Back to Basicis (A lock down special)
During this time of lockdown many of us are treating it like we are on holiday, drinking a little more wine, may not eating as well as we know we should I know I am one of them...
Well it is time to stop all that here is just a reminder of the 20 back to basic of healthy living, we all know and should follow:
Don’t drink sugar calories
Sugary drinks are among the most fattening items you can put into your body.
This is because your brain doesn’t measure calories from liquid sugar the same way it does for solid food Therefore, when you drink soda, you end up eating more total Sugary drinks are strongly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other health problems (Keep in mind that certain fruit juices may be almost as bad as soda in this regard, as they sometimes contain just as much sugar. Their small amounts of antioxidants do not negate the sugar’s harmful effects.
Despite being high in fat, nuts are incredibly nutritious and healthy.They’re loaded with magnesium, vitamin E, fibre, and various other nutrients Studies demonstrate that nuts can help you lose weight and may help fight type 2 diabetes and heart disease
Additionally, your body doesn’t absorb 10–15% of the calories in nuts. Some evidence also suggests that this food can boost metabolism In one study, almonds were shown to increase weight loss by 62%, compared with complex carbs
Avoid processed junk food (eat real food instead)
Processed junk food is incredibly unhealthy.
These foods have been engineered to trigger your pleasure centres, so they trick your brain into overeating — even promoting food addiction in some people. They are usually low in fibre, protein, and micronutrients but high in unhealthy ingredients like added sugar and refined grains. Thus, they provide mostly empty calories.
Don’t fear coffee
Coffee is very healthy. It’s high in antioxidants, and studies have linked coffee intake to longevity and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and numerous other illnesses, it’s the caffeine you need to watch, that is why you should limited yourself to just 1 or 2 cups a day or switch to decaffeinated coffee
Eat fatty fish
Fish is a great source of high-quality protein and healthy fat. This is particularly true of fatty fish, such as salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and various other nutrients Studies show that people who eat the most fish have a lower risk of several conditions, including heart disease, dementia, and depression
Get enough sleep
The importance of getting enough quality sleep cannot be overstated. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, disrupt your appetite hormones, and reduce your physical and mental performance.
What's more, poor sleep is one of the strongest individual risk factors for weight gain and obesity. One study linked insufficient sleep to an 89% and 55% increased risk of obesity in children and adults, respectively
Take care of your gut health with natural Probiotics and fibre
The bacteria in your gut, collectively called the gut microbiota, are incredibly important for overall health. A disruption in gut bacteria is linked to some of the world’s most serious chronic diseases, including obesity Good ways to improve gut health include eating probiotic foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, ,and eating plenty of fibre. Notably, fibre functions as fuel for your gut bacteria
Drink some water, especially before meals
Drinking enough water can have numerous benefits. Surprisingly, it can boost the number of calories you burn. Two studies note that it can increase metabolism by 24–30% over 1–1.5 hours. This can amount to 96 additional calories burned if you drink 8.4 cups (2 litres) of water per day. The optimal time to drink it is before meals. One study showed that downing 2.1 cups (500 ml) of water 30 minutes before each meal increased weight loss by 44%
Don’t overcook or burn your meat
Meat can be a nutritious and healthy part of your diet. It’s very high in protein and contains various important nutrients. However, problems occur when meat is overcooked or burnt. This can lead to the formation of harmful compounds that raise your risk of cancer When you cook meat, make sure not to overcook or burn it.
Take vitamin D3 if you don’t get much sun exposure
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Yet, most people don’t get enough sun exposure. In fact, about 41.6% of the population is deficient in this critical vitamin if you’re unable to get adequate sun exposure, vitamin D supplements are a good alternative.
Their benefits include improved bone health, increased strength, reduced symptoms of depression, and a lower risk of cancer. Vitamin D may also help you live longer
Eat vegetables and fruits
Vegetables and fruits are loaded with prebiotic fibre, vitamins, minerals, and many antioxidants, some of which have potent biological effects.
Studies show that people who eat the most vegetables and fruits live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other illnesses
Make sure to eat enough protein
Eating enough protein is vital for optimal health. What’s more, this nutrient is particularly important for weight loss High protein intake can boost metabolism significantly while making you feel full enough to automatically eat fewer calories. It can also reduce cravings and your desire to snack late at night. Sufficient protein intake has also been shown to lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels
Do some cardio
Doing aerobic exercise, also called cardio, is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health. It’s particularly effective at reducing belly fat, the harmful type of fat that builds up around your organs. Reduced belly fat should lead to major improvements in metabolic health
Use extra virgin olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils. It’s loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and powerful antioxidants that can fight inflammation. Extra virgin olive oil benefits heart health, as people who consume it have a much lower risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes
Minimize your sugar intake
Added sugar is one of the worst ingredients in the modern diet, as large amounts can harm your metabolic health
High sugar intake is linked to numerous ailments, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer
Don’t eat a lot of refined carbs
Not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbs have been highly processed to remove their fibre. They’re relatively low in nutrients and can harm your health when eaten in excess. Studies show that refined carbs are linked to overeating and numerous metabolic diseases
Don’t fear saturated fat
Saturated fat has been controversial. While it’s true that saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, it also raises HDL (good) cholesterol and shrinks your LDL (bad) particles, which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease New studies in hundreds of thousands of people have questioned the association between saturated fat intake and heart disease
Lift heavy things
Lifting weights is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your muscles and improve your body composition. It also leads to massive improvements in metabolic health, including improved insulin sensitivity
The best approach is to lift weights, but doing bodyweight exercises can be just as effective.
Use plenty of herbs and spices
Many incredibly healthy herbs and spices exist. For example, ginger and turmeric both have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, leading to various health benefits. Due to their powerful benefits, you should try to include as many herbs and spices as possible in your diet.
Track your food intake every now and then
The only way to know exactly how many calories you eat is to weigh your food and use a nutrition tracker. It’s also essential to make sure that you’re getting enough protein, fibre, and micronutrients. Studies reveal that people who track their food intake tend to be more successful at losing weight and sticking to a healthy diet