As much as summer means sunshine, warm weather, and pool days, it also means BBQs, picnics, and potluck dinners. Navigating the social eating situations of summer can be hard when you’re focused on staying healthy, but figuring out what to eat in summer is easier than you think. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite simple healthy tips and ways to stay healthy so you can enjoy friends, sunshine, and even food, without sacrificing your health goals.
Simple Tips To Stay Healthy This Summer
With summer around the corner, there’s no better time to recommit to your health goals than now. Our favorite things to do to stay healthy in the summer season are all simple shifts that don’t require much effort but can have a big impact on your health. Following these won’t just help you stay healthy during the summer months, but they can help keep you on track if you want to learn how to stay healthy any time of year. Try these tips if you want to keep your summer body, or make it even better:
1. Focus on Fresh
Summer is the best time to eat fresh. With so many fruits and vegetables in season, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of them. When you’re preparing a meal, reaching for a snack, or perusing the potluck table, skip the chips and dip and choose the freshest options first.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water has numerous benefits when it comes to staying healthy. It’s especially important to stay on top of your water consumption during the summer when we tend to spend more time sweating in the sun. It’s recommended that we each drink half of our body weight in ounces of water every day. That means if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking about 75 ounces of water each day to keep your body hydrated properly. That doesn’t mean you have to drink it all at once. Keep a cup or water bottle filled and within reach, and work on it throughout the day. As an added bonus, drinking water is an appetite suppressant, so the more you drink, the less likely you are to reach for snacks.
3. Keep Moving
When it’s hot outside, you may be tempted to retreat inside to the comforts of an air conditioner, but there’s no better time to be active. Whether you live in a city, or somewhere that offers lots of outdoor recreation, take advantage of the long days and sunshine and find ways to move your body. You may want to pick one of these 5 Must-Do Summer Activities, or there may be something else that gets you excited to move. Exercise doesn’t always have to look like exercise. Gardening and doing yard work use lots of muscles and can be excellent calorie burners. Swimming isn’t just a great way to cool off, it’s a low-impact workout too. If you don’t want to spend too much time in the sun, consider an early morning walk, or a late evening stroll. Even if you do find yourself spending the majority of your time indoors, take frequent breaks to move around, stretch, and get some steps in. The important thing is that you find something you enjoy that helps you stay active.
4. Make 1 Better Choice
We often think we have to make big sweeping changes in order to stay healthy, but the real key to staying healthy lies in small efforts repeated over and over again. If you can make one better choice every day, that adds up. Maybe your choice is to drink a glass of water instead of soda. Maybe you decide to eat a cucumber instead of a cookie. Every time you make a healthier decision, you improve your health. Eventually, your one better choice will become a habit, and then you can make one more choice that’s healthier. In the end, the little steps you take will help you reach your goal.
5. Plan Ahead
If you’re going somewhere you know will serve food, get in the proper mindset. Think about why you’re going to the event. Is it to eat? To socialize? Both? Find ways to control your hunger so you’re able to enjoy yourself without overindulging. If you need a little extra strength, Xyngular Resist and Xyngular Trimstix can help you feel full and fight hunger so you can focus on the fun and not worry about the food. If you want to plan way ahead, get the Ultimate System for summer weight loss, and get on track from the beginning.*
6. Remember Why You Started
It’s easy to get derailed in the moment when you’re staring at a snack or tasty treat that you “neeeeeeeed.” In those moments when you feel like you’re going to give in, or like “just one won’t hurt,” remind yourself why you started. Keeping the end goal in mind can help you find the willpower to resist a little temptation.
7. Watch Portion Sizes
Portion sizes play a big role in our diets. You don’t have to shun all things tasty and delicious, but you should be mindful of how much you’re eating. It’s important to watch portion sizes of healthier foods too. Learn what your body’s caloric needs are, and strive to meet those appropriately.
8. Skip the Sugar
Empty calories feel good for a minute, but in the long run, they will leave you feeling sluggish and blah. It’s ok to celebrate and indulge every now and then, but it’s not ok to live life in “vacation mode.” We often tell ourselves we deserve that treat, or we “earned it.” As a general rule, it’s better to do without the sugar.
9. Bring Something Healthy
If you’re headed to a bbq or picnic, it’s easy to bring the ol’ standby of a bag of chips or a baked good as your shareable item. Next time, in the spirit of staying healthy, opt to share something more nutritious. Not only will that give you something better to munch on, but everyone is always glad to see a healthy option that cuts through all the snacks.
10. Consider Your Options
You’ve heard it before, and you’ve likely said it too, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach.” As you’re headed through the buffet line at your next social event, take a minute to look at ALL the food options BEFORE you put anything on your plate. Too often we just start loading things that look good, and by the time we make it to the end of the line, we have more food than we need and have likely made some poor choices. Take in the whole spread, and then be intentional about what you select.
11. Don’t Come Hungry
This one goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead. Sometimes we skip meals to “save calories” so we can indulge at an event. The reality is that only makes us more hungry and more likely to overeat. When you eat your normal meals and snacks before a social gathering, you’ll find it easier to make better choices.
12. Use a Plate
We’ve all stood by the snack table at a party and eaten a handful of this, a few of those, and a couple of those until we’re 3,000 calories into snacking and we have NO idea! The simple act of using a plate will help you visualize exactly how much you’re eating so you know when you’ve reached your limit.
13. Make a Goal
We often set and focus on big goals, but it’s the little goals that help us get there. Before you attend a social gathering, think of a small goal for that situation that will help you on your path to staying healthy.
Each of these tips is easy to implement in nearly every situation but will make a big difference in your health journey.
Get The Healthy Edge In Summer With Resist And Trimstix
Learning to harness your willpower is an important part of staying healthy, but we know sometimes you need a little extra help. That’s where Xyngular Resist and Xyngular Trimstix come in handy. They help you fight cravings and control hunger.*
Resist is a wild cherry chew that tastes more like a tasty treat than a craving control supplement. You can take Resist immediately before eating to help you feel full faster and curb cravings. Unlike other appetite suppressant supplements, there’s no need to plan in advance. The individually wrapped chews are easy to throw in a bag and take on the go for any time hunger strikes, and you can take up to four chews daily to fight cravings any time.*
Like Resist, Trimstix is designed to curb cravings and suppress your appetite, and it’s easy to take on the go. It comes in three great flavors and is added to 8-12 oz of water to make a sweet drink that not only satisfies your sweet tooth but helps curb sugar cravings too. As an added bonus, Trimstix helps increase cognitive function and improves energy levels so you can take full advantage of the summer sunshine.*
When you use Xyngular Trimstix and Resist, in combination with the other tips for staying healthy this summer, you’ll be able to stay healthy during the summer months, while enjoying the things you love.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.