Not quite literally of course but ‘you are what you eat’. In accordance with this very true saying, none of us become cannibals but some of us are wise and healthy and some of us are lethargic, weak, too fat or too thin and so on and so forth. Here is what makes all the difference.
Your criteria for a healthy living
In the West ‘healthy’ often is synonymous to ‘skinny’ and in Middle East and some Asian countries, ‘healthy’ means to be on the chubbier side. Your criteria should be to dump these socially elevated wrong notions of good health and focus on the inside instead of going by completely irrelevant standards set on the outside. What you need to ensure is:
• You have food that is high in phytonutrients, folates and antioxidants.
• Your diet is giving you the right amount of calories depending on your BMI and basic metabolic rate. This is where you should especially take care to ditch the social standards set and follow a diet that will give you a healthy BMI that is, a BMI within 18.5 to 22.5.
• You must have your share of proteins irrespective of whether you get it from fish/eggs/meat or vegetarian sources like pulses and legumes.
• You must try to be disciplined with a balanced diet. Indulging in not-so-healthy food once or twice a week isn’t a big deal but don’t skip meals and don’t do away with the healthy food for the sake of some junk.
Reach your target
Finally following a healthy diet after all these years of skipping meals, binge eating and living on junk is not going to be easy. The amount of dedication it takes is immense! Some people give up even before starting! But here are some tips that will help you stay strong with just some determination from your side:
• Slow and steady: There’s no race here, or maybe there is if you’ve secretly taken it upon yourself to get in shape inside-out faster than all your friends. Start with small steps instead of chalking out a perfect diet and exercise routine for yourself that becomes impossible to follow. If you want to increase or decrease your calorie intake, start with small amounts of increase or decrease compared to your usual diet and slowly change it every week to reach your goal.
• Go easy on yourself: Stop devising a punishment routine for yourself if you fail to follow even the simple routine once in a while, or even every single time for the first few days. Just stay put and keep trying and reward yourself with a snack on some unhealthy yummies once a day; it will spoil nothing but stick to just ONCE a day for that unhealthy snack time.
If you follow these tips strictly, you can feel the effect in your stamina, energy and overall health and it will show on your skin and hair. What your body looks like with a diet keeping in mind these essential criteria is the perfect body for you.
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