Regular Exercise and Diet: Guide To A Healthy Lifestyle

by March 19, 2018 0 comments

The key to one’s well-being is to eat right, says Veer Ramlugon. Everyone is too busy with their lives, but that isn’t a legitimate excuse to skip working out.  We need to be honest with ourselves, at least, and acknowledge our priorities that are more important our desire to stay healthy and fit. Regular exercise is very important to live a long and healthy life, but it also has a limited effect on a person’s wellness. With regular exercise, it is crucial to understand and give importance to a diet plan. We need professional guides to make sure we follow a good diet plan. A diet plan is different for different people, it depends upon every individual’s unique biochemistry.

Regular exercise is something that can be overlooked by most people without much consequence, but a person’s well-being can’t because it has far more overreaching and nuanced effects on an individual’s health. This makes one’s nutritional intake particularly important for people who don’t want to work out but still enjoy some of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle such as increased immunity, lower instances of heart disease, diabetes, and improved self-confidence, to name a few. Given this, a nutrition coach or taking the support of online services help you monitor your food and nutrition intake to attain the health goals more easily. To begin with, here are a few simple tips that can be easily imbibed into your daily life.

Stay Away From Carbs

Carbohydrates serve primarily as a fuel for metabolism. Whole grains, sweet potatoes, oats, rice, fruits are just a few of the multitude of sources of carbohydrates and while they’re vital for regular bodily functions, in excess, they can be troublesome. Carbohydrates are a staple food group in India and that is why many people tend to eat them in excess; without much protein (the fat burning nutrient) being included in their meals. A continuous supply of carbohydrates that is sugar and glycogen in the body leaves one’s stored reserves of fat untouched. This is problematic because stored fats tend to accumulate over time if not burnt by the body. Eliminating carbs is a foolproof way of getting thin, but controlling time and portions consumed, preferably under the supervision of trained professionals is wise. This way the body can be easily tricked into burning its reserves of fat. If you’re looking to lose weight without the burden of constant exercise, monitoring your carbohydrate intake is a good place to start.

Say No to Sugar

Fats are one of the three major macronutrients along with proteins and carbohydrates. They serve both structural as well as metabolic functions. However, fats mixed with sugars are particularly dicey because this combination, while rarely found in nature are abundant in many modern food items like cookies, brownies, and burgers to name a few. The real problem is the fact that they trigger insulin and place fat cells into muscle cells which makes it extremely difficult for the body to metabolize effectively, thereby causing complications as they continue to accumulate. The human body has yet to adapt to fat-sugar combinations, which is why they should be avoided at all costs, despite being undoubtedly delicious and appealing

Starvation isn’t Salvation

In the logical sense, starving should theoretically burn the body’s supply of reserve fat resulting in weight loss. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the way the human metabolism functions. A significant cut in the body’s regular calorie intake would induce a defense mechanism called ‘survival mode’ which would in turn cause it to store any source of energy it has access to. A significant calorie reduction would also result in a drastic drop in muscle mass, which gives the individual a sick, lanky look. This is why it is necessary for anyone looking to lose weight to consult a nutritionist before undertaking such a task, especially considering the long-term implications and complexity of human metabolism.

Small meals, the real deal

Digestion in itself is a calorie burning activity. For every calorie that is ingested, the body burns a certain amount of energy to properly metabolize. Of all macronutrients, proteins require the maximum amount of energy to burn, which is why foods which are rich in protein are ideal for weight loss routines. The basic principle of frequent eating at regular intervals is because it requires the body’s digestive system to function continuously, over an extended period of time. This means, essentially, that the body is burning more calories on multiple small meals, than it would have otherwise when metabolizing a single large meal, of a similar calorific value. Scientists call this phenomenon the thermogenic effect and it’s very smart, effective way to lose weight.

Keep time to stay fine

It is between 4 pm and 6 pm when the human body is drained out and in urgent need of sustenance. This is the reason that it craves food. To skip snacking at this time would result in an individual binging out at dinner when the body’s metabolism is much lower. A lower metabolism essentially means that the body’s ability to convert food to fuel is less efficient. This sort of repeated behavior greatly increases one’s prospects for developing a big waistline, not to mention the various repercussions that accompany it.

It’s fortunate that today, a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily need to infringe on personal comfort and limited leisure. As long as one’s nutritional intake continues to remain top notch, many of the advantages of an active lifestyle such as weight loss, increased immunity, superior physique and better general well-being will go hand-in-hand. While working out and regular exercise are certainly advisable and do a lot more to improve one’s health. Eating right is the key to one’s overall well-being.

(The author is the founder of The Food Analysts, the first WhatsApp based human powered calorie counting service)

Writer: Veer Ramlugon

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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