Things are starting to heat up! We are starting to look forward to longer and lazier days. Even though the warm summer months are some relief from the cold and chilly days, they may also bring a lot of potential health problems like dehydration, poor diet, heatstroke, bacterial infections, and more. Therefore you must make sure you are consuming the right food and drink and exercising to stay on top of your health.
The good news is a lot of food and drink brands are now taking on board a healthier lifestyle by producing calorie and sugar efficient products, but this doesn’t make it that much easier, unfortunately. Restore and replenish your skin and physical health as we suggest some amazing healthy diet tips to survive the upcoming sweltering summer weather this year.
For a lot of people, drinking is a huge part of Summer. When we meet up with pals for catchup or want to unwind from the outside world with a nice cold beverage, particularly if you are a boy, drinking beer is a common culprit when it comes to packing on weight, and it can be hard to avoid drinking when in a social setting.
Luckily, more beer suppliers are bringing out a ‘lighter’ range like Tennent’s, which is made from 100 per cent Scottish grown cereals and fresh highland water, making it taste just as good as the original with 37.5% fewer calories—Coming to a total of 60 calories per bottle! You can still socialise and enjoy yourself with half the battle and won’t feel bloated the next day.
Drink Plenty Water
If we’re talking about alcohol, it’s only right we mention drinking water. During the hot summer months, there is no more important time to consume as much water as you can than now, especially if you consume a lot of alcohol. You will do your health a lot of favours and save yourself from dehydration, meaning you can get the most out of your day.
Aside from that, many studies have found that drinking water can increase weight loss and may also increase the number of calories you burn each day. Particularly during the summer months, you should always try to drink water instead of other beverages as it may drastically reduce the amount of sugar and calorie intake. So next time you go out for a meal with friends or family, why not opt for just water instead?
Eat lots of Fruit and Veg
I’m sure you’re bored of hearing this your whole life, but it is that important! It is recommended that you eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. Whether fresh, frozen, canned, dried, or juiced. It all works – it’s easier than it sounds! Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal? Or swap your morning snap for a nice piece of fruit?
It is worth noting that although fruit and veg juices/smoothies are great, you don’t want to over consume them. These drinks are naturally sugary and can damage your teeth and lead to a sore stomach.
Getting your five a day is the best way to get the most out of your Summer, filling you with all the energy you need to take on each day as it comes.
Try Greek Yoghurts
Greek yoghurt is thicker and creamier than regular yoghurt, and it is strained to remove excess whey, which is the watery part of milk. This results in a final product that is higher in fat and contains around double the amount of protein than regular yoghurt. If you find yourself constantly hungry or wanting to keep eating, Greek yoghurt is a great method to try and help you feel full for longer due to the amount of protein. Not only that but it’s highly refreshing for the Summer weather!
Plus, as Greek yoghurt has been strained, it contains much fewer carbs and lactose than regular, which means that it still works for those on a low-carb diet or lactose intolerant. Replace some of your daily snacks or regular yoghurts with Greek yoghurt and get yourself a hearty dose of protein and nutrients. Be sure to get plain flavours as flavoured may be packed with sugars. You can also add protein to your meals with protein powders. If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, take a look at pea vs. whey protein and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Completely overhauling your current diet is a recipe for disaster, so it’s important that whether you decide to incorporate, you do so in increments to ensure a healthier diet over time. And of course, remember to stay active and keep yourself busy to get the proper use out of your diet. Doing so will see a gradual change in your day-to-day habits and, overall, will help you make the most of your Summer and make it one to remember!