With the beginning of summer nearly within arm’s reach, people are scrambling to find trendy diets that will help them drop weight for that summertime fine status. Strutting that sexier, lighter body on the beach, in the park, on a hike, or wherever you go to show a little skin is a way to boost self-confidence. What if you didn’t hit the gym every day to get fit for summer? How do you stay fit during the summer when parties, picnics, potlucks, BBQs, and laziness are set in motion?
First and foremost, you don’t have to exercise for six hours a day. We want you to enjoy summer, not hate it! To establish healthy habits and obtain a slimmer body, it is recommended to begin making small changes that help you become a healthier person. In addition to the tips detailed in this article, consider taking part in our Full Body Cleanse to help rid the body of toxins and waste, and help to shed unwanted pounds (between 10-30lbs in just 30 days). It may be scary to embark on a health mission during the summer, especially when you are tempted by so many unhealthy foods, but we believe in you! You have the power to get healthy!
A Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you make sure that it is filled with nutrients. While it’s easy and convenient to make cereal, frozen waffles, toaster pastries, or sugary oatmeal packets (by the way…that’s not oatmeal), it’s easy to set yourself up for success with various breakfast options. You can click here for some great overnight oat recipes, or here for tasty chia pudding recipes. Both of these options provide the body with energy and protein to fuel you until your next meal. And don’t forget that you can prepare smoothie bags ahead of time to easily blend smoothies for breakfast.
We already established the importance of having a healthy breakfast, but we also encourage you to eat the majority of your calories before three o’clock in the afternoon. Eating most of your calories earlier in the day helps you extend your energy throughout the day, meaning you won’t need to continuously snack and eat all day. Because the days are a lot longer during summer, it can feel normal to eat dinner when the sun sets later in the day. Eating too close to bedtime can disrupt the natural digestive rhythm, though. Finally, the amount you eat at dinner should be far less than what you eat for breakfast and lunch. Lunch should actually be your largest meal of the day, even though the common thought is to have dinner be the largest meal.
No, we are not talking about eating pieces of fruit, although that is something healthy you can do. This is actually about making flavored ice cubes. Take raspberries and kiwi slices, for instance, place them in your ice tray, and fill it with filtered water. This can help you drink more water because it keeps your taste buds interested. You also reap the health benefits of whatever you put in the ice cubes. Don’t be afraid to get creative and add things like lemon slices, blueberries, mint, basil, watermelon, cucumbers, or strawberries.
Get Involved In Your Community
Most communities host fitness classes, running groups, or basketball, softball, or soccer teams. If you don’t enjoy going to the gym, these options may be more enjoyable for you. In addition to exercising, you’ll also meet some new people, who may have similar health goals. Perhaps your relationship with them evolves to exploring the outdoors by going on bike rides, hikes, or even surfing, provided you live near the ocean. Disclaimer: we take full credit for these new and health-fueled relationships. You’re welcome.
Eat In Dim Lighting
Studies have shown that eating in a dimly lit room can help you eat less. You can light some candles or use a dimmer, if you have that option. This doesn’t seem like it would work, but it does. Eating in dim lighting helps you control your portions, which is great for helping you lose weight. Additionally, try to eat without watching TV or looking at your phone because the extended screen time can cause you to keep snacking, even after the meal is over. Take the time to enjoy your meals and invest some energy into the people eating with you. Time spent away from screens isn’t such a bad thing.
We hope that you can use some of these tips in your daily life to help you stay in shape during summer. Comment below to let us know how these worked for you.