#04. 6 Simple tricks to a healthy lifestyle

It’s difficult for some of us to stick to a schedule, sometimes, we say “I’ll hit the gym tomorrow” and the next thing we know, summer is already here. Now, you’re thinking if it’s mandatory to work out an hour a day just to stay healthy? If yes, I don’t mind staying unfit. Let’s not do that. The following are some of the basic tips that will help you keep motivated to stay healthy without having to work out every day.

The stomach wants what it wants: Am I having enough food? Or am I over-eating? How am I supposed to know that? It’s really simple, just eat enough that you don’t feel hungry anymore. I’m not telling you to cut down on your diet or meal, just try to keep it moderate. A fluid (not water) along with your meal can really help with your diet. Also, eating on time is equally important.

Fruits a day, fatty-waistline away: Have as many seasonal fruits as you can. If nothing, you can have apples on a daily basis. Seasonal fruits are always recommended rather than having only selected fruits. Have fruits between your meals. The reason is simple every fruit has its own unique quality; like us, we all are unique individuals with different skills and expertise.

Good night, sleep tight: A good night’s sleep is very important to stay healthy and to carry out our daily work. The sleeping hours may vary from person to person. A salesman who performs physical work throughout a day might need more hours of sleep as compared to the one having a desk job. I believe 6 hours of sleep is a standard time to follow.  

Be mindful to be stomach-full: Have you ever noticed, it’s quite difficult to remember things we whilst you were multitasking. Make sure you don’t do that during your meal. Avoid chatting or watching videos on your tv, phone, laptops, etc. the nutrition that your body needs are in that food. Give a break to your hardworking brain. So, from here onwards try to have a meal in peace.

Measure your food, track your improvements: If you think diet is all about cutting down on your favorite foods, you couldn’t be more misguided. Diet nowadays mainly focuses on measurements. In simple words, if you had a cheese-loaded and dripping mayonnaise kind of pizza the other night, you need to avoid cheese, mayonnaise and other calorie-rich meal for the next day or two. Keep measuring.

Walk a mile or two: let’s face it if a diet is responsible for 80% of our weight loss regime. You need to follow the other 20% of the regime too. After all, we all know that the more you age, the less you should weigh. Just go for a brisk walk for 15 – 20 mins. That’s all you need to do. Walking works wonders.

It’s not necessary for you to join a gym and lift weights, some of us don’t like that and find it boring. In such cases, you can always go swimming, kickboxing, dancing, or any other physical activity that intrigues you. These are some of the small steps that you need to take for a healthy and peaceful lifestyle. If you follow these steps for at least a week then I’m sure you will definitely feel some positive changes within your body. If you do, don’t hesitate to write back to us.

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#01. Is eating on time really important for a balanced diet?

Various factors play a vital role when it comes to a balanced diet or even weight loss, and eating on time is one of those factors. Let’s face it; the reason you’re here is that you either wish to gain or lose weight. Now that you know it’s essential to eat on time, you must be thinking – What time is the best time to eat? What if it’s almost impossible for me to eat on time as per my schedule? Don’t worry, we’ll find out everything that is to it, shall we?

Best time to have your meals:

Dinner: Yes, we all know that the first meal of the day is called breakfast, but trust me, you will find out why I wrote dinner first in a minute. Moving ahead, dinner must be consumed around 7 PM. There should be 3 hours gap between your dinner and bedtime. Therefore, the latest you can have your dinner is between 8 – 8:30 PM. The reason is simple, your body rests at night, and hopefully, you don’t expect your stomach to churn and digest for you while you’re sleeping. As a result, food is left undigested, which leads to irregular and inadequate breakfast. Also, don’t forget to eat light at night, if you can’t manage to eat by 8:30 PM.

Breakfast: You might have heard about this a lot that never ignore breakfast. Instead, it’s the most important meal of the day, and that’s true. You need energy, and thus, you need to have heavy breakfast to function at your fullest, be it work or some personal errand. If you skip your breakfast, you’re probably facing the most common issues like acidity, gas, dizzy, laziness, and so on. The simple reason being you slept for 6 – 8 hours and your body hasn’t had anything to eat. Now is the best time to fill up. So, the best time to have your breakfast is half an hour after waking up, but not after 10 AM.

Lunch: Just like breakfast is linked with proper dinner, and lunch is linked with breakfast. The ideal time to have lunch is around 12:45 PM, and the latest you can eat is by 2 – 2:30 PM. Let’s say you’re busy preparing for a meeting, or even a presentation at the last minute that’s due tomorrow. You managed to skip your lunch, and its past 3 pm. What do you do? You have your lunch then! NO, you have something light but healthy to make up for your skipped meal and wait to have proper dinner.

Snacks: Since the gap between lunch and dinner is almost 7 hours, you must have some snacks around 4 PM. In short, if I have to sum up everything, there should be 2 to 3 hours of gap between your meals. Keep munching nuts or fruits when you feel hungry near (Before or after) your meal timings.

The reason I mentioned two different timings for each meal above is that I know sometimes things don’t go as planned. Thus, you need to manage such small and important things because, in the end, you’re responsible for your health.