Opt for a healthy diet this summer (TOI - Lemon Diet)
As the countdown for scorching heat and the painful summer sun begins, you may be regretting the extravagance of the winter season splurge.
That extra helping of pizza on New Year's Eve, those extra glasses of wine for Christmas dinner and those tempting slices of cheesecake from the friend's birthday party are all making their presence felt.
With approaching summer months, you have no choice but to get in shape. And, today, we've got some diets for you. Dr. Simran Saini, Weight Loss Management Consultant at Fortis Hospital and Bangalore-based, registered dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Sheela Krishnaswamy give us 5 diets this summer. Caution: Do not start any of these diets without consulting a fitness expert.
Mediterranean diet (Lemonade Diet)
Sheela Krishnaswamy: This diet is not a low calorie diet, but a healthy traditional diet of the people in the Mediterranean region. Their diet primarily includes whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, olive oil for cooking and wine as a beverage. Their consumption of dairy is moderate (mostly as cheese) and meat consumption is low. Studies have shown that this type of diet helps to reduce the risk of several lifestyle diseases.
The Mediterranean Diet Guideline for Novices:
- Eat your vegetables and fruits -7 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
- Switch to whole grains - The lesser it's processed the better it is.
- Nut it out - Almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, they're all good.
- Switch from animals and dairy fats to olive oil or canola oil.
- Spice instead of salt - Use herbs and spices instead of extra salt.
- Eat fish - Once or twice a week.
- Red meat becomes a treat - Only recommended about once or twice a month. If you're a regular red meat eater. you'll have to replace it with fish and poultry.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
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