Time to Slim for Summer
In that article it is spoken why it’s the Time to Slim for Summer. It may not seem like it for some of us who live north of the equator but now is the time to slim for summer. To wait until three weeks before your holiday and then decide to lose a few pounds is not the best way to go. A fast weight loss diet can work if you choose the right one, but it will not give a permanent solution to your weight problem, so start early and lose weight slowly. That way you will look even better on the beach this year than you did last year. So how do you start?
The first thing to consider is your diet. There are many diets available – which do you choose? One of the best has been around for a long time. Nearly 2500 years ago it was not unusual for the Greeks to live well into their 80s. Today we have life-long health care, state of the art surgery and a plethora of drugs. We are lucky if we live as long as the ancient Greeks. How did they do it?
Of course we know more about the moneyed upper classes, who enjoyed abundant domestic labour, an equitable climate and a relaxing life style. But even then it was not only the upper classes that had a long and active life. Present day Greek farmers and fishermen also stay fit and young well into their senior years. The big secret of the Greeks is the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet is based on food eaten in Southern Italy, Greece and Spain. It consists of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, unrefined cereals, cheese, yoghurt, fish, poultry and a low consumption of eggs, red meat and wine. Olive oil is used for cooking and as a salad dressing. There has been a lot of research carried out into this diet and the results have always been positive.
The latest findings tell us that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by 30 % as well as substantially increasing lifespan. Evidence tells us that this is one of the best diets you can choose. A good thing about it is the availability of recipes, which are easy to prepare and which make your diet a pleasure to follow. With the Mediterranean diet you can enjoy moderate consumption of wine, lose weight and get fit all at the same time.
Your diet is the first part of how to slim for summer. The second part is exercise. Those healthy Greeks, Spaniards and Italians have a good diet, but they work hard and get plenty of exercise as well. You will not have to till the land or haul fishing nets but you will have to get some exercise yourself.
There are a lot of options, swimming, cycling, dancing, going to the gym, but the easiest is a brisk 30 minute walk each day. The important thing is to set aside time for daily exercise and never give up. Do this along with your diet and in just a few months your will be slim and fit for your holiday. Who knows, you may even like your diet so much you decide to holiday on the Mediterranean and enjoy the healthy food.