NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) – Determined to get rid of those holiday pounds? Focus on healthy eating not exercise.
“Diet is 90 percent of your weight loss success. In fact it matters more than how much time you spend in the gym, ” says weight loss expert Lisa Lynn.
She recommends heading to the produce department to target that belly fat.
“The number one change everybody should be making is focusing on vegetables. The more vegetables you eat, it flips your hunger switch off and keep you feeling full. So if you are trying to lose weight. The secret is to lower blood sugar and vegetables do that best because of the fiber they contain.”
Get creative – swap out bread and wraps for lettuce.
“Wrap your tuna sandwiches and your turkey in lettuce instead of bread. Swap #2 could be – there is a new veggie spaghetti out there so get rid of your pasta carbs and replace them with vegetable spaghetti.”
They spiral zucchini, squash and carrots at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk.
Just steam them Lisa says, then add garlic powder and top with marinara sauce.
While you’re at it, pick up celery.
“Celery is one of the best foods for weight loss because it has what you call a thermic effect. It heats up your metabolism and so it actually takes you more to digest the food than there are calories in the food. You end up in a negative calorie deficit which is what you want with weight loss.”
Fruit? Stick to one to two servings per day of green apples, grapefruit or berries.
“Those fruits have the lowest sugar content. They also have the highest fiber content and fiber blunts blood sugar but also they are easy to portion control and they are the most nutritious.”
Protein of choice — seafood.
“The lighter and whiter the fish, the better for your metabolism. Think shrimp, scallops, tilapia, cod, scrod.”
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