The 5 Essential Summer Weight Loss Tips
By Marci Lall
Oh yeah, summer's here and there's no doubt about it. I don't know about you but I feel so much more energized in the summer months then I do in the winter (I guess it's all this sunlight). Nevertheless, summer-time is a popular month to lose pounds without even trying.
Because there are so many things to do and so many fresh, bright and colorful foods to indulge in!
Here are 5 Essential Summer Weight Loss Tips that will help you shed the pounds and give you the "WOW!" effect.
Stock Up For the Summer
Chocolate bars and chips are fine once in a while but they won't give you the nutritional value you need. To really boost your health, make sure you load up on nutrient-dense snacks that you can easily grab and go. A good way of doing this is to prep your snacks in small plastic bags or containers so that you have them when you want them.
Here are a couple ideas that will stir up your creativity.
- Chunks of fruit and veggies
- Trail mix of dry cereal
- Nuts, dried fruit, and a few chocolate chips
- Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter
- Energy bar cut into bite-sized pieces
- Popcorn or cookies in small portions
Munch On This
When summer hits, the grocery stores are overflowing with mouth watering greens, fruits and vegetables - which by the way are great for amazing salads.
When we think "salads" our automatic thought is leafy green lettuce with tomatoes and the rest of the boring ingredients. But salads don't always have to be like that, you can add, watercress, spinach, mixed greens, grapes, avocados, peaches, asparagus, grape tomatoes, melons, and strawberries for a refreshing change.
And if you wanted to add a little protein to your meal try a little grilled chicken, tuna, beans, chickpeas, nuts, or cheese. Mix it up a bit. Use some leftovers from the fridge, it's simple, healthy, and you don't have to plan ahead. Just get your butt to the grocery store!
Don't Let the Heat Keep You Down
Don't be couch potato this summer. If you want this to be a healthy summer limit your TV and computer time to less than two hours a day. What are you going to do with the rest of your time? Get outside. Become a healthy role model for your family.
There are lots of great outdoor activities to try or you could even learn how to play a new sport. I actually have a good friend whose learning to play golf it's something out of her element but I know she's going to have fun and learn something new, but on top of all those benefits she's being active which is what we're aiming for. So go out there and try some belly dancing, horse back riding or something different that you wouldn't normally do.
Think outside the box!
One of the most important aspects to being healthy and staying active in the summer is hydration. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and the type of activity, you might not realize how much you're sweating.
Try to drink about two cups of water two hours before your activity, during your activity drink about 4-6 ounces every 15-20 minutes and replace the lost fluid after your activity as well.
Water is the best for most outdoor activities as well as for weight loss. If your exercise lasts more than an hour, either watered down fruit juice or a sport drink will provide carbohydrates for energy plus minerals to replace lost electrolytes that you lose when you sweat.
Enjoy a Nap
Who doesn't love a midday nap? Rest your back out on a hammock or lawn chair. Research shows that taking a nap may lower your risk of heart disease. Being able to take afternoon naps can help lower your stress levels, which helps you maintain your heart health.
There was actually a study in Greece that found that taking naps at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes reduced risk of death from heart disease by one-third.
Become a Morning Exerciser
Nobody likes waking up in the morning to exercise…especially in the winter. But the summer is a little different. You get that inviting morning air feeling that you don't get in the winter.
The weather is great because it's not too hot and not too cold. The birds are chirping and everything seems to just slow down. Exercising in the morning is a healthy way to lose weight, plus you'll beat the heat. Try to have some self-discipline and treat your morning exercise as an important meeting, I guarantee that once you get started you'll feel 1000 times better.
Marci Lall is a Weight Loss and Body Sculpting Specialist for women. Visit his website at www.lallpt.com to get his FREE special report "How to Get Maximum Weight Loss & Fitness Results in Minimum Time".