A widespread panic always brews during bikini season - consider these your baby steps toward the flat tummy you always wanted for summer.
#1: Eggs for Breakfast
Having a big veggie egg-white omelet for breakfast fills you up and keeps you in control the whole day.
#2: Avoid sweet liquids.
Research shows that the more soda, juice, or mocha lattes you drink, the hungrier you get. You're also ingesting more sugar than you realize.
#3: Try bean sprouts.
The texture is reminiscent of rice, so they'll curb your craving for refined carbs.
#4: Portion Control
The recommended portion size for a single-serving of ice cream is technically one half-cup, roughly the size of one light bulb.
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#5: Eat in Slow Motion
If you're a speed-eater, think twice. A study from the University of Rhode Island showed that women who ate their lunch over the course of 30 minutes consumed fewer calories than those who ate theirs in under ten.
#6: Have it on the Side
At restaurants, always ask for your sauces on the side. This will reduce your caloric in-take, and keep your leftovers sog-free for next-day eating.
#7: Eat Your Water
Drink your water, too. But ingesting fruits with high moisture content, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, is an easy way to hydrate and feel fuller at the same time.
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#8: Dried Out
While nothing hits the spot quite like a piece of confectionery bliss, satisfy your next sugar craving by munching on a dried apricot. The chewy texture and slightly-acidic taste will squash any demand for candy.
#9: Brush On, Brush Off
During your summer barbeque parties, brush sauces and oils onto meats and veggies instead of drowning them in oily marinades. Use fresh herbs as garnishes to add extra flavor.
#10: Watch that Bubbly Bunch
For holiday fêtes in the summer, one sure fire way to cut down on calories is to dilute your wine. Opt for a white wine spritzer to maintain your figure, and your composure.
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