Patrice's everyday rituals to help lose weight
- Water - Drink eight glasses or more. It's great for your body and complexion.
- Cereal - Pick low sugar cereals, and don't indulge!
- Bananas - I love fruit.
- Spinach Salad - You can eat it as a side or meal.
- Gum - Surprise!!! It is great appetite suppresser. Make sure it's low in sugar.
- Milk - It does a body good. I like Soy milk, but low fat and skim milk are also excellent choices.
- Vegetables - Broccoli is my favorite. Remember the greener the better.
- Fried Food - I go grilled!!! It's just as good and less greasy.
- Bread - Have a slice or two, but don't eat it with every meal.
- Candy - Delicious, but not good for the waist. Too sugary.
- Mayonnaise - I'm not a fan at all.
- Soft Drinks - Empty calories. I usually go for zero sugar drinks.
- Pizza - Too much fat.
Patrice's tips for making workouts fun
- Invite friends along to exercise. Extra people help the time go by fast and it's more enjoyable.
- Crank your tunes. Music gives you motivation to push harder during workouts.
- Switch it up. Don't do the same exercise every day. Think of new routines; for example, walk in the park one day and pop in an exercise CD another day.
- New workout threads. Getting a new exercise suit makes you look good and feel good about yourself.
- Pace yourself. Don't try to do too much at one time. Make it fun, not boot camp.
Patrice's dining out tips
- Look for heart healthy specials. A lot of restaurants have special menus for dieters.
- Salad - Ask to put dressings on the side, so you can control your portions.
- Soup - It can serve as a great appetizer to a meal or as an entree. Most soups are low in calories and will fill you up.
- Baked, grilled, broiled, or steamed meats have less fat and are generally lower in calories.
- Whole grain foods - Whole-wheat bread, pasta, as well as dishes made with brown rice.