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As Summer waxes full, graduation parties, weekend getaways, and longer vacations fill the calendar. With summer produce overflowing the bins at the farmers market, plenty of healthy choices abound. However, summer cocktails, state fair snacks, and standard American picnic fare are anything but helpful if you’re trying to maintain weight or slim down. What can you do?


Whether going to a party, a baseball game, the county fair, have a plan. Make sure to have a healthy snack or small meal beforehand so you won’t be tempted to eat all the junk food. Limit yourself to one serving of your favorite treat (mmm, Cracker Jacks!) so you don’t feel deprived, but you don’t over-indulge. Enlist a buddy to help you stay accountable.


Drink plenty of water. (See this post for more details.)


Limit alcohol use. Alcohol is high in calories compared to volume. Use these calculators from the National Institutes of Health to learn more about calories and proper drink sizes.


Avoid tobacco products. Seek expert help to quit.


Get a good night’s sleep. Again, seeking a buddy for accountability can help you set an earlier bedtime. You can be your own accountability partner by setting a reminder on your calendar app on your smartphone or computer.


Besides incorporating more movement, add weight training to your exercise. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and muscle tissue is more compact than fat tissue, contributing to a sleek profile. Try a beginner workout to get started.


Staying on top of your health and wellness during summer will help you enjoy this season to the fullest. Keeping up healthy habits now will ease the transition into (no, don’t say it!) busy autumn.

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