There's no one-plan-fits-all approach, but here's the blimp-to-babe routine that I attempted:
- Six small meals between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. (post-Nightline binges are what mired me in this mess)
- At least six 8-ounce glasses of water a day (to buoy me through intense cardio sessions)
- Complex carbs only before 2 p.m. (leaving time to burn off pasta, rice and bread well before bed)
- Raw fruit or veggies with almost every meal (hard to stay dumpy downing cucumbers)
- No salt, sugar or fat added to any food (Mrs. Dash has become a frequent dinner guest)
- Four 15-minute miles on the elliptical six mornings a week
Here's a sample of my six daily mini-meals:
Meal One, 5 a.m.: Before the gym, a cup of dry granola. After the gym, a banana, some celery and an egg white. (I count pre- and post-gym as just one food hit.)
Meal Two, 8:30 a.m.: Container of nonfat yogurt and half a Snickers bar (I sin daily, but early).
Meal Three, Noon: Six ounces of grilled mahi-mahi, a tomato and a cup of roasted potatoes (plus some raw carrots if I'm still hungry).
Meal Four, 2 p.m.: A fistful of grapes, four ounces of low-fat Swiss cheese spread, and seven whole-wheat crackers (my last carbohydrate fix for the day).
Meal Five, 4 p.m.: A can of plain tuna in water and a cup of steamed kale (it's a daily fight to get in enough veggies).
Meal Six: 6:30 or 7 p.m.: Four ounces of grilled chicken, salad without dressing and a peach.
Rest of the night: Nothing, or as much Crystal Light drink mix as I can hold.
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