Summer is in full swing, and it seems like everyone is busy packing their bags to embark on an exciting vacation. To enjoy your next trip to the fullest, up your fitness and nutrition game now to reap the benefits later. After all, whether your trip entails exploring exotic locales or simply lounging poolside, looking and feeling fit is key! To tone and tighten before your next trip, follow our step-by-step guide to get a vacation-ready body in no time.
Start every day with a low-calorie, nutrient-dense breakfast made of foods that are low in calories for their volume – that way, you can consume more without adding as many calories. Oatmeal, whole-grain toast, fresh fruit and egg substitutes are all fantastic choices that will fill you up while helping you to keep off excess pounds. When you’re in vacation mode, avoid high-fat items like cheese and butter, and limit your breakfast calorie total to 300 or less.
For lunch, colorful veggies should comprise most your plate. Treat lean meats and fat-free cheeses as garnishes, rather than the focus of the meal. Delicious and healthy lunch options include a hearty salad with a hard-boiled egg, a turkey wrap bursting with crisp veggies, or broth-based soups loaded with veggies or legumes. Lunch should clock in at around 400 calories.
Fill dinner with more fruits and vegetables to fill you up again, and try meal prepping in advance for busy weeknights when you won’t have time to cook. Prepare two or three kinds of fresh veggies, and enjoy them with a small serving of lean meat and half of a baked sweet potato for a healthy carb, or create a veggie stir fry and add a few ounces of poultry or shrimp over brown rice. Like lunch, your dinner calorie total should be around 400 calories.
Enjoy a 100-calorie snack portion either in the afternoon or in the evening, whenever you tend to feel the hungriest. Nosh on a small fruit plate, munch veggie crudités with low-fat ranch, or try air-popped popcorn for a filling snack that will take you a long time to eat.
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Drink up: Sip at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you’re not a fan of plain H2O, add flavored drink packets to the water, or brew some unsweetened iced herbal tea.
Lastly, it’s time to get moving! Burn at least 500 calories per day through aerobic exercise. An ILoveKickboxing session at your nearest studio is a great way to torch calories while having a blast, but any form of exercise counts as long as it raises your heart rate and causes you to breathe heavier.
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