If all those winter GTs and parties have left you a little heavier than you’d like, or if you’re looking to shape up for the summer, it’s time to tweak your eating habits. There are so many diets out there but whether you go for a cabbage soup diet or an Atkins, chances are you’ll pile on the pounds again the minute you revert to your old eating habits. Real weight loss involves actively changing your eating habits – for good. It’s perfectly possible to change the way you eat without giving up everything you love. Here are three non conventional ways to gear your metabolism again for a more healthy lifestyle.
1. Kareena Kapoor’s Size Zero Diet
The Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor isn’t a chubby little girl anymore – her diet and habits are responsible for her size zero transformation. Leading diet and fitness expert, Rujuta Diwekar is behind the famous dieting tips that helped to keep the celebrity’s weight off. Diwekar has advised lifestyle changes that involve eating locally sourced nutritious foods and smaller but frequent meals along with strength training to gear your body for fat loss.
Eat where you are! Indulge in local foods, especially fruits and vegetables. We have plenty of fresh fruit available everyday – be it apples, bananas, oranges, mangos etc. Rather than over-spending on food that’s flown in half way around the world, opt for locally sourced nutritious food.
Control your portions so that you don’t stuff yourself completely at any meal. Instead, eat frequent meals almost every two hours. That way you will rev up your metabolism and keep hunger pangs at bay. Get involved in your food planning process by making your own meals at home and choosing organic produce.
Strength train your way to a faster metabolism that burns fat and builds muscle. Remember that weight training is integral in maintaining your overall fitness.
Here are some of the tips that Diwekar has told Kapoor to incorporate in her routine:
- Avoid tea/ coffee first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Instead start the day with fruits/ dry fruits/ milk etc.
- Eat every two hours.
- Eat more when more active, less when less active.
- Eat 2 hours prior to bedtime.
- Eat full fat version instead of low fat substitute. Kareena stays away from foods labelled ‘Fat-free’ or ‘Low-carb’ etc because they aren’t always what they claim to be. She enjoys super foods such as ghee, rice, bananas and mangoes.
- Sugar is a better option than sweetener.
- Do not use tea/coffee/cigarettes as a way to mask hunger.
- Get consistent with working out. 45 min every alternate day is more than enough.
- Eat healthy, wholesome and fresh food. Avoid packaged variety.
2. 5:2 Fast and Feast around the week
Here’s a diet for all the foodies out there! The fasting diet called 5:2 allows five days of normal eating and two days of fasting where you limit your calories to 500kcal for women and 600kcal for men a day. The aim is to balance out your diet. On fast days you should eat foods rich in protein and fibre that will keep you satiated longer – so fish, meat and vegetables are key. On non-fast days, no need to worry about calorie counting so eat your normal meal. However for best results you should have a healthy diet for the five non-fasting days. Indulge in the occasional pudding or pie, but on the whole try to allow for more nutritious foods in your diet.
3. Detox drink for a meal
Nothing too drastic, but the simple measure of replacing one meal every few days with a detox juice could help cleanse your system. Opt for green juices of cucumbers, celery, lemon, ginger, apple and spinach. It’ll help shake off the recent holiday indulgences and provide an instant energy boost. They aid in digestion too so you could definitely benefit from adding these juices into your daily routine.
Make your own green detox drink at home with this simple recipe. You need 5 handfuls spinach, 3 celery stalks, half a cucumber, half a lemon and 2 apples. Process the ingredients through a juicer and you’re good to!