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Dr. Carrie Jones: Skinny Jeans - Can't We At Least Be Friends?

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Like it or not, we all have them and we all have a ritual about them. Skinny jeans may only be tried on at the exact moment in time when A) you are feeling your best B) Nobody…and I mean nobody is watching and C) you can shut and lock the door to the room with the best mirror and most optimal lighting advantage. Only then may you take them from their super secret hiding place and try them on.

They are the pants that single handedly make or break your day - if those pants fit then everything is right with the world! Believe it or not, as long as those pants reflect an appropriate size for your height and body structure, they may actually serve as a decent health marker.

Everyone knows their general body type - are you an apple or a pear? Do you have a rounder tummy or larger hips? According to the American Heart Association, women should have a waist circumference of 35 inches or less and men 40 inches or less. This means if you took a string and wrapped it around your waist you should fall below those numbers.

How do skinny jeans help? Well…if they are a realistic size then those pants will easily let you know if tonight is a pizza night or a salad night. If it’s looking like rabbit food for the next several nights then keep reading for other ideas in-order to help you reach your goal.

1) First, drink enough water! This keeps you hydrated, fills you up, flushes out toxins and is the best all-around habit for your body. Go for filtered if you can and drink at least 8 glasses everyday. Soda, fruit juice and coffee do not count! Try not to drink liquids with meals as this dilutes your digestive juices.

2) Go for 5-6 small meals a day – make sure they are nutritionally balanced. Eating lightly every 2-3 hours keeps your blood sugar stable and your metabolism moving.

3) Eat within an hour of waking and do not skip meals. This prevents your body from thinking you are in starvation (thus holding on to unwanted calories that could otherwise be used for energy) and keeps blood sugar even.

4) Make sure you are getting a variety of vegetables in your day because they are full of nutrients, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fiber and more!

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