“This is my secret diet.” When you hear someone say it, run the other way. That’s a mound of rubbish, and you shouldn’t dwell on the indignity of being refused food! We’re here to clean your glasses and help you view the real world and all of its wonderful, scrumptious treats. Please disregard the adage “No Pain, No Gain” for the time being because we are debunking some massive misconceptions here.
Here are 5 secrets –
A low-fat meal is the key
NO! Check the ingredients on the back of the products you buy since they may do more damage than good. Preservatives and artificial agents have been shown to be harmful to one’s health. Don’t assume that low-fat equals low-calorie. Replacing fat with other components might still result in high-calorie food. The components in a low-fat cuisine do not always replace the nutrients of the original ones. This is the start of you sacrificing excellent meals and gaining poor health. Natural fats such as those found in nuts, seeds, seafood, and avocados are essential for beautiful skin and lowering the risk of heart disease.
Focus on whole grains
Cakes, muffins, croissants, pizzas, burgers, pasta, babkas, noodles, biscuits, cookies, brownies… the list goes on and on. The point is, are you prepared to forego the tantalising and exquisite taste of these beauties in exchange for a few calories? No, we hope not!
Ingesting whole grains instead of refined starches, such as whole-wheat bread rather than white bread, is becoming more popular. Whole grains have more fibre and are digested more slowly than refined grains, but it doesn’t entail that processed goods are intrinsically bad as part of a balanced lifestyle. Why should we have to convince ourselves that we’d never be able to appreciate a loaf of crispy French bread again? It simply does not make sense.
Cardio all the way
You don’t need cardio for a healthy lifestyle unless you desire ripped abs and chiselled forearms. What you require is a little prodding. We’re talking about a little bit of strenuous exercise until your heart’s content.
You don’t have to run a mile to reap the benefits of increased physical activity. Even moderate exercise will help you burn more calories. A few minutes of brisk exercise, sports, or cleaning can make a significant effect.
Snacks are harmful
No, honey. Your snack selections are determined by whether or not they are detrimental. Are you consuming pastries and cakes with tarts and sprinkles on top? Then, certainly, you should quit nibbling on those. Healthy snacks between meals might help you regulate your appetite. If you want to nibble on berries or dried fruits, a small amount of popcorn, granola, or muesli (but not all at once!), you are on the correct course.
So, ahem, what’s the secret?
There is no specific diet that works for everyone. Choose what your body desires in order to be fit. Wise men say-
- A sufficient amount of water (approximately 2L every day)
- A minimum of 6 hours of sleep
- Every day, work out for 20-30 minutes.
- A variety of nutritious meals