Weight loss is a gradual and natural process, not a puppet dancing to the tunes of your idea of a perfect figure. If being thin and being toned are two different things to you, you are probably not losing weight the right way.
Caloric Balance to Healthy Weight
Calories matter! Weight management is all about balance; balancing the calories you consume with the calories your body uses or ‘burns’ through activities. Don’t choose a diet or an eating plan just because it worked for your neighbour’s niece. Your body’s needs may be utterly different. And for God’s sake don’t deprive yourself. Your meals must contain things that you like and have been eating since small. Be true to your genes, babe!
If you are sustaining your present body weight, you are in ‘caloric balance’. If you need to put on weight or to shed weight, you’ll need to tilt the scale in the right direction to achieve your goal. Confused? Have a look at the chart below.
You need to eat something, not tea/coffee, within first 10-15 min of waking up to kick start your metabolism into action. A healthy breakfast ensures that your body doesn’t go into starvation mode. As you go ahead with your chosen diet and activity plan, keep track of your progress. Don’t you want to know whether your attempts are working or not? No shying away from scales and tape measures then.
Did you know that more than an hour’s workout a day actually leads to loss of muscle tissues and lower metabolic rate? And please, forget the glossy ad on TV. Nobody loses 10kg in 2 weeks unless they fall ill. It will be much simpler if you choose to fit in physical activities brisk walking, a sport, gardening or cooking in your schedule.
Ice cream, cheese pizzas, pakoras, samosas, fizz drinks… Mm, pretty tempting! But who is telling you to abstain completely? You are allowed to ‘cheat’ once in a while as long as it doesn’t become habitual as well as if you make up with some physical activities. Lost again? Lets brief you with a few examples. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Once your body is attuned to healthy eating and hydration habits, which will obviously take its time, it is all under your control. Stick to them, stay disciplined and soon the mirror will see a new you.