With summer back in its glory, it’s time to get up and get back in shape. Take a cue from the experts who teach you to lose the flab and get your figure on track.
The weather is getting warmer by the day, and even though you’re ready to flaunt your favourite summer clothes, your waistline just won’t cooperate… Welcome to post- winter weight gain, an affliction that even the best sports enthusiasts often go through.But worry not; while hibernating through the cold is everyone’s favourite hobby, warm weather is the perfect time to take up an activity to tone up.
Shares Bhumika Grover, Reebok- certified aerobics trainer, ” The human body finds it easier to lose weight during summer months, because our food cravings go down and liquid intake increases.” With natural desire for lighter food, your body may start slimming down, but cutting down on food isn’t the final solution to shaping up. ” If you don’t eat, how will you get the energy to work out?” she states.
It’s essential to pick up any form of sport or exercise – go for a swim, join the gym, aerobics, tennis, squash or even a jog in your local park. Every bit counts!” According to Bhumika, the trick is to train the body to burn fat by combining cardio exercises with muscle conditioning and weight training. Try different exercise routines so that every body part gets focused attention and your entire body is strengthened proportionately.
For those on a time crunch and on the lookout for something fun, she suggests searching Youtube for zumba sessions and Bollywood dance steps or getting a fitness DVD to spice things up at home.
“It’s essential to pick up any form of sport or exercise – go for a swim, join the gym, tennis… Every bit counts!”
“Opt for smoothies and juices to unload the fat content of the body. Your meals should include 50 percent cooked food and 50 percent raw vegetables to increase the metabolic rate.”
Food for slender
Exercising is only one half of the game as food habits are equally important in losing weight. ” During winter months the body requires whole grains, carbs and heavier food for warmth and getting energy. It’s a state of hibernation for the body,” shares Shonali Sabherwal, author of The Love Diet. The dietician who has helped clients like actresses Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia and Tabu states that spring is the perfect season to cleanse the body of heavy foods and opt for a detox, as the liver responds well to an inner cleansing during this time.
“Opt for smoothies and juices to unload the fat content of the body. Your meals should include 50 percent cooked food and 50 percent raw vegetables to increase the metabolic rate. This will not only help in detoxing the body, but also uplift your mind and emotional spirit,” she states.Eating light is also a great way to shed emotional baggage, according to Sabherwal, which in turn helps in burning fat as anxiety is known to hold on to body weight. Introduce light millets like jawar , brown rice, corn, foxtail millet, quinoa and khus khus into your diet. Instead of meat and animal processed food, introduce leafy greens in higher quantities.
Rather than broiling/ grilling and baking meals, consider steaming, boiling and sautÃ©ing vegetables. As for oils, go for anything that is cold pressed – sesame or til oil, extra virgin olive oil, canola or corn oil are good options. Raw salads with tons of fruit and vegetables are perfect starters, as are cold soups such as gazpacho, chilled beat and cucumber.