I had decided to keep this weekly feature with Vol. 2 coming up next weekend but after reading your comments, I thought this post could be of help to many of you who do not know where to get started.
In this post, I have listed out 4 easy and do-able dietary habits that personally work for me. So for those who want to lose weight the healthy way, do try to incorporate these 4 tips in your routine and see how it works for you!
1. Eat a healthy, hearty breakfast within an hour of waking up.
Try to eat healthy wholesome foods like vegetable sandwich, poha, upma, low-oil vegetable paranthas or eggs for breakfast. Eat within an hour of waking up and eat well, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
2. Drink a minimum of 3 liters of water everyday.
The simplest trick to lose weight – drinking adequate water! Take at least 3 liters everyday, it will cleanse your stomach and add a glow to your skin as well.
3. No carbohydrates after 7 pm.
Assuming you go to bed around 11-12 pm, cut out the carbohydrates from dinner and instead consume daal/sabzi/salad/grilled paneer for dinner. Don’t starve yourself, eat well but cut out the roti/rice from dinner. Undigested food is the cause of weight gain, your body cannot break down the food you consume at night as you sleep so eat light in the night. Your last carbohydrate meal like a roti with sabzi or sandwich should be at least 4 hours before you sleep. Then for dinner, say around 9, skip the roti/rice and eat only daal/veggies/sprouts/salads etc. Works like a charm! (I’m not positively sure but I think non-vegetarians can eat grilled chicken or fish)
Check out the recipe for the above dish . (I do not own the image)
4. Consume at least 1 serving of fresh fruit and salads everyday.
You should ideally consume more but to get started, eat at least 1 fresh fruit everyday and change the fruit everyday – have a banana one day, an apple the next day and a pear/pomegranate the next day. Eat the whole fruit so that you get the fibre and eat it with the skin wherever applicable. Also eat 1 serving of salad everyday. The fiber helps in cleansing the intestine of undigested food and aids bowel movement.
[note color=”#FFE4C4″] I hope these 4 Tips will get you started. I will wait for an update next weekend from those of you who are going to incorporate these changes in the coming week! For weight loss AND for maintaining weight, you need to eat RIGHT. You can lose weight by starving yourself but you also end up losing your muscle strength, the shine and luster of your skin and hair and suffer from hormonal imbalance if you starve yourself to lose weight. You need to eat to lose weight and eat right. To be fit and healthy for life, you need to adopt healthy eating patterns and increase your metabolism so that your body digests what you eat!
There are many more things you should do but for starters I think these 4 basic ones are enough! Hope this helps 🙂
p.s : I wanted to thank all of you who shared their stories in Vol. 1 of this feature. I know its a very personal thing and it takes courage to share, I really appreciate it and it motivates me more to do this feature with you all![/note]
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