8 Little Things You Can Do
to Become More Healthy and Fit
By Naveen Ganglani
We’re now more than a week into the new year, so I ask: how many of you have already failed at your resolution of living a fitter and healthier lifestyle in 2018?
There’s no shame in case you’ve given in and to that chocolate chip cookie or choco molten lava cake. There are temptations all around us, and completing these fad diets or body transforming-workout programs is easier said than done.
The good news is that in order to be healthier and fit, you don’t have to make drastic alterations to your lifestyle. Some of the secrets to trimming those unwanted pounds and feeling better about yourself when you look at the mirror involves little changes that can go a long way.
I am by no means a fitness expert. No, I do not have six-pack abs – chances are I never will due to my intense infatuation with food. But I can say that I’ve remained in relatively good/passable shape by following some simple guidelines over the years.
It’s important to note that if you want a body that will land you on a Bench billboard, this isn’t the article to help you get there. But if you follow some of these steps (hopefully all of them), I can guarantee you will see improvements.
In no particular order:
Make the shift to brown
There’s not that big a difference with the carbohydrate content between white and brown rice, but the latter contains more fiber and nutrients that are better suited for your body long term. According to this website, brown rice has: twice the manganese as white rice, two and a half times the iron, three times the vitamin B3, four times the vitamin B1, and 10 times the vitamin B6.
The main benefit, personally, of having brown rice instead of white is that it keeps me full for a longer period of time, which prevents me from taking on more calories throughout the day. The same principle applies for having whole wheat bread and pasta compared to their counterparts.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can have brown rice four times in a day. It’s best to limit rice intake to one cup in a 24-hour span, and to avoid it altogether for dinner.
Add vegetables to your meal
Once upon a time, the thought of eating veggies with every meal made me do a weird face. Today, I need to have vegetables in almost everything I eat.
Vegetables are what people like to call high-volume, low-calorie food. It’s one of the secrets to keeping your tummy filled up during the day while gaining very minimal weight. By adding veggies like broccoli, zucchini, or asparagus to your lunchtime meals, you’d be surprised how you can go hours before having your afternoon snack.
Here’s a pro-tip on how to utilize your greens to lose weight: instead of filling up your plate/baon container with equal portions of meat/ulam and rice, separate it into two categories: the meat/ulam, then a mix of rice/whatever form of carbs you prefer and vegetables.
If you need a form of sauce to make swallowing down your vegetables easier, apply Frank’s Red Hot hot sauce. It has 0 carbs and 0 fat!
Remember: grill your meat, don’t fry it!
Have your coffee black
Dairy is one of the most weight-gaining things you can put in your stomach. Even low-fat milk still consists of a certain amount of carbohydrates which makes losing weight more difficult.
If you need coffee daily to survive, I don’t blame you. I’m absolutely the same. But drinking multiple cups of caffeine with milk a day can have negative effects on your health. Try switching to black coffee, and add Splenda as your sweetener to save on the calories.
Carry a jug of water around with you
Drinking a lot of water has many benefits. For starters, it improves skin complexion, flushes out toxins, increases energy, boosts the immune system, and many others.
It also helps you lose weight. By drinking a lot of H2O, you speed up your metabolism and it keeps you full in order to avoid unnecessary calories. Unfortunately, many forget to hit their quota of water in a day. That’s why it’s important to carry a jug of water around to stay hydrated and to keep your metabolism at a good rate.