Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean you should give up on fitting into that bikini you bought months ago. By now you should realize that starvation and fad diets won’t get you anywhere and will give you nothing but flabby butt cheeks.
The secret to weight loss is to choose healthy foods and take in fewer calories than you burn. And it’s just easier to make better food choices in summertime, when heavy, high-calorie dishes seem less appealing. The best foods for weight loss in summer are light, refreshing and, most important, keep you out of the hot kitchen.
The single easiest way to trim calories from your summer diet, experts say, is to load up on nature’s bounty. Produce is at its peak in summer. Delicious fruits and vegetables abound at farmers’ markets and in your local grocery. Besides being low in calories, produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
My advice I always give my nutrition clients is to enjoy fresh produce in season. Save the oranges and apples for the fall, and load up on fresh berries, melons, greens, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, pea pods, and all the super-nutritious and low-calorie fruits and vegetables that grow in the garden this time of year.
And as a bonus you can forget about portion control more often when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables. 10 cartons of blueberries does way less waistline damage than 10 servings of cake.
These are my picks for some of the best foods to help with weight loss during the summer.
1. Chilled Soups
I love all kinds of produce but cold soups are among my favorite low-calorie dishes. A chilled soup like cucumber-dill that contains lots of chunky vegetables is a great way to start a meal. Research also shows that a low-calorie broth based soup at the beginning of the meal will fill you so you eat less during the meal.
Who doesn’t love diving head first into a crisp, juice slice of watermelon and letting it’s juices drip down your chin when it’s hot outside? The majority of the watermelon is made up of water. It’s a great way to satisfy thirst and crave a sweet tooth.
3. Grilled Vegetables
For me, a plate of grilled vegetables is a summertime must-have. I recommend keeping a plate of grilled onions, corn, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, asparagus, and garlic in your fridge. This way you can easily put together meals such as:
-Grilled vegetable salads
-Grilled vegetable pitas
-Grilled vegetable herb pastas and tofu scrambles
Salads make for quick, healthy meals with no recipe needed. Just give the produce a quick rinse; slice, dice, toss fruits, vegetables, a handful of toasted nuts with some salad greens and a light raspberry or ginger vinaigrette, along with a whole-grain roll, and you have a meal in minutes. It’s as simple as that!
5. Fruit Based Desserts
The only thing in the summer that doesn’t take a vacation are your cravings. Don’t let your hot-weather sweet tooth wreck havoc on your weight loss efforts. My suggestion is to ditch high- calorie desserts and opt for these naturally sweet treats.
-Grilled banana sundaes with soy ice cream
-Grilled pineapple with rum and pecans
-Grilled peaches with honey and blackberries
-Green smoothies made into popsicle sticks