How to lose weight (well) this summer

It is possible that you, despite having an adequate weight for your height (body mass Index < 25), have taken several kilos throughout this winter. The clothes that have taken these months has covered the little Michelin (or Michelins...) that has come out and that, for the summer, does not want to look. Even if in the month of May, it is possible to remove that extra weight to face without problems the bikini moment. But it is imperative to do it in a healthy way.

Nutritionists and physicians agree that losing weight inevitably passes through a clear personal determination to modify life habits towards healthier ones that include food and physical activity, with constancy and will. This is commented by Araceli Ramos, Doctor of the Endocrinology and Nutrition service at the university Hospital of Móstoles: "To lower the kilos of winter you have to retake a varied diet, reduce portions and practice physical exercise. Learning eating habits is the right way to get weight maintenance. "

This idea is also collected in noextra kilos, a practical guide published by OCU in which healthy habits and practical tips are disseminated to safely lose weight. The publication is completed with proposals to carry out a healthy diet; Tips for healthy eating also outside the home; Analysis of the most common diets and slimming products; And the keys to success to lose weight and never catch it again. Getting it is as simple as calling 900 907 421 and requesting it. It's free.

Resorting to miracle diets (that of artichoke, sandwich, detox, Hyperprotein, based on pills or herbs) that promise weight loss quickly and without just effort is tempting. But both these regimes and the miraculous products pose a risk to health and to the pocket, as noted in this study Juan Romero Candau, member of Food of the official College of Pharmacists of Seville. So much so that OCU has launched a campaign aimed at denouncing the lack of rigor existing in many products and services that offer easy solutions to lose weight. And, incidentally, they fail to comply with the regulation of advertising by giving them a sanitary appearance that is not real.

And how do I know if I'm overweight?

Determining if a person is above their ideal weight is easy. Simply use the body mass index (BMI), also known as BMI, or IQ, Quetelet index, by the statistician who devised it.

To find it you have to divide the weight — expressed in kilos — between the height — expressed in meters —, elevated to the square. This is the formula: kg/m2. The result indicates whether the weight is correct depending on the height.

An adequate BMI is the one between 18.5 and 24.9. Below is considered too thin. Superior is considered overweight.

However, it is important that a health professional evaluates the results, both above and below, as there are other factors that influence the overweight.