A balanced diet is the cornerstone of good health, but it’s equally easy to fall off the wagon. Keep your head in the game with these simple lifestyle choices. By Shweta Gandhi
Food is life’s biggest pleasure—but health is as important. So monitor your food habits and adjusting your lifestyle to fit you body’s needs. Here are some simple tips that will put you on the road to a fit and healthy body.
#1 Control the carbohydrate intake
Though carbohydrates are considered a way to boost energy quickly, the lesser known fact is that when eaten, the body converts most carbohydrates into glucose. This glucose (or sugar) is used to fuel cells to help the body in its daily activities. But the unused glucose is converted to glycogen, which is then converted to fat—basically, long-term storage of energy. Eliminating carbs entirely would be a mistake; however, the trick is to limit the sugary food you eat, and include healthier sources of carbs like starchy foods, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes in your diet.
#2 Eat more fibre
A great source of fibre is the food that comes from plants. It regulates bowel movements and is also known to lower cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Fibre also helps in keeping you full and fastens the weight loss process as well. Consuming psyllium husk (a type of plant seed) can flush toxins out, improving your skin and overall health. The easiest way to increase your intake of fibrous food is by eating bananas, oranges, baked beans and wholegrain items.
#3 Increase protein intake
Protein is a critical food group as it aids muscle repair after heavy workouts. Like fibre, it keeps you fuller for longer and also quickens the rate at which you burn fat. Protein is used for almost everything in our body, from helping in transporting oxygen and nutrients to holding genetic information. The main sources of protein include red meats, eggs, fish, poultry, nuts, yogurt, cheese and beans.
#4 Limit liquid calories
Beverages like soft drinks and soda are packed with nothing but loads of sugar and empty calories, which are difficult to burn off. Even smoothies and fruit juices won’t be as beneficial as plain fruit would be. Your best bet is to drink water, and lots of it. Ensure you consume at least eight glasses a day. Another good choice is drinking green tea—it has epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural chemical compound powered with antioxidants that help boost brain and heart health.