How To Be Slim And Fit
Well, you don’t need to follow any trendy diets or starve to hunger in order to be slim and fit. It turns out that a well-balanced diet and adopting better lifestyle habits are the most effective way to become healthy and maintain an optimal weight.
Just by following these simple guidelines you will be surprised to see how quickly you can tone up your body and become slim and fit. So let’s dive deep in and explore all the possible ways out.
Better eating habits
First and the foremost advice of all times is to begin your day with a healthy high protein breakfast. Not only it makes you feel satiated and energised throughout the day but also keeps your body metabolism up and running.
You don’t need to deprive yourself of food but rather make healthy substitutes in your diet. For instance, choose yogurt rather than cream, honey syrup in place of sugar and replacing post meal sweets with berries or fruits.
Try substituting refined carbohydrates like white breads, pasta with complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and brown bread.
Enjoy your food slowly than devouring it. Eat until your stomach is 80% full. This practice is very helpful in avoiding over-eating and helps in better digestion of food.
Apart from the health benefits, mindful eating will help your taste buds to sense your food to the fullest.
A light dinner
Avoid eating late at night. At least have a gap of about 2-3 hours between your last meal and sleep time.
Because of less body movement, the digestion process tends to slow down and as a result all the undigested food starts getting accumulated as fats.
Keeping a check on calories
Rather than consuming coffee or snacks in-between your meals, replace that with fruits and detox drinks like green tea.
It will be really helpful to cut down your daily calories.
Drink water before eating
Quite often we confuse our thirst with hunger and thus end up eating a snack when in reality the body is demanding water.
The reason is hypothalamus, it is the area in the brain that controls hunger and thirst and it sends the same signals for both. So when you are hungry first drink a glass of water and then eat. Chances are that your hunger will subdue.
Adopting better lifestyle habits
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It helps to flush out toxins from your body. Studies have shown that taking 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water immediately after waking up on an empty stomach helps to boost your body metabolism and remove toxins from your body more effectively.
It is recommended to take a full glass of water just before your meal so as to decrease the overall hunger. Also: taking a glass of water after 30 minutes of having your meal aids in digestion. On an average drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day are considered optimal.
Nothing can replace the benefits of exercising. Simply running not only helps you in burning calories but it also keeps your body in good shape and reduces stress. In general running or jogging for 30 minutes twice or thrice a week is good enough to keep your body slim and fit.
Apart from running, including a few strength training exercises in your routine can prove to be extremely healthy for your body.
For instance, Push-ups and squats have proven to be one of the most effective exercises to burn calories. Exercising regularly will keep your body fit and in good shape throughout your lifetime.
Get enough sleep
Getting a sound and regular sleep plays an important role in maintaining healthy weight. The only time when your body rests, recovers and repairs itself is while you are sleeping. Studies have shown that people who do not sleep for adequate hours tend to be obese and unfit.
Also, same studies have confirmed that when you do not get adequate sleep then the level of ‘Ghrelin’ in your body rises. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone that your brain releases which asks you to eat more and as a result leading to obesity. A person should sleep atleast 8 hours in a day.
It is indeed the lack of physical activities which is one of the most prominent reasons of weight gain and unfit body. People can make excuse of their busy lifestyle in order to neglect regular exercise.
But when it comes to walking, it can be done anywhere and fits into daily routine easily. Simple yet effective ways to increase your physical activities can be like taking stairs instead of elevator and walking down to the nearby markets rather than taking your car.
Studies have shown that even taking a 10 minute walk post your meal can help you burn quick calories and aids digestion.