- It is officially summer! You have been eating healthy and exercising regularly all year to fit into and look great in that bathing suit. You have your sunscreen and sandals ready to head to the beach or a BBQ. Summer days bring fresh salt water air and sandy beaches as well as boardwalks filled with fried doughy delicacies covered with sugar and frozen fatty treats! Dr. Suz Heals has put together a list of tips to stay slim this summer and keep from sabotaging all your hard work.
1. Eat Your Vegetables
I have mentioned this tip before and I will keep on mentioning it. When at a summer party or bbq remember to eat plenty of salads with green leafy veggies. You can add a tablespoon of light dressing or even better balsamic vinegar for taste. If you bring along a dish to the party make sure it is something healthy you can munch on like crudité but with a low sugar, low fat dip.
2. Drink Water
Sitting at the pool or beach all day can dehydrate you. This can cause you to reach for a high calorie beverage or food to satisfy. Make sure to pack water with you. You can add some lemon or cucumber for added flavor and detoxification. Another great way to stay hydrated, BOOST your metabolism and curb cravings is with Teami Skinny Tea (15% Off Use Code: DRSUZ). Teami Skinny Tea is a morning blend that you drink when you wake up! Replace your morning cup of coffee. It does NOT cause a laxative effect so you can drink as many cups as you want! Remember to constantly sip on this throughout the day. Drinking enough H2O can help regulate your metabolism, prevent headaches, reduce hunger and keep skin glowing!
3. Eat Lean Protein
Several studies have proven that lean protein will keep you fuller per gram than carbohydrates or fats. The next time you throw a BBQ or find yourself attending, grab yourself a portion of lean protein. A standard portion size is about the size of your fist. One of my favorite Meat Free Burgers is Beast Burger from Beyond Meat. These burgers contain 23g of protein, B vitamins, antioxidants, Iron and more and are gluten, soy and GMO free.
4. Remember to get Plenty of Sleep
Long summer days can leave you sleep deprived. According to Harvard's Women's Health Watch; chronic sleep loss can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system’s power. Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. If you decide to catch up on some sleep while at the beach do not forget to cover up and use sunscreen
5. Fill up on Fiber
- Foods high in fiber like brown rice, quinoa and sprouted grain breads help to stabilize insulin levels, helping to curb cravings and prevent weight gain. If you have a gluten sensitivity there are several gluten free options with plenty of fiber as well. Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber. Summer fruits with fiber are guava (9gm/cup), Raspberries (8gm/cup) and mango (5gm/cup). Artichockes (10.3gm/cup) and green peas (8.8gm/cup) are a wonderful addition to mixed salads and summer dishes.
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Dr. Suzanne Fuchs currently practices concierge foot and ankle medicine and surgery in Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at LuxePodiatry™
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