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Summertime is barbecue season! Juicy hamburgers, delicious hot dogs, creamy pasta salads - typical barbecue food tastes great but it is also full of calories and fat. And while it is okay to indulge every now and then, here are some tips to mix up the routine and enjoy a lighter and healthier barbecue season

What to Grill

Rub a piece of chicken breast with some olive oil, garlic and rosemary or drizzle some lemon or lime juice over a piece of salmon, then throw them on the grill. Instead of corn on the cob, which has more calories and carbs than other vegetables, you can cut bell peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms and onions into thick pieces, put them on skewers and grill them to perfection. Grilled pineapple can help satisfy your sweet tooth and give your barbecue a tropical touch.

What to Snack On

Being active is healthy. It’s as simple as that. Increasing your activity level can help with your overall wellness and help you build and maintain muscle mass, just to name a few. There are a lot more benefits that an active lifestyle can offer for your health. One additional positive effect is that being more active can help maintain your healthy blood sugar levels. In order for you to reap the rewards, you don’t have to work out strenuously for hours every day. Three to four times a week for thirty minutes to an hour is a good start, and small changes to your daily routine will add to your activity level.

Here are some examples on how to increase the amount of activity on a daily basis. Of course you can always go to the gym to work out but we wanted to list activities that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Not all foods elevate your blood sugar and insulin levels equally. Whether those levels increase a little or a lot depends on the glycemic index (GI) of the food you consume.

What does Glycemic Index Mean?

1. To Kick Start your Metabolism

Almased doesn’t just suppress appetite, but helps maintain healthy blood sugar and thyroid function, as well as healthy leptin and ghrelin levels (appetite regulating hormones), resulting in a long-lasting feeling of satiety and an improved metabolism.

2. To Burn Fat and Maintain Muscle

With the Almased diet program, you are burning fat and retaining muscle mass in a healthy and effective manner. We hear about these effects on a daily basis when talking to my customers.

3. To Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Snack Smart: Snacking between meals is okay and can help to prevent food cravings, as long as you choose your snacks wisely. Munch on some plain yogurt, vegetables or a handful of nuts. Go light on fruit because it contains fruit sugar that may increase your blood sugar and insulin level, which makes it harder for some people to lose weight and may even cause food cravings.

Keep Moving: Exercising is crucial to staying healthy and losing or maintaining weight. But you don’t have to go to the gym every day. While it is recommended to work up a sweat at least 4 times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes, every little bit of movement helps. Become more active - take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the store entrance or go for a walk.

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