MY FITNESS MANTRA
Fitness and has always been a part of my life. I started working out and eating right from the time I was in school. There isn’t a single diet that I haven’t followed. Be it no carbs, high protein, or only carbs and nothing else. Doing fruit cleanses or a GM diet. By the way, I do not recommend GM to anyone! Invariably, I would skip meals, especially breakfast. I wanted to lose weight quickly, so what better way to do it than to just not eat.
Not Eat! – that’s where I got it wrong!
I worked out 2 hours a day, on a half empty stomach! It did me more harm, than good.
I wasn’t a morning person, so skipping breakfast was a given. I lost a lot of weight, but was tired and cranky most of the time!
After years of experimentation I finally realized how important food is for the body especially in the morning. You need the energy derived from food; it’s the fuel that helps you kick-start your day and keeps you going through out the day.
Take it from me, the one who’s tried all sorts of diet hacks; eating a balanced meal and working out everyday is the only road to weight management and a healthy lifestyle.
I am still not a morning person, but my days of skipping breakfast are far behind me. I make it a point to start my day with breakfast in the morning.
If you are into a fitness regime or following any sort of diet plan, you will have come across some article, mostly by dieticians, telling you how important it is to take breakfast. They will usually prescribe a heavy breakfast, followed with a semi light lunch and a very light dinner.
Skipping breakfast is a big no-no, when it comes to managing weight. After an 8-hour sleep cycle, your body needs fuel to re- charge for the new day. If your body doesn’t get that fuel at the start of the day, you may feel very lethargic.
What I do now is have my breakfast comprising of a bowl of Kellogg’s Special K with yogurt and a side of fruits, along with a cup of coffee. That’s my breakfast every morning 7 days a week! I also workout 3 hours a day. But then my profession requires me to stay fit, hence more time on the mat. But for a person, who has to juggle between work, life and family, a good breakfast and an hour of workout daily will do wonders. Take your dog for a walk, do some floor exercises. Go cycling. Any form of physical activity will do… A healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise are both important for weight management.
Kellogg India has introduced a new nutrient dense ready-to-eat cereal, Kellogg’s Special K Protein & Fibre. Kellogg’s Special K is available in three variants – Original, Protein & Fibre-and Multigrain & Honey- I tried all three and have to say Special K Protein & Fibre is my favourite. It is made with whole wheat, with added protein and fibre. It also has eight essential vitamins and iron. I can tell you it’s a great way to start your day.
The objective is to not be hungry and avoid hunger pangs, but that doesn’t mean you stuff your face. Foods high in protein and fibre help one feel full. Kellogg’s Special K Protein and Fibre is high in protein and fibre. Have it with milk, yogurt, add some fruits in it. For those who avoid dairy, it can be consumed with almond milk or soya milk.
Starving yourself to manage your weight is not the way to go. It will be a temporary fix. Start your day with breakfast, Eat healthy well balanced meals, workout regularly have an active lifestyle. It may sound very easy and simple, but it is that easy and simple. It’s a lifestyle choice; it’s your choice