Working out is only half the battle of getting into shape.
Just ask Terrence Jenkins, who's getting fit for his shirtless scene in the upcoming movie Think Like a Man Too.
"The hardest thing right now is eating habits," the E! News cohost tells us for week two of our Terrence's Road to Shirtless exercise series. "Just as important as working out is the dietary piece. I've had to cut out carbs. I'm a huge fan of pasta and I'm not able to eat any pasta right now. I don't eat much bread."
"That's been the biggest challenge for me," he added. "I love junk for so much. Trying to cut down on some of the bad foods and eat good foods."
Just follow celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins' healthy eating tips and you'll be on your way to getting in shape and sexy for summer just like Terrence! Here are five tips to ordering and preparing healthy meals.
To help you burn fat, it is important to keep your sugar and processed carbohydrates to a minimum. The body will burn sugar and processed carbs before it will burn fat., so no pasta, bread or white rice for dinner.
For each meal, choose a protein, vegetables and a complex carbohydrate that is high in fiber. And always remember to stick to the food that comes from the earth and has not been processed by man and you'll be doing a great job! Eat real whole food. The less processing, the more nutrients for your body.
1. Choose a Dish That Has a Protein and a Dark Green Vegetable: Protein is going to slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood stream so you can burn more fat. It is the building block to your muscles and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Your body also burns calories to breakdown protein and use it as fuel. Green vegetables are loaded with fiber and phytonutrients that strengthen the body's immune system and help you fight off all illnesses. They are low in calories and very high in nutritional value. One of the easiest ways to Alkalinize the body is to have a serving of green vegetables at every meal.
Fish (salmon, sole, cod, sea bass, trout, tuna)
Chicken or turkey (baked or grilled)
Steak (lean cuts: eye of round, sirloin tip, top round, bottom round, top sirloin or ask your server for the leanest cut)
Vegetarian dishes (tofu, soy, quinoa, lentils, black beans, chick peas, mushrooms)
Vegetables (broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, collard greens, kale, spinach, green beans, green peas)
2. Add a Colorful Vegetable: Sweet potato, butternut squash, summer squash, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, corn and beets. The colored vegetables are also loaded with amazing nutrients from Vitamin A to Lycopene and so much more. By eating a spectrum of colors you are increasing your bodies nutritional value and giving your cells the nutrients they need to function at their best from your digestive system to your skin.
3. Portion Size: You can only burn fat if the calories you're taking in are fewer than the calories you're burning. This is also known as calorie restriction. The average restaurant meal is two full portion sizes for the average size man or woman. Make sure your dinner plate is 350-500 calories depending on your body weight. You can use this metabolic calculator to calculate the exact number of calories a day you should be eating in order to lose weight and burn fat.
4. Drink Water With Your Dinner: Two glasses of soda or wine is equivalent to the total calories for your entire meal, 300-500 calories. The sugar in wine & soda will also slow down your fat burning process. Water is necessary in the muscle cell to burn fat and in every living cell to function at it's best. Have a glass of water before your meal and during your meal. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water a day to make sure you are properly hydrated. So if you weigh 150 pounds you should be drinking 75 ounces of water which is approximately 4-5 small 16-ounce bottles. Chronic Dehydration can lead to constipation, headaches, migraines, heartburn, acid reflux, arthritis, skin disorders and so much more. Drink your water at every meal and throughout the day.
5. Five Samples of Healthy Dinners: Poached salmon with sautéed spinach and butternut squash; kale salad with grilled chicken, dried cranberries, pine nuts lemon and olive oil; mixed green salad with chicken or salmon, tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow peppers, walnuts, feta cheese and balsamic dressing; top sirloin steak with sliced tomatoes and asparagus; and sliced turkey breast with sweet potato and lemon pepper green beans.
For more great healthy recipes check out my blog on my website www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com.
One great way Terrence is consistent with eating healthy dinners with his busy schedule is by pre-ordering his dinners from www.Freshology.com a nationwide gourmet healthy food delivery service. Go to their website if you are looking for healthy meals to fit into your busy schedule!