… you follow some advice from the experts.
BEST TIPS ON KEEPING IN SHAPE
Staying at home during corona virus lock-down is a very strange experience for almost everybody on the planet.
Our main pastime has become … eating, snacking, nibbling… call it what you may – it is making us all put on those extra pounds.
I dare not think of what we’ll all look like after a couple more weeks in isolation.
Movement is limited from the couch to the kitchen to our bed and back again.
It is inevitable for us to come out of this far from ready to put on our bikinis and enjoy the summer and our beautiful beaches.
TIME TO ACT!
Before it’s too late, we need to change our eating habits to compromise for the extreme change in our lifestyles.
A few simple tips from the experts in nutrition are:
- Don’t skip meals. Eat your three basic meals – breakfast, lunch and supper – but halve your portions. A simple trick is to start using smaller plates and cereal bowls. I’d even suggest eating with small cutlery or even chopsticks if you can.
- Prefer white meat, like chicken and fish. These have fewer hidden fats and are more easily digested. Protein is a must as it makes you feel full and boosts your immune system.
- Avoid fatty food. Grill or boil your chicken and fish; you should keep away from fried food. Steam your veggies and try them with just a tablespoon of olive oil and lemon juice.
- Cut out sugar; sugar does nothing but make you hungry all the time. It is a fake mood fixer; you’re super energized and happier for a short while after consuming a sweet or chocolate but then you’re at your lowest once again plus carrying a few extra grams which build up before you know it.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables. Feel like a snack? Always have carrot, cucumber and celery sticks in a food container in the fridge and nibble on these. You’ll enjoy all the health benefits without the calories.
- Don’t drink carbonated soft drinks which are full of sugar. If you really must have something, have a diet cola but even that, keep to a minimum. Water is your best choice. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice in it and it can even boost your metabolism.
- Limit tea and coffee; both contain caffeine and dehydrate you. Keep them to a minimum.
- Have a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning and a glass again before bed. This helps digestion and keeps your intestinal tract healthy.
- Don’t forget to drink at least 8 – 10 glasses of mineral water every day. Don’t drink only when you feel thirsty; if you wait till you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Move as much as you can and limit the amount of time you sit down in front of the TV or computer.
Basic rule is: MOVE MORE – EAT LESS!