Men’s Health Week runs from June 13 to 19 – just in time to get healthy for the summer. If you’re wondering where to start, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your overall quality of life, and anything that you start this week can easily be brought into the rest of the year.
One of the bigger concerns for summer is the issue of weight loss. Gaining a few pounds during the winter is almost an inevitability and losing them for the beach or pool can seem like a daunting task. However, dropping some pounds is much easier than you think!
It may seem counterintuitive, but you want to avoid simply skipping meals in order to lower your caloric intake. Not only are you depriving your body of vital nutrients but you may actually end up gaining weight. Your metabolism can actually slow down to accommodate the sudden change in food intake, which will make it difficult for your body to burn calories.
Do your best to drink more water and tea throughout the day. Keeping hydrated will help you maintain energy levels throughout the day even when you aren’t eating as much, and tea is a great way to curb your appetite and stave off cravings for that mid-afternoon candy bar.
Eating foods high in fiber can help fill you up without adding many calories. Try to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables in between meals and watch your portion sizes decrease without feeling like you’re missing out. You’ll feel full and satisfied afterward even though you’ll be consuming fewer calories.
If you want to get serious about shedding those pounds, it may be a good idea to start keeping a food journal. Write down everything you eat throughout the day and calculate how many calories you’ve had as accurately as possible. You’d be surprised how many calories you’ll be able to cut out without very much effort. It’s a good motivating factor to be able to document exactly how well your weight loss attempts are going, too.
You may want to consider taking dietary supplements, like those offered from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, to help facilitate a healthy loss of weight. Dr. Agin’s Skinny D can serve as a meal replacement without leaving you hungry and unenergized throughout the rest of the day. Gold Standard Protein, when used in conjunction with a good diet and exercise, can help improve your circulation and curb sugar cravings that may leave you feeling unsatisfied.