If you’re a foodie, spring is the perfect weather to have cookouts and be food adventurous! With new activities to manage during spring, we have to remember how important our health is in order to prevent weight gain. Here are some tips on how to avoid weight gain while still enjoying your spring activities.
- Go Outside
Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather by doing outdoor activities. Go out for a jog, bike ride, hike with friends or even a walk around your neighborhood. Doing all these activities can boost your heart rate and can help burn extra calories and boost your mood.
- Stay away from soda
If you’re already eating out and going on food trips, it’s best to just drink water. Not only is water good for you, it keeps the unwanted calories away. A can of Coke is packed with sugars and artificial sweeteners and so one drink can add up to 300 calories!
- Add more veggies
Fill up your plates with vegetables as they are full of antioxidants and fiber. It will help keep you full and will help you avoid overeating. Swapping up sides such as mashed potatoes or rice with vegetables can easily reduce your calorie intake
- Limit eating out to once a week
Spring is the best time to enjoy an outdoor restaurant so it might be tempting to go out all the time, but its best to limit to going out once a week. Spend your weekday cooking a healthy meal and then allow yourself to enjoy a night out!
- Be Active
Being active is important especially if you have a sedentary job or lifestyle. You don’t need a gym membership to be active, in fact taking a walk during your lunch break, taking your dog for a long walk, and even doing some quick exercise videos at home can count as being active.
- Go to sleep early
Studies show that adults and adolescents who sleep late are proven to gain weight over time. Lack in adequate sleep can result in overeating as well as the body releasing stress hormones so it is important to make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night.
- Avoid eating late
Sleeping late causes weight gain but so does eating late. Eating late will most likely lead to poor food choices as there aren’t as many healthy options late at night. Anything after dinner is considered extra calories for the day which results in overeating. If you are hungry and need a snack its best to stay away from processed foods, so instead of eating chips, try replacing that with an apple and some almond butter.