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Christina Powter, founder/designer of Chill by Will and personal trainer, explains: “There are three important keys to slimming down and living a healthy life: gratitude, real foods, and movement. Taking a moment to say five things you are grateful for will help jump-start your day. Eating real food like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and animal proteins will fuel your body. Movement is the final key. You can start slow; the most important thing is that you enjoy the activity you’re doing. Taking a walk, playing with your dog, running with your kids—anything that brings joy will fill your inside with happiness and ensure you stick with the routine well beyond summer.” Check out these 30 healthy eating tips that just might change your life.
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“The best way to slim down or to achieve goals is to work consistently over time with sustainable efforts,” according to Jess Sims, NASM certified personal trainer and FHIT Pro at Fhitting Room. “However, if you’re in a bind and really looking to see results fast, try intermittent fasting,” she recommends. “This is dependent on your daily schedule, but try to keep your eating window to eight to ten hours in the day.” She tends to start with eggs topped with avocado and some fruit on the side. “The next meal is usually a salad with lots of nuts and seeds and some carbs—sweet potatoes, rice, etc.” She sticks with protein and veggies for dinner: “No bread for the short duration of whatever you’re trying to lose for! No alcohol except for two glasses of red wine per week, max. I drink a ton of water with lemon as well as green tea midday to avoid succumbing to cravings.” Learn more about intermittent fasting.