Anytime anyone wants to lose weight, they start eating less, skipping their meal and starving. But how many of them have achieved their goals for long-term by these crash diets and meal skipping process? If you, in some way get that tempted figure and lose some weight by this, yet in the long term, you are definitely going to gain more weight than ever as you will get back to your old eating habits.
First of all, we all need to change our opinion about weight loss and dieting. When we are eating less or not eating at all, it automatically slows down our body’s metabolism and our body begins to build up fat as a means of an adaptive mechanism. When you don’t take the minimum food that is required by your body, you see yourself losing inches and weight but that is muscles mass and weight and not the fat that you need to lose.
And what is even worse? When we eat only three meals a day, that is breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then this too long gap in between the meals makes us prone to eating way more than we actually need to eat. A stuffed stomach, then, cannot digest the food properly and convert the extra calories into fat.
Lose Weight and don’t let it Come Back
So now when we have understood that starving ourselves is not going to help us lose weight, then the question is what is the correct way of losing weight? And the answer is- Eating right food at the right time and in the right proportion is the key to a good looking and good feeling body. Eating small portions at a regular interval keeps hunger at bay and thereby we will eat less quantity or you can say only the required quantity of food that our body needs. When you start eating more frequently, your body no longer feels the need to store fat.
What to Eat?
Now, what to eat so many times a day is a big question. Here we are going to cover that too. Our three main meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner should be well balanced. The mid meals should be high in satiety value. Here are the options for that- nuts, roasted chana, paneer cubes, sprouts, egg whites, buttermilk, fruits, etc. Don’t have tea or coffee when you are hungry as it does more harm than good as it obstructs the nutrition absorption in your body.
How to Start?
Start small. This is the core thing to understand that pushing your body in an unpleasant situation makes it resist and it becomes hard for you to continue the process. And also do everything in long term. Never start something just for the sake of losing some extra kilos and getting back to your old eating and living habits. A Healthy lifestyle should be your choice not your need of the hour. Choose a healthy life and health will choose you back. Here I am including some tips that have helped me living a healthy life.
- Drink a glass of plain water OR lemon water (if it suits you) first thing in the morning.
- Eat your first meal within the gap of half an hour after waking up. This could be a banana OR 4-5 overnight soaked almonds OR overnight soaked raisins.
- Don’t use any electronic gadget while eating, if possible.
- Try to sit in a proper posture.
- Find excuses to stand and walk.
- Between 4 to 6 PM, eat a satisfying meal. This will help you eat less for dinner. (I heard Akshay Kumar in an interview that he never eat anything after the Sunset.)
- Do some strength training. No matter if you are men or women, hit the gym at least 4 times a week. This will not make you bulky like weight trainers but will maintain your body strength and muscle mass.
- Eat as slowly as you can. This will make you aware when to stop.
- Do Surya Namaskar daily. It has hundreds of benefits. Do it on regular basis and you will know yourself.
- Summers are here and it is very important to hydrate yourself. Drink a lot of Shikanji, Nariyal Pani, Chach, and Jaljeera but aerated drinks.
The funda is simple, change a little at a time and try to implement the changes in the long term. You will feel more active and fit. Not yet convinced? Try it and believe it! For any doubt, write your query in the comment section and I will try my best to explain it.