“Before you eat a meal, hold up 3 fingers and think to yourself: I need a protein, a good carbohydrate and a small amount of unsaturated fat.” – Dr. Perricone
There is still over a month to go before the ball drops to ring in 2010. Whether it is engaging in exercise or trying Perricone’s 28-day diet, consider modifying your routine to look great for this New Year.
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There is still plenty of time to lose a few pounds and look great before New Year celebrations. Dr. Perricone’s 28-day diet offers a great solution in just the right amount of time. This seven-step diet, exercise, topical, and nutritional program not only promotes weight loss, but it also works to stop inflammation, rejuvenate the skin and body, and prevent disease. The program aims to improve overall health and to maintain normal levels of insulin and blood sugar by reducing saturated fats, refined sugars, and other high glycemic carbohydrates while increasing proteins. The primary food in the diet is cold water fish, especially wild Alaskan salmon.
Perricone also provides a 3-day plan if 28 days is not convenient for your busy holiday schedule. This nutritional program also helps improve overall health by eating the same meal plan each of the 3 days, and making sure to eat protein first.
Both diet plans involves including these natural anti-inflammatories in your daily routine:
- High-quality protein from sources like fish, shellfish, poultry, and tofu
- Low-glycemic carbohydrates from sources like:
- Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, asparagus, and cucumbers
- Whole grains, such as old-fashioned oats and legumes (e.g. beans and lentils)
- Healthy fats from sources such as cold water fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil
- 8-10 glasses of water a day
- Antioxidant-rich beverages, like green tea
While it is important to include healthy, anti-inflammatory foods in your plan, it is also recommended to avoid highly-processed, sugary, or fried foods.
Some high-glycemic foods these diets caution against are:
As for exercise, Dr. Perricone recommends exercising for strength, endurance, and flexibility 40 minutes a day, 6 days a week.
Perricone’s diet plans will help get you in shape, help slow aging signs, and improve your overall health. However, if a diet plan does not fit your lifestyle, consider simply incorporating healthier foods into you daily eating routine.
Consider Perricone’s 10 Superfoods when it comes to grocery shopping and preparing meals.
Top 10 Superfoods:
- The Allium Family (Garlic, Onions, Shallots, Leeks and Chives)
- Green Foods
- Buckwheat Seed
- Beans and Lentils
- Hot Peppers
- Nuts and Seeds
- Yogurt or Kefir
Make simple changes to your diet, like including these top superfoods, and you’ll be on your way to looking great when the ball drops this New Year’s Eve.