You’ve worked hard for that bikini body all year - now follow these tips on how to maintain it
Summer is the season of healthy food, but it is easy to forget about portion control when confronted with a heaving table of tasty treats.
Avoid piling on the pounds at a barbecue or picnic with tips from the British Dietetic Association.
The BDA's Anna Raymond, says, 'We spend a lot of time trying to shift a few pounds before our main holiday of the year, but as soon as we get there, we then tend to forget about watching what we eat, in favour of having a good old blow out.
'The summer time should be filled with lots of fun and food, but you should also be making informed choices.'
Why not try...
1. Swap barbecue burgers and sausages for leaner chicken or turkey.
2. Fill empty space on your plate with salad rather than bread.
3. Can't resist potato salad or coleslaw? Make your own rather than use shop-bought, to know exactly how much fat is going into your meal. Better yet, substitute mayo for yoghurt to really cut the calories.
4. Load up with a rainbow of colours by choosing all sorts of fruits and vegetables. The more colours on your plate, the better.
5. Choose lean meat instead of pastry-based foods.
6. Eat in moderation. Whatever you eat, no matter how healthy, if you eat too much of it, you will put on weight. Go easy and stop before you're full.
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