If you want to lose weight, you must already be making significant changes in your diet. But the summer season brings its own requirements. Temperatures are currently very high across the country and such weather can have a detrimental effect on your fitness levels. But you can beat the heat and stay true to your weight loss goals by making specific modifications in your diet. This applies to not only foods but drinks as well. We have put together a list of five quick tips you should keep in mind this season. They are based on advice and suggestions given by nutritionists and health experts.
Here Are 5 Important Weight Loss Diet Tips For Summer:
1. Stay Hydrated, The Right Way
Hydration is the mantra you must be hearing everywhere this season. Drinking plenty of fluids not only keeps you cool but also enhances bodily functions. Natural drinks can detoxify your body and speed up your metabolism, thus helping with weight management. Choosing the right beverages is key. Unfortunately, most packaged drinks and sodas popular during summer are loaded with sugar. Steer clear of them! Click here to find out 5 healthy drinks you should choose instead. After all, homemade is always the best.
2. Increase Intake Of Certain Probiotics
Eating probiotic foods like curds helps support healthy bacteria in your gut and also prevents digestive problems. Curd has a cooling effect on your body and is light on your system, making it an ideal summer ingredient. It can help you keep up your energy levels and its protein and calcium content also benefit your body. Curd is consumed in a number of ways, for instance, it is used to make chaas (buttermilk) - which is also a weight-loss-friendly drink. However, note that you should avoid pairing it with certain foods.
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3. Opt For Fruits/Veggies With High Water Content
Cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon (kharbuja/ cantaloupe), wax melon and the like are often consumed during summer. Their high water content provides a range of benefits for your body. They can promote digestive health and help relieve acidity, constipation and other issues. Remember that gut health and weight loss are interrelated. They also aid in natural hydration, while being mostly low in calories. Here are 5 healthy ways you can add cucumber to your diet.
4. Choose The Right Spices
Spices such as garlic, chilli, and ginger tend to have a heating effect on your body. In summer, it is best to limit their consumption and stick to cooling spices such as fennel, cumin, coriander and mint. This applies to everyone, not just those on a weight-loss diet. But those wanting to shed those extra kilos would be glad to know that these spices can greatly help with their goals. Apart from using them while cooking, consuming them as part of simple, water-based concoctions can help you detoxify your body, ease digestion and lose weight as well. Click here to know more.
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5. You Need Not Give Up Mangoes Completely
Since it's summer, the fruit on many of our minds is mangoes. But should you be avoiding them on a weight-loss diet? You may have been led to believe that mangoes are fattening. However, according to nutritionist Simrun Chopra, fruit does not always lead to weight gain. If consumed in moderation, and at the right time, mangoes can actually be quite healthy for you. Their fibre content can especially help you stay full for longer and keep cravings at bay. Read the full story here.
Now, you know what changes you need to make in your diet this season. Remember that it is possible to beat the heat in natural and healthy ways!
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