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. There’s just so much about summer that makes it easier to eat fresh fruit and veggies and lots of yummy salads. If you’re looking forward to your beach vacation and want to make sure your body is bathing-suit ready, don’t worry. Here are dietitian’s picks for some of the best foods to help with weight loss during the summer.
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- Strawberries: A cup of halved strawberries offers 3 grams of fiber and about 50 calories. You’ll also get more than a full day’s recommended dose of vitamin C an antioxidant that helps keep your skin looking younger.
- Mango: They may be difficult to peel but they are ever so tasty when included in salsas, tossed into salads or served up lightly grilled with goat cheese and lambs lettuce. Fortunately, this wonderfully treat has been proven to lower our blood sugar in obese adults, because of their fiber content and naturally occurring compounds. With a balanced blood sugar our bodies are able to burn fat more easily and regulate our hormones better.
- A diet rich in blueberries may alter how our bodies store and process sugar for energy and, at the same time, reduce belly fat (excluding those blueberry muffins you wolf down every day for breakfast). Include in your summer weight-loss regime and use these blue beauties as a healthy snack between meals.
- Chilled Soups: Moores loves all kind of produce but says cold soups are among her favorite low-calorie dishes. Chilled soups like gazpacho or cucumber-dill that contain lots of chunky vegetables are a great way to start a meal.
- Cilantro has numerous health benefits and is packed with nutrients such as fiber, iron, thiamine, zinc, folate, phosphorous, folate, vitamin K, and more. Cilantro may increase the production of digestive acids, which can help stimulate the gut to move waste out. A healthy digestive tract is key for weight loss.
- Cherries: In addition to having a high water and fiber content, cherries also have anti-inflammatory effects that help with weight loss, says London. “As an added bonus, these are high in antioxidants and are linked to improved sleep, which should also help regulate your weight.
- Canned Tuna in Water: Canned tuna is loaded with protein and makes for a great summer lunch or snack. Nutrition expert Lisa De Fazio suggests forgoing mayo and instead mixing tuna with Greek yogurt and your favorite low-fat fixings. Serve it with rice cakes or whole grain crackers on a picnic or at the beach.
- Watermelon: If you’re looking for a slimming snack, watermelon can’t be beat. You’d have to eat six cups of the stuff to get the calories in just half a cup of Haagen-Daz vanilla ice cream! And watermelon’s no slouch in the beauty-boosting department, either. According to Tufts University researchers, it’s loaded with lycopene a plant compound that acts like an internal sunblock, upping your protection against damaging UV rays by as much as 46 percent, helping to prevent collagen damage and skin sagging.
- Cabbage is rich in minerals and water; eating the stuff regularly helps your body to release excess fluid, which in turn reduces water retention and weight. Prepare cabbage slaw for your BBQ party by all means, but leave out the diet-busting mayo. Opt for a cabbage and hemp salad instead. Tasty with burgers and other barbequed meat.
- Green Beans: One cup of cooked green beans has 44 calories and boasts 4 grams of fiber. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient that research suggests is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones.
- Tomatoes: Best in the late summer months, tomatoes contain a lot of water, which helps stave off dehydration-related hunger. These are also super-high in potassium, which is great for balancing a diet higher in sodium. This is especially key since potassium can help you beat bloat.
I hope you will like and eat these yummy foods. Do you change your eating habits in the summer? To lose weight or to just enjoy summer produce?