A Summer of Healthy Diet

kiwi-pops-lgGenerally when its summer everyone believes the “livin’ is easy” and we don’t have to worry about what we are consuming, if you thought that, then you’re wrong!  People who take a summer vacation from work and school tend to take one from healthy eating and end up adding pounds to their waistlines.

During the summer, how can anyone deny ice and frozen desserts.  In fact,  according to a High Beam Business report, Americans enjoy about 25 pounds of ice cream and other frozen treats per person a year!  In United States Department f Agriculture analyses, a cup of premium ice cream usually contains more than 500 calories and is made up of added sugar and saturated fat.  To start a summer of healthy eating try a cup of soft serve yogurt has about 230 calories.

Keep a limit of how many icy and frozen treats you eat; only a couple times a week.  Go for regular and no premium options and vanilla contains fewer calories than other mix-in flavors.  Also, whipped or slow-churned frozen treats have lower calories per serving than other non-whipped options.  Try 100% fruit pops, lighter ice cream sandwiches and fudge bars have fewer calories and are portion controlled, which many only have 100-150 calories per serving.

During a hot summer you should always keep your hydrated and calorie-free water should always be your first choice; it’s the best option for healthy eating.  Avoid those sodas, slurpees, smoothies, and strawberry daiquiris because liquid calories raise your brain’s hunger and satiety regulators which make it even harder to control your calorie intake.  Alcoholic beverages are the worse to drink during the summer because they are high in calories and alcohol stimulates appetite while it decreases inhibitions and activates the food areas in the brain.  Try to limit drinking liquid calories to no more than 150 a day and if it’s an alcoholic beverage drink a low calorie option.

Sure, we all enjoy air conditioning during the summer, but by cranking up your AC you might be turning your metabolism down and your appetite up.  In the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University report in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition researchers found that air conditioners might play a role towards the obesity epidemic.  When the body is exposed to heat and humidity, a persons appetite tend to decrease and they eat less.; this can actually help you work towards a healthy eating goal because you will eat smaller portions.  When you are sweating, your metabolism will actually work extra hard to help cool your body temperature.

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