When is the best time to start a diet before the summer?

Written by: Dr. Alberto García Valdés
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

There is no better time to start a slimming diet, although for social reasons usually dates are chosen after Christmas or towards spring, depending.


However, if we look at animals, they know very well what they have to eat. Thus, any cat, if it has a lot of food will always look, smell and only choose what to eat to be better. You do not need to "learn" to eat. Your own instinct indicates what you need at every moment.


Things to keep in mind before setting off on a diet

In more developed societies, with a very organized way of life, with long journeys, a lot of sedentariness and abundant stress, the food has become a pleasant break to return to work, but also in a way to reduce anxiety.


Therefore, there is no time to start a diet, but eat what is necessary to stay in good health on a regular basis.


More recommended diets

Throughout the history, the different societies have been elaborating from the foods available many different dietary forms.


Between us, in the Mediterranean area, a diet was developed that combines excellent characteristics, but also many other cultures have foods that are very much in line with their needs.




Foods that should not be missing from a diet and foods that should be avoided

Proper nutrition depends on many circumstances. Common sense indicates that in winter with lower temperatures should be taken more energetic foods, lighter in summer and intermediate in the rest of the seasons.


On the other hand, in the last 30 years, due to globalization, different cultural tendencies have been exchanged and tended to eat more similarly in many areas of the world.


In summer, fats are less necessary and should be reduced without greasy and fried foods that slow digestion and provide unnecessary calories. In its place are introduced more vegetables, vegetables in the form of salads, gazpachos and in fresh and raw forms. Baked fish and meats, iron, steam, wok or papillote. Little sweet fruits and lots of water, like watermelon, which is suitable at this time, drink more water, infusions, cold tea ... Avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks, moderate the consumption of ice cream and eat simply with adequate hours and 4 or 5 drinks a day.



What deadline should we put to achieve the goal?

The goals are in relation to the amount of weight to lose and the person in question. It is not, of course, the same to lose 3-5 kilos or to eliminate a small overweight that reduce an established obesity with enough kilos. You do not have to put very rigid goals in general, but it is not appropriate to leave everything in the air and say that the important thing is to reach the goal. In this way, the results are very likely to be very disappointing. It should also be said that, in fact, it is not the summer diet that is important but to maintain the proper weight regularly.



Are there ways to maintain weight after dieting?

For many years, and even now, although much less often has been saying: "I have made many diets but of course, diets have rebound."


This expression is a certain deformation of reality. I often say that the rebound is not for the diets but for the person, who returns to the previous attitudes. Greek medicine, precursor of the present, related health to be in balance with nature.


In this sense, the word DIET of Greek origin means "way of life", not simply having adequate food.


Food, besides being essential for life, is just like tobacco and alcohol, something very addictive and its excess is a form of pathology. That is why it is necessary to lose weight with an adequate diet, being currently a trend of vegetable type supplemented with food products such as Essential Diet , leader in this field, but then you must always be on the lookout. It is not rebound, is that things are done wrong.


What is necessary is to be consistent and follow a discipline and before you take a lot of weight again, go to the endocrinology specialist to lose it again.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Alberto García Valdés
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

The prestigious Dr. García Valdés is the Head of Endocrinology and Nutrition Hospital San Francisco de Asis. Doctorate "Cum Laude" from the Complutense University of Madrid, has more than two decades of experience. During his professional career he has served as Head of Service at the Central Hospital of the Defense as well as at the Central Hospital of the Air, among others.

The doctor is also dedicated to teaching, teaching at the Universidad Complutense and at the CEU San Pablo University. Finally, also note that he is the author of several books in his specialty and collaborator in different medical journals.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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