So, you live in India, the kingdom of street food, with gol guppas to hot tikkis available to you at every street corner. Chole bature wale bhaiyas calling you for a plate of deep fried puris and greasy chole, how can one resist. Desserts that will tempt anyone like, gajar ka halwa, barfis and rasgullas. I bet half of you would be feeling really hungry, just reading about it. In India, where we celebrate every festival with sweets like cakes, cupcakes, and the standard mithais, how is one to lose weight when we celebrate everything?
The standard advice all your not-so-nosy aunties will give you is “beta! Gym join karlo!”. Most of us concede and give in. We pay huge amounts of money for yearly memberships to the gym, go for a week or two, expect miracles and just give up.
The reason for that is, most of never bother to change our diets and continue eating fatty food.
So, sorry aunty but, gym definitely will not help jumbo.
If you are in the overweight category or borderline obese, losing weight will be very difficult but, it does not have to be. You don’t need to start going to gym or even stop eating completely. This little guide will help you kick start your journey to being healthy, the minute you decide to follow it. So, what are you waiting for? Drop the socks and shoes and get your reading glasses because, you will need to follow this very carefully.
Start by weighing yourself. Do not cheat. Facing the reality of your weight is the first step to losing weight. If you are 5’3 and weigh 90 kgs so what? You don’t have to weigh that all your life. 6 months of this guide can push you really close your target weight.
You can do this by simply dividing your height in cms by your weight. If it is above 25, you my friend are a jumbo. Find out what your target weight is and once you have done that, you will know how much you need to lose. Don’t get disheartened even if it is 20 kgs. Think of the before and after picture you will be able to post on Facebook. Once you have your target weight, decide that you will lose this weight. Consider going to a nutritionist. They can really help you distinguish what is healthy and what is not. Follow some basic tips to get control of your weight.
6 meals a day
Yes, you read that right. You need to eat 6 meals a day between the time you get up and before sleeping. You will need to have small meals in multiple quantities.
Never feel full
You cannot ever eat so much in one meal that you feel full. The trick is to have small meals.
80% of the time, when you think you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Consider having a glass of water 15 minutes before sitting for a meal so, you won’t stuff yourself.
Concentrate on your food
Never eat while watching TV as, you will definitely end up having more food.
Do not lift weights
After you start following the diet I will post in the next blog, you will feel the need for some exercise as well. But, do not lift weights. Brisk walks, jogging, running, swimming or any form of cardio is excellent for you. But, if you lift weights any fat you lost, will be replaced by muscle gain which will not help you lose any weight.
Consider getting a massage on a weekly basis. The massage can help you trigger muscles which have become inactive and once they are triggered you will find exercising much easier. Consider going to a sauna as well.
Vineeta Sinha, the owner and president of Vineeta Constructions Co. is a writer and blogger at heart. An economics graduate, the talented writer has been in the writing industry for years. When asked about how she manages the two very different professions, she says, “Construction business is what me and my husband who is a civil engineer dreamt of together and I am glad we succeeded but writing is something I have been doing years before I stepped into the construction world. I was very young when I realized that there was a hidden passion for writing in me and I unveiled it through my school magazine for the very first time and there has been no looking back since then. Though construction contributes more in running my world, writing is something that completes me.”