How to Not Gain Weight This Summer

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How to Not Gain Weight This Summer

Summer holidays are a wonderful time to take a break, spend time with loved ones and enjoy the sun. We want to help you strike a balance between enjoying your summer holiday without throwing all of your healthy habits out of the window.

 

Here are six practical strategies you can adopt to help you maintain your weight and stay healthy this summer…

 

EAT MINDFULLY

One of the best pieces of advice we can offer is to eat mindfully. Take a few seconds to think before putting food in your mouth. Ask yourself why you are eating what you are eating and recognise whether it’s for the right reasons. Eating simply because food is right in front of you in abundant quantities (think BBQs, sharing plates at restaurants, buffets etc) isn’t going to help you maintain a healthy weight over the summer. Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and when you notice you’re getting full, stop.

 

IT’S SALAD SEASON

Light, fresh and delicious, salads make for a perfect meal in warmer weather. And they can be so much more exciting than lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Try out some more creative salads. The BBC Good Food website has some fantastic salad recipe inspiration.

 

EMBRACE LOCAL CUISINE

Holiday food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. If you’re heading abroad this summer, make the most of the healthier local specialities. Why not see if you can find a local farmers market to visit while you’re there? Look out for freshly caught seafood, local fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs and traditional spices.

 

BEWARE OF BOOZE

The sunshine can create a care free attitude to many things – not least alcohol. It’s not always easy to keep track of how much you are drinking when you’re enjoying yourself but do your best to drink mindfully. Not only does it have a detrimental impact on your health, alcohol also leads to weight gain – and not just because of the sugar content. Check out my tips for healthier drinking for practical ways to reduce the negative effects of drinking alcohol. Whilst abroad, be mindful of the fact that not all countries don’t use standard measures like we do in the UK, so drinks with spirits can be much stronger.

 

EATING OUT

Holidays often involve eating out more than usual. It can be a good idea to stick to eating at main meals as much as possible, with the odd snack or treat when you really fancy it. Dining at restaurants doesn’t have to completely eliminate your control over what you eat either. Here’s some advice on healthier restaurant dining.

 

STAY ACTIVE

It’s easy to let exercise go out of the window over the summer but being out of your usual routine doesn’t have to mean you stop exercising altogether. There are plenty of exercise videos available on YouTube so if you have access to wifi, consider getting up half an hour earlier to fit in a quick workout. Whilst on holiday, think about ways to incorporate activity into your trip. Perhaps you could take a cycling and walking tour of a city or region. Or how about getting up from your sun lounger and taking a swim in the pool or sea?

 

As a clinic we are committed to supporting our clients in losing weight, understanding their body’s needs and building a healthy relationship with food. If you are struggling to manage your weight and would like to find out how we could help you, you can schedule a complimentary call or contact us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.