Losing weight is just 30 percent of the battle. The real challenge is maintaining it.
Once the mission of losing a certain weight is accomplished, people go back to their old ways. Overall, you should remember to exercise regularly and maintain healthy diet, if you still want to continue your fitness journey. Below are some additional pointers that will help you keep off those grams in an efficient manner:
Make smart eating choices: You are what you eat. Even small habits can make a huge difference to your overall health. Go for grilled or a roast preparations, when you have an option. Avoid deep fried foods completely. If that is not possible, have it sparingly. Limit, if not completely avoid aerated drinks. Go for drinks like lime water, butter milk, coconut water and green tea. Check the sugar levels, when having tea or coffee
Eat Slowly: People who eat slowly eat far less than people who gulp their food. This happens because it takes your brain fifteen minutes to register that it is satiated. So, if you chew the food unhurriedly; you will certainly end up eating less.
Drink lots and lots of water: Water is the most essential factor when trying to lose weight. Consume at least 8 glasses of water every day.Water will ease digestion and help burn fat faster. Many people swear by having water first thing in the morning. It is, in fact your most natural way to lose weight.
Have Breakfast: It is recommended that you have breakfast as soon as you make up as it ups the metabolism. It will help maintain the energy levels throughout the day. You will end up overeating if you skip the first meal of the day. It is recommended that you begin by going for meals that are high in proteins like eggs, cheese, milk, cottage cheese. If you eat a high carbohydrate breakfast like parantha, dosa, upma, poha, you may feel sluggish all day.
Distribute your meals: Consume five to eight small meals instead of three large meals. Just having breakfast lunch and dinner is not as effective for losing weight as having four to five meals a day. It is proven that you distribute your meals in that manner; your body will release less insulin that will keep your blood sugar steady and help you control hunger. You can munch on healthy food stuff like nuts, fruits and healthy biscuits throughout the day.
Avoid emotional eating: It is common that when you are emotional you land up binge eating. During such times, ice-cream and fries are all you would want to eat. Don’t. You should strongly avoid eating as a technique to manage emotions. Instead, distract yourself, listen to music, talk to a friend, take a walk or meditate. Remember; never eat, unless you are hungry.
Take a chill: When we are stressed, the cortisol levels in our body are raised. This leads to fat accumulation around the belly. Avoid this vicious circle by managing stress through meditation, yoga or activities, which relax you. Also getting proper sleep will help you with the same.
Exercise: A recent study says that walking every day for 30 minutes every day. You will be surprised the feeling and how much weight you lose (if you have put on) by doing that for just two months.
Keep healthy snacking options: You can sustain weight loss naturally by sticking to healthy options like fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses and nuts. You can also go for fiber rich foods like whole-wheat bread, brown rice and wheat pasta that will help increase the metabolism effectively.
Have early dinners: It is a good idea to wrap up your dinner by 8.Having your dinner late can slow down the absorption process. This can lead to unwanted weight gain.
For those men and women out there thinking: how easy it is to gain back all the weight that you struggled to lose, so easily? You are right. It is easy. However, it must be remembered that a little bit of discipline is all you require to make sure you always wear your dream figure.