What you put in your body is really important. Not only does it affect your overall health, but it also shows in your appearance. If you haven’t been eating fruits and vegetables, your skin and hair are going to be dry and damaged. If you eat a healthy diet, you’ll find that your skin and hair are glowing.
Similarly, if you want to remain at a normal weight, you have to eat healthy. It’s not a good idea to go on a crash diet in which you lose five pounds (about two kg) per week. Instead, keep your weight loss limited to two pounds (about one kg) a week. And remember that there are weight ranges for women of every height. You might be closer to the bottom of the range or towards the top of the range, but as long as you’re within the range, you’re doing fine. You don’t have to worry about your weight. Besides, as long as you eat a healthy diet, you’ll naturally remain at a healthy weight (or come down to it, if you were at a higher weight to begin with).
Here are a few diet tips to help you in the long run.
Eat Lots of Fruits and Veggies
Many people are really finicky about what fruits and veggies they like. However, it’s best to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can. If you don’t like the taste of certain vegetables, try to find some new ways of cooking them. Use spices that you haven’t tried before.
Indian food contains red chili powder (to be used sparingly), coriander, and cumin. Italian food can contain oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and other ingredients. Try cooking with all these different spices, and you might start loving your veggies!
You can also blend your veggies to make a delicious and healthy smoothie. If you want the smoothie to be a little sweet, try adding a bit of fruit juice or honey.
Eat Lean Protein
Most dieticians will recommend that you eat some lean protein everyday. This is an important part of a balanced diet. Generally, chicken, fish and eggs are considered lean protein. Red meat is not that good an option because it contains lots of fat.
If you’re vegetarian, you’ll have to make a special effort to get enough protein. However, it’s not impossible to do so. Protein can be found in soy products like soy milk, soy beans and tofu. You can also get protein from black beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, chick peas, and other legumes. Certain vegetables, like spinach and kale, also contain a lot of protein. So do a number of nuts like peanuts, almonds, and cashews.
Eat a Limited Amount of Carbs
Despite what certain diet fads might suggest, carbohydrates are not the enemy. Everyone needs carbohydrates to have the energy to get through their day. Without any carbs whatsoever, you’re going to feel listless and dull.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should keep overloading on carbs. Instead, try to make sure that you have equal amounts of carbs and protein. One helping of rice or a couple of slices of bread at every meal is okay, but should not be exceeded.
It’s a good idea to make sure that you eat complex carbs, like brown bread or brown rice. These will give you a healthy source of carbohydrates, along with the fiber you need for a good digestive system.
Eat a Limited Amount of Fat
Fats are not the enemy either, even though it might seem like it. Obviously, overconsumption of fats can lead to being overweight, or even obese. So, you have to eat it in limited amounts. However, fats are also necessary for the body, for certain functions. According to WebMD, “Fats are an important part of a healthy diet: They provide essential fatty acids, keep our skin soft, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energizing fuel.”
There are three types of fatty acids: omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. Out of these, omega-6 fatty acids are usually found in most fatty foods that we consume. Plus, they’re not that good for your body. However, it’s a good idea to consume more omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, which can be found in flax seeds, olive oil, and fish.
Omega-3s can be easily broken down by the body and used for several purposes, rather than being stored as fatty deposits.Omega-9s help in the breakdown of omega-6s, so that all the fat you consume will be used by the body.
Get Regular Exercise
Some people focus more on exercise, while others focus more on diet. But, the truth is that you need to do both if you truly want to live a healthy and happy life. You just need to keep motivating yourself if you want to make exercise a part of your everyday routine.
Make sure that you include three types of exercises in your workouts—cardio, strength-training, and stretching. No fitness regimen is going to be complete without all three of these. Many people focus only on cardio and forget about strength-training. This will help your heart and lungs to grow stronger, but it won’t be that good on your joints. If you only do strength-training, you will have the opposite problem.
So, do a little bit of everything, and try to mix things up as much as you can. But don’t increase the amount of exercise you’re doing too fast or you can end up injuring yourself.
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