The sun’s out, the weather’s warming up and we’re getting ready for blue skies, beaches and barbecues, so here are some tips to help you to Be Fit and healthy this summer!
Improve your gut health
Did you know that our bodies have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells and they solely survive on the food we consume. Therefore, without adequate amounts of pre-biotic foods such as those found in vegetables, salads, wholegrains and even some varieties of honey, these bacteria that ultimately dictate our overall health cannot thrive. You can also add some probiotics such as those found in yoghurts, kefir and fermented kimchi.
Yes, it is true - there are actually foods that increase metabolism such as hot chillies and spicy food as well as foods that are really rich in fibre and low in calories, such as celery. Even caffeine has a positive effect on metabolism by helping us accomplish more physically while feeling like we’re making less of an effort.
Cold vs room-temperature water
Keeping hydrated is not only vital for health, it’s essential for a good metabolism. Consuming chilled water can make your body work harder to warm the water up to body temperature, so you expend more calories.
Did you know that walking or running outdoors generally burns more calories than slogging it out on the treadmill given the natural slopes and inclines will force you to recruit more muscle groups. If you don’t fancy walking or running, just make the most of the sunshine and get some vitamin D while doing a few short five to 10-minute bouts of high-intensity interval training.
Lighten up your diet
Summer is the time for ditching those comfort foods and increasing your fresh fruit, veg and salads. Make the most of what’s in season - it’s not only at its optimum nutrition level, it’s also most affordable! For meals, use loads of crunchy green salads, asparagus, avocado, cucumber, tomato and zucchini; for snacks, try some fresh berries, mango, stone fruits, pineapple and passionfruit in Greek yoghurt.
Be Fit Food has more than 20 main meal options, all packed with anywhere between four and 12 different vegies per serve. If you’re wanting to lose weight this summer, chat to one of our dietitians to discuss the Be Rapid plan, or the plan best suited to you, at our Mornington store, give us a call on 1300 263 257 or visit befitfood.com.au