After I wrote a fun article on the weird incidents that helped me remain in shape, many of you hoped that there would be steps on how to lose weight, too. Some of you even messaged me asking how you could lose those inches without starving yourselves. Despite the generic blog that I wrote a few years ago ‘Nothing is Impossible’, where I listed all what you could enjoy if you were planning to lose weight, I decided to write another one because I’ve tweaked my regular diet a wee bit since then. Not because the previous one wasn’t working but because I just grew 6 years older. 😉
Firstly, let me remind you that controlling what you eat only depends on you, no one else. If you have the determination to lose those pounds, you will. Otherwise, your body fat will just keep accumulating while you blame it on age, routine, family, time, work, etc. And annoying ailments will follow, such as Varicose Veins, backaches, knee pain, etc. So, only if you have the guts to lose that excess fat, read on…
And no, I don’t believe in crash diets or any famous diets.
I love the summers, not because it is hot but because it’s the fruit season! You will find various fruits that you can enjoy in the mornings like dragon fruit, mango, jackfruit, ice apples, java plum (jamun), grapes, watermelon, etc.
During the other months, there are bananas, apples, oranges, etc. So, eat as much as you need to fill yourself up.
Or latest by 13 30 hours. Yes, eating on time is very, very important. And make sure you don’t munch on nonsensical items between breakfast and lunch.
For lunch, you can merely replace rice and chappati with millet grains. Yes, they are quite boring in taste so I try to enhance the flavour by mixing them with cauliflower/broccoli rice. I avoid adding too much salt (as that is also bad for health) to it but I add an extra pinch of freshly ground pepper. You can add other herbs that you like and enjoy this with your vegetables and curries.
Avoid eating even a piece of chocolate after lunch. You can satisfy your sweet cravings once you have lost weight. For now, make sure you don’t think ‘nothing will happen with one bite’ and have all the junk items in the world. Control – is the word to remember!
I don’t drink tea or coffee but I love having a glass of unsweetened almond milk (the best I’ve tasted for far is the one by Borges Natura). I plan to try the one by Epigamia next. Or you can just enjoy some fruits, nuts or seeds.
Dinner can be light, provided you sleep by 22 00 or 22 30 hours. Staying awake late at night will surely lead to you consuming unwanted food items.
For dinner, I either have sandwiches with brown/wheat bread, soups, eggs or lean meats/fish. I sometimes enjoy a bowl full of salad. You can also try some of these smoothies that can fill you up without letting those inches increase.
As I have mentioned umpteen times before, sleep is very important. Only when your body rests for a minimum of 8 hours a day, can you expect to have the least number of ailments.
The five steps to living a healthy life are to EAT RIGHT, KEEP ALL YOUR LIMBS ACTIVE, DRINK WATER REGULARLY, DO THINGS THAT BRING YOU PEACE and SLEEP WELL.
Staying healthy does not depend only on your workouts. You can walk miles but eat junk. Also, being thin and fitting into size ‘S’ does not always mean you are healthy. Even slim people get heart attacks. And sleeping well does not mean sleeping all day.
Hope this helps at least a few of you to lead a healthy lifestyle and not chase crash diets or starve yourselves. In case you have issues with the will-power to take care of yourself, you can always contact Swati Narshana (Clinical Nutritionist and Sports Dietician) to help you get on the right track.
All the best!
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