Summer brings a lot of fun activities and experiences, like grilling, sunshine, beaches, and swimsuits. If you’re self-conscious about your tummy and feeling like that bikini body is miles away, it can seem especially frustrating during the summer months to try and lose weight.

The good news is that summertime is actually the perfect time to keep your diet plan on track. While the winter holidays yield high-fat temptations like stuffing and pumpkin pie, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh, healthy, and high-water content foods that can help you lose weight.

While the heat might be keeping you from your daily run, it’s easy to still eat well with these great summer foods.

Seasonal Produce

Summer Foods to Shed Belly Fat 2Summer produces a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables from tomatoes, leafy greens, herbs, and squash to delicious summer fruits like berries, melons, cherries, peaches, and plums. It’s easy to turn these flavorful, nutrient-rich foods into a satisfying, low-calorie meal.

Many Mediterranean-style meals center on fresh vegetables, low-fat dairy, olive oil, and lots of fresh herbs to make healthy and stylish lunches and dinners.

Use fresh herbs and a couple of teaspoons of healthy oil (such as olive) to season your food, rather than cooking with heavy or hydrogenated fat (such as shortening) and using too much salt (which will cause water retention).

Fruits and vegetables that are in season taste much better, and can often be found from local sources such as farmer’s markets. The faster you can consume the produce from crop to cart, the better!

Lean Proteins

Who wants to eat a heavy, hot meal like pot roast in the summertime? It’s much better to find recipes that incorporate lean protein such as fish and chicken this time of year. Fresh salads topped with chicken or fish beat the heat, and are delicious when grilled with summer vegetables like zucchini or corn.

Get Creative!

Try new recipes that use whole, healthy ingredients. There are many resources available online for light, great-tasting meals. Step out of your comfort zone this season to try new ingredients and seasonings. Pinterest, Cooking Light, and Food Network are just a few of the amazing (and free!) online resources for summer-ready recipes. You may be surprised to find out where your next favorite recipe comes from.

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*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.