet, go through a detox that will cleanse you from all toxins and prepare your body for weight loss. A detoxifying cleanse helps clean your organs of poisons and toxins that have built up in your body over time. A short phase of detox allows your body to get used to eating smaller, healthier portions of foods. You’re basically easing your way into your diet by going through a 7-10 day detox.
It’s known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the first thing you eat after your body has been ‘fasting’ for the last 6-10 hours. Your body needs to be refueled to enable you to carry on with the day’s tasks. However, when they are on a diet, breakfast is the first meal they ditch.
Yes, your breakfast will not consist of bacon, eggs, and sausages but it will contain all the nutrients your body needs.
To begin your day, you can start off with homemade/organic fruit juice or smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal. If you’re someone who prefers lots of flavors then you can add fruits and even some spices to your oatmeal.
Keeping up with a diet requires commitment so you will have to prepare your meals in advance or else you’ll be tempted to order take-out. You should aim to prepare a well-balanced, homemade lunch while controlling your intake of fats, sugars, and sodium at lunch.
Try making yourself a whole-wheat wrap or sandwich consisting of lean meat like turkey or chicken and sautéed vegetables. You can go for a large bowl of whole-wheat pasta mixed with healthy vegetables and nuts. Try to avoid refined-grain products like rice, white bread or pasta because they’ll give you a spike of sugar for a bit but then leave you feeling tired.
On a healthy diet, your dinner should consist of proteins like a grilled steak or salmon alongside brown rice and steamed vegetables. Fish specifically makes a good dinner meal because of its high content of omega 3 fatty acids. If you are going to have red meat, then look for something that is less than 10 grams of fat and less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat. DO NOT deep fry anything during your weight loss journey. Even if you aren’t on a diet, try and avoid deep fried food as it is terribly unhealthy for you. Also, avoid toppings of heavy cheese or cream-based sauces.
Because you’re eating small portions and lighter meals, you will need to eat healthy snacks between meals to keep yourself from getting hungry.
Healthy snacks could include a cup of flavored yogurt, a bowl of fruits or a low-fat bean dip like hummus with some brown bread or vegetable sticks. You can also opt for a pack of healthy crackers that you can eat with nut-butter.