Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Belles of the Beach: Flat Belly Diet

Happy February, everyone!


To kick off the beginning of the "Belles of the Beach" series, I wanted to share my mealplan with you guys. 

Basically, I'm cutting all sodas and fried food (two of my weaknesses) out of my diet and trying to eat as "clean" as possible. This means filling up on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lots of protein. I'm limiting my sugar intake but not cutting desserts out completely, since we all know I'd go crazy without my daily dose of sugar! 

In order to tone up and lose fat, you have to feed yourself. It's important to eat something every few hours (so you're never hungry) and stay extremely hydrated. Keep your Tervis tumbler with you at all times!

Here's an example of a "perfect day" for your bikini bod, and the type of meals I plan on eating daily:


(You can download the above image to enlarge it, if needed.)

These are all of my favorite foods!
The calorie breakdown is as follows:
Breakfast: 300
Mid-morning snack: 120
Lunch: 350
Dinner: 500
Dessert: 100
Snacks: 130

The total for this day comes in around 1,500 calories. This is my goal for each day, but of course, this number will vary depending on what your goals are!

It's important to plan out your meals for the week so that you can pick up everything in one trip to the grocery store. Variety is also key, so make sure to stock up on different types of vegetables and fruits.

What most people don't realize: the key to getting a bikini bod is not solely working out (although it helps a ton!). In order to see the results of the muscle you're building, you need to be eating the right things: fresh, all-natural foods. When you fill up on potato chips and candy bars, your body doesn't know what to do with the artificial ingredients, and turns the sugars into fat.


I'll be posting the recipe for quinoa salad (listed under dinner) later in the week, so stay tuned! :)

Love, Cait

22 comments:

  1. this was super inspiring girl and just what i needed!

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  2. SOO true that abs are made in the kitchen. what you eat really matters, even if you exercise a lot. this post goes along perrrrfectly with what i'm trying to do with my life at the moment - cutting out soda! fried food is also a weakness of mine but ill take care of that after i'm better about soda.

    perfect motivation.

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  3. Looking forward to your series on this. I need all the reminders I can get to eat cleanly!

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  4. this sounds so awesome! I'm excited about this!!

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  5. great post! My diet during rush was so unhealthy and I'm trying to cleanse and get back on track but it's been hard with so many events coming up! Your right though, most of fitness and weight loss stems from a good diet!

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful plan! I am all about meal planning, it helps keep me on track! I try to eat healthy the majority of the time, I feel my best when I am filling up on nutritious food!

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  7. You should write for Self or some magazine like that--you are so good at these, Caitlin!

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  8. YUM!!! Sounds super delish but also super healthy! I am already trying to whip myself back into shape for when warm weather rolls around ;) thanks for the great tips!

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  9. This is totally the inspiration I've been needing! I'm trying to start gearing up for preparing my "spring break body" and while I can be SUPER disciplined about hitting the gym every day, I'm soooo terrible at eating healthy! This definitely helped me to get motivated to start eating better!

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  10. Great tips! This actually sounds really good, for a diet!

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  11. Good plan. I agree with cutting out soda, but haven't gotten myself to do it yet. Good luck with your diet!

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  12. LOVE THIS!!
    I'm determined to eat healthy and get back into running!
    Does the mind and body great!!

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  13. I always love your use of graphics, Cait. Well done.

    You are so right about not eating enough. Where are you going on Spring Break?

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  15. i am loving this series Cait! and your artwork and graphics look so well. you are def making me want to make good choices this week :-)

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  16. So glad you are posting about this! Definitely need to eat better! Glad you found my blog :)

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  17. seriously love your entries! i keep pinning them on pinterest to my spring break board! :) thanks for the advice and keep up the good work!

    Catherine Cab
    www.catherinecab.com

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