Top 5 tips to stay slim
How to lose the extra, unwanted flab is a question that becomes increasingly urgent right at this time of year – just after the last of the winter cool has gone and summer time is just around the corner.
Blame it on the fast foods culture or just sheer laziness, getting thin enough for your hot weather wardrobe is always top of a girl’s to do list right about now. Life would have been so much easier if you could eat everything you wanted and still fit into the skimpy jeans…
1. Smaller meals: Eat often but in small portions. Four to six smaller meals at regular intervals throughout the day will reduce the calorie intake more effectively than three big meals. Eat your last meal as early in the evening as possible, preferably before 9 pm. Take a walk after your dinner and oily, heavy, processed foods should be a big no-no.
2. Drink plenty of water: Water is the elixir of life and no more so than in the scorching Indian summer. Drink at least 10 glasses of water per day to bust fluid retention. It also flushes out the toxins. This is a natural remedy to keep your body hydrated and slim.
3. Exercise daily: There is no sure fire solution to losing weight and keeping it off without factoring in exercise in your daily regimen, especially if you send most of your day working in an office behind a computer. Jogging, brisk walking, yoga and cardio exercises are the best metabolism boosters. Regular yoga and aerobic exercise will keep your body fit and slim.
4. Avoid aerated/sweet drinks: Don’t for a moment think that Coke, Pepsi and gang are thirst quenchers of any sort. These fizzy drinks are full of calories and to be avoided at all cost. Even sweetened drinks like Frooti and Slice have high calorie content. These should be replaced by fresh fruit juice, home-made lassi and coconut water.
5. Say no to junk food: Double cheese burst pizza, burgers, pasta, pastries, French fries, nuggets, fried chicken – these tasty treats are mostly refined carbohydrates and starchy, full of calories and high in fat content. Instead, eat fresh fruits and home cooked food.