The temperatures are soaring in most parts of the country and people are freaking out. Yet, the warm weather appears to bring up a few questions in some people’s minds about whether they should make certain changes in their lifestyle, including their food habits. So, there seems to be a meager connection between summer and weight loss. Perhaps, to some, shedding off those extra pounds is seems easier in summers because of many good reasons.
Summer automatically stimulates drinking more water to keep the body well-hydrated. This is one main reason why achieving your weight loss goals is doable. A number of studies have shown how drinking enough water can help boost your metabolism, speed up the fat burning process, keep you satiated and leading to consuming fewer calories.
Nice weather also encourages you to be active, which means you tend to exercise more during summer months. It’s a well-known fact that exercise along with a healthy eating plan can help you lose weight effectively and keep it off if the habit is maintained. Read – Weight loss: Five unhealthy Indian breakfast items that make you gain belly fat
Whether you want to lose a few kilos or maintain overall health, making good food choices can help you do that. Here are a few tips on what to eat and what to avoid to get rid of gaining belly fat as well as combat the harsh effects of summer on your body:
What to eat to lose weight
Include fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads in your daily diet to improve overall nutrition and beat the heat. Summer heat can cause dehydration, which can lead to electrolyte loss. This could leave you feeling lethargic or exhausted, and may even cause digestive problems such as diarrhoea and constipation. Make sure that you get your daily dose of fresh fruits and veggies to stay fit and healthy.
Liquids and sorbets
Besides water, you need something smoothening that can help keep your body energised. Opt for some healthy drinks like coconut water, kokum water, chaas, fruit slushes and also frozen iced sorbets. These drinks help restore electrolyte balance while providing you with the essential nutrients your body needs.
Fruit and herb infused waters
Apart from drinking enough water (10-12 glasses per day), try nutrient-dense infused water that will not only quench your thirst beautifully but will also help avoid dehydration. You can simply add a small piece of fresh fruit like kiwi or strawberry or even basil to your water, stir gently and store it in the refrigerator for a few hours. This will add refreshing flavour to your water too.
What to avoid to lose weight
Oily and junk food
Packed with unhealthy fats, sugars and salts, Junk and oily foods are the worst when it comes to weight loss. These foods are also extremely bad for your digestive system and overall health of the body. It reduces your immunity, increases your risk for heart disease and other serious health conditions, and spoils your skin health too. Eating oily food makes you sweat more, leading to dehydration.
While proteins are an essential nutrient the human body needs to function normally, an excess of it can be detrimental to the health. The body needs to work harder to digest protein, which is the most complex or the macronutrients and the body, and coupled with heat and dehydration, it could leave you feeling uncomfortable and possibly nauseous if taken in excess. So, consume protein as recommended by your dietician. The recommended daily intake of protein is one gram per kilo of ideal body weight – the appropriate weight for your height.
Do you know that alcohol and hot weather activity can be a dangerous mix? The cruel fact is that alcohol adds to more heat to the body. At intoxicating levels, alcohol is a vasodilator, which means that more blood flows through your system leaving you feeling hotter and sweater.
Moreover, consuming alcohol in hot weather puts you at a higher risk of sunburn, dehydration, and heat illness, as well as a more severe hangover. The good thing is that summer comes with lots of alternatives. Perhaps, your belly will start to burn away without the influx of calorie-laden alcohol.