My Tips for Losing Weight

I've been battling with myself and body for months.  I kept telling myself,  ahh start tomorrow. Yada yada yada.  Nothing worked.  I realized we have one life to live and I want to feel sexy and happy during it.  The last three weeks, I've been Gluten Free/Dairy Free and I've lost 9 pounds.  When losing weight remember, 80% of it is your diet and 20% of it is your work out.  

Eat more salad

I eat a salad almost everyday.  They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that taste delicious.  Spinach is my go-to because the taste of arugula is too bitter for me. I cook half of a chicken breast on the skillet using coconut oil, instead of butter.  I try to load up my salads with vegetables or fruit,  so I don't use dressing.  If you absolutely need dressing, homemade salad dressings are a must.  Grocery stores and restaurants load up their dressings with sugar, high fructose corn syrup or soy lecithin. 

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Photo by: kitchen ghosts

Break out the Guac, But Hold the Salted Chips

Avocado is a super popular fruit, loaded with potassium and helps combat bloating! Avocados are also high in soluble fiber and healthy fats, which makes you feel much fuller when eating small portions.  I throw half an avocado in my breakfast in the morning and the other half in my salad for lunch.  They are tummy-friendly, making your stomach flatter. 

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Photo by: kitchen ghosts

Stock up on these Fruits

Tomatoes help you fit into the jeans you've been wishing to wear.  They flatten your stomach and are packed with antioxidant lycopene, which is known to have effective anti-inflammatory and de-bloating effects.  I sauté my tomatoes for almost every meal I eat during the day.  Grapefruit is another one - it is a subtropical citrus fruit and a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, antioxidants and other nutrients.  Studies show people who eat half a fresh grapefruit every day lose more weight than people who do not.  Have it in the morning - add salt instead of sugar.  It kick-starts your metabolism. 

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Photo by: kitchen ghosts

Lose the Booze

I stopped drinking alcohol often, but when I do my new obsession is tequila over ice with fresh lime.  This helps avoid unnecessary sugars that leave you feeling hungover.  100% agave tequila has less congeners than most cocktails, which are substances that can contribute to hangovers. Alcohol is packed with dreaded "empty calories." 

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Photo by: kitchen ghosts

Avoid Sugar

Always try to avoid sugar, especially refined sugar.  It is addictive, so when you cave once - your body is going to scream for more.  Reading more closely to labels made me realize how much sugar I was consuming.   Sugar leads to mood swings and acne.  I've also noticed when I eat sugar, more cellulite appears.  

 Photo by: kitchen ghosts

Photo by: kitchen ghosts