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Think you need to join a gym or hire a personal dietician to lose weight? All you need to do is read this article.
There are various hurdles to losing weight. Some of us don’t have the motivation, the information or the right attitude. It’s not possible for everyone to juggle work and home-life and make room for exercising or dieting. But it’s a common myth that weight loss needs you to join a gym or follow a strict diet. Anyone can lose weight anywhere without putting in too much effort. All you need to do is follow a proper diet and exercise properly. Remember, ignore either your diet or exercise and the plan won’t work. They are essentially two sides of the same coin. Here’s the ultimate plan to lose weight without stepping out of your home!
Diet for Weight Loss
The problem is that we make many basic mistakes while eating every day which results in our weight gain. We make the unhealthier option without even knowing it. For example, even the food items you find on the supermarket aisle which promises to help you lose weight are actually unhealthy for you. Some basic general tips you need to keep in mind when you’re trying to lose weight are:
Don’t go on a crash diet: While crash diets or eating very less might give you some benefits for a while, the weight you’ve lost will simply return in a few days when you return to your normal dietary habits.
Eat more fibre: This will help you stay fit because normally as it doesn’t have a lot of calories. It also makes you feel fuller, slowing down your digestion. It also prevents absorption of fat in the digestive system.
Stay hydrated: Drinking water is another important aspect of weight loss. You should drink 2 litres of water every day (that’s not a lot).
Cut down on saturated fats: Saturated fats are the kind found in all the junk food that you eat every day and are essentially responsible for the rising obesity cases in the world. You’d do well to avoid foods like biscuits, bhujias, burgers, butter, chocolate, cheese, oil, processed meats and other junk foods which are high in them.
Cut down on sugar: One of the primary reasons for the obesity pandemic is the high amount of sugar we consume. It’s present in every single item we love — candies, chocolates, cold drinks, spreads, jams, ice-creams and pretty much everything you like.
Keep track of what you eat: Another reason we tend to eat more than required is don’t often count the snacks we have in-between meals or even the meals we’re eating. What we can do plan out your meals properly so that you don’t end up eating junk food. You can even calculate the number of calories you consume in a day with an app like HealthifyMe (which has a widget on TheHealthSite.com) which has in its database the calorie count of every dish under the sun, including Indian ones.
Avoid alcohol: Kris Gethin, editor-at-large of Bodybuilding.com writes in his book, The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body: ‘Alcohol, even antioxidant-rich red wine, has calories that do nothing to fuel your workouts and fuel only the fat deposits around your waist. Studies have shown that alcohol can increase cortisol levels, which promote fat gain, especially in the abdominal region— which should definitely be avoided when you are looking to trim down and show off a six-pack.’