Summer excuses – busted!

by Ali on August 18, 2008

The weather’s glorious, the sun’s shining, that “holiday feeling” is in the air, and it just doesn’t feel like the right time to focus on dieting. It’s easy to find a whole host of excuses to put off making changes to our eating and exercising patterns – or to avoid sticking with the good habits we’ve already established.

Here’s some popular summer excuses … and my reasons why they just won’t cut it!

It’s too hot to exercise

Sure, a blazing hot day probably isn’t the best time for a five mile jog … but your gym will have air-conditioning or fans to keep the temperature down. If you don’t have gym membership, what about heading for a cooling swim in your local pool?

If you really can’t face doing anything energetic, get out for a walk when it’s not too warm (earlier morning or after dinner) and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

I don’t want to cook in this weather

None of us fancy spending hours in a steamy kitchen during summer, but dialling for a pizza or stocking up on frozen ready meals won’t get you any closer to your healthy eating goals. Try out some light dinners instead: one of my favourites is prawn wraps with crudités – no cooking involved.

Other good options include big summer salads, cold soups like gazpacho, or quick-cook recipes like stir-fries.

I don’t want to diet on holiday

When you’re enjoying yourself and taking a well-deserved break from the office, the last thing you want to have on your mind is calories. That’s reasonable enough – but eating chips dipped in mayo twice a day isn’t …

Relax while you’re on your holiday, but try to keep up your fruit and vegetable intake and have fun without ruining your diet.

Everyone else is eating ice-cream …

There are certain summer treats that some of us (okay, me!) find it very hard to refuse: ice-creams featuring highly on the list. It’s fine to indulge occasionally, but if a three-scoop cone is becoming an everyday event, it’s time to look for some alternatives.

Frozen yoghurts, sorbets and juice lollies are all good options; see my post on alternatives to ice-cream over at Diet-Blog.

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