Trying to get swimsuit ready? You’re not the only one; this article written by Amy Paturel and published by Self gives you some ways to avoid adding on any summer weight.
The Truth About Summer Weight Gain
Most of us associate winter with weight gain and summer with hot bikini bodies. But if you’ve noticed yourself packing on a few extra pounds recently, you’re not alone: Experts say it’s not uncommon to gain weight during the hot summer months.The good news: Despite the barbeques, pool parties and irresistible ice cream cones, you can keep extra weight (and cholesterol) at bay by avoiding summer’s most obvious fat traps:
Vacation – Summer escapes are a common cause of added weight gain. No, we’re not saying you should give up your dream adventure in Tahiti, but we are suggesting that you take your healthy lifestyle with you on holiday. Take every opportunity to walk, explore and otherwise engage your muscles, and don’t view vacation as an excuse to overindulge in foods you know will compromise your waistline.
Less regimented workouts – OK, so maybe you’re not hitting the gym for your daily 30-minute workout, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. Playing in the ocean, running on the beach and joining in a game of Frisbee are all activities that burn calories — and they’re fun, too.
Tempting summer treats – Sure, summer is known for fresh, delicious produce, but most of us would rather opt for fat-laden summer fare like ice cream, s’mores and even cotton candy! How can a girl resist? The good news: You don’t have to give up your favorite summer foods. Just opt for lighter versions, like frozen yogurt topped with berries and chopped almonds (instead of ice cream), frozen lemonade (instead of cotton candy) and maybe have one s’more instead of four!
Fruity adult beverages– Beach bonfire or backyard cookout, refreshing cocktails are bound to be part of the festivities this summer. If you’re not careful, though, those sweet, fruity libations could add up to thousands of hidden and unsatisfying calories. “Cocktails don’t fill you up like food,” explains Tara Gidus, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. And they’re fattening to boot: A 10-ounce pina colada will net you 490 calories! Instead, opt for a wine spritzer (60 calories and zero grams of fat) or a fruity sangria (which weighs in at about 80 calories).