As the weather gets warmer and Summer gets near, the idea of getting your “summer body” gets thrown around in the media and among peers.
Whether it is a weight loss program, a wellness influencer, or your Aunt Karen, I guarantee you have heard someone talk about how swimsuit season is just around the corner!
But aren’t we all tired of hearing the term “summer body”? What does this term even mean?
In this article, I challenge you to take a second to stop and think about how this term affects you and your mindset around food and your body.
The Problem With “Summer Bodies”
As I dietitian, I am here to tell you this. Unfortunately, the term “summer body” or “beach body” was created as part of diet culture.
It was created to show women low-calorie diets they can follow, new workout programs they can adhere to, and shakes they can drink. All so that their bodies can look a certain way going into the warmer months.
The problem with this way of thinking is it encourages the idea that our worth is defined by the size of our body.
It also promotes unsustainable dieting methods that can lead to disordered eating patterns and even more serious conditions.
Remember… every body is a summer body!
If you have a body, and it is summer, then you have a summer body. Every woman should be able to feel like they are welcome at the beach or at the pool regardless of their shape and size.
Because you are! You are just as worthy of living a life, free from these toxic ways of thinking.
What You Can Do Instead
So what can you do instead to get your body ready for summer?
Let’s talk about some ways you can support your health and wellness this summer that doesn’t involve dieting or weight loss.
Below are 5 tips to follow to make sure your body is “summer ready”!
1. Load Up On Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables help give you nutrients that your body needs to function properly!
There are plenty of ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your nutrition plan this summer. Below are some ideas you can do to get your body ready for the summer!
Start a garden → for more information on how to start a garden click here
Shop for seasonal produce like cherries, squash, zucchini, corn, melons (cantaloupe and watermelon, Yum!), tomatoes, and berries
Keep frozen fruits and vegetables on hand to add to recipes for those backyard cookouts and pool parties
2. DO NOT Follow a Restrictive Diet
As we mentioned above, the diet industry likes to do heavy marketing during the summer to get people to follow super restrictive diets so they can get their “beach body”.
Don’t waste your time trying unsustainable dieting, instead find foods that work for your body and keeps you nourished all summer long.
Registered dietitians like us can help you create a meal plan that is specific to your nutrition needs and health goals.
We have a wellness membership subscription that comes with recipe and meal plan inspiration! Here is the link for more details.
3. Get Your Vitamin D From the Sun
Vitamin D keeps your bones healthy so aim for 10-30 minutes of sunlight a day.
Staying safe in the sun is also important during the summertime
Wear sunscreen to protect your skin if you will be outside for extended periods of time
Bonus points for walking out in nature, there are tons of benefits to this!
4. Keep Your Body Hydrated
Getting the amount of water your body needs will be very beneficial during the warmer months!
To add a more refreshing and flavorful taste to your water, add fruits and vegetables: lemons, limes, berries, oranges, and cucumber
Snack on whole fruits and vegetables that have a high water content: watermelon, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries
Know the signs of dehydration: dry skin, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, dark yellow urine, muscle cramping
Coconut water is a great option for hydration as well!
5. Move Your Body Most Days
Getting regular physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle. As the weather gets warmer, it can be easier to enjoy the outdoors doing activities you love.
Make this summer fun by planning outdoor activities that will keep your body healthy: walking, running, riding bicycles, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and more!
Walking is a great, low-risk option that can be done with family, friends, and pets of course
Try stretching or practicing yoga, especially if you sit at a desk most of the day
Remember to do exercises that you like!
Summer is supposed to be fun, so don’t waste your time worrying about what your “summer body” should look like!
Instead, spend that time enjoying your days with your friends and family, doing activities you love, and eating foods that you love.
Don’t forget, it’s COOKOUT SEASON so choose new food recipes that nourish your body and activities that you enjoy!
For recipe inspo, go through our old blog posts for ideas that you can try out!