Gina Neely's Slim-Down
Gina Neely, co-host (along with her husband, Pat) of Down Home with the Neelys, and co-owner of three barbecue restaurants, made a few lifestyle changes recently that helped her shed 20 pounds (in 12 weeks!). How did she do it? She stresses that she didn't go on a diet (no one likes that word, especially Gina), but rather made easy, yet, important changes to her lifestyle. She loves burgers, but now chooses turkey burgers. She makes sure she doesn't skip breakfast and starts her day with a hearty morning meal of maple oatmeal with raisins. And she added exercise to her daily routine -- strength training and walking extra steps using a pedometer.
One of the biggest changes Gina made is how she cooks for her and her family. Instead of less-healthy cooking methods like frying, Gina uses her George Foreman Grill to grill burgers, sandwiches, shrimp, chicken and quesadillas. And she didn't do it alone -- Gina joined a community of folks dedicated to a healthier lifestyle in the George Foreman Grill Weight Loss Challenge.
Limit the fried food and grill instead. Try an indoor grill or a grill pan during colder months.
Keep healthy snacks in your purse or bag so they're on-hand when hunger strikes. At home, Gina likes to snack on apple slices with peanut butter.
When dining out or at a buffet, fill your plate with colorful or green leafy things.
Make yourself a priority. Healthy changes may take extra time, but you're worth it.
Put exercise time on your calendar so you're not tempted to skip it.
Wear a pedometer to track your steps (see if you can get in a few more each day).