I gained significant weight during my second pregnancy and it went on increasing after giving birth to a baby as well. It was an alarming situation for me and I decided to take it seriously. Two things I changed in my lifestyle, one is my diet and second is an increase in physical activity. Basically my eating habits were the main culprit for my weight gain. I am a foodie who love to cook and eat different dishes.I decided to concentrate on my wrong eating habits and zeroed down a few foods to quit.I didn’t want to follow any particular XYZ diet, so I started with cutting down a few foods from my diet. Extra calories from this food were adding pounds to me.I quit these 5 things for the healthy and fit body
1.Bread and bakery
I like sweets and baked goodies like cakes, pastries, doughnuts and various bread.(Bakery products and bread have Butter,Maida/ all purpose flour as the ingredient, which has gluten.) As my weight graph was on the increasing side, I quit eating bread and bakery products. It was tough to have breakfast without a piece of bread, but I replaced it with more protein packed breakfast recipes.
Outside food may have more oil, spices, additives, preservatives, food colours. So my second pointer was on outside eating habit. Which I quit and prefer taking only home cooked healthy and nutritious meals. (No more lunch or dinner dates with friends now). Clean eating is necessary to have a healthy and fit body, So I quit eating out, eating junk food.
Along with clean eating, I wanted to cut down my sugar intake. It was adding unnecessary calories to my diet. I felt low in energy after cutting down sugar completely, so I replaced it with a spoonful of jaggery and sometimes honey to satisfy my sugar cravings. I could see visible changes in my body after quitting white sugar. Indeed it was a right move.
The fourth thing I quit was having heavy dinner. My dinner was quite a heavy meal of Chapatti, vegetable curry, lentils and rice. I changed it to only 1 Chapatti, Vegetable curry, Lentils and sometimes only lentils and salad(If I’m not hungry). I make sure to monitor the quantity of food I’m eating for the last meal of the day.As overeating may lead to weight gain.Taking light dinner is helpful in many ways.
I quit- Pouring ghee to every meal of the day and ghee coated desserts. Ghee is full of fats and thus I decided to quit eating ghee. (Sometimes I pour ghee on my cheat meal day, but that is only once a while.)
Along with these diet changes, I started exercising regularly to maintain fitness.With two small kids, It was difficult to take out time for exercise, but I managed. I chose the most optimal, possible and easy exercise to start with – brisk walking. (As it doesn’t need any fancy types of equipment and it’s free.)
I walk regularly in the morning after my elder daughter leaves for the school.
I follow 45 minutes brisk walking and on busy days at least 30 minutes of walk.
Consistency in exercising is important for maintaining a healthy body. If not possible in the morning then I walk in the evening at around 6 pm, but I maintain consistency in my brisk walking schedule.
I took yoga lessons and now do it at least 3 times a week. I had severe lower back pain and I find much relief in it after doing Yoga.
Definitely, there are positive changes in my body after following a healthy diet and regular exercise. I feel self-control is the key to maintain healthy eating habits and a fit body. Over the period of time, it has helped me in many ways. Not only I could lose that few extra pounds but also feeling more energetic and light. I have already lost 10 pounds of weight and expecting to lose a few more pounds. The result of quitting things are awesome and definitely worth giving a try for.
Eat healthy, stay fit and happy!
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