In an ever growing world where food is easily accessible, sometimes it is very difficult to shed those extra pounds to be able to fit into those pants purchased a few months earlier. Believe me, I have gone through this before. With a little will power and motivation to believe that anything can be achieved, the possibilities are there. The only question is, how bad do you want it.
As a food lover, I am always tempted to indulge my desires in just about every tasty treat I come across without ever thinking of the repercussions to my health. Like most people, it is easy to value strong flavored foods overloaded with sodium and sugars compared to bland tasting dishes.
The following is a short list of what I found to be helpful during the process of being healthy and assisted me in shedding off some weight.
1. Limit carbohydrates consumption. Sugar rich foods such as rice, bread, pastas, even potatoes are the culprits that account to weight gain. Limiting consumption of starchy food can significantly lower weight and reduce risk of developing diabetes. Start by initially eliminating carbohydrates from one meal (preferable dinner) then slowly work your way to consuming less carbohydrate for other meals of the day.
2. Drink Ceylon Tea. Drinking tea is a healthy alternative compared to sugary soft drinks. Ceylon tea is high in antioxidants and has the ability to boost your metabolism system. It improves your cardiovascular health while preventing risk of diabetes through regulating sugars in your body. A cup a day without any granulated sugar is suggested.
3. Consume foods slowly. It sounds absurd, right? But in actuality there is some scientific explanation to this. The time it takes your brain to register the chemicals to the contents which you have devoured is approximately 20 minutes. By eating slowly, your body will begin to feel full without completely stuffing yourself in a short time frame. Therefore, take the time devour your meal and chew thoroughly.
4. Create meals with only vegetables and protein. Take the time to prepare home cooked meals with leafy greens and your selection of preferred meats. Vegetable may either be boiled, steamed, stir-fried (using olive oil), or eaten raw. It may take a little bit of time for your body to adjust without your standard starches to fill you up however, you can consume as much of your vegetables and meat until you are full. Just take it in moderation and don’t over eat.
5. Prevent consumption of late night meals. Yes, at awkward times during the night we have those irresistible cravings for food. There have been suggestions to not consume any meals after 8 pm. If you take it into perspective, your body is preparing for sleep in which your body becomes idle and no physical activity is done. Therefore, some of those calories from those late night meals are unable to be burnt thus attributing to weight gain.
6. Go snack on some nuts. Nuts are the perfect snacks to stop those hunger cravings improving overall health to the brain and body. A better alternative compared to empty calorie snacks such as chips, nuts are low-carb and have a significant lower impact on blood sugar levels. So grab a bowl and go nuts!
7. Limit or substitute your sugar intake for healthier options. Actually I would have like to say eliminate all sugars completely however, practically all of the products we purchase from the supermarket have some sort of sugars in it, even ketchup. The best thing to do is put a limit the amount of sugars you consume. Healthier options maybe selecting water over that can of soda loaded with. Certain health conscious consumers will also prefer to use honey over granulated sugar.
8. Have fun & exercise. Ensure that you set aside time perhaps 3-4 days a week for exercise. You can schedule your exercise and recovery days on alternating days. Select activities that get you moving, including bicycling, aerobic dancing, swimming or my personal favor running. Exercise will enable you to feel more confident and is a great stress reliever. Studies show that even a 15 minute walk can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So go ahead and challenge yourself towards living healthier lifestyle.