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Staying fit is not always about getting thin(ner) or having massive weight loss. It is about being healthy and feeling healthy. Of course, we all want to look like a size zero, as do I. But I can’t take out dedicated time for any fitness activity such as going to the gym or doing aerobics or yoga, by leaving my two munchkins behind. So, I started my bit by making a few changes in my lifestyle.
Firstly, there are a lot of apps available, which help you to calculate your BMI, and according to the amount of weight you want to lose, they suggest the amount of daily calorie intake. A lot of advanced apps can even help you to calculate the amount of protein intake per day. The reason that I am focusing on protein is because it is one of the building blocks for body tissues and muscle, and also works as fuel for the body.
A few changes that I tried to inculcate in my routine are as below:
1. Small changes in eating habits and diet plans
All I tried is to maintain balance. Trust me, our body is very adjustable and flexible in nature! Sometimes, we eat what we do out of taste or habits we have developed, and not as per the required needs of our body.
- I have completely stopped having parathas, and have switched to chapatis.
- Switched from my evening coffee to green tea.
- Restricted my meals as per my calories intake instructions.
- Switched to lighter recipes, instead of having trans fat. Big no to cookies, namkeen, and chips for munching.
- Included salads, fruits, and nuts to add nutritional value in my diet.
- Trying to have dinner as early as possible.
2. Water intake
One should have at least 9 glasses of water in a day, because most of the human body is water (average of 60%), and it’s very important to keep yourself hydrated.
- Try and have 9 glasses of water. To calculate, I used to fill 3 bottles of water in the morning, and my target was to consume all of them by the end of the day.
- Try and add detox water to your diet. There are a lot of recipes available on the Internet. Whichever one suits you, can be added into your daily routine. It can actually work as a body cleanser.
- You can have lemon and honey water in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Cumin water helps in digestion.
- You can put some mint leaves and sliced lemon in your water bottle, and consume in it during the day.
- Green tea helps in detox of the body.
I try to walk for 30 minutes in a day, though it recommended to walk at least 10,000 steps in a day for weight loss. But, to add my bit, I used to brisk walk inside the house itself while my kids were playing or sleeping, so that I will be around and do my bit to be healthy as well. It helps if you can cover approx. 3,000 steps. It will also be good if you can take out time for some dedicated exercise like static jogging, stretching, cardio, or dancing, to burn more calories.
These changes might not help you in losing weight, but hopefully they will make you feel healthier and lighter. Slow and steady wins the race!
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