Kevin Curry is a Dallas guy who has turned other guys (and women), in Dallas and otherwise, into healthy eaters and at-home chefs. He has an app (FitMenCook) and a website (FitMenCook.com) and a following to beat all followings (as in millions). His recipes will yum you out – fresh, beautiful, easy to follow.
True, working out is very important. But as he found out in his quest to go from an overweight guy with rising blood pressure to a trim and healthy one, exercising till the cows come home won't do much good – not if what you're eating is a fatty, salty, processed mess. As he writes on his website, "Hard work and remaining active are vital, but in the end, it all comes down to diet."
So who better to get us off our divinity-textured fannies and into a healthy holiday mind-set than Curry? Voila: His tips.
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His go-tos? Plain or lightly salted nuts and seeds; lean jerky, preferably with pepper or spice; dried fruits, which are "excellent sources of energy."
If you're traveling (or even if you're not!), check out what's past the front door. Walk, hike, see if there's a pretty park nearby.
Water or unsweetened tea will check cravings so you'll consume fewer calories. Or nosh on such water-filled fruits and vegetables as celery, grapefruit and berries.
Climb stairs, find restaurants within walking distance. Work out first thing in the morning to rev up your calorie burn for the rest of the day.
Remind yourself why you do what you do. Meaning, he says, "if you're wanting to lose weight, think of something you can take with you while you travel to remind yourself of that goal." A photo, maybe, or a text from someone you love. "Surround yourself with things to keep you focused, yet balanced, on your goals. And go for the 'gold star.' "