9 Simple Steps to Your Little Black Dress

Skimp on starch


Starches like pasta, bread, and rice are foods that we naturally tend to overeat because we love their familiar taste and comforting texture. As you work towards that little black dress, be extra conscious of how much starch you’re piling on and find creative ways to cut back. Have your favorite sandwich open-faced on only one slice of whole-grain bread. Enjoy pasta or rice as a portioned side dish (accompanying a lean protein) rather than as your main entrée. Measure out your morning cereal and make sure you’re sticking to only one “official” serving. Give up oversized bagels and rolls — and definitely forgo the bread basket at the dinner table. Of course, I always encourage whole-grain options over refined white starch, but remember, the calories in whole grains add up just the same.