How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way
April 01, 2021 | Farah Jassawalla

How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way

Being physically fit is the surest way to avoid numerous illnesses. And having an ideal weight is the first step to fitness. This fitness in turn ensures freshness of mind as well as an active body. 

Most people think that reducing their diet to an unhealthy degree will help them reach their ideal weight. Hence, they are often too hasty in building their lifestyle around that. But it does not come as a surprise that this process proves to be detrimental instead of healthy. 

Another important thing to remember when aiming for weight loss is that you should never expect it to happen over days. Here are healthy and safe tips to lose weight: 

1. Drink plenty of water

The first step to losing weight is staying hydrated. Water is the best beverage a person can find. With a bulk of benefits, it is something that helps regulate and increase your metabolism. Furthermore, if one drinks water before a meal, they tend to eat less. Thus, the possibility of overeating is canceled out. 

2. Avoid processed foods

They are rich in calories, fat, and sugar. Also, they are low in nutrients so they are not the best snacks.

3. Have a protein-rich breakfast

Diets that are high on proteins are scientifically proven to keep your weight in check. That means they prevent obesity. 

4. Consume less sugar 

One may not realize how much sugar goes into their body due to processed foods. You could only be taking one teaspoon in your tea but the amount of sugar present in other foods increases your sugar intake to unhealthy levels. 

5. If you like coffee, take it black

Without fats and sugar, coffee is quite helpful with metabolism. 

6. Try intermittent fasting

Fasting for short periods and building a cycle of fasting/eating is a proven method to lose weight. The key is to not overdo fasting and not overeat all of a sudden. Maintaining this balance will gradually result in lesser weight. And on top of that, this cycle will also help you maintain your weight. 

7. Enrich your diet with more fruits and vegetables

It is no secret that people run away from salads but they are quite effective. Don’t be scared, you don’t have to convert your entire diet to salads. But be sure to have a bigger portion for them. Having fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is a great way to ensure that you are not gaining weight while feeding your body the regular amount. The vitamins, minerals, and fibers present in produce are necessary. Moreover, when you are filled with these healthy things, snacking on junk food is much less likely.

8. Exercise 

Reducing and maintaining your weight requires you to walk a lot. Even with the perfect diet, sitting on the sofa all day can never help you lose weight. Start with about 5-6000 steps a day and gradually increase that to an average of 10,000 steps daily. You can install an app on your phone for this purpose, it helps you keep on track. 

9. Have breakfast daily, and early

Studies show that people who have breakfast perform much better than those who skip it. It is important to stock up on your energy for the day, so you don’t end up snacking on other sugar-filled foods. 

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Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.