There are few things in life that are more frustrating than having a bad day at work or a bad hair day. Yup, we are talking about something you face everyday just by looking at the mirror meeting those old love handles near your abs. Have you wondered why is it that how much you workout, they just refuse to melt down? And sometimes it is not your confidence, but merely those extra kilos that are making you feel guilty and leave you feel conscious about your body. On the top of it, your unadulterated love for delicious foods knows no bound and it stands as a testament to your over indulgence in food-porn that gives your taste-buds a high dose of orgasm.
We feel you, buddy! But, if you think shying away from those lip smacking foods only will shed those extra flab, then we would request you to stop being judgemental and look at this issue in a neutral perspective. Fret not, in this post, we have compiled a list of things you should do to lose weight, without compromising on your love for food. Lets read on to find out:
Smart food choice, smarter you
Choose to live the smarter way, instead of eating mouthfuls of food, focus on mindful eating. Divide your meals into six smaller meals instead of usual three bigger meals. It will help you feel full and you wont give in to overeating. Also, skipping meals not only leads to abdominal weight gain, but can also lead to the development of insulin resistance in the liver. And, when you eat after the skipped meal, you unconsciously eat more than you usually do.
Choose what goes In
We are sure, you never miss a chance to choose what you wear and why not? After all, fashion has to be a chosen thing but so is health. Switch your healthy mode on and be very careful of what you eat. Eating processed or junk food may make you feel full but will add nothing of value to your bodys needs. Its better to focus on eating nutrient rich foods like eggs, green vegetables, salads, legumes etc. The idea here is to make lighter and fibre rich food choices like seasonal fruits, nuts etc. Also, if possible, use natural sweeteners like jaggery in place of sugar to lose weight.
Chew to feel fuller
We mostly fall prey to the bad habit of hogging food without chewing and that may be one of the reasons why losing weight is a far cry. When we chew our food properly, we release a lot of saliva that contains digestive enzymes, improve the digestive process. Also, the food particles that arent chewed, lead to bacterial overgrowth and cause constipation, indigestion and bloating. Thus, to avoid the uneasiness and help the body lose weight, one should make it a point to chew at least 30 times.
Time, it all depends on it
What is done is as important as when it is done, same applies for the drinks. Its better to drink water before and after half an hour of any meal. You should avoid gulping water while eating, however, if needed, you can take a few sips. Also, at least 2-3 liters of water daily will help you keep the system hydrated and more active. As a matter of fact, you can opt for flavored water. While it can be made by adding fruits and herbs, fruit slices like cucumber, watermelon, lemon etc (except banana) and regular water, it is a method to increase your water intake. Many flavored waters also help you reduce weight.
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Distractions, a big NO
Researches prove that, people tend to eat more due to distractions. If you choose to eat while doing something (like watching TV or talking on phone or texting), you tend to eat more. Focus is the key, that way you wont eat more than you should, feel full and not add extra pounds to your weight.
Smaller is better
What if we say that you can trick your mind to help you lose weight? Thats the beauty of our minds and to utilize this beauty to the optimum, its advisable to eat in smaller plates. The logic behind it is to put in less contents in your plate and thereby consuming only the amount needed. So, an emphatic YES to the sayings, Size does matter!
Colors play a role too
Colors are saviors, they signify many things; be it danger, love or peace. According to Readers Digest, different colors act on your appetite differently. For example, blue suppresses appetite while red increases it. Now, if you make these colors a part of your eating plan by having tablecloths or plates of the desired color (blue), it will surely help you lose weight.
Active is the new sexy
All consumption and no exertion will make you a dull person. For healthy living, you should focus on burning the calories you consume. If you dont burn those calories, they will appear on your body as fat and that is what we intend to lose. So, move your body, baybeh!
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Invoke your smarter self and choose eating healthy foods like fruits, snacks etc. In order to avoid overeating, you should munch in small portions throughout the day. Distribute your calories so that its easier for your body to digest the food and increase your metabolism.
Journal is for winners
Maintaining a journal is a habit which you should inculcate in your daily lives. Your journal will help you keep the track of what you have achieved in a day and also if you focus on what you eat and note it all down, you can easily be aware of how healthy have you become and count your calories.
Follow these steps and along with a few exercises like walking or jogging you can lose weight easily. But, do keep in mind, not to starve or follow unhealthy eating. Make sure you eat healthy food and enjoy your love for it. For more information regarding health and fitness keep visiting our blog. Till then, stay fit, stay happy!