Yes! It’s officially NEW YEAR. Who doesn’t pledge to embark on a new healthier lifestyle? Well, easier said than done; the enthusiasm will be difficult to keep up if you don’t have a proper plan.
If staying fit this year is at the top of your resolutions list then you are at the right page. We bring you a list of 5 things you should do to welcome a healthy and new you:
START EVERY DAY WITH A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
Never skip your breakfast as it not only provides you the energy you will need throughout the day but also reap in a number of health benefits. Make a smart breakfast pick with a bowl of Muesli every morning and keep a check on your bloating tummy. Made with a healthy combination of wheat flakes, corn flakes, rolled oats, etc., it is rich in antioxidants and also high in fibre and protein. Alternately, you can also indulge in a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Like Muesli, Masala Oats or Oats – Vegetables are rich in dietary fibre and protein. In fact, it is also proven to manage cholesterol levels, maintain healthy body weight and reduce risk of blood sugar and diabetes.
EAT LESS, BUT MORE OFTEN
Experts agree that instead of two or three large meals a day, five to six small meals is way better for your health. Small portions help your body convert less of the food you eat into fat and maintain a constant blood-sugar level, making you less likely to experience dip of energy. So, indulge in small portions of supper and munch onto light snacking when the stomach starts growling. Bite into Digestive Cookies, Multigrain Cookies or Oatmeal Cookies as they will not add extra calories to your body, but instead fill you with fibre. You can also grab a handful of Trail Mix which is a delicious combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
CUT ON CARBS & SUGAR, AND FILL WITH PROTEIN
Cut on carbohydrates and sugar in every meal and fill it with protein. Indulge in a platter of protein from lean meat or vegetable protein from various seasonal vegetables like spinach, broccoli, peas, etc. If you are looking for a better source of protein, then Spirulina is the right food for you. Super food, Spirulina contains one of the richest natural sources of protein making it the ideal nutrition food. So, pop a Spirulina capsule a day and avail the myriad health benefits!
DRINK AMPLE OF WATER
Water helps you burn more calories and help suppress your appetite. Experts recommend drinking eight, 8-oz glasses of water (about 2 liters) per day. However, this number is completely random as water requirements depend entirely on the individual. Add a dash of Multifloral Honey to your glass of water every morning and gulp down numerous benefits! Besides helping in regulation of fats, honey is also a natural remedy for many ailments. A great substitute to sugar, it helps in managing calorie better while adding many healthy nutrients in place of empty calories.
Leading an active lifestyle is very important and there are so many things you can do to exercise and burn calories – cardio exercise, brisk walking, bicycling, running, etc. to name a few. Pair your physical activities with Green Tea which can help you enhance your metabolism. Green Tea in rich in anti-oxidants and its fat burning properties can help in weight loss and lower the risk of obesity.
This article is by Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director at GAIA – one of the leading health and wellness brands in India.