Alright, so we’re all in our stretch pants because we ate our weight in burgers and potato salad yesterday. So what now? The 4th of July is over, but the parties and barbeques are far from finished. Here are some of our best tips for keeping your summer figure, with the help of Weight Watchers and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Grilling can be very healthy, but the trick is to watch what kind of sauces and toppings you use. For beef, try and stick to the leaner cuts, they have less fat and fewer calories. Also, you may want to skip on the cheese or get low-fat, and make the switch to a whole wheat bun to lighten up the summer classic. Adding lettuce and tomato or ketchup is another great way to bulk up your burger without bulking up yourself.
For chicken, skinless is always better, and make sure to check out the calories on the barbeque sauce bottle before slathering it on. Fish is also a good way to go, and tilapia, shrimp and scallops are summer favorites that are low on calories and good for you.
When it comes to dessert, summer is actually the easiest time to be healthy. Fruits are freshest during this season, and a great way to achieve the after dinner sweet without inhaling chocolate cake.
If you are in need of some damage control, there are plenty of fun summer activities that will help shrink your waistline. Walking and biking are great ways to work out year-round, but in the summer doing them on the beach boardwalk or in a local park can be both beneficial and enjoyable. There are also many fundraising walks during the summer, which provide you with a chance to work out while supporting a good cause.
Swimming is a great workout from your entire body, and a surefire way to cool off on a hot day. For the more athletically inclined, beach volleyball, tennis and softball are summer favorites and they can easily be played with friends. The outdoor rugged types can try canoeing or kayaking for an upper-body workout and hiking to burn calories while admiring the great outdoors.
Always consult with your doctor before starting any physical activity, and make sure to stay hydrated and cool. For more information about looking good and staying healthy, visit www.weightwatchers.com or www.acefitness.org.