Have you been trying to lose weight lately?
Your crash diet crashes every week?
Do you give in to the temptation of your favorite food?
Suppression is leading to over-eating?
Well!! If this feels like you then you are on the right page!!
Have you ever given it a thought that how can something which has a word crash in it will help you build the healthy body of your dreams? Well, resistance leads to persistence and suppression leads to overeating. Also, these so-called diets have a short lifespan hence they can’t give you long-term results.
After my second born, I was desperate to lose weight and gave in to some diets which promised fast-track weight loss. Instead of making my body healthy they started making me feel sluggish, irritated and above all HUNGRY all the time. These diets only work on the amount of calories intake ignoring the whole thing about nutrition. As a result, my body produced more acid making me feel more bloated, lethargic and dull because it lacked the nourishment required for a new mom or anyone for that matter.
Well, no doubt I lost a lot of weight within a month or two but couldn’t maintain it in coming months and ended up landing back to square one. My body lacked the stamina to start any workout, my skin looked pale, and I ended up feeling more depressed. It was then that I felt sorry for being so careless about my body and promised to take care of it by making better and wholesome choices for myself.
I am going to share some tips which have made a difference to my health.
WHAT CHANGED MY HEALTH?
RAW TILL NOON
The best way to start your day is by eating the raw plant-based diet. Whole seasonal fruits, smoothies, sprouts, microgreens, coconut water, nuts, seeds and more aids in the natural cleansing process of the body in the morning which further helps in losing weight. Raw food pushes your energy levels by fueling your body with natural sugar & nutrients. It makes you feel less sluggish and more productive.
SAY “NO” TO PACKED FOOD
Packed food not only makes a hole in your pocket but even dent your health. Processed foods are loaded with refined sugar, salt, and oil which makes your weight stuck. Processing strips away all the nutrients and fiber from the food, and all you are left is with empty calories and chemicals. The ingredient list is also misleading as they have fancy names to make it sound great for, e.g., high-fructose corn syrup is also known as CORN SUGAR which contributes to weight gain and metabolic issues. Please use common sense before buying things labeled as NATURAL, only natural is natural, processed and packed is never natural. Make your choices healthy and wise.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
“Early to bed early to rise will make you healthy, wealthy and wise.” It is through personal experience that I can say that a good sleep leads to a better day ahead. Unfortunately, we are playing with our bodies by not providing it with adequate rest. Our body gets into repair mode while we are asleep and it freshens up our mind for the next day. At one point in time, I used to have lots of late nights but the next day always started at the same time. I found myself irritated and tired in the morning. Would not feel motivated to do my exercise or go for my morning walk. My concentration was weak, and I felt lethargic all the time. I tried to compensate by eating sugar-rich processed food, and in no time I was feeling bloated and super unhealthy. Sleep deprivation actually puts you in a detrimental vicious circle. A relaxing eight-hour sleep is a must to replenish our body and overall health.
MOVE THAT BODY
Working out does not always mean hitting the gym or lifting those weights. Well, a workout for me means putting your body into a “calorie burn mode.” There are so many ways to do that, join a Dance, Zumba or yoga class, if you can’t go out then do it at home, find a workout buddy, go take a walk or any such thing which you love doing. Exercise in any form is mood uplifter because it makes you feel great about yourself. It is well researched that people who workout daily also consume fewer calories. Don’t make excuses just get into action.
WATER! WATER! WATER!
Well, that’s the most common advice which everyone has given to everyone. But most of us fail in infusing it into our lifestyle. I fill three, 3 liters bottles for myself in the morning which I must finish till evening. It’s like setting a target for yourself and to keep a reality check too. Hydration is very essential for our bodies to function correctly. Drinking water helps washing out toxins out of your body and also relieve constipation. Hence, boosting your weight loss. If you don’t like drinking plain water, then make some flavored concoctions with natural fruits, herbs, lemon, etc.
I make sure I finish my dinner at least 3 hours before I go to bed to give ample time for digestion to happen. A late meal can cause heartburn or make you feel bloated due to undigested food as our metabolism slows down at night. But when you go to bed with a light stomach, then you sleep better and wake up fresh. Also, its one of the most effective ways to get a healthy body.
ADD A DOSE OF HAPPINESS EVERYDAY
Last but not the least is to do things which make you happy. Take some time out exclusively for yourself no matter how busy you are. Remember a healthy body is a reflection of a happy mind.
If you would see, then all the above things are interlinked. One thing leads to another and other. Good health is not only about the number on your weighing scale but its more than that. Also because health is not just about the body but also about the mind and spirit. To keep our bodies healthy its very important to have a healthy mind and thought process.
So, when would you start your health journey? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below. You can also share your health secret with us too.