One thing I’m REALLY missing about Michigan is that every apartment/condo complex has a pool and you’re never too far from a lake. My favorite pasttime from last summer was floating (not paddling) in a kayak down a river for 2 hours followed by a barbeque and bonfire. Unfortunately, it’s mid July in Calgary and I have yet to find a way to wear my bathing suit in public without looking like a nut. If this isn’t the case for you, maybe your worry is more along the lines of not looking like a beached whale thanks to bloating. While I sit here jealous of you basking in the sun by a body of water, I’ll kindly share a few tips that will help you keep a beach body without the bloat.
Watch the bubbles
I don’t recommend pop to anyone, even diet (did you know it’s just as bad, if not worse than regular pop?!) but even something like sparkling water can cause gas buildup and bloating. Instead, stick with a cool glass of unsweetened iced tea or add something fun to your water like lemon, mint, cucumber, or a melon slice.
Easy on the ETOH
Yes, it seems backwards to say this since alcohol causes dehydration, but it compensates for this by triggering water retention, leaving you feeling puffy. Stick with the recommended drinks above and moderate alcohol consumption.
Where salt goes, water goes
This would explain why snacking on chips may not be the best for that bikini body. Salt attracts water, so try to avoid a high sodium meal even the day before you plan to hit the beach. Potassium helps counteract salt, so choose foods high in potassium like fresh canteloupe, mangoes, or avocado avwhen you enjoy your picnic lunch.
Watch the carbs
Our bodies have quite the storage capacity for carbs. Every gram of carb stored is about 3 grams of water stored. We can store around 500-700 grams of carbs in our body…do the math and you’ll see that’s a lot of extra water weight. I don’t recommend avoiding carbs– always choose PFC (protein, carbs, fat) with every meal. Just don’t go eating a sandwich (bread = carbs), fruit (carbs), chips (carbs & fat), and pop (straight up carbs) for your lunch. Balance is key.
What are your favorite snacks/meals to pack for beach days?