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Fit in Fort Mill - April 9, 2008

Terry Shaw is the owner of Carolina Pilates and City Blends Smoothie Cafe. She offers studio training, in-house training and corporate training. She can be reached at www.carolinapilates.com or by calling 548-8775.
Terry Shaw is the owner of Carolina Pilates and City Blends Smoothie Cafe. She offers studio training, in-house training and corporate training. She can be reached at www.carolinapilates.com or by calling 548-8775.

You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that the strong, sleek, sexy body you are working so hard to build should have a lot more in common with a Mazerati than a Volkswagen.

Now, the VW is an excellent automobile. It's cute and perky, and gets great gas mileage, all great attributes for a car. However, we want our bodies to be "gas guzzlers," meaning we don't want to run all day on a small amount of food or "gas." We want our engine/metabolism to require more food - the right food - to keep us running fast and lean.

So, how do we keep our appetite on cruise control? Here are 10 great tips to keep the calories burning, and your hunger satisfied -- a winning combination for a high-performance body.

You snooze, you lose. That's right - researchers believe that lack of sleep affects hormones related to appetite, thus causing you to gain pounds when you don't get enough sleep.

Raise another glass. That's water we're talking about. Most of us mistake thirst for hunger. Mark down how much water you drink in a day. Chances are you will be surprised at how little you drink. Add just two more glasses a day and you'll be amazed at the reduction in your appetite.

Move it and lose it. You don't just lose calories and weight when you exercise. Intense exercise changes the way your body craves food and can actually suppress your appetite. The breakdown that occurs during a hard workout can also raise your appetite but you tend to get hungry for the types of foods that will repair the damage.

Taste the fruit of knowledge. The mighty apple may have gotten a bad rap in the Garden of Eden, but in the Garden of Eatin', an apple may be your best friend. This fiber-filled food will have you feeling full in no time.

Soup it up. Try having a broth-based soup before a meal or as a snack. You can even take your favorite veggie drink, put it in a coffee cup, nuke it, and enjoy a cup of satisfying soup that will fill you up and satisfy your desire for something warm, comforting, and yummy.

More is less. In the case of meals, that's the truth. Eat small frequent meals to maintain blood sugar levels and keep your appetite and energy levels in control and on target for calorie consumption.

Skip rope, not meals. Especially breakfast. In you don't start the day off with a good breakfast, you wind up with low blood sugar, low energy, and irresistible hunger pangs, and the next thing you know, you are running over to a pizza box, eating the wrong food. Remember, a good meal doesn't mean a traditional meal. Try whole-grain cereal or a protein shake with some fresh fruit tossed in, or leftovers from your healthy dinner the night before.

Eat your veggies. Veggies are filled with nutrition, but they will also fill you up. Try a big luscious salad before a meal in a restaurant (instead of the bread). Then have a favorite main dish, though you will want a lot less of it, and the rest you can take home for lunch the next day.

Whole grains rule. Choose the whole-grain bread, brown rice, and multigrain crackers over the white and refined cousins.

Speed to succeed. You want a speedy metabolism and high performance when it comes to burning calories, and one of the best ways to get there is to slow down at the dinner table. That means actually taking the time to eat your meal. It takes your brain 10 minutes longer than your stomach to receive the message that you are full.

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