11 Secrets to a Slimmer Summer

11 Secrets to a Slimmer Summer

The most popular weight loss tips from Sharecare’s 30 Secrets to a Slimmer Summer program.

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By Zoe Ferqueron

Cook outs, frozen treats, refreshing cocktails—it’s easy to gain weight over the summer. Fortunately, it can be just as easy to lose those added pounds with tricks from Sharecare’s summer slimdown plan. Our editors kicked off the month-long event with their 30 Secrets to a Slimmer Summer program, a roundup of the best tips to lose weight. We’ve collected the weight loss tips that resonated most with our readers, here. Read on to learn about tricks that’ll help jump-start your weight loss journey. 

#11 Shake up your workout routine this way

2 / 12 #11 Shake up your workout routine this way

#SCslimsummer Recap: Every day there’s a new “must try” workout fad, and it can be hard to keep up. We’ve gathered the best 6 exercise moves to steal from trendy workouts so you can vary your routine.

Top Tip: Try the bridge pose from barre class to work out your core, hips and chest: lie on your back with your knees bent. Push your hips up towards the ceiling and hold the pose for 30 seconds. This move will open your hip flexors and improve your spine’s flexibility while engaging your core.

#10 Slash calories, but keep food favorites

3 / 12 #10 Slash calories, but keep food favorites

#SCslimsummer Recap: Cut your calories and lose weight without giving up your favorite foods. These 10 tips can help you slash serving sizes where you can to reduce your caloric intake, promoting weight loss.

Top Tip: Slash your peanut butter serving from two to one tablespoons and save 95 calories. Note that not all fruit is low-cal, opt for a small orange instead of a banana to save 75 calories.

#9 Blend a better smoothie to boost weight loss

4 / 12 #9 Blend a better smoothie to boost weight loss

#SCslimsummer Recap: Some smoothie recipes can promote good bacteria in the gut, which can help with irregularity and bloating. Another bonus: Smoothies can help you shed pounds.

Top Tip: Try different smoothie add-ins like chia seeds to boost weight loss. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains 20 percent of your daily fiber, keeping you fuller longer. Fiber also aids in digestion by promoting regularity and may even help you lose weight.

#8 Keep your workout interesting

5 / 12 #8 Keep your workout interesting

#SCslimsummer Recap: Donovan Green, personal trainer to Dr. Oz, shares the exercise secrets that can help you optimize your time in the gym while scorching maximum calories.

Top Tip: Keep your heart rate up and your body guessing with interval training:

  • Walk for two minutes
  • Jog for 30 seconds
  • Repeat four times

As you improve, amp it up by increasing each time to 60 seconds, adding sprints and sit-ups to the sequence. Bonus: Interval workouts create an “afterburn,” so you continue to burn calories after your workout.

#7 Blend it up for a flat belly

6 / 12 #7 Blend it up for a flat belly

#SCslimsummer Recap: Buildup of bad bacteria in the gut may cause gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome and uncomfortable bloating. These smoothie recipes can aid in digestion while remaining low in calorie, minimizing bloat and encouraging a flat belly.

Top Tip: Try the berry blast smoothie! It’s packed full of fresh strawberries and avocado. This delicious smoothie clocks in at 289 calories and 17 grams of protein, making it a great meal or snack. It also boasts 14 grams of fiber, which is known to ease digestion and promote regularity.

#6 Treat yourself, wisely

7 / 12 #6 Treat yourself, wisely

#SCslimsummer Recap: There are a few reasons you might not be losing weight, even though you’re kicking butt in the gym. One common culprit: You’re sabotaging your calorie burn.

Top Tip: It’s great to workout, but if you’re overestimating your calorie burn and then rewarding yourself with a sweet treat, you probably won’t lose weight. If you must treat yourself after a workout, make it a low-cal choice like a bowl of fruit with Reddi Wip or a square of dark chocolate.

#5 Skip the salt and pick a spice

8 / 12 #5 Skip the salt and pick a spice

#SCslimsummer Recap: It can be discouraging to see your weight fluctuate on the scale, despite your healthy efforts. There are a number of reasons our body weight fluctuates. While most slight weight changes are normal, there are things you can do to help steady the scale.

Top Tip: Water retention may be a key reason why your weight fluctuates. A sodium-rich diet can lead to water retention and bloat. Cut your salt intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods. You can also use seasonings like pepper, herbs and other spices in place of salt.

#4 Develop the right mindset

9 / 12 #4 Develop the right mindset

#SCslimsummer Recap: Weight Watchers, a popular weight loss program, has helped millions of people shed pounds. The program provides users with emotional support and helps them achieve a positive mindset to help along their weight loss journey. One aspect that makes WW so effective: Its focus on the individual through community.

Top Tip: Keep up with your goals by seeking support from family, friends and fellow dieters. A self-fulfilling attitude is essential for successful weight loss. If you believe you can achieve, you will. This positive, “can-do” attitude might also help your confidence blossom, leading to a happier and healthier life. 

#3 Go organic

10 / 12 #3 Go organic

#SCslimsummer Recap: Some fruits and vegetables contain more pesticides and sugars than we have come to believe. Pesticides are used to kill insects, rodents, weeds or fungus, consequently exposing consumers to the chemicals.

Top Tip: Go organic to avoid ingesting produce pesticides. To get that organic label, produce is required to be grown without GMOs or pesticides. If you’re concerned about the cost of organic produce, check out EWG’s Clean Fifteen list for other options that won’t break the bank.

#2 Swap this way

11 / 12 #2 Swap this way

#SCslimsummer Recap: The editors at Sharecare collected 30 of the easiest (and most effective) tips to lose weight. One of the best ways to lose weight: make simple swaps that your waist and taste buds will love.

Top Tip: These easy swaps can help you save calories:

  • Save over 190 calories by swapping a three-ounce burger for a Portabello mushroom cap
  • Use a mashed avocado instead of mayo to save 60 calories and 8 grams of fat
  • When cooking, swap out oil and replace with applesauce. You’ll save about 1,800 calories per cup! 
#1 The easiest way to crush cravings

12 / 12 #1 The easiest way to crush cravings

#SCslimsummer Recap: Sharecare editor Rose Hayes tried a plant-based diet for 30 days and not only did she lose weight, she saved money, too. These are the tricks she used to eat healthy for a month.  

Top Tip: Change up the layout of your kitchen. Bring healthy snacks like fruits and nuts to the forefront of the pantry or fridge, leaving sweets and sugary foods to the back where they are “out of sight, out of mind.”

We tend to grab what’s closest and quickest, so put carb-heavy things like breads in the freezer so they require time to defrost, eliminating the possibility to grab n’ go and carbo-load.