Why it is Easy to Lose Weight in Summer Season

Easy to Lose Weight in Summer Season

Easy to Lose Weight in Summer Season

I have 110 reasons, not to workout. The most common excuses are based on the weather for me. Winters are cold and monsoons are depressing and summers… what are summers then? Summers are pretty hot and humid but they are also ideal to lose weight.

If you wake up before the sun wakes up, you would be in for a pleasant surprise. The weather is ideal, you are not lethargic and once you step out, there is nothing stopping you. Summers are great for the outdoor workout. While thinking about this, I wondered whether I would be able to shed that extra flab I amassed during winters. Going by the theory of ‘It is easy to lose weight in summers’ I would definitely bid farewell to fat this season, it seems. Are you interested in knowing how it is easy to lose weight this season? Put on your reading glasses and delve deeper.

1. Let’s Have Some Water First

Who wants to have a glass of water in warm weathers? Instead, we infuse our body with many cups of steaming coffees instead. However, in summers, we drink several glasses of water. If your tummy is bloated because of water, drinking more water helps you shed some weight and flatten your belly as well.

Besides, water is one of the well-kept secrets to lose weight. At times, you are thirsty but mistake it for hunger and binge. The rule is whenever you feel hungry between meals you should sip some water to assess the feeling. Chances are that cravings will subside. Water is quite essential to your body. And summers make you drink more of it. Eventually, you feel energized and light as well.

Tip: Carry a water bottle with you whenever you step outdoors.

2. Hunger Takes a Backseat in Summer

Did you realize that in winters you wanted to eat something all the time, while in summers you reach for something to drink? This is because there are fewer hunger pangs in summer. The reason behind this might be that eating raises the temperature of the body and hence, you are not willing to eat more.

Further, overeating prevents you from drinking water afterward. Hence, you eat less so that you can drink more. There is also another theory that in summers, your body does not require much energy and hence, you are not willing to eat. When you eat less, the calories consumed are less and eventually, you shed weight.

Tip: In the summer season, opt for fresh, seasonal and raw salads instead of calorie-dense foods to stay energized.

3. Spend Less Time in Humid Kitchen

Come summer, I do not like to stand in the front of the stove admiring the food and waiting for it to get cooked. In fact, this season you are more willing to stay away from the hottest and humid place in your house and that is – the kitchen. In fact, you are willing to switch on the kitchen fan and prepare no-cook vegetable salads, fruit custard, sandwiches or similar meals. Heat coaxes you to prepare and eat light meals. When you eat more of uncooked meals, especially for dinner, you lose weight at a faster rate. To shed pounds, the dinner should be finished off two to four hours before bedtime. Further, it should be light. All these boxes are ticked in the summer season. And ultimately, you become a thinner version of yourself.

Tip: Opt for antioxidant-rich foods to meet your weight loss goals

4. Sunny Weather Makes You active

I am not saying that summer season has the best weather of all. But yes, summers are quite pleasant to be up and about. While other seasons make you lazy most of the times, summers inspire you to explore. Even gym aficionados step out and work outdoors. When you work outside, you feel better and exercise more at times. As the sun smiles quite early in the morning, you do not feel like lying on the bed. Instead, you hit the floor and desire to do something. With days being longer, you are active for the most part of the day. This helps you shed the flab at a faster rate as compared to other seasons.

Tip: Try exercising early in the morning or late evening when the weather is pleasant

5. Summer Makes You into Health Conscious

While cold weathers persuade you to binge, summer makes you a health-conscious being. You start making healthy choices, unknowingly. This is probably because of the ample light that you see in your surroundings. Cold and dark seasons make your mood crabby and you turn towards food to light up your mood. Whereas in summers, food does not light you up but water does. Moreover, it has been proved that people who eat in lighted surroundings make healthier choices.

Tip: When you wish to binge, open the windows and let the fresh air come in. It might happen that the bingeing mood subsides.

6. When the Sun Grills You, You Grill the Veggies

Summers inspire you to cook outside. Invite your friends, set up a barbecue and grill the veggies. Grilling means less exposure to oven and stove. Further, grilling also means less of oil. This helps shed weight as well. Plus, with grilling, the regular veggies taste quite different. You eat more of veggies instead of fried stuff. Grilling also helps retain the nutrients of the food. So, summer invites grills and barbecues and eventually, allows you to meet your fitness goals.

Tip: Choose veggies that are good for weight loss. Take, for instance, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.

7. Good Mood Prevents Bingeing

It is all about mood baby. When the mood is good, you do not need people, events, reasons or calories to pep you up. But when the mood is bad, an ice cream tub makes its way to the innocent belly. Many have the bad habit of bingeing when they are bored. As summers are quite busy, you are always in a cheerful mood. And hence, you are not likely to reach out for a packet of chips, just for the sake of it. As opposed to this, winters are quite dark and some people feel depressed as well. Hence during winters, people tend to eat more calorie-rich foods and eventually put on weight.

Tip: Keep your refrigerator stocked with seasonal produce to control hunger attacks.

8. If You Are a Mommy, You Will Like This

Mothers, especially those of school goers, tend to like summer season. No points for guessing! Yes, it is summer vacation. With no school homework and activities, the schedule is lighter for mom in such season. Coupled with other plus points, mothers generally want to make the most of the summer season. While some would want to catch up on sleep, others would wake up early in the morning and burn those stubborn calories away.

Tip: Maintain a journal to not let summer vacation ruin your workout.

9. Workout Without Actually Working Out

Summer season means exploring the nature, going on forest trails, trekking, beach walks, playing sports or just boating around the lake. In this season, you work out without even realizing. If you are not a sports junkie, then you must be going on shopping and splurging. Even these fun activities require long walks in the mall or checking out the street vendors’ offerings. Summers are all about staying active. You do that unconsciously. When I was young, summer vacations meant playing hopscotch, hide and seek and other such activities. Sometimes, I play such games with school-going kids even now and return home tired and exhausted. Summer season is best for exercising and at the end of it, you are fit and fine.

Tip: Choose activities that boost your mood and burn some calories as well.

10. Cravings for Buttermilk Invite Weight Loss

If you crave for buttermilk in the summer season, then you might be inadvertently losing weight. This is cool, isn’t it (just like the buttermilk). The humble buttermilk is loaded with potassium, vitamins and of course, calcium. Instead of opting for sugary drinks or calorie dense snacks, guzzle down a glass of buttermilk. In fact, buttermilk is also beneficial to your body as compared to other dairy products. Team up buttermilk with exercise and you might shed weight quickly.

Tip: Buttermilk is a healthy alternative to fried snacks and not actually helps lose weight.

What are you waiting for? Brace yourselves for the summer season and set some high fitness goals. Make sure you are not opting for sugar-laden energy drinks and plain water most of the times to stay active. Yayyy for Summers!

Lose Belly Fat Fast With These 10 Super Simple Everyday Lifestyle Changes

Lose Belly Fat Fast With These 10 Super Simple Everyday Lifestyle Changes

Lose Belly Fat Fast With These 10 Super Simple Everyday Lifestyle Changes

While Neena blamed pregnancy for the belly fat, there are many other factors that are all the more responsible. And some of these factors are related to a disorderly lifestyle. While this post is meant for all the people who have a belly that they think can accommodate a football, women and especially moms may find frequent mentions in examples.

So, what is your ‘normal’ day like? Are you of those types who tread their weight-loss path carefully or of that kind who just yaks about losing weight but does not want to do much? If you are of the second type, this post might be quite useful to you.

While trying to lose weight, especially that stubborn fat around the belly, we tend to overlook our lifestyle. Often, we make mistakes that are hard to realize. Herein you will find easy to forego mistakes that will make your belly fat vanish gradually. So, put on your seatbelts and get ready to know about Super Simple Lifestyle Changes that will make you get rid of excess belly fat in some days.

1. Fiber, Fiber, and Fiber it is

You might be dieting and controlling portions, however, one thing that becomes a barrier in losing fat is not enough of fiber in your food. Stock up on fiber and you will notice a difference. The role of fiber is to absorb all the water that you drink. This makes you feel fuller for a longer period. Make a chart of fiber-rich foods. Ensure that you consume these foods on a regular basis. Do not skip on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to get rid of your muffin top.

2. Bidding goodbye to Stress Can Really Help

If you are stressed about your weight just like Neena (mentioned in the example) is, then you might not be able to lose pounds at all. If you are wondering why then stress has been termed as one of the reasons of protruding bellies in the modern age. There are a set of people who tend to eat more when they are stressed. This is because stress increases their appetite and the food consumed finds its way to the belly. And sadly, the bigger your waist, the higher are the chances of stress-related binging. The easiest way out of this trap is to never let stress settle down in your mind. Indulge in hobbies, exercise regularly and stay happy.

3. The More Protein in Your Diet, the Better You Are

“Protein, Protein in my diet, make me the thinnest of all”! If only, the protein had ears. But it certainly has the capability to make you lose some pounds. Protein in your diet can actually make you feel fuller for a longer period. This curbs untimely hunger pangs and prevents you from snacking. Further, protein-rich diets reduce your appetite as well, which is again a win-win situation. That is the reason that gym-goers are asked to stock protein. This is because protein not only reduces belly fat but also increases your metabolism (quite important, eh). On top of that, protein does not make your body lose the muscle mass as well. Wait, I am not done yet. Make sure that the protein you chose is of higher quality like nuts, dairy, whey protein, etc.

4. Are You Aware of the Monster ‘Trans Fat’

Before you leap to keep that packet of your favorite chips in your supermarket trolley, I want to tell you something. You need to learn to read the nutrition labels on packaged foods. Trans Fat is one of the biggest monsters that have been draining the effects of all the exercise that you have been doing for your beloved tummy. Further, you might even end up with heart ailments and inflammation by consuming foods laden with Trans Fat. Replace Trans Fat with monounsaturated fat and chance are that you might fit in your old denim. Psst! Trans Fat have another name as well – partially hydrogenated fats, so that you know what to look for on packets.

5. Sugar, Sugar in My coffee, Please Let Me Be

If you want my advice, then stick a sticky note on your sugar container that exclaims ‘NO’ in capital letters. Sugar might be one of the reasons that your belly is not buzzing even after tons of sweat that you lose through exercise. This is because sugar that you consume pleases your tongue and teases your belly. Even after ‘notice to vacate’ by your tummy, the sugar refuses to leave it. So better beware of consuming sugar next time, especially the processed ones. Also, make sure that you are not consuming sugar by any other name like fructose, maltose, etc. on packaged foods. Read the post – Super simple ways to cut sugar from your diet.

6. What?! Alcohol Leads to Weight Gain?

Yes, it certainly does. I hope you are not one of those who is replacing meals with alcohol just so that they can lose weight. Alcohol has a favorite corner of your body. It tends to settle down in your belly for good, just like a permanent tenant. No wonders that you were blaming your gym instructor for not helping you lose some inches around your waist.

7. One, Two, Three, Four, it’s Time to Hit the Floor

I agree that this post was meant to make you lose fat the easier way. But, I do not think that exercising is tough. It is quite easy and interesting if you chose the right workout at home. Play your favorite numbers and get ready to burn out the fat. One of the interesting cardio workouts is aerobics and it will support your ‘burn belly fat’ mission for sure.

8. Chew, Chew, Chew your Food

Even after consuming a high-protein diet and exercising regularly, if your belly fat does not want to give you a farewell, then chances are that the food that you are consuming is not being chewed properly. Chewing every morsel slowly and gradually lets you enjoy the food. People who eat faster gain weight quickly. Also, when you eat mindfully, then you tend to feel fuller for a longer period as well. Read the post – Why chewing food properly is important for good health?

9. Let People Nickname You ‘Sleeping Beauty’

For this, you need to sleep more. And by more, I do not mean that you spend the greater part of your day dozing off. I just mean that sleep, weight, and stress are cousins. If you are stressed, you will not enjoy a good night’s sleep and resultantly, you will invite a bigger belly to be part of your life. Undisturbed sleep at regular intervals can help you lose some inches around your waist, claims some researchers.

10. Drink this and Enter into Bliss

And the bliss that I am talking about is fitting into that old waistcoat of yours. Three things that you need to drink regularly to get rid of excess abdominal fat – Water, Green Tea, and Apple Cider Vinegar. A glass of water regularly, a cup of green tea and a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar might change the way you look at your belly. Water keeps you hydrated and even prevents mindless snacking. Sometimes, what your body needs is water but your taste buds need a packet of wafers. So, listen to your body and keep drinking water. However, you should not drink fruit juices and sugary drinks to replenish the need for hydration in your body. They tend to make you gain weight. There are chances that you will smile every time you see the flatter version of your own self when you follow this advice.

What More Can You Do!

Try fasting. There are several types of fasting that people observe to lose the belly fat. You can fast for 12 – 16 hours daily. The other way round is to begin eating and finish it off at the same time regularly. Take, for example, you have breakfast at 8 in the morning then have your dinner at 8 in the night. You can try sleeping only after 2-3 hours of your last meal – this helps too. Further, you need to keep a track of everything that you eat and drink, meaning you maintain a food journal. This prevents cheating as well.

This Needs to Be Done All Together

You need to follow all the above points to get rid of abdominal fat. If you just diet and do not plan to exercise, then it will not help. If you drink water and also fruit juices, then chances are that your belly fat might want to stay with you for a longer period. Hence, change your entire lifestyle to bid farewell to your belly fat and not welcome it again. Happy bellying!

How to Burn Calories the Fun Way, Without Doing Any Exercise

Burn Calories Fun Way

No, the article is not about reducing your waist size through diets or medicines or for that matter, some sort of treatment. We are talking about interesting and fun ways that you could burn calories, without you even realizing it. This seems to be exciting, isn’t it? Read along.

Dancing

Does your television have music channels? It’s time to put them to good use. Switch on the channel that has some peppy dance numbers being played. Lift yourself up from the sofa and start moving. An hour or so of dancing works like cardio, burning more than 400 calories. It gives you ample exercise. Isn’t this cool!

Also Read: How Dancing Helps You Emotionally

Walking

Walk, walk and walk more. If you don’t like dancing or other related activities, try walking. It is quite easy, does not require any equipment and burns more than 150 calories if done straight for an hour. Take your friends along. What I did was, checked out the new neighborhood through walking. I loved exploring the area and the narrow lanes, which did not have much space for a vehicle to move. By a month or so, I knew the area thoroughly. To avoid boredom and for security purpose too, keep changing the routes.

Hiking

Burn Calories the Fun Way
If you want to reduce weight at a quicker pace, opt for hiking over walking. Search for hilly terrains that will give you routes that are inclined. Choose good sporty shoes for this. If there are no hiking areas nearby, tour such areas on weekend. Ask your friends to accompany you. You can even plan a picnic kind of thing.

Window Shopping

I like window shopping for several reasons. Firstly, it keeps me updated about the new introductions. Secondly, it gives me good exercise and thirdly, I do not have to shell out a single penny for it. If you desire to burn calories quicker, go to one of those pretty garment stores. Try different types of tees and pants to reduce fat. It is a good exercise. However, visiting that fast food restaurant post walking around the aisles is a big no-no.

Playing with Kids

Ever thought why kids are so active? They keep on moving around the place, irrespective of the time. The more you stay active, the more energetic you are. If you think that it is easy playing with the kids, try it once. Play hide and seek or indulge in some role playing. You will be out of breath in some time. For burning calories faster, ask them to run and you try to chase them. You will enjoy this fun exercising session.

Spring-Cleaning

If you think that this would be just once a year, then here’s an idea. Do not wait for spring to arrive for doing this fun exercise. Wear your gloves and begin it. This exercise is quite easy and can be performed every weekend. I love it for dual benefits. Not only I lose calories, but also get a sparkling clean home.

Jumping Jacks

You are waiting for the elevator and it’s stuck on some floor. Do not think much. Start jumping, especially if you are leaving for home. Jumping jacks is quite a good exercise and performing just 10 jumps burn 100 calories. Wow!!! You can try this thing.

Treasure Hunting

I ask my friend to hide my pen in the office during our lunch time. I hop from one cubicle to other to find it. The process of hunting the pen post lunch gives me post-lunch exercise. It works out my mind too. Nowadays, both me and my friend hide each other’s stuff and enjoy this treasure hunting game.

Exploring

If you are free on this weekend, then plan a trip to a forest. An hour or so of forest trip will give you good exercise. Try to climb on trees, balance yourself on that old log; pick those yellow leaves and other such activities. It is not only fun, but you will also come to know a thing or two about the forest.

Stand

You do this all day long. However, have you realized that you do not stand much at office? You might have not. Sedentary job make you amass calories. Make a point to stand often, not just for work but for fun. Stand up, stretch and sit down again. Do this frequently. If your colleagues are amused, tell them the reason of the same. Involve them in this activity so that all of you can time your stand-ups.

Meetings

You bump into a long lost friend on social media. Both of you decide to meet for coffee. Is this not a chewed-up idea? Why not meet up for a sporty activity instead? Plan a trip to the park, take a Frisbee along, talk about whereabouts and catch up on long lost time. What say?

Video Games

No, I am not kidding. Playing virtual video games like tennis or the like that make you move are actually very good. They are not as good as playing actual tennis, but you can have fun and even burn calories.

Play-Area

Have you ever tried sitting on a see-saw? I did just yesterday and I started panting. This simple looking plaything gives your legs good amount of exercise. If the kids around you are okay with this, then try swinging, sliding, monkey bars and other such activities. You will not only enjoy with the kids but even burn calories.

Musical Instrument

Take up coaching for playing violin. You might not be aware that playing violin is a sort of exercise. It helps burn calories. This way, you would learn to play an instrument and even lose some weight. What say?

Does this Sound Interesting?

There are so many activities around you that will not only give you some time with your loved ones but also the required amount of exercise. I am not being violent but it’s like killing two birds with a single stone. Exercising alone is quite boring. However, these fun activities require involving other people, which make burning calories a fun time. Are you game for a game?