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6 foods to cut out of your diet when getting in shape.

 

You may feel a bit out of whack and not sure where to begin when it’s time to clean up your diet.  Vacations, emotional eating, holidays and social events can take their toll on our waistline.  If you take the time to really observe and track your diet, you may find what is holding you back.

Things to avoid to get that strong body back into prime condition:

Heavy condiments and sauces– Just because it’s a salad, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.  One you drain an entire bottle of creamy buttermilk ranch all over it, you can kiss those abs goodbye!  Instead, choose a light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic or even cider vinegar to keep it clean.  Seasonings can also add tons of flavor, but not tons of calories.

Processed Foods– I always say #JERF (just eat real food) and stop complicating things.  Packaged junk often contains chemicals and preservatives, which will aid in a nice bloated tummy.

Fruit- Sure, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but while fruit is healthy and full of fiber, it also contains sugar which add up quickly if you are downing an entire bag of dried mangoes.  No need to eliminate, just moderate!

Don’t drink your calories– I think we all know I enjoy wine, but if I sucked it through a straw on the daily, I wouldn’t be where I am.  Instead, limit high calorie beverages like alcohol, juices and sodas or omit temporarily until you reach your goal.  From there, balance is key!

Fried food– seems cut and dry, but all potatoes are not created equal.  Consider baking sweet potato slices or fries instead of the higher fat and calorie fried counterpart.  Lightly toss in healthy oils, season and bake for far fewer calories.

Nuts and healthy fats– yes, even healthy fats can be overdone.  If you are eating almonds by the handful rather than the typical serving size of 1 oz. which is roughly 16 nuts, you may me consuming hundreds of additional calories without batting an eyelash.

As with anything, moderation is key and using an app such as MyFitnessPal is a fantastic tool when you really want to dial it in. #BeStrong #StrongGirl

 

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