Is summer weight loss easier or harder than other times of the year? That's up to you. Summer can be "the best of times or the worst of times" for successful weight loss.
How can you resist all the in-your-face fattening foods you're confronted with at picnics, weddings, amusement parks, fairs, ball games and during summer vacation trips? After all, a major part of fun-in-the-sun for many people is all the rich and tempting foods.
Seven Healthy Summer Weight Loss Tips
Summer weight loss success doesn't have to mean staying home with your celery.
By getting clear about your weight loss goals and planning ahead, you'll be able to say, "No thank you" to all the hot dogs, potato salad, sodas, cotton candy and fried dough.
If you haven't already reached your summer weight loss swimsuit targets, here are seven simple weight loss tips for super successful summer weight loss slimming.
1. Plan your summer to support your goal. You can't expect to win the "battle of the bulge" without a clear strategy, especially since it takes changing a lifetime of bad old habits. So plan your summer campaign and visualize a successful winning outcome.
2. Drink "water, water everywhere!" Water has zero calories, helps curb your appetite, keeps you cool and hydrated in the summer heat and quenches your thirst better than anything else. So learn to love it. Add a twist of lemon or try herbal iced tea.
3. Exercise first thing in the morning. Morning's the perfect time to beat the heat with exercise and weight training. You can get your weight loss plans off to a great start, burn calories and rev up your metabolism before the hot sun makes you feel lazy.
4. Pack healthy low calorie snacks to go. Don't leave it to chance. Take plenty of portable calorie-counted mini meals wherever you go – chopped veggies, strips of cooked chicken breast, fresh fruit, low fat cheese or even a low cal sandwich.
5. Focus on low calorie high fiber foods. Keep a bowl of raw baby carrots, snap peas, red pepper strips or lightly steamed cold broccoli, cauliflower or green beans on hand for snacking. Choosing from the list of vegetables helps you fill up first on high fiber food.
6. Prepare portable lean protein. Low calorie high protein foods are necessary to maintain muscle and help keep you feeling full. So add some grilled chicken breast, canned salmon or tuna, a few nuts, beans or low fat yogurt to every snack and meal.
7. Feast on fruit for sweet treats. Replace high calorie desserts with fresh in-season fruit from the list of fruits. You can also whip up an ice-cold fruit smoothie for breakfast (or anytime) with frozen fruit and low fat yogurt, milk or a good quality protein powder.
***Optional Bonus Tip!***
***Keep a summer weight loss journal. Success (in anything) requires awareness of where you want to end up (your goal) and whether or not what you're doing is working. This means keeping track with the #1 best way to lose weight – a weight loss journal.
If you don't measure it, you can't manage it. It's that simple!
And since food quality, calories and exercise are what you need to manage, that's what you need to measure – NOT your weight. As a result of consistently doing and eating the right things, healthy weight loss will occur naturally – in it's own good timing.
Here's the simplest way to go about it. In a 5" x 7" spiral notebook, using the food calorie chart, write down what you eat, the calorie count and how long you exercise each day. Don't force changes. Awareness will help you to automatically take the next best step.
If you don't believe in the extraordinary power of keeping a food, calorie and exercise journal, just try it for a couple of weeks. You'll be amazed at how well it works.
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