Published on May 23, 2013, by in Tips for Losing Weight.

Forget your New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight: Why Summer is the BEST Time to Lose Weight

Summer will be here soon so take advantage of summer to jump start your health(ier) lifestyle and lose weight too. Get started today and you can still lose a few pounds before the pools open and you have to shop for a swimsuit.

Follow these tips for the summer and you’ll develop better habits that will carry over to fall and beyond so you can continue to lose weight until you meet your goal weight. There’s even better news too – you’ll know how to keep that weight off the rest of your life.

Summer brings longer days meaning most of us have more energy. The weather is nicer where most of us live, with warmer days and less precipitation.
As an added bonus, most kids are out of school so there’s less of the homework and bedtime routines giving us more time for ourselves.

8 Summer Tips for Losing Weight

  1. Fry less, grill more – You don’t need to cook in oil and the food won’t sit in the fat and absorb it. Seasoning rubs add delicious flavor. Use a light spray of olive oil or Pam when needed for moisture.
  2. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies – Make salads the main dish for several meals a week and add raw veggies and fruit as side dishes almost every meal. Fresh or frozen fruit makes a refreshing summertime substitute for heavy desserts. These lighter meals and snacks will result in a lighter you.
  3. Shop the Farmer’s Market – Walk around the whole market before deciding what to purchase. You’ll get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, get the freshest produce and the most variety. Many organic choices are lower price than stores and you support your local growers and economy. What’s not to love?
  4. TV shows are usually reruns – So turn it off, get off the couch, and get active!
  5. Discover new outdoor sports and activities –
    • Tennis
    • Team Sports – baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse
    • Golf
    • Swimming – usually indoor pools are available if you get hooked and want to continue in fall and winter
    • Frisbee
    • Biking
    • Roller blading
    • Skateboarding
    • Croquet, badminton, horseshoes, and other yard games
    • Hiking – explore your local hidden treasures
    • Kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, row boating, paddleboarding, and other watersports
    • Gardening, mowing, other yard work
  6. Make water your drink of choice – Drink more water and replace most of your summer drinks with a glass of water. Water helps with digestion, weight loss, and hydration.
  7. Get a little sideline workout at the kids’ sports –
    • During games, walk back and forth the length of the field (behind other spectators) or do calf raises.
    • During practices, walk around the field or park. Or volunteer to help and get out there and get active with the kids.
    • Practice with your children at home.
    • Walk or bike to games and practices.
  8. What errands can you walk or bike instead of drive? Combine errands with exercise! Your errand will probably take longer, but you may actually save some time when your errand and exercise are getting done at the same time.