Summertime can be tricky to take care of our health and wellbeing. We are constantly out with friends, enjoying the heat while having the best food, drinks, and company.

We understand that you probably have a bunch of parties, picnics, barbecues, and events involving eating a lot of fried foods and drinking many sugary drinks.

This is why you should try to evade certain foods on days you aren't out having a good time. While you're at home you can have a fresh salad and drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.

In this article, we are going to give you information on learning how to feed yourself properly, the foods to avoid, why restrictive diets aren't the answer, and how to listen to your body's needs.

Don't forget that all this information should be taken with a grain of salt and we recommend you consult an expert before you start a diet.

You can go on Superprof and search for nutritionists, personal trainers, and other professionals equipped to help their clients achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Remember that many tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free. This is an opportunity to get to know the tutor, their methods, and their approach. This first free session is the perfect opportunity to ask all your questions and tell them everything you can about yourself.

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Changing daily diet
Changing habits means changing the point of view you have on food and your habits, for instance changing your relationship with sugar and greasy things. Photo by Alyson McPhee on Unsplash

Learning about the foods that are good for your body and the things you shouldn't consume because certain foods can increase the probability of disease can be tricky.

This is why you should consider hiring a professional who will guide you through the season and teach you how to properly eat to maintain a positive lifestyle.

For instance, if you work hand in hand with a nutritionist, they can evaluate your eating habits and give you a new balanced diet. A nutritionist can give you advice about the foods you should eat in summer based on what your body needs.

People tend to believe that nutritionists only give restrictive diets based on fruits and vegetables. However, nutrition is much more complicated than that, and it all depends on what your nutrition goals are.

For instance, if you want to lose weight then your nutritionist might make you cut fried foods from your diet. However, if you want to gain muscle, your nutritionist might send you to eat a lot of meat, chicken, and other kinds of protein.

If you don't know whether to hire a nutritionist or not you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you constantly searching for different online diets?
  2. Do you think that you'll lose weight if you cut sugar and salt from your daily meals?
  3. Are you avoiding your daily three meals?
  4. Is it challenging to figure out daily meals?
  5. Do you consume the same things all year? Regardless of the season?

If you said yes to one or more of these questions, then it might be a sign that you need the aid of a nutritionist to maintain a healthier lifestyle. However, if you don't have a hard time with food and figuring out the products to eat, then you might want to hire a fitness coach to help you in the summer.

Starting a workout routine
If you think you can lose weight in 1 month and be ready for the summer, we have some news for you, and the news is that you won't have a physical transformation overnight, no matter what anyone tells you. Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

A fitness coach will guide you and give you tips on how to maintain a healthy fitness routine. They'll give you tips on what exercise might work better for your body type and goals, they can teach you how to properly do certain exercises, and much more.

Remember that you can find both nutritionists and coaches right here on Superprof.

The foods to evade in the summer

You've probably heard crazy things like avoiding corn might be good for you, or only eating one vegetable every day and then spending the summer days drinking a ton of water, or that drinking tea helps you lose body fat in the summer, and so on.

These crazy theories and content can be found online, which is why you should avoid reading things on the internet if you truly want to take care of your health.

Iced drink for the summer
If you are doing your best trying to survive the hot weather, we recommend you start putting ice into your drinks because ice is going to make you feel refreshed. Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash

To have positive habits in summer you should strive to consume fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. Having a big salad for lunch can help you combat the high temperature, stay refreshed, and even keep you from dehydration.

Remember that in the warmth our bodies are losing water and we have to constantly hydrate ourselves to prevent heat strokes.

So, if we need to protect our bodies from dehydration, we should evade any type of food that contains high levels of salt because it is a component that absorbs and retains liquids.

To maintain a low temperature we need a minimum of one fruit per day, and better if it's the type of fruit that you can put in the fridge and have it cold.

Foods to evade in the summer are usually things that are baked, fat, greasy, and heavy to digest like meat.

Don't forget that when we say "avoid" it doesn't mean you should never have the food again. It just means that if you want to stay cool, you should consume foods that are easy to digest. But we understand that figuring out how to maintain our bodies healthy during the summer can be tricky.

Restrictive diets arent' the answer

Also, don't forget that avoiding certain food doesn't mean being restrictive with your cravings or needs. If you are dying for a hamburger, you should treat yourself to a hamburger.

All the tips you've read about in this article are advice that you should take into consideration, but it is not a rule book you should follow.

Your body health and mental health go hand and hand, and sometimes restrictive diets can be dangerous for both your body and mind.

You shouldn't restrain from consuming the food you want. The thing we all need during the summer and any other season is balance.

Understand that in the winter we need carbs and protein to maintain our energy levels and combat the cold, and understand that in the summer we need fresh products to keep us cool.

This does not mean that you can't have a hamburger in the summer. It only means that those meals are heavy to process and even heavier during the hot weather.

If you combine a balanced diet with exercise, you'll maintain a healthy lifestyle during the summer. It is also important to learn how to keep active in the summer.

Personal trainers help achieve fitness goals
If you want to increase your strength and lower your body fat it is a sign for you to hire a private tutor or a personal trainer from Superprof to guide you through the process. Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Learn to listen to your body's needs

We aren't saying that after you read this article you will automatically know how to be healthy in the summer. But, if you read this content you should use it as a guide to know where to start.

You must work to understand what your body is asking of you. Sometimes we are hungry and we confuse it with irritability. Sometimes we need sleep and we confuse it with hunger. And sometimes we are dehydrated and we don't even know that we are thirsty.

Learning to listen is important, understanding your needs is crucial, and being kind to yourself is the way to do it!

If you push yourself and you ignore your body's needs, you'll end up getting sick, burnt out, or stressed. This is why you need to pay attention to the things you do and the patterns you have and work to solve them.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy your summer, you should just strive to have a balanced life. You can create a meal plan or come up with some summer wellness challenges to be active.

The idea is to learn how to take care of yourself and your needs!

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