Long working hours, sedentary lifestyle, stress are all contributing to a growing percentage of obese men and women in the Indian workforce. As a consequence, the health risks involved with being overweight or obese are also on a rise. The physical health problems can range from simple issues like fatigue, acidity to life-threatening illnesses like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, stroke, coronary artery diseases.
Bringing about a change in your eating habits is the first step towards tackling obesity. On Anti-Obesity Day, observed annually on November 26, here are a few tips to eat smart and beat obesity, recommended Geetanjali, dietitian/nutritionist, associated with Practo.
Honey and lemon
Start your day with a glass of warm water and add some honey and lemon juice to it. This helps detox your body and feel fresh.
Never miss your breakfast
Breakfast gives the body required calories at the beginning of the day itself, thereby reducing unwanted calorie intake.
Include more portions of fruits and vegetables
Snacking on wholesome fruits and vegetables instead of junk food will help you keep empty calories at bay and hence, energised.
Snack on a handful of nuts every day
Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients and also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health.
Say no to sugar
Replace sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or jaggery if you feel tempted.
Measure your food
This will help curb unwanted temptations. Maintain a food journal to note whatever goes inside your mouth in order to have control over it.
Be it yoga, walking, swimming, cycling, or a cardio workout, choose the one that suits your body, but keep it moving.
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