Losing weight should be planned for a long term. And for that one should know all about diet and diet plan. Diet is all about the foods we eat and drink to keep our self away from any health problem, but following crash diets or yo-yo diets to lose weight is like punishing yourself and depriving from the tastes, satiety and more importantly from nutrients.
The diet plan should be made to make you more comfortable mentally, physically and socially. One should plan a healthy balanced nutritional diet along with workout. Here are the following points that one should follow:
1] Eat High-fiber, high-protein diet
Fiber and protein helps you feel full for longer time and hence give a control on your appetite. Combining protein along with fiber will help you stabilize your blood sugar level and helps you keep satisfied.
Opt for low-glycemic index foods which will help you increase your energy levels and leave you feel refreshed and cleansed. Include beans and legumes, whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth oats, etc.
In protein you can include the high biological like egg-white, chicken breast, fish and low-fat paneer, whole pulses like rajma, chickpeas, sprouts, etc.
2] Don’t skip any of the major meals
Despite everything we heard about “calories in” vs “calories out”, the links between the meal skipping and losing weight are so tricky but people to follow suck tricky things when it comes to lose weight. But have you ever thought that the weight that you lose while following such tricky methods do come back easily especially on the belly fat. A person do lose weight but much of muscle mass than fat mass.
The major meals basically contains a mix of carbs, protein, essential fats along with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Skipping a major meal means skipping the nutrients and depriving your body from the daily requirements, which indirectly makes your body more prone to health issues, low in immunity and makes you feel inactive.
3] Include antioxidant foods
As we had heard that to lose fat we generally go for a fat-burner, the same way antioxidants are a powerful agents against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation.
The best antioxidant foods generally include the plant derived food items like berries (blueberries, raspberries), apples, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, eggplant, and legumes like red kidney beans or black beans. Some other sources do include green tea, herbal tea, dark chocolate, etc.
4] Keep yourself hydrated
Water is an essential constituent of life. Water is needed to transport nutrients to your cells and transport waste out of the body. In order to move and flex your muscles, you need water.
If your body is dehydrated, your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and hence gets frequent cramps. To fulfill the water requirement one should include healthy beverages like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea, lemon water, detox water, etc. One should drink atleast 2 L in a day. The water intake also depends on your workout activity too.
5] Include some functional training
Functional training helps provide you with the strength, stability, power, mobility, endurance and flexibility to the body and the muscle fibers.
A mix of high intense cardio-and-functional training helps you lose your fat mass along with some weight training for the muscle strengthening. One should also include brisk walk after every major meals, for atleast 20–30 minutes.
6] Stay Stress-free
Stress leads to the secretion of cortisol in the body, which lowers the body metabolism rate which leads to weight gain and other metabolic conditions.
It’s very true that in this modern generation, stress had become a part of our life. But we can make us stress free by including few healthy tips like drinking a lot of water, consuming herbs like Aswagandha, green tea, rosemary tea, jasmine tea which helps sooth our nerves and releases our happy hormones (generally known as serotonin, dopamine).
7] Eat healthy snacks
Healthy snacks aid in weight control, curb cravings, and improve mood, and boost energy. Other-than 3 major meals, one should include healthy snacks in between in the meals too like an antioxidant snack in between breakfast and lunch, which might include a fruit along with a green tea or few handful of nuts and seeds, etc.
Another snacks can be added in the evening especially in between 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. here one can include a protein snacks like sprouts, protein bars, diet bhel, sandwich, egg whites, milk shake, etc.
It’s better to burn calories and melt the body fat than to starve it or deprive your body from the healthy nutrients.