7 Underrated Habits a Fitness Expert Wishes More People Would Know About

Sneaky ways you could be overeating sugar to the surprising way fruits could be affecting your fitness routine, holistic health coach Mayuri Punjabi shares good fitness habits to look your best.   

There are times when despite your best efforts you just cannot seem to shed the excess kilos. So, instead of abandoning your fitness journey, you need to take a closer look at your daily habits that could be doing more harm than good!

According to holistic health coach and founder of MyEurekaLife, Mayuri Punjabi, getting in the best shape of your life is all about having a fitness regime that works for *YOU* and just being consistent with it. 

She says, "When trying to eat and be healthy,  the approach needs to be holistic, and take into consideration other aspects of one’s lifestyle. One of the key pillars of my coaching is bio-individuality, which is the belief that each person is unique with internal and external circumstances that need to be catered to in all aspects of their life, from food to movement to mindset. There are so many fad (eat right for your type) diets out there that come and go, and they are never sustainable because they do not on board the simple principle of “one man’s food could be another man’s poison”, moreover, these diets are a quick fix to something that requires deeper attention. The most important thing about any lifestyle change is consistency, and consistency requires discipline. I have some clients that share they do not exercise and others that run every day, and because I understand that this is something that is a constant for them, I build a tailored program with that understanding in mind." 

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So, here are her suggestions to get fit and fabulous by making these healthy changes in your lifestyle: 

Stop over-snacking!

"You don’t need to eat eight times a day, and should allow your digestive system a rest in between meals." 

Know when to hydrate

"Do not drink liquids during your meals as it causes the digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid in your stomach to dilute, which makes it weaker and slows down the digestion process. This can lead to bloating and general discomfort. Therefore, drink liquids 30 minutes before and after a meal, never while eating." 

Never compromise on your sleep 

"Those that say, “sleep is for the weak”, are seriously mistaken. Seven to nine hours of sleep is required unless you’d like to wreak havoc on your health."

Be cautious of labels and the ingredients list 

"The ingredient that is listed first is the most present, in terms of quantity. However, it is important to look out for ways in which sugar can sneak its way into ingredients lists, especially when masked under scientific terminology."

Listen to what your body is telling you

"Don’t just jump on the bandwagon of the next fad, as it may not be right for you. We are an evolved species and have done so without any fad diets or supplements." 

Pay attention to hidden sugars 

"Contrary to popular belief, fruit contains more sugar than you might think, and is no healthier than the sugar found in junk foods. Typically, a regular-sized full-sugar soft drink contains about 7-8 teaspoons of sugar, while a large apple may contain between 3-4 teaspoons, depending on how ripe a fruit is. Fruits that are riper can raise your insulin levels, causing you to feel hungry again more quickly and can cause your body to go into fat storage mode." 

Think about your drink!

"So much of what we consume contain added sugars, colouring, preservatives, and when it doesn’t we end up adding sugar, milk, creamers. You don’t need these! Retrain your tongue to relish the taste and quench your thirst with… water! My go-to beverages are water, sparkling water, black coffee and plain teas."