5 Ways To Maintain Your Shape This Summer

healthy summer, itsy bitsy indulgences

There are a few things I consistently look forward to every summer: long days at the pool and beach, al fresco dining on delicious food (think ribs, s’mores, sweet potatoes… you get the picture), sunset cocktails, and breezy sundresses and cutoff shorts. With all of the aforementioned activities I always try to keep in mind “itsy bitsy indulgences…” you know, all about that balance. So I typically try to employ a few strategies to keep myself, and my gut, feeling good, and looking good. Since summer is already in full swing, I thought I would share a few of my strategies with you today, in hopes that they can help you too… or maybe you can add to this list and share with me as well!

1. Drink Water: I try to drink a glass of water with each meal, as well as between meals. I find that sometimes I confuse hunger with thirst. By simply having a glass of water I am able to curb my cravings. Recently though, I have been mixing Benefiber® Healthy Shape dietary supplement into my morning water. It’s a 100% natural fiber supplement that easily dissolves in water (read: no gritty taste)*. It helps me stay full longer so I am not tempted to snack more than I need to (as in every hour…). It helps to keep my cravings at bay*, and when I’m at a fun get together I’m less prone to over-indulge in all the tasty goodness in front of me (think cookies, pie, chips + guac). While I’m trying to get this #mombod back in shape, it’s a natural and helpful addition, while still enjoying the fun of summer.

healthy summer, itsy bitsy indulgences

healthy summer itsy bitsy indulgences

2. Exercise: Even a short 30-minute workout helps. I find that when I work out in the morning, I feel better throughout the day and make healthier food choices.

3. Portion Control: While I’ve never been one to go absolutely crazy at the dessert table, I’m also not one to pass it up. My solution has been to keep my portions in control. I fill my plate up with veggies + fruit, add some of the protein, and then put a few bites of the sweet stuff on my plate. It lets me enjoy myself, without going overboard – or sitting at the table across from the sweets and wishing I could have a bite (because #ThatsNoFun).

4. Balance The Nutritious With The Indulgent: If I know that I just really want to indulge in the evening, then I balance that out with a nutritious breakfast and lunch filled with veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins, while minimizing my sugar intake (since I’m obviously saving that for later!).

healthy summer, itsy bitsy indulgences

healthy summer, itsy bitsy indulgences

*Clinical studies show benefits with regular use. A weight management program should include a healthy diet and regular exercise. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Benefiber® Healthy Shape Trademark is owned by GSK Group of companies.


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  1. I stay active, take probiotics, drink a good amount of water, and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

  2. I make working out a priority (gym, hiking, outdoor activities, etc), drink LOADS of water, and eat/cook healthy! 🙂

  3. chelseajacobs says:

    For me, drinking water (especially before meals) helps SO much. A lot of times I think I’m hungry, but I really just need water.

  4. Meal prep once a week so healthy options are ready and easy.

  5. I stay in shape by lots of walking in the summer months; bloating is more a PMS symptom for me and it is mild, I just ignore it 🙂
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  6. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/763693920182120448
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  7. Taking walks and drinking water helps.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  8. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/763717219327049728

  9. Julie Wood says:

    I stay away from carbonated drinks, gassy foods, and drink a lot of water, exercise, get plenty of sleep and do not over indulge in foods.

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  11. Jessie C. says:

    Pilates and yoga practice are top ways to keep my shape and beat bloat in the summer months.
    tcarolinep at gmali dot com

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Love a good yoga class to keep the shape too! Some of the best core work! I need to get myself to a reformer class!

  12. Jessie C. says:
  13. Amanda W. says:

    Working out, *trying* to control carbs, and drinking tons of water!!

  14. I stay active and take probiotics

  15. I stay active by Pilates and yoga.

  16. Natalie says:

    I exercise every day, drink lots of water and stay away from high salt foods and foods with lots of preservatives.

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Oh yes! Staying away from high salt foods and those with lots of preservatives is always helpful!!

  17. Natalie says:
  18. I find watermelon is excellent for beating bloat. It’s like a diuretic.

  19. I like to exercise in the evening once the sun has gone or is going down for a cooler temperature. It helps me stay on track.

  20. Jen Shannon says:

    I start my day with a workout and a green protein smoothie, which I make with spinach, fruit, almond butter and vegetable based protein powder. I try to stay away from sodium and sugar and drink water all day. I also stay away from alcohol on weekdays.

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      I love all of these! I love adding nut butters to my smoothies too…. so creamy and tasty!

  21. Lindsay says:

    i started taking a daily probiotic recently!

  22. Definitely some steel cut oatmeal!


  23. I swim a lot of laps. I also eat a low carb veggie based diet with lean protein.

  24. I drink lots of water and spend hours in the pool to get excercise.

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      The pool is such a great place!! Especially when it’s too hot out to exercise outdoors!

  25. my tip to keep in shape is rest well and exercise. I tend to eat more when I stay up late or don’t have enough sleep.

    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

  26. Margaret Smith says:

    I drink lots of water and try to eat healthy and light meals. Thanks so much.

  27. Margaret Smith says:
  28. katherine says:

    I love to go on bike rides Thank you

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  30. jalapenomamamn says:

    During the summer months I eat lighter.
    More salads and yogurt.
    Keeps me in shape and away the bloat.
    thank you

  31. jalapenomamamn says:
  32. StephaniePhelps says:

    I am struggling with a weight issue so I really have no idea but I am trying to eat healthier and drink more water!

  33. Cynthia C says:

    I use lots of legumes – hummus, bean dip, bean soups, etc. I think they are superfoods!

  34. Cynthia C says:
  35. maria cantu says:

    I take walks and drink plenty of water.

  36. tina m says:

    i love hiking and swimming in summer.

  37. tina m says:
  38. Susan Smith says:

    I eat lots of fruits and vegetables and take walks to stay in shape.

  39. Susan Smith says:
  40. Linda says:

    Eary morning hikes and swimming!

  41. Linda says:
  42. I exercise for an hour after work.

  43. Elizabeth pergande says:

    I drink water and take a daily greens! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  44. Elizabeth pergande says:
  45. i drink lots of water and take probiotics

  46. Kerry says:

    I walk or ride my bike most places, if possible!

  47. Kerry says:
  48. Denise L says:

    Drinking plenty of water and not eating too much at once helps me.

  49. Denise L says:
  50. I’ve found that keeping healthy snacks readily available really helps. I take baby carrots, almonds, and greek yogurt to work with me so I can avoid the lure of the vending machine.

  51. Erica Best says:

    alot of walking it helps

  52. Erica Best says:
  53. Ellie Wright says:

    I help my boys practice baseball. It’s a lot of fun and keeps me active.

  54. Ellie Wright says:
  55. I drink plenty of water, go for walks and play kickball with my kids

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  56. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/773686754331287553

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  57. I go for runs.

  58. Wanda McHenry says:

    I ride my bicycle in the morning and do plenty of yard work/gardening.

  59. Wanda McHenry says:
  60. Jerry Marquardt says:

    The top ways to keep your shape and beat bloat in the summer months are plenty of water, and a helping of fresh fruit.

  61. Jerry Marquardt says:
  62. i enjoy swimming in my pool in the summer months

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  63. Dawn Monroe says:

    I’m finding it hard after reaching 45 to maintain my shape. I drink water and try to stay active but I need to explore other things.

  64. i posted a tweet here: https://twitter.com/purplepanda1966/status/774084560250208256

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  65. Dawn Monroe says:

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