5 Slimming Summer Secrets

Whenever I read about weight and seasons, the focus is always on WINTER.  I get it.  Since we are staying inside, we move less.  We also need to stay warm so we wear lots of layers (I grew up in Connecticut – I know how to layer!) and we go outside as little as possible.

It makes sense to worry about that “winter weight,” the few pounds we get from hibernating indoors.

But what about summer??

I recently read an article and I swear, it blew my mind.  There is a summer weight gain issue too, but it’s from the opposite side of things.

Since it’s warm and nice out, we go to parties where we have too many cocktails.  Or, we hit up a friend’s house for a bar-b-que, and maybe we have too much food. (I live in Texas now, this has definitely happened to me!) Or, since it’s wedding and graduation season, we go to ceremonies and have cake, ice cream, and all those fattening foods associated with celebrations.

Here are 5 tips for NOT allowing stray pounds to creep up as you celebrate and enjoy the beautiful weather!So, how do we stay slim?  

1.  Ditch the sugar sauce.  What is sugar sauce, you ask? Barbecue sauce!  Many brands have more tablespoons of sugar than a slice of cake!!  I know I’m not speaking for only myself when I say that I’d rather have my treat in cake form as opposed to barbecue sauce form.

2.  Cut off the fat.  If you’re grilling up some steaks, remember to cut off the nasty fatty bits before you cook it.  Removing just a few bits of fat (which tastes yucky anyway) can save you between 5 and 10 grams of fat – per serving.  Wow!!

3.  Throw veggies on the grill!  Most people just grill meats, but why not use some aluminum foil to make a packet of onions and peppers, too?  Grill those up, layer over your steak, and you wont even need to find a low sugar barbecue sauce.

4. Turn up the heat!  Summer is full of amazing spicy peppers and other veggies.  Add some real pepper or even some red pepper flakes and you’ll make your metabolism kick itself into high gear!

5. Enjoy the sun!  Try to take a 20-30 minute walk after you digest your meal.  Remember your sunscreen, too!  By taking a short walk after you eat, you’re already starting to burn the fuel you just consumed.  Throw a ball to your child (or pet), take a walk to your neighbor’s house, or plant a flower.  Do a physical activity you enjoy, and it wont even feel like a workout!

What do you do during the Summer months to slim down and keep looking your best?

Leave comments below!

-Catherine

 

  • Malihaakram

    I eat fruits,vegetables basically cabbage soup diet plan without the soup when I am not following any particular diet plan and of course gym and I love seeing the results in weeks!

  • KittyKat

    I love BBQ veggies – my favourites are tomatoes, mushrooms and onion.
    What’s also yummy is grilled fruit kebabs with just a tiny drizzle of honey!

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      Ooh, good idea!!

  • Nadarahmah

    I love having juice, without sugar..add pure honey for some taste..
    Eat any kind of vegetable.. soup,dry fry..use fry with olive oil,or even just boil it and eat it with black pepper n slightly salt… eat chicken or meat once in a week for body iron.. drink milk without sugar everymilk.. slowly but sure u will hv fantastic ideal weight..

  • noor

    thanks for this comments because it is very important and i would to add another comments that must be drinking about 12 cup of water on the day

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      You’re so right. How did I miss that – I’m in Texas! LOL. Thanks.

  • Bentavin

    I try walking up an down say about 10minutes per walk up and down, but nothing seem to me that I have lost weight. infact I gained weight.
    Thanks
    Ben

  • Bentavin

    I try walking up an down say about 10minutes per walk up and down, but nothing seem to me that I have lost weight. infact I gained weight.
    Thanks
    Ben

  • Tash

    I have soup every day for the past two weeks after my 7 day cabbage soup ended. I look slimmer but the scales says that i have only lost 3 pounds. I customize my soup to make it interesting and enjoyable. although I have not lost much pounds i look great and feel comfortable with myself.

  • Sandate_anna

    I minimized my calorie intake to 1,200 a day and drink only water and take a run everyday for 30 min and I lost 5 lbs in one week. I also stopped sodas and juices and sweets, fast foods and I luv the results

  • Jasapope4

    I’ve made bbq sauce with splenda brown sugar instead of regular sugar, and its fantastic!! I use it on whole wheat pizza dough for bbq chicken pizza, on the grill, for baked chicken strips. It’s really great!

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      That sounds good!

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      That sounds good!

  • Monami_afs

    hey catherine my weight is 55kg n my height is 5`2 is it ok ??? or i need to loose sm

  • Monami_afs

    hey catherine my weight is 55kg n my height is 5`2 is it ok ??? or i need to loose sm

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      Medical questions about healthy weight are prob best for your doctor :)

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      Medical questions about healthy weight are prob best for your doctor :)

  • Bridgette

    Hi I was wondering if it would be ok to use purple cabbage for the soup to change it up a little bit? As for burning calories in the summer I like walking in the sand (only problem is u have to be at the beach but at least it helps on vacation!)

    Thanks!

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      Yes, use whichever you like!

    • http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com Catherine Soup

      Yes, use whichever you like!

  • Bridgette

    Hi I was wondering if it would be ok to use purple cabbage for the soup to change it up a little bit? As for burning calories in the summer I like walking in the sand (only problem is u have to be at the beach but at least it helps on vacation!)

    Thanks!

  • Lalies01

    Water, water, water!!! I used to drink 100 oz. per day now I’m up to 150 and thirsty for more. I’ve cut my caffeine to one tea in the morning (no sugar or cream). I’ve limited alcohol to weekends only and have amped up my work outs with Zumba and Boot Camp. Lots of sweating going on over here!!

  • Pjorbs68

    Portion , Portion Portion and water , water, water…keep water with you at all times; you will drink more..thus lose more! Went on CSD for one week…faithfully…then just prepared one meat and one veggie meals…watch the portion size..have had no bread…hubby and I are now on our 9th week and aboth feel so much better..he has lost over 30 lbs and I have lost a little over 20 lbs. So nice to get into clothes that I haven’t worn in a couple of years. Thanks for the help to get me started.

  • Gracianbetanzos

    your tip about sugary sauces is a good reminder that the sugar content in foods is not always made evident

  • brezee101

    im just begining the diet it seems sort of interesting i know people who have done this diet and came out with great results my friends like sweets and have quite a sweet toth they try and incourage me to eat with an un healthy diet. My mother who is now did this diet lost about 9 or 10 pounds she did it a couple times and now has lost 20 -30 pounds she is healthy loves to be outside and i am proud now it is my turn t odo hthe diet

  • Connie Davis

    Mall walking. Eat cold gazpacho and warm cauliflower soup or use the cauliflower soup as a white sauce. It’s delicious! I just use milk in my cauliflower soup, no cream.