Weight Loss Diet: In the wake of COVID-19, the whole country has been put under a lockdown till 15th April 2020. By staying indoors and practising self-isolation, we can possibly break the chain of infection much sooner and restore normalcy. There are many ways to approach this quarantine. You can sit and sulk about how much you enjoyed being outside, or utilise this time to your benefit. Remember the New Year resolution you took to eat healthily and lose weight? Perhaps it’s time to do something about it. You could start with small, gradual steps.
We have listed 9 weight-loss diet tips you can follow in quarantine. Here they are:
1- Try to cut back on salt: Excess intake of salt is linked to water retention or weight; therefore, it is best to take only the required amount.
2- Try to have most meals before 7-8 p.m: If you eat most of your food hours before you sleep, your body is able to digest it better. Good digestion is key for healthy weight management.
3- Try to stick to a balanced diet: Make sure you include all essential macronutrients and micronutrients in your diet. Good carbs, good fats and good quality protein are crucial to keep us healthy and fortified. Do not eliminate a nutrient from your diet without understanding its impact.
4- Try to cut down on refined carbs and sugary goods: It is important to distinguish between good quality carbs from the bad. Refined goods like white bread, refined cereals pasta and sugary goods like cookies, doughnuts and cakes are not the kind of carbs that will help you lose weight. Include more whole wheat products and foods with complex carbs and fibre. Complex carbs do not get digested too soon and help keep cravings at bay.
5-don’t forget the nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are a treasure of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds – are particularly very beneficial for weight loss.
6- Divide large meals in small meals: It is a good idea to split your large meals into multiple small meals, this helps you watch calories and is also good for metabolism.
7- Cut back of processed food, ready to eat mixes, tinned cans: All these foods are mostly filled with fats that do no good to your body. It is also a good idea to avoid trans-fats from junk food and fast food.
8- Have a hearty breakfast: In addition to refuelling you, breakfast keeps you full till lunch, which prevents you from noshing too much during the afternoon and grabbing an oily snack in between. A good breakfast may also do wonders for your metabolism.
9- Start your day with honey, lemon and water: It supposedly helps rejuvenate you, rid your body of toxins and revs up your metabolism.