Best Summer Diet Tips

  • It’s summertime, and you can expect to find yourself poolside, at the beach, or at a barbecue, where you’ll be tempted by a juicy hot dog or a luscious ice-cream sundae. But you don’t have to give in. Here are seven tips for eating healthfully during this tempting season:

    Try Spicy Foods

    They’re been shown to help people eat less during meals and throughout the day.. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can also increase your metabolic rate. Capsaicin, the spicy part of the pepper that makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire, has been shown to act as an appetite suppressant. Try adding red pepper flakes to as pasta and omelets.
  • Eat Grilled Fish At The Barbecue Not only is it a much leaner option than many other summer foods – like hamburgers, for example –it’s also great for your heart. A recent study found that women who eat five or more servings of fish per week have a 30 percent lower risk of heart failure than women who eat less than one serving per month.
  • Focus On Calcium-Rich Foods Research has shown that calcium in a woman’s diet can aid in helping to reduce body fat and to lose weight. Milk isn’t the only option – leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale are all high in calcium. Also, don’t shy away from low-fat milk or nonfat yogurt.
  • Eat More Often If you eat only large meals with many hours in between, you’re training your metabolism to slow down. Having a small meal every three hours will keep your metabolism at an optimal rate, so you burn more calories over the course of the day. Also, if you snack regularly, you are more likely to eat less at mealtime. Some healthy snack options are nuts, berries, apples with peanut butter, and popcorn without butter.
  • Go Big On Protein When your body digests protein, it burns many more calories than it does digesting fats or carbohydrates. Eating lean protein at each meal – particularly breakfast – will help keep away hunger pangs for longer so that you don't arrive at the next meal feeling ravenous. Some healthy protein options are turkey, lean beef, fish, tofu, beans, and eggs.
  • Drink Lots Of Water Obvious, right? But it’s more important than you think. During summertime, you need water more than usual because of the heat, which can easily cause dehydration. In addition to its hydrating effects, water also fills you up between meals. Studies have shown that people who drink water before meals eat fewer calories. Why? Because your body has a hard time differentiating hunger from thirst, so if you don’t drink enough water, you may feel like you’re hungry when you’re really just dehydrated. And that can lead to ingesting more calories.
  • Enjoy Low-Calorie Frozen Treats When it’s hot outside, there are few things that sound more appealing than ice cream. But there are several frozen options that are much healthier, such as low-fat frozen yogurt. Another tasty option is to freeze orange juice in an ice tray, and eat the cubes as popsicles. Frozen grapes and berries can also serve as refreshing summer pick-me-ups.