You might not think of summer as a time when you can gain weight, but it’s as easy to put on pounds then as it is during any other season. Here are four ways you can avoid summer weight gain.
Avoiding summer weight gain
Don’t over-indulge in cold, sweet treats
Treating yourself to a cold treat during the summer is perfectly fine now and then, but if it’s something you treat yourself to daily or many times a week, you are consuming unwanted calories.
If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, you want to avoid sugary treats, even if the weather is hot.
If you don’t want to gain weight, drink ice cold water with lemon. Your number one drink of choice, especially during the summer, should be water. Water will keep you hydrated and keep you from getting hungry too often.
High-calorie drinks, ice cream, and other frozen treats are okay once in a while and when using portion control. This also goes for fruits you might enjoy during the summer, such as berries, because as healthy as they are they also contain lots of sugar. Eat everything in moderation.
Take your healthy habits on vacation with you
Whether you spend you spend three days or one month on vacation, you don’t want to let your healthy habits go by the wayside.
If you don’t want to gain weight, make healthy food choices when you can and fit exercise in whenever possible. It’s easy to use vacation as an excuse to be lazy and indulge, but once vacation is over, you’ll probably regret that decision.
It’s not hard to fit mini workouts in while you’re away. You don’t have to run miles every morning like you do at home. You can fit lots of walking into your day and do exercises such as squats, push-ups, and sit-ups in your hotel room. If you go to concerts and sporting events more during the summer, you’ll want to use the same discretion when eating out.
Stay active as a family
If you have kids and they’re off for the summer, they may want to lounge in front of the TV and computer all day long, but this is an easy way to weight gain. Make it a priority to be healthy as a family. Spend time outside every day.
Summer break shouldn’t be an excuse to be lazy. Use weekends to get out and explore your city as a family. Find new hiking trails, hit the beach, go to the park, and walk instead of drive when you run errands that are close to home.
Leave the car at home
As mentioned above, it’s a good idea to walk when possible. Summer might be hot and the air conditioning in your car might be tempting, but if you can walk to any of the places you normally drive to get groceries or run other errands, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of walking.
During the summer when the weather is good is a perfect time to leave the car behind. You’ll not only burn calories, you’ll save money on gas as well. You might cringe at the thought of walking two miles, but you’ll only be walking approximately 4,000 steps. It’s recommended that you get at least 10,000 steps in each day. You might find one mile hard to begin with, but the more you walk, the easier it will get.
You can avoid gaining weight this summer and possibly lose weight if you create new habits. The habits that you create this summer are ones you can take with you throughout the rest of the year to help yourself maintain your weight.