It all sounds pretty simple really; to lose weight you need to eat. This can be quite confusing to some of us; I remember when I first heard that. For most of us who struggle with our weight, we program ourselves into believing that the less we eat, we automatically lose weight, right? Wrong!
We first need to understand how our bodies work, Sometimes when we feel hungry, we’re not actually hungry but thirsty, you will find that drinking a glass of water and waiting for 20 minutes you no longer want that snack.
It’s also important to include all major food groups, are bodies need essential vitamins and nutrients to repair and protect the body. Writing a food diary and tracking everything you eat will give you a clearer picture of what you are feeding your body, and help you make healthier food choices.
Our metabolism works at its best when we wake up, that’s why it’s important to eat within 30-60 minutes of waking. Eating your biggest meal in the morning and the smallest in the evening our bodies have more chance of burning calories, also we will wake each morning with the burning desire to eat.
The following Snippet taken from THE HINDU and catered for the Hindu culture, explains this concept perfectly. This is what Gauri Shah wrote…
To Lose Weight Think Before You Eat
Do you wake up sluggish to a large cup of coffee/adrakwali chai/green tea? Do you have a couple of bites for breakfast and then wake up ravenous late in the afternoon to bite into whatever you see? That’s because you probably eat your big meal — batata wada, dal—roti-chawal — at sunset. Now it’s impossible to change habits overnight so start slow. An easy trick is to break your three main meals into eight — or may be six initially. Wake up to the heaviest platter and get through the day in descending order.
The golden cycle
A well guarded secret let out by Rujuta Diwekar is— if you ever want to lose weight; eat! The ‘3 Ws’ are the deal breakers— What, When and Where you eat. For e.g. eating dal chawal in a restaurant at midnight can do more damage than a big piece of homemadeladoo/bhaji in the morning. Simply because one, your ability to burn fat at midnight is almost zilch and two even dal (proteins) may have unhealthy ingredients (dalda instead of pure ghee) when made outside whereas the bhaji you fry in good oil at home is absorbed into your system pronto because you’re burning most fat in the morning.
Eat with your mind
It’s essential to finish with supper at sundown because your fat burning ability vanishes with the sunlight. And since you’ve had your dinner early, you’re guaranteed to wake up with an appetite. If you can’t stomach the idea of poha/eggs/thepla that early, start with fruit. High carbs like banana or apple (read roughage) are ideal to kickstart that metabolism and also acts as a buffer to that cup you’ll sip on. Never, I mean NEVER, begin your day with caffeine as your body will automatically go into slump mode. Water constitutes 70 per cent of the human body so when gulp some down as much as possible through the day to eliminate toxins. Read the original article here.
Do you skip breakfast? I know that I did way back but now make a big effort each day even if it’s just a banana. The thing is we hear it all the time… “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but do we make enough effort to have it? The main excuse is… its never enough time, how about setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier, that’s more than enough time. Kick starting your metabolism each morning will set you up as a fat burning machine for the rest of the day.
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