Insane crash diets don’t guarantee long-term weight loss. Jump on the bandwagon of healthy eating, and take your cue from The Sexy Chef’s Pounds Away Diet.
Load Up On The Right Carbs.
Love carbs a little too much? The Sexy Chef’s new Pounds Away Diet incorporates healthy carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables into their meals. "The meals are planned with nutrition level targets that meet the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, carbs, fat, and protein to effect weight loss,” says Rachel Alejandro of The Sexy Chef.
Keep Track Of Your Calories.
If you’re prone to bouts of overeating, the best way to lessen your food intake is to be aware of how much calories you consume in a day. “The only way to lose weight with carbs is to have a calorie-controlled diet, and that’s how Pounds Away was created,” explains Barni Alejandro of The Sexy Chef.
Cook It With Flavor.
Dieting doesn’t have to mean eating bland food. “I use a lot of herbs and spices such as garlic, onion, lemongrass, lemon juice, and ginger,” shares Barni on preparing meals for the Pounds Away Diet. Make your own herb rubs for meat, poultry, and fish by combining different spices. With food that’s chock-full of flavor, you’ll never feel like you’re depriving yourself.
Eat more fiber.
Eat more fiber to fight stomach flab. A recent study found that adolescents who upped their intake of fiber-rich foods scored big decreases in body fat levels.
Don’t let the fear of bulking up keep you from grabbing those dumbbells. Here’s why weight-training and cardio should go hand in hand:
It’s good for your heart.
When done with cardiovascular exercise, weight-training strengthens your heart and allows it to pump more blood with less effort. By doing so, you can keep your blood pressure low and exercise for longer periods of time without getting tired.
It increases lean muscle mass.
Picking up those dumbbells will help reduce your body fat by adding to your muscle mass. Having more lean muscle makes your metabolism speed up, so you burn calories even while you’re resting. This’ll make it easier for you to lose or manage your weight in the long run.
It strengthens your joints.
Working on building muscle also makes your joints stronger, and in turn, protects them from injury and helps you maintain flexibility and balance. The more flexible and balanced you are, the better-equipped you’ll be to engage in different kinds of workouts.
For orders and inquiries on The Sexy Chef’s Pounds Away Diet, call (02)721-SEXY or 0917-SXYCHEF. Visit www.thesexychef.ph for more information.
This story originally appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine, October 2010.
* Minor edits have been made by Cosmo.ph editors