Embracing the Summer Gain

As we reach the midpoint of the summer season, many of us feel the pressure to shed those last few stubborn pounds and achieve a lean physique for those remaining beach and pool days. But is this really the best approach?

Maybe not, and here’s why!

Summer is synonymous with social gatherings, barbecues, beach trips, and well-deserved vacations. The abundance of activities and changes in routines can make it challenging to stick to strict dietary regulations and maintain the caloric deficit required for weight loss. Navigating through these events while trying to shed pounds can feel like navigating a minefield.

Instead of stressing over losing weight during the summer, consider adopting a more balanced approach – let’s call it the “maintain and gain” mentality. Rather than obsessing over weight loss and restrictive eating, focus on maintaining your current weight while simultaneously working on gaining strength and muscle.

The concept is simple: during summer, prioritize the quality of the foods you consume while still allowing yourself the occasional indulgence during social outings. By choosing nutrient-dense, whole foods that fuel your body for both workouts and day-to-day activities, you can enjoy your meals guilt-free without constantly worrying about exceeding calorie limits.

Summer’s longer days and increased energy provide the perfect opportunity to ramp up your training intensity. Embrace high-intensity workouts and challenge your body to new heights. The combination of nourishing foods and intense exercise can lead to noticeable gains in strength and muscle mass.

This summer, let’s hit the pause button on the typical weight loss focus. Instead, let’s embrace the “maintain and gain” approach, and make the most of the season. Enjoy the longer days, train with dedication, and savor nutritious meals that fuel your body and support your fitness goals. By adopting this fresh mindset and shifting our goals, we might be pleasantly surprised by the progress we can achieve during this vibrant season.

Kristen Van Hull

Nutrition Coach

Prowess Fitness + Nutrition

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