Yes, you can pack on pounds during the warmer months. It can happen to the best of us. Here are the summer fat traps to watch out for. You may ask how and why do you get fat In the summer months? We typically blame the winter holidays and rich comfort foods for winter weight gain. But summer foods can do just as much damage. Refreshing beverages and cold salads often contain surprisingly high amounts of fat, and calories. To stay In shape or even lose weight during the warm season, you need to follow two simple guidelines, First, there’s always a healthy option for the type of food you want. Second, It’s not only what you choose to eat but how you prepare It that makes the big difference. To keep you on track to fit Into that new bathing suit, I’m going to chime In on what I think could be the biggest caloric danger zones.
I know I know when you’re outside In the sun you are going to get thirsty. I also know that a nice cold glass of lemonade sounds great to quench that thirst. Be careful because lemonade Is sugary lemonade drinks can be major sugar bombs, Commercially made lemonade has 99 calories, and most commercial fruit juices are about 80 calories per 8 ounces, which Is roughly the same amount of calories as a regular cola. When you want to drink something sweet, dilute 100% fruit juice with equal parts water or you can drink water with a zero calorie flavored water packet to help quench your summertime thirst.
Sweet Fruit Salad
I know what you are thinking how can fruit salad be bad. Well, I am about to tell you. Fruit may seem like a good choice…and most of the time It Is… but It’s not good for you when your salad Is filled with canned fruit soaked In syrup, loaded with whipped cream, and garnished with mini marshmallows, as It often Is at summer picnics. This Is an Incredibly heavy, high-calorie treat, and It’s about as devastating to your weight control, and your health, as you can get. Cut calories by using fresh fruit rather than canned, light whipped cream or substitute plain yogurt, which provides added protein. Replace the marshmallows with banana or melon slices to add more sweetness. Or If you don’t like banana slices just omit them.
Nothing sounds more delicious than the smell and taste of a beef patty being grilled. What’s not good for your waistline Is when that beef patty Is topped with processed cheese that Is loaded with saturated fat with calories and tons of sodium. You can always not add that cheese slice on top you can add extra tomatoes. To save calories you can replace the buns with lettuce.
I know I love me some fruity alcoholic drinks during the summertime. I also know those drinks contains TONS of SUGAR and CALORIES. Did you know that On average, a piña colada or Long Island Iced tea can clock In at 600 to 800 calories? I’m sure you heard the saying I’m going to drink my dinner tonight? That Is exactly what you’re doing. When you drink you don’t care what you’re eating and you tend to overeat. So add two, 600-calorie drinks to your happy hour chips and guacamole and you’re close to 2,000 calories while the night Is still young.
Beach food Is some of the best foods during the summer besides BBQ’s. When you’re laying on the beach for hours you start to get hungry and you might see small food stands. These food stands can be worst for you than going to an actual restaurant you’ll need to choose wisely to avoid the most fattening Items. Stay away from the pre-cooked, reheated, frozen, processed, and dried out fried foods that they offer. This Includes (sadly) pizza, nachos, cheese fries, and chicken fingers. Many of those small stands have grills, so ask If they can make grilled chicken, and add a salad with vinaigrette. Choosing these healthier options could save you over 200 calories and over 20 grams of saturated fat and help save your waistline or the best thing you can do Is pack your own food. You can make sandwiches and bring your own water bottles. So not only are you saving yourself calories you’re helping your waistline and the best part Is you are saving money.
Her Is the myth many people believe or they like to think that frozen yogurt Is healthy. Frozen yogurt has many people fooled into thinking it’s a healthy food. You may think that somehow yogurt Is yogurt, but you’d be wrong. Frozen yogurt typically has tons of added sugar and can even have more calories than your beloved Ice cream. While frozen yogurt contains some protein, It’s often over 400 calories per cup and can contain as much as 26 grams of fat. Furthermore, the probiotic benefit from natural yogurt with active cultures Is essentially missing. If you Indulge, have just a small scoop…same as you would with Ice cream.
Summertime Is the time of the season to have fun. That Is when most people Indulge. With summer vacations, BBQ’s, pool parties and everything else that comes with summer… Summer weight gain Is as real as Holiday weight gain. I’m not telling you not to Indulge In some of your favorite summertime treats all I’m saying Is It’s all about balance and not gaining all the weight that you took the time to lose. If you need help staying on track you can always reach out to me and I can help you find healthier alternatives to some of your favorite summertime treats.
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