Blog by: Sulagna Das
When it comes to us women, we all fantasize about having a body as hot as Shiela ki Jawani’s Katrina Kaif or Chaliya’s Kareena Kapoor Khan. Because, let’s face it: you would want to fit into your tightest pair of jeans, or that fancy swimsuit that has been sitting at the back of your closet for ages.
Having a “figure” in today’s world means to live on green salads for dinners and having a garment measuring size zero. Instead of aiming for a thigh gap and a narrow waist, let us all focus on sustaining on a healthy diet which has the minimum nutrition required for the benefit of our body.
Take it from someone who has been there, and still is. All my life, I have been thin, skinny and underweight. I was never anorexic, bulimic or had any other eating disorder. When I was going through high school, I was nicknamed “the skeleton” of our class because of my bony frame. I was a fussy eater, my appetite was scarce, and I was weak and feeble. I was a gymnast for a couple of years too in hopes that I would eat more and look less like a bag of bones. It didn’t work.
So, what did?
Honestly, all I did was start eating more, and continued an easy exercise stretch routine that I had learned from my days in gymnastics. When I moved out for college, I had to eat hostel food for the next three years. I was not fussy anymore, and maintained a constant healthy diet of vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. My appetite spiked in a few months and I started gorging on different styles of cuisines and varieties of dishes. Here’s a simple how-to maintain a healthy balanced diet:
- Consume a variety of different foods instead of limiting to just one kind. This ensures intake of a large number of nutrients which provide a disease fighting potential.
- Eat a lot of leafy vegetables and fruits. Remember when Ma used to make us eat spinach using all kinds of tactics, it was for our own good.
- Drink milk. Milk is known to contain almost all the important nutrients and is extremely beneficial.
- Eat more whole grains, such as whole wheat, oats and barley.
- Enjoy fish and eggs because they are a prime source of proteins that are required in immense quantities for a better shape of your body.
- Lower the consumption of refined or added sugar.
- Ensure you get enough calcium and vitamin D.
- Reduce junk food. Fast foods and baked foods like French fries and doughnuts contain trans-fat, which are supplied by partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. They increase the risk of heart disease.
- Keep your potassium up and sodium low. Excess sodium raises blood pressure while potassium lowers the same.
- Food over supplements, anyday.
- Limit liquid calories (soft drinks) and alcohol.
Trust me when I say, there are more disadvantages of being skinny than advantages.
To all the women who are overweight and dedicate themselves to “dieting”, concentrate on exercising more. Eating less might be harmful for you. Your body needs at least 2000 calories to function properly. If the threshold is not met, then you will become prone to low blood sugar, weakness and fatigue. Instead, workout and eat proper. Reduce your proportions of food, yes, but don’t deprive yourself from the nutrients which you require. Maintain a balanced diet and keep up with your cardio, and you will be healthy and in a really attractive shape.
Today, I do not look weak or feeble. Sure, I’m still skinny but my appetite is more, I love eating all kinds of food, I eat enough leafy vegetables to keep up with the nutrition I need, proteins and carbohydrates equally thrown in the mix.
Some say that my faster metabolism is a superpower, because I do not get “fat”, no matter how much I eat.
Maybe, maybe not. But right now, all of us should be keeping a balanced food habit, a minimum fast food consumption and living a better lifestyle.