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3 Simple Tips to Slim Down for Summer

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Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.

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Summer is just around the corner. Warm weather means cute little dresses, shorts, and tank tops. It might also inspire beach day plans; lounging in the sand and frolicking around in a swimsuit.

While it's exciting to greet the warmer months, it can also be cause for stress, particularly if you are not feeling comfortable or confident in your body. The good news is you can make a change for the better by incorporating the following simple tips. Simple doesn't mean easy, though. It will take conscious effort, dedication, and consistency to see results.

Tips To Lose Weight:

  1. Don't drink your calories.
  2. Pay attention to portion sizes.
  3. Be more active.

1. Stop Drinking Your Calories

In order to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. Basically, you need to burn more calories than you're consuming. Drinking beverages that have a lot of calories can hold back your progress. Soda is a big culprit. One can of regular soda is usually around 150 calories. Most people who enjoy soda drink more than one can a day. Those calories can quickly add up to being the equivalent of a snack or an entire meal. If you want to drink soda, consider switching to diet. You might also consider sparkling water. This switch alone can easily help you drop weight.

Another sneaky culprit is adding extras to your morning coffee. Check the labels on your creamers and milk. Black coffee is always a great choice, but if you can't drink your coffee that way, consider lower calorie options for your additives.

Fruit juices are delicious, but again, have a lot of calories. Why not just enjoy a piece of fruit instead? You get all the benefits of the fruit without the extra sugar.

If you enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages, you might reconsider or look for a swap. Alcohol can have a lot of calories and lowers your inhibitions, so you might find yourself reaching for extra snacks when you are not actually hungry.

Finally, let's talk water. We all know we should drink water, but sometimes plain water just isn't what we want. If you struggle with drinking water, try adding fruit or use a flavoring like MIO. The orange tangerine MIO is my favorite! To help me drink more water throughout the day, I also carry a cup with me wherever I go.

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2. Pay Attention To Portion Size

This is life-changing! I personally found success with my weight-loss journey, losing 25 pounds, when I started not only paying attention to what I was eating, but more importantly, how much I was eating. If you're serious about wanting to lose weight, I highly recommend tracking your caloric intake. You can write it all down, paper and pencil, or use an app, like MyFitnessPal. Using the free version of MyFitnessPal helped me reach my fitness goal, and is currently helping me reach my next one.

If you don't want to track your calories, at least start reading food labels and pay attention to portion size. It's smaller than you think for many popular foods. Doing this can help you start making better food choices. When you realize that 13 Funyuns is a serving size and know that it will take three or four servings to satisfy your stomach at snack time, you will seriously reconsider what you're having for a snack. Instead, you might choose to enjoy a bowl of popcorn or a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Cashew bar. Little swaps like these go a long way in helping you reach your weight-loss goal.

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3. Be More Active

Now, let's talk about exercise and staying active throughout the day. When it comes to working out, find a program or activity you enjoy. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and you're more likely to stick with a fitness program if you actually like what you're doing. If you need more structure and want a guide, joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer are great options. Personally, I've found success by simply working out at home. There are a variety of programs available online through streaming or you could look into purchasing a treadmill, bike, or elliptical machine for your house. You can also find free workouts to try on YouTube and Vimeo. It's easier than ever to get a quality workout.

Remember, consistency is key. How many days you workout in a week will depend on your overall goal, your fitness level, and your schedule. Five to six days a week is great, but if you're a beginner, you'll want to work up to being able to do that. If you're starting from not working out at all, two or three days a week might be more doable. Once you get a routine down that works best for you, try adding in another day and see how it goes. Slowly work your way up to exercising five or six days a week. It's tempting to jump in with both feet, pushing yourself to your limit from the get-go. That, however, is a surefire way of burning yourself out and increasing your risk of injury. Weight-loss takes time. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Moreover, fitness and overall health are life-long pursuits. Yes, the goal here may be to lose a certain amount of weight for summer, but in the process, these tips will hopefully help you develop more healthy habits that stick long after you reach your goal.

With that, it's also important to find ways to be more active throughout the day. This could mean:

  • parking further out from the entrance of the store
  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • walking or biking to a destination instead of driving
  • taking a walk on your lunch break
  • taking a walk after dinner

Every little bit adds up and little changes in your day can make a big difference.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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