It’s getting hot out there, and you’re probably feeling more thirsty than ever. Staying hydrated becomes extremely important during the summer, not only to support your weight loss plan but to prevent dangerous health conditions that can develop when the weather turns hot. Yes, carrying a refillable water bottle should be your number one solution to this problem, but you might be feeling bored of drinking so much water.
You certainly shouldn’t stop drinking water, but there are other ways to help your body stay hydrated. These healthy fruits and veggies contain a high water content, along with valuable nutrients. And best of all, most of them are in season right now, so you can stock up on the freshest and most delicious versions at your local farmers market.
These fruits and veggies range from about 80 percent to 95 percent water in composition, so a serving or two can go a long way toward keeping you hydrated. Remember, when eating fresh produce rather than simply drinking juice, you’re also consuming the fiber in these foods. So not only can you increase your water intake by snacking on the above options; they can also help you feel more full and aid digestion.
If you opt for fresh fruit as a snack, pair with a bit of protein like cheese or yogurt. Or, toss the above veggies into a salad, and add a light dressing (preferably oil-based, from a healthy source like olive oil).
And remember, keeping foods like watermelon and cantaloupe icy cold can add to your enjoyment on a hot summer day! Serve these fruits at your next cookout, and no one will miss dessert.
For more nutrition tips or general advice on your weight loss plan, call us to discuss your concerns. We can help you put together a program that helps you meet your goals, while supporting your overall health.