Investing an hour a day for fitness routine is certainly going to keep your health on track. And if you’ve discovered the appropriate fitness tool and regime that suits you the best, as The Week has suggested in its past features, you’ll learn that fitness can be fun, too. However, to get the most from your fitness regime, you also need to take care of what you eat.
Fitness gurus say that to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you’re expending. Simple diet blunders can derail your best efforts to stay fit and hone your body shape. When it comes to diet plan, many people mistake it for dieting, as in eating very less than their regular intake. But like fitness routine, diet plan should be something that you’ll be able to follow and accommodate in your regular eating habit, making it as a part of your lifestyle.
The Week is here to help you take control over your diet and eating habits. The following suggestions will help you choose healthy foods if you don’t have a diet plan.
Avoid crash dieting
By definition, crash dieting involves extreme methods to instantly lose weight, usually in a few days to a week. But these methods of losing weight quickly can leave harmful effects on your body. During crash dieting, you cut out an entire food group which not only leaves you dissatisfied but when you eat so few calories, you train your metabolism to slow down. This kind of dieting will refuse any possibility to have a healthy relationship with all kinds of food. And once the crash dieting is over, you have a body that burns calories more slowly and you usually regain weight. Photo: The Week Portion plan
If you’re exercising hard to keep up your fitness routine but are eating incorrectly, you aren’t going to get the results you want. In such situations, either you’ll get tired soon, or you’re simply not going to lose any weight. Portion eating plan, unlike crash dieting, will leave you with enough energy to exercise with ease. If you follow this plan, you’ll also satisfy your hunger and consume all kinds of food, but in a balanced way.
You can choose foods that are nutritious but low in sugar. Also, if you’re big fan of tea or coffee, limit the sugar intake to 1-2 tablespoons. Sugar is a favorite and common addictive for most of us, so it can be a hard to do away with it. Diet planners agree on eating everything but in moderation. Having everything in moderation won’t be as harmful. But excess sugar will alleviate unhealthy weight gain and triggers various adverse health conditions. So check on your sugar intake to have a healthier and fitter physique.
Eat after every workout
The best time to eat is after a workout. Foods provide the required energy to the body after exercise and fluids keep the body hydrated. You can have a high protein snack after your workout routine. After a rigorous calorie burning exercise, food will recharge your body system while water acts as your body’s cooling system.
You can chart your own meal planner to check on you portion eating plan. On average, a person is advised to have 5-7 portions of starchy food (potato, bread, pasta or rice), 3-5 portions of vegetables, 2-3 portions of fruits, 2-3 portions of dairy products, 5-6 portions of proteins (chicken breast, fish, tofu, soy beans or eggs) and 2-3 portions of fat (butter, oil).
It’s said to be ideal to have five to six meals per day. On a plan regime, never let more than two or three hours go by without eating something. Make sure that you drink enough dairy products but watch on your fat intake. And remember to avoid all forms of sugar.