Isn’t it our dream to eat everything this beautiful world has to offer without feeling guilty about it or, the worst fear, putting on weight? Why can’t we stay fit? While weight gain or loss is entirely normal and part of growing and is not always caused by food, society and the diet culture has brainwashed us into thinking that way.
Leading a healthy life is always a good idea, irrespective of your body goals. And it is not wrong to change the way you look if you do it healthily.
The fad diets you find online and the “easy way to lose/gain weight” are misleading. They show results, but they are not sustainable. On top of that, they are too restrictive and make you feel miserable about doing them. I mean, how long can you go without eating the whole cake by yourself? Not long! And that’s fine. We are humans, we love food, and it is okay to get cravings.
But is there a way you can stay fit while eating all the “junk” food? Absolutely, yes!
Here we are bringing you five ways to ace your fitness goals that show longer-lasting results and do not feel miserable.
Categorise Your Food Right:
Instead of deeming foods as “Good” and “bad”, call them “More nutritious” and “Less nutritious”. An Apple has more nutritional value than a Doughnut, but it doesn’t make Doughnut a “bad” food. It is still adorable! When you realise none of the foods is “bad”, you form a healthier relationship with all kinds of foods. All you must do is eat more of the “nutritionally dense” food and less of the others to stay fit.
Check Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):
It refers to the amount of energy needed by the body while resting when the digestive system is inactive. You can check your BMR online; all you have to know is your age, weight and height. It will tell you how many calories you need in a day when you are in a state of inactivity.
Caloric Deficit Or Surplus:
Probably the most essential part of this article. You need to remain in a caloric deficit, which means you should consume less or more calories than you burn, depending on your weight goals. If you want to lose/gain 1.5 kgs in a week, and stay fit, consume 500 fewer calories. The best way to track calories is by using a calorie counting app. You can get plenty online. To decrease your calorie intake, eat fewer portions of food and consume more of those, which will keep you fuller for hours, so you do not feel hungry all the time, and it becomes easier to stay fit.
When we say hydration is the key, we mean it. Drink at least 8-11 glasses of water a day. Water can solve most of the problems your body is experiencing, be it weight problems, skin problems, or digestion issues. Water is the magic potion. Do not skip out on this if you want to stay fit.
Now it may seem a little boring, but it doesn’t have to be. If you love working out, great. If you do not, it doesn’t have to be your “traditional” gym workouts. Do all of your household chores. Dance around for an hour. The point is to move your body as much as you can. Also, try to achieve your 10,000 steps goal every day; it helps a great deal while staying fit. It requires only little changes, but it goes a long way. Take the stairs. Walk a block. The little things matter, and these will really help.
These are the fundamental steps to a healthy lifestyle and to stay fit without sacrificing your favorite “junk” foods. Want to have a pizza for dinner? Go ahead, but be careful about calories. If that is sorted, you can stay fit while eating a lot. It is also very cost effective, you don’t need a lot of supplements and those expensive “diet” foods.
This will help you get the maximum results with minimum sacrifice. Isn’t that what we all want? To enjoy our food and stay fit?