We’re smack in the middle of summer, which can be a very motivating time of year when it comes to weight loss and getting in shape. As a nutrition mindset coach, I get a lot of inquiries all summer long. Whether it’s the onslaught of potential bikini and swimsuit moments, summer parties, weddings or all the outdoor activities coming into play, I advocate taking the time to get healthier, no matter what time of year.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your summer meals.
Tempting as it is to do some work, scroll social media or stream your favorite show while you’re eating, don’t do it! The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition performed studies that found that multitasking leaves people less satisfied and more likely to overeat. Step away from the computer, put down that tablet and eat mindfully. Savor each bite and enjoy whatever company you have, even if it’s just your own.
One of the most efficient ways to hit your weight loss goals is to carefully think about what you’re going to eat for the week and plan your meals. Once you have a concrete plan, write it down and build your shopping list around it. Chances are you will follow through with execution.
When it’s hot, those frozen daiquiris and margaritas can be oh-so-tempting. Refreshing as they are, they are loaded with sugar and calories. Instead, increase your water intake, and if you can’t resist an alcoholic drink, try something lower in calories such as a white wine seltzer or vodka or tequila with soda water.
Feel the heat—or consume it! We’re talking about adding spice into your meals to add flavor and a metabolic boost. Much research shows that spices rev our metabolism, especially “hot” spices such as cayenne and chili peppers. Chili peppers contain Capsaicin, a compound that makes them “hot” and boosts metabolism. Studies also indicate that spicier foods can trigger feelings of fullness faster than blander foods.
Looking for more weight loss tips? Discover more and an entirely new outlook by working with a nutrition mindset coach like me.