5 Eating Secrets Women to Get Bikini Diet

A look at diet and exercise secrets from the world's most beautiful women. Who love the Bikini Diet or Model Diet. Uncover the path t...

A look at diet and exercise secrets from the world's most beautiful women. Who love the Bikini Diet or Model Diet. Uncover the path to a slim, shapely, and sexy you simply by following these smart and sustainable eating tips from The Bikini Body Diet by Jacqueline

Eat 3 Meals Per Day—No Snacking!

Many diet plans push the mini-meal approach that involves eating small portions six to eight times a day. Only problem? Lots of people subscribe to the "six to eight times a day," but not so much to the "mini-meals." To make this strategy work, you'd have to keep most of your meals and snacks in the 200 to 300 calorie range. Easy enough for snacks, but that's generally not going to happen for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast.
Instead, fill up on three meals per day that will keep you satisfied and your energy high. This means no grazing throughout the day, even on healthy choices like carrots and dip. Research backs up this strategy: A 2012 study found that women who ate three meals a day had lower fat in their bloods than those who ate six, even with the same total daily calories. Give yourself only three opportunities to eat, and you'll slash the chances of overeating and gaining weight. (Diet Plan 1)

Fill Up on Fruits and Veggies

Losing weight—and keeping it off—isn't just about the number of times you eat during the day: It won't do you a lick of good to reduce your meals/snacks from six to three if those three meals could feed a suburban neighborhood. First, you need to re-familiarize yourself with a "serving" really looks like. One trick to control your calories is to fill your plate halfway with fruits and veggies. Eating more of these nutrient-packed foods have been shown to be one of the most important predictors of weight loss. Then, fill the other half with healthy proteins and carbs, which we'll cover in the next slide.
(Diet Plan 2)

Lose These Liquids

Drop the sodas, diet or not. Even the no-calorie versions have waist-widening effects: studies have found that diet soda was associated with increased waist size, BMI, and total percentage of fat. One theory as to why this happens is that because diet sodas have no calories, their sweet taste messes with our hormonal systems, and our bodies crave sugar even more than if we had regular soda because our need for sugar hasn't been satisfied. Replace caloric beverages—including sweetened tea, juices, sugary shakes, coffee drinks, cocktails—with water and you'll save an average of 200 calories per day. That equates to nearly a pound lost in two weeks just from making one swap. (Diet Plan 3)

Add in Supplements

We live in a world designed to help us undo our own mistakes—thanks, spell-check, password retrieval systems, and autocorrect! In your diet, it also makes sense to have backups—little cheats that can help in your quest for achieving your healthy body goals. Here are two supplemental allies we recommend.
First, magnesium, a muscle relaxer, helps you keep calm and promotes peaceful sleep, which is a crucial part of weight loss. Magnesium is needed for over 300 chemical reactions in the body, including keeping heart rhythm steady, regulating blood sugar levels, and helping lower blood pressure. Recent studies have also suggested that it can aid in weight loss and body shaping. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, beans, and nuts to consume the recommended 310 to 320mg daily.

Secondly, many of us are also deficient in vitamin D, which can aid in increasing muscle strength. Low levels of it have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and other ailments. To reach the recommended value of 600 IU daily, make sure to get outdoors for at least 15 minutes, especially in winter months, and eat a variety of foods such as fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products. (Diet Plan 4)

Indulge in a Cheat Meal Once a Week

The best part of this eating plan? You'll enjoy one cheat meal each week. Figure out when it will be in advance so you know when it's coming (say, a holiday or when you know you'll have a hard time sticking to your usual meals). If you plan it, you'll be more likely to be conscientious about the meals around it. It's best if your cheat meal is earlier in the day, but you probably don't have chocolate and champagne on the breakfast menu at your house.

That said, here's some good news for those who do what to make their cheat meal a breakfast: Researchers in Israel found that starting your day with a taste of dessert can help you lose weight. Those who added a treat to a well-balanced breakfast lost 77 percent more weight than those who didn't have a splurge in the morning. Researchers suspect that because your metabolism is at its peak in the morning, you're better able to burn off those fun foods throughout the day—and you might be less likely to crave them later in the day. (Diet Plan 5)

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