WITH summer in full swing, it’s likely you’ve heard your friends and family proclaim they want to lose weight for their holidays.
It can be daunting to don a bikini and wear the short shorts, especially if you don’t feel comfortable at your current size.
While it’s tempting to invest in the latest fad diet to lose weight or get trim for your next trip, one expert has warned against it.
Dr Karolina Bauraitė said that high temperatures seen across the UK and Europe in recent weeks put those on diets at risk.
In the UK, the Met Office said there had been highs of 35C in some parts of the country.
The bariatric dietician said those looking for a quick fix are most at risk.
Dr Bauraitė, who works at the Nordbariatric Clinic in Lithuania said the concern with fast weight loss is that it usually takes extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise.
She explained that many people could do things that are unhealthy and are difficult to maintain as permanent lifestyle changes.
“A multitude of negative effects — including headaches, nausea, and dizziness — can arise from losing weight too rapidly, especially when starvation techniques are used.
“One of the main risks is dehydration. Ensuring adequate fluid intake is crucial.
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“Sweating becomes more intense in the summer, which is one of the ways in which the body loses fluids.
“Failure to meet nutrient requirements can also expose the patient to malnutrition or the risk of it.
“At any time of the year, it is important to choose a balanced diet that supports health,” she said.
In general, she said that rapid weight loss has also previously been linked to gallstones.
This, she said, is because the liver produces more cholesterol for the bile during fasts or longer starvation periods and interferes with the gallbladder’s ability to empty properly.
What to do instead?
You might be in the routine of trying a new fad diet every year, but plenty of research has shown that often, diets don’t work and that many people end up putting on more weight that before once they stop their regime.
Dr Bauraitė said that you should instead aim for a nutritious balanced diet.
“Maintaining a food regimen is crucial. It is advised to have well-balanced main meals and 1-2 pre-planned snacks.
“Snacking haphazardly ought to be avoided, as snacks frequently mask the feeling of thirst.
“Therefore, getting enough liquids will not only stop dehydration but also stop weight growth.”
She added that in most cases, diets should remain tailored to each individual.
One thing everyone can do though, she said, is eat a diet rich in vegetables and maintain as much food variety as possible.
The expert added: “It is advised to replace sugar-laden desserts or soft drinks with fresh berries and fruit.
“Sweet and fatty desserts can cause unpleasant symptoms in certain cases, so it is recommended to make them at home and include fresh berries or fruit as an alternative.
“It is also important to consume sufficient fluids, making sure to avoid alcoholic beverages.”
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