The supermarket can be a scary place when you're working to slim down -- so many choices, so many ways to screw up your diet plan. However, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself on track.
Sticking to the walls of the market is a surefire way to get the essential nutrients you need and not ruin your diet. "Usually they put the most natural, single-ingredient foods right around the outside…we have produce, we have meats, we have dairy," said Fusion Fitness trainer Gavin McKay as he pointed out the options. He's working our four trainees hard in the Be a 10 in 10 Weeks fitness challenge.
Another tip to keep you on track -- gravitate to the greens, and yellows, and reds, and, well, pretty much any veggies. "You can't overeat calories when your eating carrots and salads and cabbages and peppers," Gavin said.
The most valuable advice, though, is to simply control your cravings. Each of our Be a 10 boot campers have their own ways of keeping the urges in check.
Nicole Michalik goes for the yogurt -- Greek yogurt, that is. "It fills that ice cream, kinda sweet, creamy void," she said. You can also dress it up with some fruit or honey. The yogurt suppression system seems to be working for our former Biggest Loser. The girl is now half way to her goal of loosing 20 lbs., shedding another pound this week.
Chocolate is Megan Smith's kryptonite. Like a smoker easing his way off the cigs, Megan is keeping the sweets consumption under control. "I haven't had it as much as before, but I still eat it," she admitted. At this week's weigh in, the PR exec took a step back by gaining a pound. Was it because of the Hershey's or the fact that she dropped her workout regimen by two sessions this week?
Re-minted model Joe Matthews has worked hard at getting back to his days as an Adonis. And it sure paid off. He landed a gig with a major sports clothing company, so needless to say, he's been pretty busy. So busy, in fact, that we didn't get a chance to catch up with him this week. Joe kicked it into high gear at the gym, squeezing in eight workouts. But the numbers on the scale still crept up. He added 2 lbs., but lets not forget those pounds could be muscle.
Blogger Hughe Dillon likes to start his day with a hearty breakfast of chicken and broccoli. You may think that would be a no-no, but its actually a smart move. And its helping Hughe see results. He dropped another pound this week bringing his total loss to 12 lbs. -- that's more poundage than any of the other challengers.
Gavin says once you start making healthy choices in the supermarket, you will not only begin to see results on your waistline, but also feel fulfilled. Plus, over time you will forget about those fattening kettle chips and start to yearn hummus and broccoli.
Weight Loss Cheat Sheet
Hughe - Starting Stats - Weight: 297 lbs. | Waist: 57.5 in. | Body Fat: 40 percent
Week One: 292 lbs. | Week Two: 290 lbs. | Week Three: 287 lbs. | Week Four: 292 lbs. | Week Five: 288.5 lbs.
Week Six: 286 lbs. | Week Seven: 285 lbs. | Total Loss: 12 lbs.
Midpoint Stats - Waist: 56.5 in. | Body Fat: 39.2 percent
Megan - Starting Stats - Weight: 185 lbs. | Waist: 37 in. | Body Fat: 31.5 percent
Week One: 183.5 lbs. | Week Two: 181.5 lbs. | Week Three: 179.5 | Week Four: 182 | Week Five: 179 lbs.
Week Six: 177 lbs. | Week Seven: 178 lbs. | Total Loss: 7 lbs.
Midpoint Stats - Waist: 36.25 in. | Body Fat: 30.7 percent
Nicole - Starting Stats - Weight: 192 lbs. | Waist: 39.75 in. | Body Fat: 35.2 percent
Week One: 186 lbs. | Week Two: 186 lbs. | Week Three: 182.5 | Week Four: Not Recorded | Week Five: 184.25 lbs.
Week Six: 184 lbs. | Week Seven: 181.5 lbs. | Total Loss: 10 lbs.
Midpoint Stats - Waist: 38.75 in. | Body Fat: 34.4 percent
Joe - Starting Stats - Weight: 185 lbs. | Waist: 34.75 in. | Body Fat: 14.2 percent
Week One: 182 lbs. | Week Two: 179 lbs. | Week Three: 178 lbs. | Week Four: 178 lbs. | Week Five: 179 lbs.
Week Six: 179 lbs. | Week Seven: 181 lbs. | Total Loss: 4 lbs.
Midpoint Stats - Waist: 32.75 in. | Body Fat: 13.4 percent