It’s much easier to slip up on workouts and have a few too many cheat days per week during the wintertime. Layers of sweaters and scarves can help hide the pounds we’ve gained since last fall and the annual pumpkin spice revolution, but what do we do now that summer is breathing down our pasty necks? After all, summer usually means beach days, vacations and a lot less clothing.
Not to worry, we have a few tricks to help you get the results you’re looking for this summer, as well as the remainder of the year.
Hydrate with Water
There are multiple reasons why we tend to bulk up in the wintertime, but one of the main reasons is water weight. The cold season is also dry, which causes our body to store more water to prevent dehydration. We sweat a lot more in the summertime, so we can drink as much water as we want and need without fear of bloating.
Drinking water also helps you cut down on overeating. Many people tend to mistake dehydration for hunger and snack more when really, they just need a few glasses of water. Drinking a glass of water with your meal also helps with digestion. The benefits of water can’t be oversold, so make it your summer sidekick.
“You are what you eat.” We know, you’ve heard this a million times, but it’s true! You can work out for an hour a day, seven days a week and still not see results because your diet isn’t right. But the trick isn’t to eat less; it’s to eat smart.
Swap your white bread and white rice for whole grains, your fruit juice for water, and your chips for fruit and nuts. This isn’t to say that you can’t indulge in a burger and fries every once in a while, but not every day.
You can’t give into temptation if it’s not there. You may not be able to help passing a McDonald's every day, but you do have control over what you keep in your pantry at home. Fill your shopping cart with smart, whole foods that will provide the nutrients you need to remain healthy and fit.
Healthy eating shouldn’t stop once you get to work. Rather than eating out every day for lunch, pack a healthier option the night before. You’ll love the effect this has on your body and your wallet. Also, keep fruits and nuts handy at your desk to prevent you from snacking on energy-draining junk food.
Dieting is out, and healthy living is in! Needless to say, we absolutely do not recommend skipping meals to slim down at any time in the year. Have fun experimenting with different meals, stay active, and you’ll be right on track to meet those health goals.