What you eat needs to align with the weather and conditions you live in, what your job is like and what your lifestyle is, among other things to ensure it is healthy and aids your weight loss goals.
New Delhi: The summer season brings with itself a number of fruits and vegetables that are extremely healthy and can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Diet and exercise are both very important for weight loss and since the weather is too hot for you to go out and exercise, you may want to pay special attention to your diet.
What you eat needs to align with the weather and conditions you live in, what your job is like and what your lifestyle is, among other things. The summer season is really hot and requires you to stay hydrated. Hydration is extremely important for weight loss and to keep all body functions running smoothly. When it is about a weight loss diet during the summer season, here is what you should and should not do.
What should you include in your weight loss diet in the summer season?
The summer season is bountiful and brings with itself some seasonal fruits and vegetables. You must make the most of these while they are available, as some of them are a treasure box of nutrition.
For breakfast: The aim during the summer season is to keep your body cool. Try including fruit juices like mango juice or orange juice in your breakfast. Oats, porridge and vermicelli are good breakfast options. Good vegetable curry and roti are a good idea for a brunch meal. Try to include fresh fruits in your breakfast meal like berries.
For lunch: You must keep the lunch oil-free for a weight loss diet. Having rotis with a curry or dry vegetable is a good idea. Another very important part of the lunch diet for weight loss is lentils or dals. Dals are rich in protein and are a must-have food item for vegetarians on a weight loss diet. You can also eat fruits as a post-lunch or a mid-day snack. A very good option for a mid-day snack will be raw veggies like cucumbers that have a cooling and hydrating effect on the body. Including a drink in your mid-day snack is also important to keep your body hydrated in the heat.
For dinner: Lauki (Bottle gourd) and tori/ torai (ridged gourd) are super hydrating vegetables available during the summer and should be eaten for dinner with roti if you are trying to lose weight. These two vegetables are made with little to no oil, are light on the stomach and make for a great summer dinner meal.
What should you not eat this summer season if you are on a weight loss diet?
Breakfast: You should avoid eating eggs during the summer if you are going to be out in the sun all day. Nuts and seeds may also not be a good breakfast food if you have to be out and about in the summer season, as they can cause the body temperatures to rise. Warm ginger tea can also cause heartburn, especially in winters as they may also cause the body heat to increase.
Lunch: You should avoid oily and fatty food especially during the lunch as it can make you feel lazy and sleepy. Though there is no hard and fast rule for the lunch meal about what you should not eat, you should just steer clear of junk food as not only does it sabotage your weight loss efforts, it may also heat up your body in this heat.
Dinner: You should not eat oily and greasy food for dinner in the summer season if you are on a weight loss diet. You must also avoid drinking tea or coffee after or with dinner as the caffeine content can mess with your sleep schedule. Keeping your dinner light is the key to healthy digestion and accelerated weight loss.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.