1/ Eat fruits, don’t drink them
Eating a fruit or drinking a fruit juice is not about the same…
For example: to prepare a glass of orange juice, you must squeeze the equivalent of 3 to 4 oranges: much more sugar calories than if just eat one orange… and with the juice, you lose precious fibers and part of vitamins and minerals. The same for smoothies: they not only contain several fruits but also very often milk + bananas. Too much calories! There are so many delicious seasonal fruits in Summer, just eat them!
2/ Barbecue and plancha are your best friends
In a festive and friendly atmosphere, they both allow cooking meats, fish, and even vegetables without adding fat.
Be careful, though: if the cooking is fat-free, the cooked food can be fat if you do not make the right choices. Yes to steaks or chicken fillet but be careful with sausages or pork ribs… And no need to say: no sauces, dips or ketchup… Mixed herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage) or mustard id OK.
3/ Avoid beach sweeties
Here in France, we have all kinds of sidewalk vendor walking on the beach selling delicious donuts, churros, pralines, etc. My solution not to be tempted: I bring summer fruits (apricots, nectarines, diced melon or watermelon) in my beach bag. Bonus: these summer fruits are full of vitamin A and will accentuate the tan of your skin!
4/ Trade your ice cream for a delicious sorbet
Ice cream is made with cream: just leave this very sugary and fatty food… When it’s getting hot, go for the pleasure of a sorbet: just fruit + water + a little of sugar :)
5/ Soft drinks? Why not, but sugar-free!
I’m not found with sodas (you never know what are all this stuff inside…I prefer sparkling water) but if you feel like a good old Coke why not going for a sugar-free one. Just as a reminder: soft drinks provide about 7 pieces of sugar for 33 cl (a can) or 140 calories.
6/An aperitif, yes, but under control!
Summer: the perfect time to share cocktails with friends. Peanuts, sausage, chips, alcohol … the evil combo to start the evening… Does this mean suppress our dear summer drink?
Trade the sausages for beautiful shrimps (without the mayo!) or ham. Eliminate peanuts that you replace wisely by a few cherry tomatoes and green olives, make small cheese toast with fresh slices of cucumber or mini-skewers of tomato + mozzarella + ham + melon … in short, an aperitif is a very good time of summer nights, make it special!
7/Enjoy summer sports: swimming, beach volley, walking the waterfront, bike ride …
If you feel desperately attracted by recliners and hammocks, try to enjoy the Summer to move (a little) more.
8/ Drink a lot of water
Drinking water in Summer more often than the rest of the year is essential. Heat dehydrates our bodies: our needs are greater, also because it is often difficult to identify the thirst and it can be confused with hunger.
9/ Do not use too much of olive oil
What a better treat than a good olive oil with Provencal flavors to give a sunshine taste in our salads and vegetables? With its reputation for healthy food, associated with the Mediterranean diet, we often sprinkle our vegetables with all good conscience… Are we wrong?
Olive oil is certainly an excellent oil, rich in essential fatty acids, but it remains fat. Thus, a little tablespoon already contain a hundred calories! My tip: buy an oil spray, which will allow you to dose your seasoning, and choose a very flavored oil so you won’t need to sprinkle too much your dishes.
10/ Take your time! Eat slowly
Stress, busy schedules, everyday race against time are factors that favor fast (and junk) food and stocking more cellulite. Enjoy Summer truce, slow the pace and take your time.
And you, what are your best tips to prevent weight gain during Summer time?