The best diet secrets

January 30, 2013

We’ve all seen those fad diets which claim to help you drop the pounds fast, but only leave you starving and overindulging later on. Try out these diet secrets that can help you lose the weight and keep it off.

Clean out the kitchen
Dr. Oz suggested cleaning out your fridge and pantry of foods that will only ruin your diet and serve as temptation late at night. Taking away all the junk food and fatty snacks will eliminate the chance that you’ll indulge and ruin your diet progress you have worked so hard to maintain. But what exactly is unhealthy? Toss foods high in trans fat and sugar. Be careful about labels that claim a product is “100 percent whole grain.” Don’t trust the packaging; look to the nutrition facts for the real lowdown on grain count. If the product is made with refined flour, it will be digested faster, leaving you hungry for more.

Switch out your beverages
Some don’t realize how many calories they consume just in pure liquids. In fact, according to Shape magazine, the average American receives 22 percent of daily calories from drinks.

“You could burn 200 calories exercising for 30 minutes and then put them right back into your body by sipping a sports drink or a sugar-filled latte,” explained Bob Harper, a trainer on NBC’s, “The Biggest Loser.”

Instead of sugary juices and sodas, swap out your beverages for healthier alternatives. Dr. Oz suggested cranberry juice instead of orange juice because it’s lower in sugar.

Eat good fats
Many people who are trying to eat healthy work to avoid fats, when they’re actually essential to a balanced diet. However, it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right types of fats. According to Shape Fit, fats improve our hair, skin and nails and actually regulate our appetites through leptin response. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are known as the good fats, because they are full of benefits for your heart, cholesterol and your overall health. For a diet full of healthy fats, try eating peanut butter, olive oil, avocados and nuts. Stay away from reduced fat peanut butter, as it’s packed with sugar. On the other hand, avoid saturated fats found in whole milk, butter, cheese and ice cream.

When you’re not eating healthy, make sure you fit some cardio into your day to help you stay slim and trim. TRUE Fitness has a line of home exercise bikes, ellipticals and treadmills to help you get on your way to reaching your fitness goals faster. TRUE’s product line gives you a smooth, durable and comfortable workout for maximum level performance.