Hey there! I was climbing stair to my work and suddenly one of my colleague asked me Namrata you are already slim why do you climb stairs every day? I smiled and replied, because I want to stay fit. And she laughed at me as if it was a joke. Trust me she is not only person who thinks that way about me or anyone of same interest. On other hand whenever I go to parties in a crop top or bodycon dress, girls ask me to help them reaching similar figure like me. There question is how do I manage to get time for workout or am I blessed with this figure?
So here I am to answer all positive and negative thoughts about getting fit. I am no more different than you. I work Monday to Friday, go for dinner on weekend, party overnight, have a family to look after, spend some time in kitchen, go to shopping, etc. Still I manage sometime for myself. Want to know how? Here are few tips I follow for my fitness.
Try to work out every day
Work out anywhere possible for you. It’s not necessary for you to join a gym or workout in morning itself. You can plan your exercise at your convenient time. Try to tag along a fitness buddy who can keep you motivated. It might not be possible for you to maintain a strict regimen. In fact, there are days when I have to skip gym for a reason or another. On these days, I compensate by doing few body weight or resistance band exercises at home. It barely takes 15-20 minutes and gets me going for the day!
Say hello to water
Drink as much of water possible – by some studies, up to 3 litres a day. Don’t wait for the moment you feel thirsty. By the time you realise you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Sometimes, we even confuse thirst with hunger and snack up when we are actually thirsty.
Have a hearty breakfast
When we wake up, our body has been through six hours or more of fasting cycle. It needs fuel to run smoothly. When we deprive ourselves of breakfast, our blood glucose level falls and there is a tendency to grab anything to eat at first sight before mid-day. It doesn’t matter if your breakfast is North, South, East or West Indian. You would be good to go as long as you strike a balance between your carbs, proteins, fibres with a little bit of fat.
Order healthy takeaways
It may not be possible to carry a home cooked meal to workplace every day and everyone ends up ordering takeaways. It is okay to order that cheese burst pizza once in a while but on a whole try to stay with healthy options. There are many healthy options to order from these days and FreshMenu is a personal favourite.
An important aspect here is to steer clear of peer pressure wile ordering takeaways. It is your body, your wish to look good in that crop top or dress and your Instagram pictures! So, order in line with your wish!
Slim down your snacks
I carry a fruit in my bag for my mid meal hunger pangs. That deep fried samosa or kachori does look tempting, but again, make a wise choice. You could replace them with steamed momos or even a dosa from one of those ubiquitous 99 dosa joints. Try to skip that dollop of butter and added cheese. You would start loving the taste with a slimmer waist.
Add fruits to your desert
I do have a sweet tooth and cannot resist the temptation of ice creams and sundaes. However, I make it a point to include some kind of fruit in it, be it strawberries, mangoes or kiwi. It tastes better to me and does add vitamins and other essential nutrients to my dessert. Come one, even a lone cherry on top of a death-by-chocolate cake is a good start!
Embrace green tea
Green Tea is not a magical weight loss potion. It essentially works in two ways. First, it cuts down the calories present in a milk and sugar added beverage. Secondly, it boosts your metabolism for you to feel light and energetic throughout the day. Some may not like its flavour to start with. There are variety of flavours available in your nearest supermarket – from mint, lemon, honey to even tulsi (basil) and pomegranate. If you have not already, include green tea in your daily diet. You would not look back.
Take the staircase
Remember that awkward moment I shared in the beginning of this post? How I have been teased over and again for using staircase. Does that mean I should stop doing that and please everyone and forget about my fitness? No, right?
Have six meals a day!
Yes, break up your meals into smaller portions and spread them evenly across the day. The longer you wait between meals, the hungrier you get, and then you’re more likely to overeat. It would also prevent any acidity related issues some of us are prone to. You do not need to cook separate six meals every day. With some ingenuity, your healthy snack such as a bowl of poha could also be counted as a meal.
Avoid refined carbohydrates
Refined or simple carbs have had most of the nutrients and fibre removed. Common examples are refined flour (maida used in bread, pizza base, pasta, etc) and refined sugars. They are digested quickly and have a high glycemic index. So after the initial spike in blood glucose level falls, you would feel hungry quickly and are likely to snack up. This adds to the overall intake of calories.
There are whole wheat alternatives available now – be it breads, pasta or even pizza base (look in BigBasket). Avoid sugary bottled drinks. If you are cooking at home, substitute sugar with honey, a much healthier alternative.