Summertime is a time when people often feel most self conscious about their weight as dressing for the warmer weather means wearing less and exposing the bits you aren’t happy with. For some people summer is a time filled with dread, but with the right diet and exercise it shouldn’t be the case. The Dukan Diet is a perfect option for year round dieting as it fits in well with any lifestyle, promising effective and consistent weight loss to help you feel your best whatever the weather.
With the summer well and truly having arrived, people are spending more and more time outdoors and having fun in the sun. The greatest benefit to the hot weather is the opportunity to partake in fun outdoor activities – but also be getting in some exercise at the same time, meaning your boring trip to the gym can be swapped for a fun afternoon at the park with family, for example.
Exercise boosts the metabolism, builds muscle and tones the body, and any diet will be boosted by regular exercise. To help lose weight and tone you don’t have to exercise for hours every day, you can just do twenty to thirty minutes three times a week and still see the benefits. However, if you’ve got stuck in a monotonous gym or jogging routine, you might want to try new things to fulfil the need to get some healthy exercise. Whilst the weather is good it makes sense to take advantage of the exercise you can do outdoors such as going for long walks – if you are lucky enough to live near the coast or mountains then a long hike around them on a weekend would be excellent. Using your bike instead of driving is another way to get some exercise. You could swap the car commute for a cycling route, or even take the kids out for a long bike ride at the weekend to make the most of the sunshine. Getting out to a local park is another way to get your heart rate up, but while still having plenty of fun. Organise your friends and start a game of rounders or tennis, or simply take a Frisbee and football and get everyone involved. You’ll be having so much fun running round you’ll hardly notice you’re burning the calories – a much better alternative to chaining yourself to the treadmill!
Obviously as well as exercise, your eating habits are an important part of dieting. Luckily, you needn’t be worried about recipe options during summer as the Dukan diet fits perfectly into the summer lifestyle. With 100 foods you can indulge in as much as you like, including meats, fish, dairy products and vegetables you can enjoy BBQ’s, picnics and there is even a recipe for chocolate ice cream. There are plenty of enticing recipes available on the Dukan Diet Coaching pages including Jerk chicken, Key West grilled salmon and even a pina colada smoothie.