With only a few days left to start the summer months, many people are looking for ways to lose their winter weight. Underlining that rapid weight gain and loss can bring upon health problems, and experts draw attention to the importance of a balanced diet spread over a long period of time. Experts list 5 tips for those who want a fit and healthy start to the summer:
1) Watch your water consumption
Maintaining the body’s fluid balance is the most important thing to pay attention to. Hot weather and sweating leads to fluid loss. Water regulates blood circulation and prevents oedema formation in the body. Even if there is no feeling of thirst during the day, care should be taken to drink water. You can calculate the amount of water you should be drinking daily by multiplying your weight (in kilos) by 35ml.
2) Don’t skip meals, do portion control instead
Do not skip breakfast and choose good quality foods for the first meal of the day. Skipping meals may cause fluctuations in your insulin levels. These imbalances may cause sudden increases in appetite; thus, you should not skip meals and pay attention to nutritious and balanced portions.
3) Make it a habit to read labels
Besides providing information about the product to the consumer, product labels are a crucial factor affecting conscious nutrition and purchasing preferences. In your healthy diet approach, you should get into the habit of reading labels and ensure that contents such as saturated fats, trans fats, sodium and sugar consumption are at a minimum.
4) Make exercise a part of your life
Allocate more time to physical activity daily. According to WHO, 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week will be enough to speed up your metabolism and increase your calorie loss. Physical activity has physiological as well as psychological benefits.
5) Pay attention to your sleep patterns
Always try to maintain a balanced and healthy sleep pattern. Excessive or insufficient sleep will have undesirable consequences on weight control.