A balanced healthy diet.
Sounds good but is tough to conquer and even tougher to maintain. People who swore by their diet have had wonders in the results. The rest know what happens when you don’t maintain a diet.
You can ask me that question.
I am of the opinion that a diet is indeed very important. Majority keep more emphasis on the exercise and gym aspects. But in reality that’ll only work when you maintain a proper diet. If you exercise during the day and gorge on food in the evening, it might nullify or worse, might lead to weight increase.
A crash diet is one of the worst options possible. You maintain a diet for a while, let go of oily food, chocolates etc. and in the process lose weight, maybe even your appetite. What you don’t realise is that so many compromises in the diet affects the nutrition. Our body needs a minimum requirement of nutrients. If all of a sudden you don’t provide it to your body, it will have adverse effects.
Also a crash diet might give you the result you crave for in limited time. But it will remain limited only. Once you start eating again, you’ll come back to your original shape even quicker than how you lost it. Thus it’s important to keep track of your diet.
With that, I want to share my experience last year when I started swimming and started maintaining a diet.
30 minutes of exercise in the morning, swimming in the evening was what I did for almost 6 months. But that was not all. I also limited myself to a diet which I believe played a vital role in keeping myself fit.
I am a foodie. I can eat anytime. Junk food is in my blood. Parting ways with it was like me going to a rehab centre. It was tough but yes I did get past that hurdle.
I knew I cannot let go of a lot of food items in my diet, so I played it safe. I ate, but at proper intervals and ate healthy. Here’s an example.
7.30am-8.00am – Exercise
Around 8.45am – Breakfast (with 1 glass of warm water with Dabur Honey)
11am – A fruit (maybe a banana/apple etc.)
1pm – Lunch (2-3 chapatis with vegetables/chicken)
3.30pm – A fruit again
5pm – Tea with a few biscuits
6pm-7pm – Swimming
8.00pm – A fruit again
9.30pm – Dinner (same as lunch)
As you can see, I did make sure to eat something at proper intervals. Also keeping honey in my diet helped. As we all know a glass of honey with warm water in the morning is known for its help in weight management.
Keeping a Honey diet is advisable for starters when all we want to manage is our ever increasing weight.
The times between breakfast –lunch, lunch –tea and tea- dinner are stages where we feel a bit hungry. Here is when our loyalty is tested the most. We end up eating something that we like not realising the impact it can have on our system.
I had seen a huge impact after 3 months of maintaining such a diet. I lost a considerate amount of weight. The confidence in me kept rising up. I had a zing about exercising. No laziness. No health issues. I felt fit as ever.
After 3 months, I did continue my diet, but tweaked it a bit with keeping one day for my sinful delights. I would have a chocolate or gorge on some street food just once a week.
There was not much of an impact there. So it’s tried and tested by me. People around me will tell you how much of a change they saw in me. My mother itself was worried as to why I was losing so much weight.
Jokes apart, keeping a balanced diet is important in today’s time. Or else we youngsters will get ill more frequently and get affected by illness which we must be getting after crossing 45-50 years of age.
So eat healthy, eat at proper intervals, exercise too and yes you will see an impact.
Have a nice day.
What does it mean to stay fit?
I would like to explain it to all of you people through 2 quotes which I feel are perfect in terms of understanding the importance of a healthy being.
- Joyce Meyer says “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you”.
If I rewind 6 months back then I would think of this as an awesome quote and would post it as my status update on Facebook and Twitter. But now whilst reading this, I do understand why Joyce has uttered these golden words. The importance of staying fit has to happen at an early age. I’m 23 now and 6 months back, I could easily qualify as a 30 year old man with a stomach that looked like I was hiding a pillow behind my tees. I had a 10% exercise policy. Now why 10%?
Plainly because I stay on the 6th floor and sometimes the lift has a maintenance issue, so I am forced to take the long walk up the hill.
Long story short, I know the importance of being healthy. But overall, humankind has never been so generous in terms of staying fit or taking care of themselves. Sure, we can blame it on the work load, the various responsibilities which keep increasing as of age. But that shouldn’t deter us to be fit.
When we are fit a chain develops. The chain is,
Exercise – Fit – Confident – Happy – Positivity – Repeat.
I am not bragging when I say that this chain is what I felt. I have spoken to some of my friends who are fitness freaks and they said that this applies to anyone and everyone who thinks of their fitness.
When I went for swimming, my body hurt for the starting few days, then it gave me a lot of results right from a proper body shape to high levels of confidence and positivity in any work I had on my plate.
For a while, I actually looked forward to exercising. I started respecting my body and in turn my body respected me.
The final result was that almost anyone I met only raved about how thin or how fit I was. I couldn’t stop blushing like a small kid as I’ve never heard these lines ever in my 23 years on earth. But all in all, it felt good.
- Thomas Fuller says “Health is not valued till sickness comes”.
I’m sure many of you will agree with Thomas. I am a firm believer too. We don’t value our body in all honesty. We treat it like a dust bin or a waste disposable machine whose only task is to clear the waste. What we don’t know is that every action has an opposite or an equal reaction.
We eat all sorts of junk food, which in all honesty is good only for a while, not all the time. What happens when we turn 35+ is that we cannot eat almost anything. Doctors prohibit our eating habits to a bare minimum. Pills and injections take place of the junk food and you live your life in a way that you start hating it.
Let’s avoid this.
One friend of mine had given me the best tip in terms of being fit.
His name is Dwitiy. He said “Eat… But at proper times”.
I did the same thing. I ate. I ate good but at proper time.
Sure I did have an occasional pani puri or a samosa pav, but that was just once a week.
To diet doesn’t mean that you have to cut down on everything. You just make a list of things which you can reduce on. Follow it alongside a string of exercises and let’s talk after 2-3 months. You surely will see good results. You will like the “New You”.
So, this is what health means to me. A healthy being constitutes a healthy mind. You will have positivity and confidence always around you. Being healthy will never make you sad. You will smile.
Sunfeast agrees with me too. They understand our health concerns and our dietary needs. So they launched “Farmlite Cookies”. These cookies are made from a combination of wheat, oats, almonds/ raisins. They come in 2 variants i.e. “Oats & Almonds” and “Oats & Raisins”. The combinations make sure you get good taste too.
Also the individual packing of cookies in packet form makes sure you can snack in peace.
Sunfeast came ahead with the theme of “Fitness is fun”. There are around 8 videos which show people of different ages and their quest of staying healthy.
I liked almost all, but I choose to show you 3 videos which really left a mark on me.
- Git Fit Soon Mamu – This is the best video in the entire playlist. The havaldar catches many people during his duty for various reasons, and some of them cannot pay the fine. When he looks at these young guys, he realizes how overweight these guys have become. He makes them exercise for a while and asks them to continue doing so. As if you don’t do it now, you’ll never do it tomorrow and never ever again.
- Goodbye Bai – This is like the harsh reality of today’s life. We have become so over dependent on our domestic help, that if they don’t come for one day then the house looks like a public place filled with filth. The best part is that we would live with that filth because we are lazy and proud of it. It’s high time we show some efforts in cleaning our house, and guess what, that is also one form of an exercise. In the video, the family members put on some music and clean the house in style thereby understanding the value of fitness.
- Homework kiya? – This is yet another astounding effort. The classic line we use “Main pehle pareshan tha” shows how being overweight for the man brought a lot of issues not only at work, but also at social gatherings and at home. His confidence was hit, but after making some efforts in exercising and helping in household chores he not only is lean, but also has his confidence boosted.
I would like to end this post with a quote.
Anne Wilson Schaef says “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”