Fad diets and cutting out entire food groups from your diet can take a toll on your health. While you may see your weight dropping with these unhealthy diets, that is only you losing your water weight. In the long run, it may even ruin your metabolism causing problems with your fitness journey.
Holistic health coach Mayuri Punjabi, the founder of MyEurekaLife, shares some ridiculously easy ways to get your diet in order the healthy way:
Stop snacking in between meals
You don’t need to eat eight times a day and should allow your digestive system a rest in between meals.
Drink water mindfully
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, not during. 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.
Sleep is not for the weak
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.
Note the ingredients
Learn to read labels and pay close attention to 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.
Read your body
Trust your body to communicate and tell you what works and what doesn’t. 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.
Watch out for sugar
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.