This is it – you ready?
The second half of 2023 just landed.
Summer firmly underway and holiday season upon us.
Whether you’re planning or trip abroad, staycationing or simply staying at home.
Regardless of WHERE you are this Summer, I’ve got 11 simple ways to help you still enjoy your holibobs but without sacrificing your waistline, health and happiness.
They’re super simple and something EVERYBODY can do.
1️⃣ Limit alcohol during the day.
This will make a major difference not only to your calories consumed but also energy levels and munchies the next day.
If you want a drink – have one.
But drinking the whole bar all day and all night just cause your on holiday is never going to end well for your waistline, health, mood, ‘the fear’, lol or pocket.
2️⃣ Opt for lower cal drinks.
Making simple swaps by opting for lower calorie drinks is a massive game changer.
Think low cal mixers, lighter beers, smaller glasses of wine or prosecco.
My fave is vodka, soda and fresh lime.
It’s great getting in that holiday mood and relaxing but there’s cheeky ways to do it, without piling on the pounds.
3️⃣ Eat breakfast, lunch & dinner and go easy on the snacks.
Giving yourself the ‘green light’ to eat/drink everything in sight on holiday always leads to bloated, tiredness and feeling like sh*t.
Keeping some sort of routine with meal times and putting a ‘cap’ on your snacks will make it easier to keep yourself and calories in control.
You don’t need to ‘diet’ or be restrictive, just mindful.
4️⃣ Keep Active.
Swimming in the pool/sea, building sandcastles and messing around with your kids all burns alot of calories, not to mention fun.
5️⃣ Get your steps in.
Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise, not only to burn calories but also for boosting your mental health.
It’s also awesome when you’re away to have a nosey around and see new things.
6️⃣ Load up on protein at every meal where possible.
Helps curb cravings, keeps you full and feeds your muscles.
Put protein on your plate first, veg/salad then carbs.
7️⃣ When eating out, try limit anything creamy, battered, buttery, smothered, thick, glazed or deep fried.
Grilled, poached, steamed, baked, light, fresh and roasted always tend to be lower calorie options and leave you feeling full and satisfied instead of stuffed and bloated.
You could also skip the bread basket, ask for sauces on the side and go for salad or boiled/baked potato instead of chips.
BOOM – instant and significant calorie saver.
8️⃣ For all the dessert lovers.
Sharing is caring and another instant calorie saver involving zero effort.
9️⃣ Drink a sh*t load of water.
Helps curb cravings, burns fat faster, gives you more energy to help you keep active plus so much more – aim for a minimum of 2litres daily.
At home or away, this should always be a non-negotiable.
I’m personally not a fan of plain water but no added sugar Vimto makes it go down 100 times easier.
🔟 Avoid/limit hot chocolates, lattes, slush puppies, etc.
I’d rather EAT my calories….or save them for alcohol, lol.
If you’re the same then skipping/limiting these will help massively with damage limitation.
1️⃣1️⃣ Get yourself booked in : )
Ok so this is a bonus one but if you’re a woman in Aberdeen and need a little help with the keeping active, support and motivation part.
Booking for my award winning, women only fitness classes opened last week.
If you like the sound of burning fat and getting fit, whilst having fun, without having to join a gym or needing a membership.
The key to looking and feeling good on holiday or even at home isn’t complicated, it just takes a little bit of mindfulness and effort.
Don’t get me wrong – you can go all out and shout YOLO, it’s entirely up to you.
If you’re fed up of going on holiday and coming home feeling bloated, tired and even more self conscious than before you left – thinking ‘what have I done?’.
Try giving some of these tips a go.
If you found them helpful, please pass them onto any friends/family who may enjoy them too.
Lee ‘helping you keep in shape this Summer’ Donald x
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