I am not a health guru, but I want to share tips that personally worked for me, and I think it will benefit you greatly as well.
The most important thing I learned in being physically healthy is eating healthy. My dear friend and I were having dinner together in school one day and she told me about what she heard recently at the time on that day, which was “You are what you eat”.
There are exceptions, but there is a stereotype that Asians are skinny. Objectively speaking, one of the reason is because Asian meals are very healthy compared to diets around the world in general. I love food from most of the cultures and I respect the food culture from all regions. But the particular diet in Asia contains a lot of vegetables, unprocessed grains, fish, and usually minus a large amount of sugar, margarine and butter. Sometimes Asian food is criticized because of the amount of salt we use in the diet, but you can simply put less salt in the food and the food can be healthy as heaven.
[Tips for You]
The standard healthy meal needs to contain protein, fat and carbohydrates. I eat a piece of cooked unprocessed meat (usually chicken, pork or beef), rice and lots of fruits and vegitables.
You can be full and lose weight if you eat one of the followings on top of your daily meals whenever you want to fill your hunger. These are what worked for me. I usually eat it around 3 pm when you need to snack. :
Big round Tomatoes, celery, kale, carrots, sweet pea.
For tomatoes one to two tomatoes are good, and for others, two handful is enough. Like grabbing them in your hands without anything sticking out of your hands.
If you don’t like eating tomatoes because it’s boring, drizzle a little bit of honey on top of your tomato, just so it is not too plain but sweet enough for you to enjoy eating it. Eating tomatoes with honey is better than not eating tomatoes at all.
For fruits bananas, oranges, and apples are good for weight loss. Maybe grapefruits can be good too but I am not too sure about grapefruits. You could look it up if you like eating grapefruits.
If it is not one of these fruits, most of them are too sweet and will make you gain weight. I also find that if oranges are too too sweet, it could possibly make you gain weight, but I think oranges are pretty safe and has lots of fiber. But bananas and apples for sure are very good for losing weight. But banana smoothies make you gain weight. I think the fiber in bananas get destroyed and change in to the kind of carbohydrates like rice and flour.
It is effective to make a vegetable juice and drink it every morning. 3-4 hand sized leaves of Kale, one long piece of celery, a small whole gala apple (cut in to pieces when you put it in the blender. Can be any apple though but gala apple is small and juicy), and a little bit of apple juice, and blend it together in a blender. Carrot juice can substitute apple juice. Other fruit juices might be too sugary.
In order to effectively lose weight, it is ideal that you eat 1:1 ratio of meals and vegetables every day.
Drinking barley tea, mate tea, corn silk tea, Jasmin tea during the day instead of water helps you lose weight. Web MD says “Teas have a type of flavonoid called Catechins that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly.” It says green tea works too but sometimes green tea might have too much caffeine in it that hinders your sleep. Black tea might have a lot of caffeine as well.
You should avoid drinking any kind of drinks that contain sugar. IF you have habitually drank juice and don’t think you are fit enough, you’re problem’s solved. The change would be even more dramatic if you have been habitually drinking pop/soda. Once you start to drink water and tea instead, your body will drastically change. If you really really want to drink something sweet, I would recommend drinking coconut water instead. Coconut water, not coconut milk. It’s completely different. I think the fattening that sugary juice do to the body is proven on the TV show “Dr.Oz”. I am not too sure but I am quite sure that it was aired in the past.
I personally noticed the difference in my body when I drank tea for two straight days during the day. I used to drink sugary juice every day because I love juice. But one day my teeth ached. I wanted to compensate the desire to drink juice by substituting something that had flavor but wouldn’t hurt my teeth. So I drank tea for couple days. I drank a cup of plain water in the morning, 500 ml of the teas mentioned above during the afternoon, and another 2-3 small cups of mineral water at dinner time. The difference in my body was significant. I thought the tea advertisements selling the idea of being fit were not trustworthy, but it was a factual truth that teas do make you fit. And it is almost effortless. You just drink tea and you lose weight. If you can’t believe it, you should try it for a while. You’ll be amazed. But you should never add milk in your tea if you are expecting to lose weight and going to drink it frequently like water.
If you have a craving for unhealthy food, I think it is okay to eat it once in a while.
There might be more that you can do to lose weight like excising, but if you change your diet and eat healthy, I guarantee that you will definitely lose a lot of weight. Especially if you cut pop/soda off of your life, you will be amazed by how much weight you lose. One of my friend looks half as skinny as she used to be because she cut off all the venti sized sugary drinks that she drank in the afternoons.
People say that eating healthy is boring. But what would you prefer? Eating healthy or gaining weight? I know it’s difficult to be disciplined in eating, but it is worth it and when you eat healthy, you will physically feel relaxed and feel good in many ways.