"Spring into Shape" Before Summer

The winter holidays have passed, the weather is warming up and outdoor activity has become convenient and enjoyable once again. Spring is officially in the air – which means the summer swimsuit season is just around the corner. To prepare for the return to a slimmer wardrobe, consider adopting healthy lifestyle changes now that incorporate portion control, calorie reduction, sugar-free foods and beverages and regular exercise.

“By making simple substitutions, consumers are able to slim down without sacrificing their favorite foods and beverages,” said Beth Hubrich, a registered dietitian with the Calorie Control Council. “Low-calorie sweeteners and light products can aid in weight loss efforts. Of course, portion control and regular exercise are also crucial to a healthy lifestyle.”

Products sweetened with sugar substitutes allow consumers to enjoy their favorite meals without worrying about the additional calories. For example, reduced-calorie yogurt eliminates about 110 calories per serving. And by switching from regular to diet soda, you save 150 calories. Over the course of a year, that daily calorie savings could result in a 15-pound weight loss.

If you start exercising and incorporating low-calorie sweeteners into your favorite recipes now, you could easily be flaunting a healthier weight by summer. For tips that will help aid weight loss efforts, check out the Top 5 Trends in Dieting and Healthy Eating in 2013 | TheSkinnyOnLowCal.org.

Remember, spring is the perfect time to reevaulate your annual weight loss goals. By burning those calories now, you can create good habits for the active summer season.