In this busy world maintaining a healthy weight and body can be tough. So it is very important to maintain a healthy relationship with food. The weight is basically a balancing act with a simple equation. If more calories are taken in than burned, then weight can be gained, and if fewer calories are taken in than burned, then weight loss occurs.
Turn the brain toward healthy food
We aren't born with cravings for junk food. The tastes are developed over time, and the inclination towards junk food increases as the brain gets exposed to more and more options of junk food. A recent study states the chances of reprogramming the brain’s craving for junk food and manipulates it to like more healthy foods. The study was based upon a small group of individuals who had enrolled themselves into a behavioral weight management program which focused on portion control and education to change their eating habits. After a period of six months, the brain scans portrayed that they relished healthy, low calorie food more than junk food. Therefore, one can learn to healthy food.
Excess weight in the abdomen region poses a health hazard, more than excess weight in the hips and thighs. Belly fat, which is stored below skin surrounding the abdominal organs and liver, it's related to the insulin resistance and diabetes. Calories from fructose, which is basically present in sugary food, are generally known for adding fat to the belly region, which is dangerous. Thereby, a reduction in sugary food would lead to healthy body with a lower risk of disease and a slimmer waist.
Drink ample amount of water
Start every meal with a glass of water. Water helps to keep the body hydrated and thus prevents the body from overheating. Plenty of water ensures the intake of fluids and helps in detoxification. People sometimes tend to confuse thirst with hunger and consume extra calories when all the body requires is a glass of water. Water can also be substituted with other calorie free drinks and herbal tea.
Eat several small meals during the day. Dinner should be the last meal consumed. Studies have shown that people who consume snacks 4-5 times per day face less difficulty in controlling their appetite and weight. Ensure that these snacks are low in calories and be very choosy about the post dinner, night time snacks. Proteins help to preserve muscle masses and helps to burn fat. So ensure that there is protein present in the daily diet. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skip it and lose control over your health. The healthy morning meal should ideally consist of high fiber cereal, fruits and low fat milk. Fibers like oatmeal, whole grain foods and beans, helps in digestion, prevent constipation, lower cholesterol and keep the body healthy. Any drastic change in weigh can cause serious health hazards. Ensure that any change in weight is eased into gradually.