When it comes to losing weight everyone starts with “Oh! I have to start dieting” and when few days of dieting do not work we say “Oh! I need to starve”. It would be interesting to know how many of us can survive such days of starvation. When fasting even for a day we start feeling weak and tired and crave for heavy food by the end of the day. So imagine how tough it would be if you had to starve all your life or major part of your life just to lose weight.
I was also under the impression that dieting is actually starving. To be honest, I also lost weight in the process, but for only limited period of time. The day I would eat an extra bite or try slightly different food items, my weighing scale would show me my extra pounds and I would scream “Oh no! I have to diet, I have to starve.”
Dieting is often misunderstood and is not properly executed. In real sense, dieting implies a healthy and balanced diet. It does not mean that one has to starve. But it means providing body with all the nourishments and nutrition it requires in order to function optimally. We should be on a diet, but that does not require us to starve. We should instead follow a healthy diet which includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts, dairy and so on.
If we let our body go on a starvation mode we will encourage fat to accumulate around the belly and also to slow down our body’s metabolism. As a result instead of losing weight, our body will start gaining weight which becomes our stored fat and loosing stored fat is seriously tough.
Because of our busy schedules it is often hard for us to follow any routine, let alone a healthy diet regime. We always have something pending and always have something else lined up, but in spite of all these do we ever forget to sleep, eat, breathe, sit, or any morning chores for that matter? Likewise, I am sure we can follow and maintain a healthy diet by making it a natural habit as eating, sleeping etc. are. It does not need any extra time; it only needs a positive attitude and willingness to eat the right kind of food. I will give you a small example of how this can be done.
For Example: I have shared many healthy smoothies in my blog, which do not require any extra effort or time. The smoothies can be carried to your work place as well. I am sure most of us prepare coffee/tea/chai in the morning before leaving for work. Making these smoothies are as easy as boiling water and/or making a cup of tea and coffee, and it roughly takes the same time as well. So, by the time you actually pour your coffee into your mug, you can actually also pour the smoothie into another mug as well. You can sip it all morning while working on your desk.
A small step can take you a very long way. J
Health tip of the month:
“Do not let the body go on a starvation mode. Eat healthy stuff in intervals of 2-3 hours”