We are in the middle of summer, which should theoretically mean that people are doing tons of outdoor activities and toning their beach bodies. In reality, many of us like to beat the heat and stay inside to relax, or go to backyard barbecues and summer parties, both of which have foods and beverages that aren’t conducive to weight loss.
While the winter holidays are typically when people gain most of their weight, summer foods like campfire s’mores, ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, dips, fried chicken, ice cream, and all the other unhealthy party favorites help pack on the pounds. Not only do these foods contribute to weight gain, but they also make it hard for our bodies to function optimally. Because we want to help you stay in shape for the rest of the summer, follow these tips to keep the weight off.
Bring A Dish:
If you are trying to watch your weight while going to summer parties or potlucks, it can be difficult because you never know what the spread is going to look like. This is why we recommend making a healthy dish that you enjoy eating and bring that to your gathering. Whether people like it or not is irrelevant. You will have something healthy that you can fill up on, rather than resorting to the unhealthy alternatives.
Be A Healthy Host:
In the same vein as bringing a healthy dish, being the host of a summer gathering means that you have control of the menu. This doesn’t mean that you have to make everyone eat a kale salad, but it does mean you can veer from the traditional, unhealthy menu options. You can make grilled vegetables skewers, a big green salad with your favorite veggies, a large fruit salad, one of our healthy ice cream recipes, and perhaps stir-fried vegetable dish.
Beat The Heat:
The powerful summer heat can force some of us outdoor exercise enthusiasts to stay indoors and be lazy. Don’t let the heat win. Move your workouts to an indoor space or try a new exercise for summer. You can join a local pool and take up swimming, or join a rock climbing gym; these are both excellent full body workouts. You can always get up early and take a run in the cooler morning hours.
Be A Role Model:
When taking part in group day trips or having a beach day, always pack snacks that are convenient and healthy. Easy and healthy snacks include sliced apples, carrot sticks, celery sticks with hummus or almond butter, trail mix, and assorted nuts and seeds. Others will be curious about your snacks and may follow your lead in the future.
Join The Slow Food Movement:
The Slow Food Movement is an international movement that began in the early 1980s in response to fast food, microwave cooking, and on-the-go lifestyles. This movement is focused on enjoying local food and traditional recipes with family and friends. Slow down your life and enjoy food slowly.
Don’t Drink Your Calories:
Too often do people resort to drinking soda, sweet tea, lemonade, sugary drinks, or alcoholic beverages during the summer heat. The kicker is that most of these drinks do not help you stay hydrated in the heat. You are better off drinking water to stay hydrated and lower your caloric intake. You can also make detox waters or homemade juices to increase your nutrient intake.
Exercise Portion Control:
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, “Keep your portions in check.” When you attend social gatherings, where there are large quantities of foods, make sure that you don’t overeat. Make sure that you load up at least two-thirds of your plate with vegetables so that you don’t pile on other unhealthy foods first. Remember, one meal should be the size of both of your fists combined.
Take Part In A Cleanse:
Summer is actually a great time to cleanse because of the temperature. It can be hard to cleanse during the colder months because you can’t eat hot food. During summer, however, you are less inclined to crave hot foods because of the heat. Plus, cleansing can help you lose weight for a healthier summer figure.