Look, let’s be real: More than likely, you came into the pre-summer period (March, April) with some lofty goals for your bod come May and June. And more than likely, you fell short. Like, stayed-home-and-ate-a-half-pint-of-ice-cream-instead-of-going-to-the-gym-as-planned short.
But if you’re not totally “over it” already, there’s still hope for Labor Day. Are you going to be able to totally transform your body before donning your new suit that holiday weekend? No. But with a month’s worth of time, you can get toned and make a serious difference.
How? Cut out the fast food and sweets and put the following 5 superfoods into your daily diet:
This one’s a quick-hitter: A single cup of black beans gives you both a 15-gram boost of protein and a 15-gram boost of fiber. Oh, and it lacks saturated fat. ’Nuff said.
Some fats are good fats, and avocados are definitely one of those. These bad boys are comprised of healthy monounsaturated fats that can actually stave off hunger, leading to a slimmer, hotter you. Plus, you’re getting a dope dose of protein and fiber with this fruit, too. In sum: Next time you’re at Chipotle and they ask if you wanna pay extra for guac, you’re even more justified than before to look at them like they’re insane for even asking.
OK, so this isn’t a sexy choice like avocados. But brown rice is a food that can be easily substituted any time you’d normally chow down on white rice (like at, well, Chipotle). Compared to regular ‘ole rice, brown rice has 1.7 grams of resistant starch per half-cup to help boost your metabolism. Also, while low in calories, it’s still filling.
Like brown rice, oats fill you up in a good way thanks to being so rich in fiber. Plus, a half cup is stuffed with nearly 5 grams of resistant starch to help you burn off that pesky belly fat.
Want something to top off your meal that isn’t a super fatty, sugary dessert? Turn to blueberries. A kickass source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, they’re also stocked with fiber and antioxidants. And antioxidants are not only good for your heart, but good for your skin, too. There’s more to your skin’s appearance than a killer tan, after all! (But damn if that doesn’t help.)