London: In a recent study, ten overweight volunteers went on a diet while sleeping an average of eight-and-a-half hours a night for two weeks and just five-and-a-half hours per night for another couple of weeks. It was noted that these volunteers lost more weight during the initial weeks of their diet, reports allure.com.
Dr. Abbas, however, says that there is a limit to which one can sleep and seven to eight hours of sleep is required for the effective functioning of the human body.”
Eat five times a day: The first basic step to lose weight is to break meals into various categories — early morning breakfast, breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, evening snack, and dinner
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“Having fruits is essential, but one should avoid banana and mango as they are high on sugar content and on calories,” says nutritionist Dr Ayesha Abbas. It is better to go for watermelons, melons and sweet lime. One should either have fruits 40 minutes before a meal or two hours after a meal.
“Skimmed milk, whole grain cereals, whole pulses, green leafy vegetables and salads should be included in one’s summer diet. Also, it’s a misconception that chicken or fish heat up the body temperature. Grilled or steamed fish is ideal for speedy weight loss as it is fulfilling and its mineral content covers up for the salts lost due to excessive sweating,” says nutritionist and physicist Dr Murad Qadir.