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Lose Weight In the Heat With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

Many of us start thinking about weight loss before summer arrives. We want to look good and feel our best at the beach or the pool.

However, summer presents many opportunities to work on a weight loss goal. Summer months give you more time outdoors, nutritious seasonal foods, and more sunlight that boosts mood.

Following healthy habits can seem difficult with all of the barbeques and social time around food. Read on for some tips on taking advantage of summer to stick with your weight loss goals while having fun.

Drink Before You Eat

More time outdoors usually increases your fluid needs, especially if you exercise outside. You can often mistake thirst for hunger. This can hamper your weight loss efforts.

Bring 2 cups of water before every meal to stay hydrated and prevent overeating. Invest in a quality water bottle you will use and keep it filled.

Start With Fruits and Veggies

Instead of worrying about eating too much at the next barbeque, focus on eating more healthy foods. Make half of each meal or snack a fruit or vegetable. Summer foods such as berries, peaches, mangos, corn, and peppers are loaded with vitamins and minerals. This keeps your cravings in check. The extra fiber found in these foods can also contribute to fat loss.

Bring Something Light

Choose a lighter, healthier side dish to bring to the next gathering. Substitute the creamy casseroles for a lentil and peach salad or a caprese salad.

Making a healthy item will keep you on track and not tempt you with unhealthy leftovers. Seasonal foods such as peaches and mangos give you more nutrients and fewer calories.

Pack Your Own Snacks

It is convenient to buy snack bar foods at the pool or ballpark. However, these items often contain high amounts of sodium and unhealthy saturated fat. If snacks are permitted, save money and calories by packing snack items such as nuts, cheese, cut carrots or cucumbers.

Don't Stock Sweets

You can easily buy cookies for your pantry or ice cream for your freezer. However, these sweet treats will be a constant reminder of tasty foods high in calories.

Pick a night to go out for ice cream. Take a walk after you eat the ice cream if you can. And, if you do keep sweets at home, plan when you will treat yourself. Keep your portions in check to avoid overdoing it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flowery Branch, Ga.

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