BlubberBusters Tips from Lucy

Start Summer Smart!

Making the most of your motivation!

"Ok, it is June and I have exactly 12 weeks until I go to a new school and I want to lose 40 pounds so wish me luck!"

"So it is June 1st. A whole new month...its getting closer and closer to summer."

"5'1" 160 the time school starts in September I would love to weigh 125 to 130 pounds...but is that possible?

"I weigh 162 pounds!!! I need to lose 45 pounds over the summer.

Summer is coming and people are talking about it! The quotes above are examples from the many Blubberbuster's users getting ready for summer. Summer time helps many kid's and teen's motivation go into overdrive. Summer is a long period of time away from school and just imagine everyone's face as you walk into school at a healthier weight!

Below are some things to consider as you are making your weight loss goals for the summer:

1.) Be Realistic!

You may want to lose a lot of weight over the summer. Yet a person's body can only lose a certain amount of weight and stay healthy. For kids and teens, that means from 1 pound per month to 1 to 2 pounds per week. Losing it any faster would require you to lose muscle instead of fat. Muscle includes body parts like your heart! Way too risky! Check with your doctor or dietitian to get a healthy and realistic goal for you. For someone who could lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, they can possibly lose 12 to 24 pounds over a 12 week summer break. Also, losing weight to be healthier is a lifestyle change. It is not a quick fix over a summer. Use the summer as a motivator to make your body healthier for the rest of your life!

2.) Stay busy!

Many people gain weight over the summer months since they don't have to do as much. Try to plan an activity everyday to keep you busy. Some can volunteer at the animal shelter. You can also do odd jobs for your neighbors for money. You can plan to get together with friends. Make sure to get yourself outside and doing something. This will keep your mind and hands busy!

3.) Set meal and snack times...and stick to them!

Many people skip breakfast in the summer when they eat breakfast during the rest of the year. Some people snack more over the summer. To prevent such overeating temptations, consider setting a meal and snack schedule for yourself. This way, you will not let yourself get overly hungry and allow you to enjoy some summer foods!

4.) Take advantage of the fresh foods!

Summer months have more fresh fruits and veggies available. They taste better than any other time. They are also cheapest during the summer. Snack on berries. Fill half your plate at lunch and dinner with veggies. Doing things like this can help keep you full of energy without extra calories!

5.) Drink lots of fluid!

During the hot summer months, your body sweats more. This can make your body need more water. Further, if your body needs more water and you do not give it to your body, you may feel hunger. Consider making a goal to get 8 glasses of water everyday. You can also try the many different flavored waters available. When you are more active outside, make sure to drink about a cup of fluid every 20 to 30 minutes to keep you healthy and safe.

Make this a healthy week!

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