Fantastic read! This book by Rujuta Diwakar, sports science and nutrition expert about losing weight without giving up the food you love to eat is worth a read. I have gone through books dealing on this issue by various authors but I simply fell in love with this one.
I would love to share few simple rules to eating right. What we need to change is not the food but our lifestyle. Eat what you want and shed those extra pounds….isn’t this cool!
Few things that need to be kept in mind are:
1 Always eat the moment you wake up: never start your day with tea or coffee.
Simple logic behind this is that the blood sugar level goes down when we sleep and if we have a fruit or something equivalent in the morning it helps to elevate the blood sugar levels. After a little gap you can have that cherished cup of coffee.
2 Eat every two to three hours a day.
In order to increase our metabolic rate eating a small portion from our daily diet is going to help tremendously. If the gap between the two meals is more, then it can be a cause of indigestion and acidity. What we need to do is split our large meal into small portions and have it after two hours gap. Not only will we be having all the nutrients but this also helps in burning the fat.
3 Eating should be directly proportionate to your activity levels.
Fair enough! If we are just lazing around or are doing sedentary kind of work, then we can cut down on the heavy meals instead we can have something light but if we are mentally and physically involved in hectic work then the amount of food we have also needs to be in accordance. The golden rule is never let your stomach feel the hunger pang and also do not cross the line and over eat.
4 There should be a minimum gap of two hours between the last meal and bedtime.
Logically we should have our last meal around 7pm. After that our stomach slows down and wants to relax and proper justice is not done to the food we have. But practically if it is not possible then whatever is the last time for the meal, it would be better if we sleep after two hours of having it.
5 Don’t follow those fads of extreme diets – they are not sustainable and just don’t work.Anything which we cannot follow lifelong is wrong for the body.
6 All kinds of foods are good as long as you are eating the right quantity at the right time. Never go on a diet, what you need to do is modify your life style.
And last but not the least is that exercise is nonnegotiable. Unless you exercise don’t expect to see miracles, despite the good eating habits. Yoga, walking, swimming, dancing, aerobics any kind of exercise for two hours thrice a week is must.
7 Try having your meals on a dining table. Enough of it having slouched on a couch in front of television.
I am personally following these tips and have seen change in my body. Let’s enjoy our lives to the fullest by inculcating these valuable tips. Cheers!