Trash your Crash Diet

-Elita Joshi

You wouldn’t starve your car of fuel and expect it to run efficiently, would you? Successful weight loss is not about starving; it’s about fuelling your body with the healthy food it needs to help you lose weight.

Starving yourself is not a healthy way to lose weight. Successful weight loss is not about starving; it’s about fuelling your body with the healthy food it needs to help you lose weight.

We have to start with slowly cutting down the portion size and swap with healthier whole food options. From your lunch/dinner plate, swap your carb (rice) intake with fresh vegetables and lean protein, and have rice the size of a small bowl which we use for lentils (daal). If you lose weight by crash dieting, or by drastically restricting yourself, you’re more likely to regain weight quickly, often within six months after you stop dieting. Getting regular exercise can also help prevent excess weight gain in the first place.

Some people usually don’t meet their desired weight loss goals because they are starving themselves. They think it is the best and most proven method, but it is also the most damaging way of losing weight. You might be busy with work or intentionally skip meals...whatever it is, starvation is not the answer.

You might look in the mirror and think that you have lost weight and be happy about it, but all this starvation does is short-term calorie burning. The long-term effect of this is that it ultimately slows your metabolism, which, if you think about it, isn’t the best long term plan.

Exercise should go hand-in-hand with diet. But that doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want or whatever you like and think you can burn it off. Regular exercise is an important part of effective weight loss. It helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat, besides boosting metabolism and lowering insulin levels. Physical activity also helps prevent many diseases and improve your overall health. Any form of exercise like jogging, running, swimming, badminton, cycling, etc. will do. Or you can even start with light to moderate forms of exercise such as walking, gardening, or dancing.

You might be gaining weight because of lack of sleep and also due to stress. A well-rested body functions best. Your body experiences physiological stress and stores fat more easily when you don’t get enough sleep. When we are tired we don’t handle stress well and reach for comforting foods as a coping mechanism. We have to watch out for late night snacking, which might help you get more sleep, but also leads to weight gain.

It is important to identify where your stress is coming from and how you can manage it. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are ways you can reduce stress but it is equally important to stop doing the things that have negative impact on your health.

Weight loss secrets

When one thinks of weight loss they automatically think of dieting as the only way. We’ve all heard of 70 (diet) ? 30 (exercise) or 80-20 rule of health. But here is a new holistic mantra which applies not just for general well-being but for weight loss too.

  • 20% from your diet (nutrition from whole foods)
  • 20% from exercise
  • 20% from water intake
  • 20% from sleep
  • 20% from being happy (stress free)

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