It’s not easy to lose the weight. Some say it takes the same amount of energy to build a bomb and to lose some extra pounds (kilograms). Keeping a healthy diet means eating right stuff and being fit and healthy. Your body must have enough proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and of course minerals and vitamins. Therefore, a healthy diet has plenty fruits and vegetables (containing antioxidants) and fibers. You shouldn’t expect to lose weight quickly, it takes weeks to notice first results, but the effects are maintained much longer. And if you incorporate those food changes into everyday life - kilograms you lost won’t come back. A healthy diet ensures that your body stays fit and healthy, maintaining the optimal body mass index (BMI), decreasing the risk of many illnesses, like diabetes, osteoporosis, heart problems or cancer.
What to drink and eat
Water is necessary to your body, and you should drink at least 2l of it every day if you want to lose some weight. The fact is, our brain can confuse the signals, making you eat and you could be just thirsty. Lemon juice with some honey may also help to relieve thirst and lose weight. Fruit juices (without added sugar) and fruit teas are good. Avoid alcohol or soft drinks, though.
Milk, yoghurt and cheese are good for you. Consuming 2 or 3 of them every single day will help to lose weight and provide enough calcium to protect your bones from osteoporosis. Just remember, avoid those dairy products with added sugar, they won’t do any good.
Try to eat whole grain cereals and pulses, they have proteins, fibers and minerals your body needs and will help you lose weight. For the best results eat the same amounts of pulses and cereals every day. Use brown, instead of the white rice, check if oatmeal or barley might become the new, healthy breakfast for you and eat some peas, beans and lentils.
You should eat fruits. They fill your stomach, preventing you to eat something unhealthy. Eating 6 pieces of fruit a day is also a diet by itself, because you would eat less. It is recommended to use citruses, like lemon, grapefruit or oranges and also berries, peaches, bananas, watermelons and cantaloupes.
Green leafy vegetables are full of minerals and vitamins, good for your health and weight loss. Eat more spinach, lettuce, Swiss chards and mustard greens. All varieties of cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower should be on your menu, too.
Fish and poultry are recommended by weight loss specialists, but try to avoid red meat. Eat sardines, salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring. They are rich in omega-3 fat acids, which are proven to prevent many cardiovascular problems.
Healthy eating is giving much better results when combined with some exercise. Try to incorporate some physical exercise in your life, like cycling, swimming, jogging or just walking. Find the time for it at least 3 or 4 times a week.