If you forgot to follow a diet in Ramazan, it’s likely you might’ve gained some weight. Fasting all day does not necessarily mean weight loss because there is a tendency to binge on sugary drinks and fried foods once you break your fast in the evening. This, coupled with the weight gained over Eid asks for a return to a healthier lifestyle!
Here are the top habits you can adopt to recover from weight gain:
1. Reduce your intake of Sugar and Starches
This will help you reduce your body weight. Insulin levels will decrease, effectively killing your appetite and making you lose weight. Lower the amount of sugary drinks and fruit juices you consume as well by opting for healthier alternatives such as green tea instead. We highly recommend Lipton Green Tea, which is completely natural and proven to be amazing for losing belly fat.
White bread should be avoided because it is high in carbs and lower in fiber. Instead, opt for brown bread which is healthier. Similarly, substitute low-carb flour for wheat flour.
2. Eat Protein, Fat and Vegetables
This will ensure that, despite your reduced intake of sugar and starch, your body gets its ideal quantity of carbs. Main sources of proteins include meat, sea food and eggs. Low-carb vegetables such as Broccoli, Spinach and Cucumber are also ideal to include in your diet.
For effective weight loss, it is vital that you exercise. Lifting weights or doing cardio will be extremely beneficial in losing fat and building muscle. For quick results, you can do a 30-day Fitness Challenge or join a gym or Zumba class. If you do not have access to a gym facility – do not worry! You can easily look for exercises that do not require equipment, such as squats, push-ups or walking lunges. Moreover, there are five-minute workouts you can fit into your busy schedules so you never have an excuse to not exercise.
4. Eat Before Eight To Lose Weight!
Establishing an eating curfew definitely helps lose the pounds. If you go by the ‘no carbs after 5pm’ rule along with the ‘eat dinner early’ rule, you’re bound to see positive results where your weight loss goals are concerned. If you must eat at night, make sure you don’t choose unhealthy, fattening junk foods.
5. Drink More Water
Drinking more water not only hydrates us and reduces our appetite, but also increases the amount of calories we burn. Make sure you are drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day to get leaner! It’s 100% calorie free! Can there be anything better?
Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier
When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.
Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.
Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.
Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?
Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.
Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.
If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.
Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).
Rich in Antioxidants
Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.
If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.
Strengthens the Immune System
In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.
Fancy a cuppa?