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15 Beach Towns You Must Visit This Summer

15 Beach Towns You Must Visit This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and we all know that there is no time like the present to fulfill your sense of wanderlust. There are many places in America and all around the world that will be a great experience for you to enjoy with some friends or family this summer. Whether you are trying to just take a step back and relax for a bit or if you are trying to get out there and meet new people, all you have to do is look and there will be a place that will fit just what you have in mind.

Alameda

    1. Alameda, CA

    Alameda is a little town placed perfectly in between San Francisco and Oakland. Here you will find many things to do from enjoying all kinds of food, to seeing a bit of history. There are lots of opportunities to shop and catch a movie at the Alameda Theater just off Park Street. Before you shop, stop by Ole’s or Jim’s for breakfast. You can check out Crab Cove, the USS Hornet, the Alameda Museum. After you can enjoy some lunch ranging from  amazing seafood at Hang Ten Boiler to German dishes at Speiskammer. After, stop by for some ice cream at Tucker’s or swing by Tapioca Express for some delicious desserts.

    Atlantic City

      2. Atlantic City, NJ

      Atlantic city is like the Vegas of the East Coast. You can enjoy the boardwalk shops and salt water taffy or you can step into a casino and try your luck at the slots. It is also the home of the Miss America Pageant. There is a Ripley’s Museum you can visit if you don’t like the rides on the dock. If you are looking for something more relaxing or calm, there is the Atlantic City Museum as well as several spas in the area.

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      Chincoteague

        3. Chincoteague Island, VA

        This is an interesting beach town. Whether it be the wild ponies that inhabit the beach or the nature tours on bicycle, there is always something to do. The food is great and ranges from pizza to steak. There are boat tours visitors can go on as well to see the neighboring island of Assateague, which is a wild life reserve.

        Gearhart

          4. Gearhart, OR

          With the golfing, its seaside aquarium, and the seals that need to be fed, there is a lot to do in this town. There is also a chance to see gray whales migrating in the winter and spring. Volunteers help visitors spot whales and share fun facts about these unique animals. The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and Young River Falls aren’t too far either.

          Gulf Shores

            5. Gulf Shores, AL

            Gulf Shores is a nice little beach town with lots of fun activities at places like the Zipline and Arial Adventure Park or the Alabama Golf Coast Zoo. There is also shopping and scuba diving. If you’re looking for a place to relax with just a splash of adventure, you’ve found it here.

            Long Beach

              6. Long Beach, NY

              Long Beach is a more crowded than your average beach town but for good reason. With so many great waves to surf, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Long Beach Historical Museum, it’s not hard to overlook the amount of people. Of course, there are many little shops and great food as well.

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              Monterey

                7. Monterrey, CA

                This is a place to sit back and relax with plenty of spas to unwind at, whales to watch, and cool trinkets to buy. The Mission Basilica and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium are must-sees.

                Polson

                  8. Polson, MT

                  Polson is a little town located near Flathead Lake. It is a place to go to when you want to get away from your busy life. Things are a little slower paced than in the city but that doesn’t mean Polson’s not a place to check out. Even though this is not a beach town with an ocean, Flathead Lake is a large body of water that it has it’s own lake monster! Many people go here to jet ski, swim, and fish despite the local myth. If you drive a little bit further, you can check out Kerr Dam and Glacier Brewing Co. Try your luck at the Kwtaknuk casino and pay a visit to the Flathead Ford Museum as well.

                  Rehoboth

                    9. Rehoboth, DE

                    Between Jungle Jim’s FunLand and the boardwalk, there isn’t a dull moment in Rehoboth. If you do want to relax, there are spas and bike tours you can take to enjoy the scenery and weather.

                    Rockport

                      10. Rockport, TX

                      Rockport is a wonderful and beautiful place to visit on vacation. The locals are warm and welcoming and can point you to some fun things to do around the area. There is a large population of whooping cranes that attracts birdwatchers. You can go on boat tours and check out the Texas Maritime Museum.

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                      Rugen

                        11. Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

                        Rugen is a large island just off the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is a little far to travel, but the popular German destination is worth it. You might want to book in advance however, just to avoid situations like not having a room in a different country. Travel websites like Trip4Real offer tours from island locals. You can see many historical spots on the island on a steam train tour and enjoy some authentic German food at one of the bed and breakfast places around the island. And don’t forget to try some German beer at the Globetrotter Bar! This is a perfect little island to soak up the sun.

                        Santa Cruz

                          12. Santa Cruz, CA

                          Santa Cruz has many interesting things to do all year. You can visit the Mystery Spot and defy some gravity and the laws of physics on a walking tour or you can walk through the Redwoods and enjoy a slice of what nature has to offer. There is a boardwalk that you can shop for specialty items and rides for you to try out. If boardwalks aren’t your thing, give Capitola Village or Ano Nuevo State Park a shot.

                          St Petersburg

                            13. St. Petersburg, FL

                            To start off your beach adventure, explore the walking mural before you go on a sea life safari. If you are wanting to spend a day inside, there is the Armed Forces museum located in the area as well.

                            Tybee Island

                              14. Tybee Island, GA

                              Tybee Island has a Lighthouse Museum that will fascinate you with beautiful photographs and fun facts about lighthouses. There is also fishing, jet skiing, and the Gallery by the Sea if museums aren’t your thing.

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                              Wilmington

                                15. Wilmington, NC

                                If you have seen the movie “Safe Haven,” then you probably have seen Wilmington.  What you didn’t see is that you can visit the USS North Carolina or the Arlie Gardens. The boardwalk and shoreline are amazing to see at sunset and is a very romantic place to get away to. For those that aren’t there to enjoy long walks on the beach, there are also ghost and vampire tours to check out. After enjoying a bit of a adrenaline rush, you can take a step back and go to the railroad museum and the cotton exchange to add to your vault of knowledge. In addition, Wilmington boasts a sea turtle camp. Need I say more?

                                Featured photo credit: Jump!- Daniel Oh via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                Is Fasting Safe?

                                As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                Conclusion

                                Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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