Switching to a healthy diet is switching to a whole new lifestyle. Eating food is both, a necessity for life, and a luxury that we all enjoy. You can’t treat your diet as just one of the tools to get you a fit body; you will have to develop a more wholesome attitude towards it. Going on crash diets, or one of those diets with fancy names, or eating just a few particular foods while leaving out the rest – these are desperate measures to push the body towards a certain weight. These measures might work for a short while; but they never do in the long run, and they might as well cause you irreversible harm.
The list of ‘why nots’ for switching to too healthy diets, too soon is huge; but we’ve here 3 major reasons that you should definitely jot down.
Growing Hunger is Not the Solution: It’s Renewing the Problem!
It’s really hard to simply cut-off calories from the everyday diet. Not just hard to do but also really hard on the body. Instead of going on a crash diet and hoping to cling on to it till your body ultimately crashes, you should try cutting off 200 to 300 calories at the most, at a time. No more than that.
If you’re having 2200 calories a day right now, go down to 2000 first, and then slowly and eventually reduce as you go. Also, the right way to take in these calories would be by eating every two to three hours, and eat more fibre-rich food like vegetables and whole grains. This will get your body more nutrients for lesser calories, and help you control your hunger because you won’t feel starved. And if don’t feel starved, there are less chances of you going for the processed food, or just binge eat. Now, isn’t that what we’re really aiming for?
Giving Your Belly a Break Doesn’t Mean Breaking Your Belly!
Fibre-rich food sure is healthy for your body, but seldom does anything come without a side effect. If you’ve been a non-vegetarian all your life, and you’re suddenly asked to eat more vegetables, include more legumes and divert your palate more towards fruits and whole-grains – it could end up running havoc in your belly. Your intestines have been accustomed to a certain type of food, and if you change that immediately, you might notice flatulence, constipation, bloating, or even diarrhea.
So, the right thing to do is add these nutrition-packed food items to your plate in small amounts at first. Build up your intake by 2 to 3 grams per day, according how your body takes it, and then slowly increase it every week till it reaches to about 30 to 40 grams of your daily intake. Give your body enough time to get adjusted to the new food.
Aim for Slim n’ Strong; Not Thin and Weak!
Calories in your food are important because they are a measure of how much energy you get from that particular food item. Decreasing the calorie count at once would mean depriving your body of the amount of energy level that it is trained to consume. You would have to instead start exercising, not too much in the beginning, but again slowly building up, and side by side decrease the number of calories that you might be ingesting. Also, keep in mind your current body weight, and the weight that you’re aiming for. With that information, you will be able to calculate exactly how many calories to take in every day. There are a lot of calorie intake calculators that you can find online that will give you a good estimate.
And just to wrap it up, we’d like to throw light on a few really important Do’s when it comes to eating:
➔ Instead of depending on online calories counters, ask your physician or your nutritionist to help you design a meal plan for each day that is custom-made for you.
➔ Having food is a personal thing; everything that suits others or might have proven beneficial for them, might not bear the same results for you.
➔ When you have your food, enjoy every bite; but that doesn’t mean you have to hog it down. As one of the most acclaimed and more importantly, loved nutritionist of the country, Rujuta Diwekar says, do away with petty distractions like TV when you eat.
➔ Chew n every morsel properly before ingesting it. Do not try to speed up the process, because it will lead you to overeat.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle, choosing which is not an easy task; but it’s totally worth it. The only catch, though is, that you have to make a gradual change towards it.