Don’t Miss These 5 Weight Loss Tips To Become Selfie-friendly!
What are the most defeating moments of our lives?
How do you overcome them?
There are some people who do this consistently well. What do they have that others don’t?
I meet people to discover life truths.
And I capture them to share with others. And unleash the power within each one of us.
We are all born equals. We must remain equals.
Just a few weeks ago, I met a very dear friend who is a brilliant homemaker and a fabulous cook. Over the course of our conversation she mentioned that about 7 years ago, just after she had given birth to her second child, she had given up all hopes on herself. Here she was, without a career, plump and overweight, age catching up, a few grey streaks making their presence felt, sentenced to a routine that had pushed her to the periphery of her own life. Ironically, she was applauded in the family for what she was doing. In her heart, she knew that she was letting herself down for bettering the lives of her family. It was her duty! She was reminded often. She was beginning to accept that this was her life and this is all it would ever be. While some would go about being on the journey to build a life for themselves, this ‘unequal’ lady must accept life the way it came to her.
Now, 7 years later, I meet her.
What do you think happened to her in the last 7 years?
She looks hot! Spring in her step, a glint in her eyes, in her late 30s, she looks happier than ever before. I couldn’t stop myself any longer.
I had to know her secrets.
What happened to transform her from flab to fab? How?
She was happy to share her story and here I am – bring you the facts of someone who went from feeling like an Unequal to being an Equal.
I will share 5 knowledge tips with you today that will let you control your health and that of your dear ones.
How many of you know about weight Loss by just eating right? Studies have shown that you are 80% of what you eat (diet) and only 20% of how you move (exercise).
Tip 1: Shun the Sugar
In the year 2000, the average global population was consuming 20gms of sugar per day. By 2014, that number stood at 55gms per day. How did that happen? Sugar slips into your diet in 70 different forms and is an integral part of processed food and it is 10 times more addictive than cocaine. Moderate your consumption and you will see the impact on weight and your energy levels.
Firstly, replace processed sugar with natural forms like jaggery, honey, coconut sugar (by the way, coconut sugar doesn’t taste as coconut-y as you would imagine).
Secondly, a bigger impact comes from eating less ‘sugar’ that enters your body via processed food and beverages, bakery items, sweetened breakfast cereal, and sugar-laden energy bars.
1 glass of packaged and processed juice contains 20-25 grams, (i.e. 6 teaspoons of sugar!)
Tip 2: When it comes to carbs, choose ‘COMPLEX’
The ‘SIMPLE’ carbs found in refined flour products like bread, bakery goods, pasta, polished rice, fruit juices, are easily digestible and known to create blood sugar spikes and cause inflammation, insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.
‘COMPLEX’ carbs, on the other hand, are high in fiber and take time to digest in the stomach – like our Indian millets, whole grains, whole fruits, pulses, and legumes.
For example, if the impact of white, parboiled rice on blood sugar (glycemic index) was 100, the impact of bajra (millet) is only 55.
Instead of regular atta rotis, try rotis made from soya, jowar (sorghum) or bajra (pearl millet). Combine rotis with a simple vegetable curry or dal and you have a complete, nutritious, low-calorie meal.
Also, include whole fruits and vegetables in your diet. They are naturally filling and can help with weight control. Apples, peaches, plums, watermelon (my favorite!), oranges and kiwifruit are great weight loss fruits and taste amazing as well.
Tip 3: The thin line between thirst and hunger
The same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting hunger and thirst signals, which can result in mixed signals. You should aim to eat every three to four hours — if it’s been less time than this, you might not be truly hungry.
So, every time you feel hungry at an odd hour, try drinking water. Research suggests that drinking water before meals reduces calorie consumption and controls eating. Sipping lots of water burn more calories so you lose more weight. Drink water before meals and regularly during the day.
Tip 4: Portion Size control
Eat on a smaller plate and you will probably eat less and lose more weight. A small plate tricks the mind into believing that the plate is ‘full’ compared to large plate sizes.
It is essential to read the serving sizes on packs before consumption. While your pack of cornflakes mentions 30gm as one serving, 30gm is nothing more than 2-3 tablespoons and consumers usually tend to overshoot portion sizes unknowingly.
Here’s a bonus tip for you:
Tip 5: Avoid crash diets!
Sudden ‘crash’ diets may deliver quick results but they are extremely unhealthy and will eventually affect both your physical and mental health. Often, people who lose weight through a crash diet put it back on after only a few weeks. Follow a healthy weight loss diet plan instead and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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