A Summer Healthy Lifestyle

BlogPicPeople think just because it’s summer and the livin’ is easy, we don’t have to worry what we’re eating.  Wrong!  Many who take a summer vacation from work also take a vacation from eating healthy and end up much heavier at the end of summer.

During the warmer weather, everyone enjoys ice and frozen desserts.  Americans enjoy about 25 pounds of ice cream and other frozen treats  per person a year, according to a HighBeam Business report.  In USDA analyses, a cup of premium ice cream usually has more than 500 calories and is made up of added sugar and saturated fat.  A cup of soft serve yogurt has only about 230 calories.

Limit how many frozen treats you consume, no more than a couple times a week and keep the servings in check.  Try to choose regular and no premium options and vanilla is lower in calories than other flavors with mix-ins.  “Whipped” or “slow-churned” frozen desserts have fewer calories per serving that other non-whipped counterparts.  100 % fruit pops, lighter ice cream sandwiches and fudge bars are lower in calories and portion controlled, which many have 100-150 calories per serving.

During the summer you should always keep your body well hydrated and calorie-free water should be your first choice.

Avoid reaching for sodas, slurpees, smoothies, or strawberry daiquiris or you might feel your waistband expand.  Liquid calories raise your brain’s hunger and satiety regulators which make it harder to control your calorie intake.  Alcoholic drinks are even worse because they contain a lot of calories and alcohol actually stimulates appetite while it decreases inhibitions and activates the food reward areas within the brain.  Limit your liquid calories to no more than 150 a day and if it’s an alcoholic drink a lower calorie option.

 

Of course, when it is hot out people tend to crank their ACs.  By doing so, you might be turning your metabolism down and turning your appetite up.  According to researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University report in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition they found that air conditional may play a role towards the obesity epidemic.  The researchers suggest that as more homes continue to use air conditioning the obesity rates also sky rocketed.  They also found that when the body is exposed to heat and humidity, the persons appetite decrease and they will tend to eat less.  Also, at the same time if your sweating, your metabolism will work extra hard to help cool your body temperature.

During the summer sweating is a very good thing, and make sure you stay hydrated!

This is in reference to Don’t Let Summer Sabotage Your Diet