5 Basic Rules to Stay Fit and Maintain Your Goal Weight

All pretty simple and doable!

1. Consume Complex Carbs

Complex carbs are present in foods that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They pack in more nutrients than simple carbs, because they are high on fiber and digest slowly. Oatmeal, brown rice, potatoes, beans, peas and lentils are examples of complex carbs.

2. Add Good Fat to Your Diet

Good fats can improve blood cholesterol levels and lowers your risk of heart disease. Vegetable oils such as olive, rapeseed and sunflower oils, avocados, nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews), natural peanut butter (containing just peanuts and salt), soy milk, tofu, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna and seeds(sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin) are rich sources to get that dose of good fat from.

3. Drink Enough Water

Drink a glass of waterbefore every meal, but give at least a gap of half an hour, and an hour post meal. Replace sweetened drinks with water.

4. Eat Only When Hungry

Most of us have become used to the industrialized regulated lifestyles of today, which prescribe three meals a day as well as snacks and tea breaks in-between. Forget the wall clock, and follow your own unique body clock. Reduce unnecessary snacking.

5. Don't Miss Out on Protein

Just by adding protein into your diet, you can cut down on unnecessary snacking. Protein intake in the right amount satisfies sugar craving, as a result it make you cut down on useless calories sugared snacks add to your body. Foods such as eggs, milk, yogurt, soya, nuts, fish, seafood, chicken make excellent options to help you reach your per day requirement of protein. An average consumption of 45-50 grams of protein/kg would totally do it for you.

With inputs from Ms. Preeti Rao, Founder & CEO, WELLNESS Jiva

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