By the time summer hits, it may be too late to have achieved those winter weight loss goals. But now that the summer is here, why not take advantage of what this season has to offer? When it comes to reaching your weight loss goals, summer may be a perfect time. Here is how you can use the summer months to achieve long-term weight loss success.
A common complaint of winter: you go to work in the dark and you come home in the dark. However, summer changes all that. With longer daylight hours it makes you not want to go back inside. Take advantage of summer mornings by allowing your body to wake with the sun. Sip lemon-infused water as you take a morning walk or enjoy a Yoga session with the sunrise. After dinner, head outside for a twilight walk, taking in the scents and sounds that only summer brings with it! By heading outside and enjoying the daylight, you will find you are burning more calories, sleeping better, and increasing your step count – all without even trying!
Water flushes away pounds and reduces bloating. And, the more water your drink, the more you seem to crave! While your body always needs hydrating, staying hydrated during the summer months is especially important, as you likely may be sweating more or spending more outdoors. Always carry a water flask with you; remember to fill it up before you leave your home or office so you can sip in your car or while on the go. For an added treat, slice up fruit and let it seep into a large cooler – it will add flavor, and vitamins, to your water. And remember – just because you consume a liquid doesn’t mean it will keep you hydrated or be good for your diet. Avoid sugary drinks, which not only adds calories but can also leave you dehydrated. And don’t let diet drinks fool you – they are loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners that may leave you craving salts and sweets.
A Blooming Garden
No doubt one of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruits and veggies that are available. Sweet watermelon, savory salads, crispy corn, perfect peaches – all your favorite fresh foods are ready for the picking. So when it comes to eating healthy, look no further than your local farmer’s market or produce aisle for low-calories, high-fiber, tasty and filling treats that will help melt pounds while curbing cravings.
During summer, it seems like every weekend there is a barbecue or picnic to enjoy. If you are seeking to achieve your weight loss goals this summer, the trick is to pick your fare wisely. At barbecues, opt for grilled lean meats, like chicken breasts and thighs. With skin removed and a little spice, you can rest assured these meats are low-calorie and low-carb. Avoid the creamy potato salad and high-fat coleslaw, reaching instead for a vinegar-based alternative. Veggie platters? Yes please! It’s easy to lose weight by filling up on raw carrots, celery, peppers and broccoli. As far as dessert goes, skip the pies and reach for honeydew and watermelon slices instead. Be sure to keep an eye on fats such as oil, butter, dressings and sauces, which are loaded with sugar.
Take the Plunge
Despite what you may think, no one is judging when you wear a bathing suit. Be proud and head to the pool to tone up and burn off calories. Can’t swim? Ask the lifeguard for a water belt, which will keep you buoyant and afloat to “water walk” across the pool. If you love to dance, try a water aerobics class – you don’t have to know the moves, you just have to be willing to have a great time while getting in shape!
Pass on the Alcohol
Sipping a pina colada poolside or enjoying a cold beer after a long day may be summer traditions, but these and similar beverages are loaded with empty calories that can sabotage your weight loss goals. An alcoholic beverage now and again won’t ruin everything, but remember, when it comes to alcohol, choose wisely, drink in moderation, or not at all.
While it may be fun to stream Netflix on a rainy summer day, take advantage of moving outdoors. Gardening, cutting the lawn, washing your cars or painting the fence can help take your mind off noshing and, believe it or not, can burn extra calories while helping you to tone up. Plus, you will have a sense of accomplishment that will enhance your long-term weight loss goals.
Weight-Loss Clinic in South Carolina
Summer’s here and the time is right for achieving your weight loss goals. Today is the best day to start, and if you need a little help, why not reach out to the caring weight loss experts at SC Internal Medicine Associates and Rehabilitation’s Center for Medical Weight Loss? We know that wellness happens when weight management meets medical science, and we will be there, every step of the way, with a customized weight loss plan tailored specifically for you. Contact us today by calling (803) 749-1111 or request an appointment online. Start your journey to a better tomorrow!