July 2014 | Newsletter archives
Keep your summer shape
By Eva Cwynar
Many of us struggle with our weight and with staying in shape on a daily basis, perhaps never more so than during the precious summer months. It’s why we spend even more time at the gym, do the crunches, cut out carbohydrates, and sweat profusely in order to keep looking good in our swimwear.
We all put a lot of effort into getting into summer shape. Keeping it can be just as important. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep your shape this summer:
Avoid alcoholic beverages and beverages loaded with sugar. Instead of a drinking a soda, try some iced green tea sweetened with Xylitol (see sidebar). Better yet, stick to ice water.
This one is fairly easy. If you’re hungry, grab some fresh fruit or veggies, light cheeses, and nuts.
Sleep is what helps keep your brain charged and ready for the next day. It also can help keep any excess water weight away. The body can actually retain water as a defense mechanism. If you can get 8 hours of sleep each night, it will keep you alert and better able to maintain your slim summer shape.
Depriving yourself in a misguided attempt to keep your weight down can actually hurt. While the body will begin by consuming any excess fat in order to produce energy, it will eventually turn to muscle because it’s not getting the nutrition it needs. Eat. Just eat smart.
Stressing over whether you’re eating right, exercising enough and getting enough sleep won’t help you to maintain your summer shape. In fact, it might hurt.
Play Mind Games
Let yourself have fun. It’s summer after all, and spending the day at the beach or by the pool, playing tennis, going for a bike ride, or doing whatever you like to do will allow you to keep your summer shape long after summer fades into fall.