8 Tips to A Fit, Trim, Sexy and Healthy Body
Keeping trim and fit is not as difficult as it seems. Like everyone else, I love food. It is one of my greatest pleasures in life. You do not need to deprive yourself from the things you enjoy just to stay healthy and slim. Have you ever wondered why some people can indulge without putting on the pounds while others put on weight even though they don't consume much? Discipline is the key . I will be elaborating more on how you can eat and still stay fit.
Here are some tips:
Take a picture of everything you eat
It may sound troublesome and a little ridiculous. However, it is an effective way to control and moderate what you eat. It also helps you to control the amount of calories you consume and this enables you to keep your weight in check. For example, if you have had a heavy lunch, you should go light for dinner. A salad or just steamed fish with some greens would be good. It is all about moderation. Taking a picture also helps you keep track of what you are eating so you can plan your meals better.
Tip 2 Drink lots of water
Drinking water helps you to flush away the toxins from your body and gives you a clear complexion. It also helps to fill you up so you don't feel hungry all the time. Stay away from sodas, fizzy drinks and juices made from concentrates. Coffee are tea are not recommended too as they contain caffeine which dehydrate your body.
Tip 3 Stay away from carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates are also known as refined carbohydrates and consist of white bread, pasta, rice and noodles. They are high in sugar and lack vitamin B and other important nutrients. Such simple sugars are called 'empty calories' and often lead to obesity. Complex carbohydrates, commonly referred to as 'starchy foods' include wholegrain breads and cereals and legumes. Although complex carbohydrates are less harmful to the body, over consumption can still lead to weight gain.
Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. If you have no time to go for a proper workout, just incorporate exercise in your lifestyle. Climb the stairs as much as possible, do jumping jacks or sit ups at home. If you are one of those who need motivation to exercise, joining a class will be beneficial for you. Go for Aerobics, Yoga, Kickboxing, Zumbu, Bokwa, KpopX fitness, basically anything that excites you.
Tip 5 Include coloured food into your diet
The more colours you include into your diet, the healthier you will be. For a balanced diet, include bell peppers, zucchini, carrot and broccoli and reap their rich health benefits. Do not stick to the same type of food everyday. Try to rotate the items so you can get a good mix of all the nutrients. Bell peppers are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C and zucchini is great for reducing blood pressure and aids in the prevention of cancer. Carrot helps to prevent ageing, stroke and cancer and improves the vision. The health benefits of broccoli are also very extensive. Broccoli boosts the immune system, lower blood pressure and aid in the prevention of cancer and arthritis. Broccoli also contains lutein which may help in preventing the thickening of your arteries.
Tip 6 Steam your food
Steaming helps to retain the moisture in your food and prevents the loss of nutrients. If you are on a weight loss programme, you have to avoid fried food. Steaming is also convenient and you can prepare a healthy meal in just 12 minutes. Food should be eaten in its natural form as much as possible. When you deep fry your food, it loses all its nutrients and the batter in fried food causes you to put on weight.
Tip 7 Avoid processed foods
Processed food is high in salt, preservatives and trans fats. Salt leads to water retention leading to you putting on weight. Trans fats affect the balance of hormones in your body and lead to heart disease, cancer and stroke. Processed foods include canned food, sausages, cured meats, instant noodles and pre cooked meals. When you are ccoking, go back to the basics. There is nothing healthier than eating fresh vegetables, fish and meats.
Tip 8 Avoid desserts
Many desserts such as doughnut and cakes contain 'empty calories' and are extremely high in sugar. They are devoid of nutrients and if you consume them regularly, you will put on weight in no time. Indulging in desserts once in a while will not harm you, however, they should not be included in your everyday diet. If you have a craving for something sweet, you can taste by just taking one or two bites of your favourite cake instead of finishing a whole piece of cake.
The above tips will help you to shed the extra pounds and attain the body you've always desired. Keeping fit and healthy is about making some adjustments to your lifestyle. You can still give yourself the occasional treat once in a while. Remember, moderation is key!