Health & Wellness

Published on May 14th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Summer Weight Loss Tips

By Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer” of Chicago Fit 4 Life

The summer is finally here!  With the summer months come warmer weather, great fun, and also more empty calories.  Every type of bad food imaginable is readily available during the summer, and that is why your activity level picks up during the summer but so does your weight.  So instead of mocking, I plan on helping, with these summer weight loss tips:

1.  Drink More Water:  With this warmer weather, you perspire a lot more than you do in the winter months and that means less water in your body.  Dehydration in the summer months is more common than not, and that can lead to a list of problems such as heat stroke, dry skin, and fatigue.  An added bonus of drinking more water is the feeling of being full, and that equates to eating less at your meals.  Less food means fewer calories; fewer calories mean less staring at rolls while in a bathing suit.

2.  Eat before you leave the house: I’ve been invited to family events every weekend since the weather has warmed up, and every time I show up, I always feel like I walked into Rome (e.g. cookies, cakes, pies, rolls, etc…)  If your family is anything like my family, then they think that when you get together there should be a lot of food.  I don’t know what it is but food equates to fun in my family.  If you eat before you attend an event or family outing then you can give a line that will save you thousands of empty calories, “Oh no thank you, I just ate!”  Really say it too…rub your stomach while you’re saying it.

3.  Make your own plate: Some events you’ll be attending this summer have one objective, to eat.  Family reunions, 4th of July barbeques, etc…  So you have to eat at the event, but here’s the tip. Don’t let someone else fix your plate.  Have you noticed that the biggest person is always the individual making everyone’s plate, and they just assume everyone eats like they do?  Not only that, you then have to deal with the pressure to clean your plate, especially when someone else dished out the money for the food.  So to avoid offending someone, just make your own plate and don’t over do it.

4.  Go to Bed: When you stay up all through the night, there is a greater propensity to eat unhealthy foods.  It is very hard to eat a salad at 2 o’clock in the morning, because at that point you don’t really care about losing weight.  The next morning you do, because I’m waiting in the gym with a lie detector test aka the scale. And even though you care, its to late, the damage has already been done.

In a recent study, ten overweight volunteers went on a diet while sleeping 8.5 hours a night for two weeks and just 5.5 hours per night for another couple of weeks. (During the day, their diet and activity levels were exactly the same.) In both cases, the average weight loss was 6.5 pounds, but when the group slept less, they lost less fat (1.3 pounds versus 3 pounds), and felt hungrier.

 

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