By Christine Luff, About.com Guide Updated June 29, 2011
It's nice to have a refreshing, cold drink when it's hot out, but high-calorie beverages like regular soda, juices, alcohol, and sweetened iced tea add empty calories and won't fill you up. Instead, drink water with lemon or lime, or try seltzer or unsweetened iced tea.
Summer is a great time for beach vacations, but try not to spend all your days relaxing in the sand. Go for a swim, try kayaking, or take a hike -- anything that will get you burning calories.
Instead of high-calorie, high-fat desserts, enjoy seasonal, fresh fruits. Watermelon is a great choice because it's low in calories (only 46 calories per cup), and it fills you up because it's 92 percent water.
Many summer activities, like picnics and barbecues, revolve around an unlimited spread of food. Be smart when you're at these types of events. Don't overload your plate and try to avoid going back for seconds. Make spending time with family and friends your focus, not the food.
Prepare healthy grilled veggies, such as corn on the cob (use no-calorie butter spray) or make veggie kabobs with zucchini, onions, tomatoes and eggplant.
Beat the Heat
Don't let the heat be an excuse not to exercise. Do your runs early in the morning or late in the evening, and make sure that you're staying hydrated on the run. If it's too hot and humid to run outside, move your runs indoors to the treadmill or try a different activity, like swimming.
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Limit Ice Cream and other Treats
It's easy to make eating ice cream a regular habit in the summer, but try to limit frozen treats like ice cream to no more than once a week. Or, better yet, stick to low-calorie but refreshing alternatives like ice pops or sorbet.