July 4th, Independance Day; under the sweltering heat, friends and family gathered and enjoying the festivities. It is hard enough coming to work in the morning after celebrating late into the night, but to step on a scale the very next day is a painful reminder of just how much you may have indulged (maybe you thought the 100 degree temperature would help with the weight loss?). You can probably bet that is where those extra few pounds came from.
But staying healthy in the summer is very tough. As you drag your feet to the gym after work and gaze in the nearby restaurants and bars flooded with the happy hour crowd eating, drinking, and being merry, you tell yourself “I would rather be in the bar than at the Gold’s Gym spinning class!” Then there are the endless number of summer music festivals, events on the National Mall, Restaurant Week, cookouts, the list is endless.
You spend a lot of time outside in the summer and it’s so easy to be tempted by the scent of the freshly baked bread coming from Subway, or the glowing fluorescent light from Krispy Kreme indicating fresh doughnuts and knowing that if they are made on location there will be a free one offere to you upon enter. Don’t even start on the frozen yogurt!
Okay, so how do you stay healthy during the summer? What can restaurants and food chains do to help you stay healthy? The truth is that it is not the responsibility of others to make your changes. That lies solely within your power. Though the summer makes losing weight seem difficult, it can be easily said of other seasons and holidays as well. Do not let yourself be fooled by the habits of the past. No food “tradition” is worth the consequences.