Although the summer months tend to bring exotic holidays, blue skies and golden tans, they also tend to induce additional kilos to put a dent into our bodylines.
It’s just a fact of life that we all put on weight during our summer holidays, and there are a number of reasons why. For some people the sweltering heat spurs increased laziness, and lolling by the pool or on the sofa is far more tempting than getting out and about burning calories.
Holidays, for many, simply mean a reason to let go and to overindulge in mouth-watering ice creams, BBQs, cool fizzy drinks and other tempting bad foods. Whatever your weakness, you will be hard-pressed to find someone strong enough to maintain their pre-holiday weight.
However, there are a number of proven ways to shed the pounds and to shrink back down to your former size, without altering your lifestyle and eating habits a great deal.
Unfortunately, for anyone who loves their food, this is the one that goes hand-in-hand with all of the other weight-loss tips. Dieting is definitely a necessity for anyone trying to shed the pounds, but it must be done sensibly and in moderation.
A ‘crash diet’ — where you simply cut down considerably on everything you normally eat — can cause your body to react in many bad ways. The strain can be too much on your heart and cause you to faint regularly or the lack of calories can even cause long term complications to your health.
Instead, work out a plan with a nutritionist or with an expert company. You need to maintain a balance of all the food groups and lessen your complex carbohydrate intake. Eat dried fruits or foods that release energy slowly (such as oat-based products) for your snacks and aim to grill or boil meats and fish instead of frying them.
Opt for good old exercise
The time-old weight-loss classic has to be exercise. By raising your heart rate, your body burns calories rapidly, even after you have finished your workout. Running, swimming and cycling have been shown to be the most effective forms of exercise, but any type repeated regularly will have a positive effect.
If you get bored running on a treadmill, then try an interactive way to keep fit. Join a sports team with frequent practices and training sessions or become part of a running, dance or fitness group. Exercising with friends is a great way to keep it up as it becomes less of a monotonous routine and more of a social engagement. Try a gentle stroll three times a week and a few yoga classes.
Pop some pills
Many people swear by supplements. Research has shown that one specific type can assist you in burning up to 400 calories a day — 25 per cent of your daily intake! This little miracle worker comes in the form of fish oil vitamins, with Omega 3. They contain DHA, which prevents pre-fat cells from becoming fat cells by killing them. As a result, weight loss is achieved by decreasing the accumulation of fat in the body.
Additionally, these fishy supplements will reprogramme your genes to break down carbohydrates, rather than store them as fat. The acids will increase your rate of metabolism and blood flow which assists weight loss.