Kick start your way to a healthy summer body

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Image: Getty

Don’t feel like you’ve missed out on working on your temple, because a healthy body can be achieved all year round. And while people are preparing for this festive season, it’s probably time you get started too.

Getting that body that you’ve always wanted might seem like quite the challenge, but a few tweaks in your diet and getting more active than you’ve been will help you get there. You can start by joining weekly community runs, popping into the gym, or even forgoing the lift for a trek up the stairs.

Although exercise will push you past plateaus and help you achieve your ultimate goals, remember that what you eat matters more than how you work it off. To help you on your way, a leader in healthy food preparation, our friends at Philips has put together some healthy cooking tips that you can adapt for a healthy and summer-ready body in no time:

Try to replace potato fries with sweet potato fries

Sweet potato contains soluble fiber, which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and potassium. This is not only healthier, but also reduces your carbohydrate intake which can lead to weight loss.

Don’t completely remove carbs from your diet, because they are an indispensable fuel for your body and brain

Rather select the wholegrain varieties such as wholegrain pasta, or brown rice. And incorporate different ingredients and alternatives like savoury vegetables to bring flavour to a meal. Spinach, for example, is a filling and tasty way to get iron and fiber into your diet, making you more regular. Fiber-rich foods not only fill you up faster and keep you satisfied longer, they also prevent your body from absorbing some of the calories in the foods you eat.

Eat fish

Two servings of different types of fish each week can help reduce the risk of heart disease, while doing wonders for your waistline compared to fatty alternatives like red meat. To make fish family-friendly, try creating fish nuggets in light breadcrumbs for a perfect family dinner packed with beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure to have at least one serving of fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel a week, as these types of fish contain more omega-3.

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