Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Weight Loss Tips

In my last blog post I shared with you the tools and calculations you need to properly lose weight for summer (if that's your goal right now). Here are 4 more tips to help you with your weight loss and hopefully, get you feeling better baring skin in no time!

  • Always eat breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day! It breaks the fast that you've experienced while sleeping, and kick starts your metabolism. You'll consume less calories throughout the day and get your body going. Some great options for breakfast: Old fashioned oats mixed with fruit or a tablespoon of natural peanut butter; egg whites mixed with veggies, paired with fruit and/or greek yogurt; a smoothie made with frozen berries, half a banana, a scoop of whey protein, and half cup of skim milk; Ezekiel toast topped with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and half a banana.

  •  Watch your alcohol consumption. It's easy to forget how much you're drinking when you're having fun, out and about at summer parties or on vacation. Consider having a glass of water or seltzer between each drink. It will slow you down and hydrate you too. 

  • Be active! Summer is the perfect time to amp up your fitness routine because your options expand immensely. Examples of some outdoor summer activities: Go on a hike. Go for a morning walk. Go for a bike ride--If you don't own a bike rent one and explore your city while cycling (a New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Washington D.C. resource: Go for a jog. Play frisbee with buddies. Swim at the beach or pool. Check out outdoor classes or bootcamps in your city. Whatever it is, do something you find fun to get your body moving and it won't feel like a workout. 

  • Watch your portions. Summer is a time of year when parties are a plenty and party snacks are even more plentiful. It's easy to loose sight of how much you're munching on when you're having a good time with friends and family. Just be cognizant and don't go overboard. Eating veggies and fruit instead of chips or cookies can be good options when you're trying to watch your calories. Also, make sure to have a real meal before a party so that you aren't as hungry going into it. You'll be less likely to munch on junk if you have a full belly.
Be Well!