The decline in physical activity and the lifestyle of today which is high on stress and low on health is leading to an increase in the problem of weight gain. Instead of resorting to a healthy routine, people want the quicker way out. There are so many programs that claim of 'instant' or 'quick' results that sound very alluring and it is very easy to fall prey to them. Even the results are evident soon but the benefits are way lesser than the long term damage these crash diets do to the body.
Crash diets are an extreme way to lose weight by drastically reducing the quantity of food you intake. You reduce the intake of fat yes, but you also reduce the quantity of important vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
Why you must not crash diet
-It slows your BMR i.e basal metabolic rate-the rate at which food is metabolised in the body. The body sends a signal to the brain that the body is starving. The brain slows down the metabolism in order to sustain energy. Slowing of BMR results in rapid weight gain when you stop dieting.
-Mineral deficiencies eg calcium deficiency may lead to osteoporosis(bone weakening)
-Muscle atrophy making the person tired all the time.
-Irritability and mood swings.
Take a balanced diet to stay healthy
-A balanced diet provides you with the correct amount of the vitamins and minerals you need for the health of the body.
-Eating healthy wholesome foods leaves you craving less for fattening foods and thus helps in weight management.
-It gives you energy and mental and physical alertness.
-A healthy diet strengthens your immune system. No disease means better health.
How to maintain a healthy weight
In order to lose weight/maintain a healthy weight, you just need to make a few amends in your diet chart:
-Cut out on fried foods and artificially sweetened products.
-Eat smaller and more frequent portions.
-Go for unrefined carbs.
-Set out realistic goals of fitness.
-Include atleast 20 minutes of activity in your daily routine.
-Drink a glass of warm water with honey in the morning.
-Replace sugar with honey in your diet.
Talking of the last point, it is the latest diet that is making news. Honey diet
, as they call it simply involves using honey as a substitute to sugar in your diet. You are wondering how it will help?
It is not without reason that our grandparents swear by the benefits of this liquid gold. Read for yourself:
-Honey in warm water taken in the morning is known to be helpful in weight management.
-It contains fewer calories than same quantity of sugar.
-It contains anti-oxidants that reduce the free radicals in the body which cause ageing.
-Honey soothes sore throats.
-It reduces incidence of allergies and hay fever.
-Honey is amazing for skin health as well.
It has been observed that athletes who consume foods rich in fructose, such as honey, burn a lot more fat and have a higher level of stamina as well. There are so many ways you can include honey in your diet. So why not opt for this healthy and yummy way to lose weight? What say?