Losing weight is not that difficult if you eat correctly. If you want to lose weight and also maintain it, follow a meal plan and stick with it.
A lot of people believe that eating less will help them lose weight. But this is far from true. Starving your body lowers your metabolic rate and causes weight gain.
Weight loss is not about eating less or fad diets. In fact, it is about eating the right food at the right time. Your body needs a balanced diet consisting of five nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Every meal should provide your body with at least two or more of these nutrients.
Here are some foods to include in your daily diet to help with weight loss:
1.Lemon juice in warm water:
Begin your day with a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice in a cup of lukewarm water. This helps to clear out toxins from your body, which helps with weight loss.
Going for your morning walk or work out? Eat a bowl full of oat meal before you set out. This will keep you feeling full so that you don’t gorge immediately after exercise. If you want to lose weight, you need to ensure a gap of at least 45 minutes between your work out and your meal. Alternatively, you can eat two bananas before working out.
Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Water allows nutrients, including fats, to circulate in your body. It also throws out toxins, thus aiding weight loss. Besides, drinking adequate water will keep your belly from bloating and prevent cramps.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Choose a healthy ingredient every day of the week. Try to include more carbohydrates in your breakfast for greater energy. Eggs, brown bread, cottage cheese, cooked sprouts, baked beans, oat meal and muesli are great breakfast options.
You can also have traditional fare like parathas, upma, poha, idli and dosa. But ensure that you use smaller amounts of oil to cook them.
Include more proteins at lunch to keep awake and alert. Soya nuggets, tofu, chicken, fish, eggs, lentils and curd (or yogurt) can provide the necessary protein. Curd also keeps your stomach feeling full as it takes time to get digested. You can also include a bowl of salad and brown bread, chappatis or brown rice. The more fibre you take in, the better your chances of losing weight.
Fruits, peanuts and steamed sprouts are among the best choices for your 4 pm snack. They keep you feeling full, energetic and alert.
A clear soup and a steamed salad before your dinner can help you to eat less at dinner. Besides, the fibre contents will improve your bowel movement and thus facilitate weight loss. Dinner can consist of brown bread, chappatis, brown rice, lentils, vegetables or lean proteins like seafood and chicken. Drink a glass of thin buttermilk for better digestion.
In addition to eating right, get at least an hour of exercise 5 days a week. You can exercise 30 minutes each in the morning and evening before meals. Avoid bakery products and sugary, processed foods. Cut down on butter and cheese.