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Summer Slim-Down Challenge Day 1: Make a Plan for Food and Fitness

By Lisa D'Agrosa, April 17, 2014 - 9:00am

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Having a plan helps you reach for healthy foods when you get home ravenous or need a snack in a pinch when you’re on the go, instead of relying on convenience foods or vending machines. When you make a plan and stock your fridge with cut-up fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks, these nutritious choices become “convenience” food because they’re ready when you need them. If you are following our meal plan, you’re in luck—all the meals and snacks are planned for you. And if you’re not, check it out here—you might like to try it.

What you eat is only part of your weight-loss success. To burn calories and fat, you need to get moving. Just like you’ve started to plan your week of meals, plan your exercise by putting it on your calendar. The recommended weekly amount of activity for adults is 150 minutes of moderate activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity like running, plus at least two strength-training sessions. Just 10 minutes at a time is enough to get the benefits of exercise (and we can all find 10 minutes in our schedules). Make a walking date with a friend or try a new class at your gym. Committing to exercise is the first step to making it happen.

Do This Today: Plan out and write down your meals and snacks for the next 5 days and spend 5 minutes scheduling in your exercise for this week.

Dinner Tonight: Avocado & Shrimp Chopped Salad

TAGS: Lisa D'Agrosa, Diet Blog, Diet, Diet Challenge, Fitness, Nutrition, Slim Down for Summer Challenge

Lisa D'Agrosa
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.

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