The 3 Week Diet

A Zumba Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating

Zumba has become more popular over the years, and for good reason.

It’s allows you to dance away your calories and have fun while you’re at it. It can burn at least 400 calories an hour too.

Of course, exercise isn’t enough. You need to pair it with healthy eating habits for optimum results. Here’s what you need to keep in mind.

Try the five-day express diet

Fitness trainer and founder of Zumba Fitness Beto Pereze teamed up with “The Biggest Loser” author Maggie Greenwood-Robinson. What they came up with is their very own five-day express diet.

Your breakfast choices include toast, an egg, fresh fruit and tea or coffee with no sugar, cream, milk or honey; or 1 cup of high-fiber cereal and skim milk in lieu of the toast and egg. For your lunch the next five days, your choices are soup and salad, spinach salad with low-fat feta cheese, chicken salad sandwiches, tuna-stuffed tomato and fruit salad. As for dinner, you have a choice of grilled steak with steamed broccoli, pork chops with steamed mixed vegetables and baked fish with a half-cup of cooked brown rice.

Branch out from the express diet

Five days aren’t enough to transform you. In fact, this diet only warms you up for the healthier change you’re about to embark in. Pereze and Robison highly suggest branching out from the express diet by including other choices.

You can mix things up with turkey bacon, low-fat granola, cooked oatmeal and Western omelets. Jazz up your lunch by including grilled chicken breast, quick-fix fajitas, lentil soup with salad, chickpea salad, gourmet spinach salad and tuna nicoise salad. Crab cakes with brown rice and a vegetable medley, or lamb chops with green beans and sweet potatoes could also be added to your dinner choices.

Be disciplined when eating out

Many lose their momentum when eating out. That’s why we highly recommend you stick to baked, broiled or grilled options. Plus, try and steer clear from the alcohol. You wouldn’t want to waste all your efforts for one night out in the town.

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