It’s almost swimsuit weather. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get serious about fitness and exercise. If you don’t eat right, you can put in hours at the best East Texas gym, but you’re not going to see the results you’re looking for.
If you’ve seen Summer Correa work out on F.I.T. Facebook videos, you know she doesn’t play around. What you might not know is the depth of her knowledge about nutrition. She’s spearheading an online fitness and nutrition program coming soon, because she’s eager to help people reach their goals. Here are a few tips on what to eat and what to drink when you want to see change.
Skip breakfast and you’re less likely to eat right the rest of the day. Your body needs this important meal to stay energized and focused.
Summer says stay away from fad diets, packaged sweets and fast food. She recommends a balanced meal that contains carbs, healthy fats and proteins. Try a fruit and yogurt smoothie, avocado toast or quinoa breakfast bowl.
It’s going to happen, so plan ahead. If you’re on the go, Summer recommends reaching for a protein bar or Muscle Milk. A pouch of tuna, stick of jerky or handful of trail mix also works in a pinch.
At the grocery store, grab what you need to make quick healthy snacks like the following:
All fitness and nutrition experts tell you this because it’s true. Water helps your body digest food, absorb nutrients, regulate temperature and just about everything else it does. When you drink enough you’re more likely to skip extra calories, your skin glows and you feel better overall.
Summer credits Luis for the tip that helps her drink enough water. He suggested drinking two glasses of water with every meal and one with every snack.
Alcohol has empty calories. Summer says if you want to drop weight, quit drinking alcohol altogether. Once you’ve reached your goal, you can slowly add it back in. That’s also true for sugary drinks like Dr. Pepper or sweet tea.
Don’t be afraid of trial and error. Every person’s metabolism is different, so sometimes what works for one person doesn’t yield the same results for their friend or relative.
Summer said she sees people trying fad diets because they’re hoping for something quick and easy, but success is about balance. Instead of trying extreme deprivation or a restrictive diet and exercise regimen, it’s better to make healthy changes you can stick with for a lifetime.
F.I.T.’s fitness and nutrition programs are coming soon, but you don’t have to wait to start working toward your goals. Our personal trainers are here to help you get started today. Get in touch to find out more.