Spring is a time of revitalization and rejuvenation—why not take this opportunity to make over your diet? When you’re striving to get healthy for life and lose weight, it makes sense to exercise more and consume less calories. With swimsuit season on the horizon, this seems like the perfect time to get motivated to reduce the number on the scale and work on attaining better health through nutrition. Here are some excellent tips shared by nutrition clients of our weight counseling center.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Physicians recommend that we drink six to eight glasses of water per day; this is even more important when you’re striving to lose weight and especially during hotter weather.
Be a savvy snacker. Snack time is the perfect opportunity to tap into the delicious array of seasonal fruits and veggies available this time of year. Don’t restrict yourself to the basics, such as carrot and celery sticks. There are many options that will help you attain better health through nutrition and taste amazing—try fiber-rich berries, apples, bananas, pears, peaches, plums and grapes.
Up your salad ante. Obviously, salads are healthy for life. Again, here’s your chance to take advantage of the season—hit up your local farmers’ market for fresh green vegetables to add to salads and soups. Green vegetables are packed with antioxidants, specifically chlorophyll, which is excellent for boosting your immune system and aiding digestion.
Boycott the process. One tip that we recommend for all nutrition clients of our weight counseling center is to avoid refined and processed food as much as possible, especially those containing white sugar or white flour, as well as other high-glycemic foods that lead to spikes in blood sugar, and ultimately, weight gain.
Mix up your workouts. Research shows that the most effective way to boost weight loss through exercise is to employ a combination of workouts in your routine. For example, perhaps do yoga or Pilates classes one day, then cardio the next, and strength training the following. Or go for a hike one day, jog the next and try a Zumba class on another day. Switching up your workouts will stimulate change by confusing your muscles and lead to greater caloric burn.