SHAPE Editors' Stay-Slim Tricks
"If I'm starved and don't have a second to spare, I'll dash into Starbucks and order a 100- calorie Grande Caffè Misto with soy milk and a small pack of almonds to tide me over. "
-GENEVIEVE MONSMA, BEAUTY DIRECTOR
DO HEALTHY TAKEOUT
"On those days I'm feeling drained, I make a point of ordering lunch from a health food restaurant. They serve only good-for-you meals, like big salads and whole-wheat hummus pitas, so making a smart choice is a no-brainer."
-ANNIE HONG, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR
FIT IN EXERCISE
"When I'm too tired to hit the gym at night, I strike a bargain with myself. I can curl up with The Offi ce, but only if I exercise during the commercials. Every few minutes, I hop off the couch to do crunches, push-ups, or jumping jacks."
-MARISSA STEPHENSON, ASSISTANT EDITOR, FITNESS AND HEALTH
FIND A PARTNER
"I adopted a dog. Even if I think I'm too busy for a walk, I take one because she needs to go out. It's funny how we can always make time for some exercise."
-JANE SEYMOUR, ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
"I often have morning business meetings at a diner near the offi ce. It's almost im possible not to overdo it-even egg white omelets come bathed in grease. For the ultimate healthy meal, I order the eggs Benedict sans hollandaise sauce and substitute fruit salad for home fries. It costs $1 extra, but the fee is worth the calories saved."
-AMANDA PRESSNER, SENIOR EDITOR, NUTRITION
"If I know I have to work late, I'll pack a sandwich for dinner instead of ordering takeout. My turkey, lettuce, and cheese may not be the most exciting meal, but it keeps me from inhaling a carton of kung pao chicken"
-KRISTEN MAXWELL, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
CHECK YOUR HUNGER
"Time flies on hectic days, so it can be 2:30 p.m. before I realize I'm starving. To prevent this from becoming a habit, I use a "rule of six." I measure my hunger on a level from one to 10, with 10 being famished, and have a snack by the time I reach six. This helps ward off stress-related eating too."
-MISTY HUBER, CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITOR
PREP AND GO
"My on-the-run breakfast standby used to be a muffin, but I've discovered a healthier alternative: Before bed, I toss nonfat yogurt, a banana, berries, and vanilla soy milk in the blender and pop the whole thing in the fridge. All I have to do in the morning is hit the button and pour it in my to-go container. It's a tasty way to sneak in protein and fruit."
-SHARON LIAO, SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, HEALTH