I gained an unhealthy amount of weight when my thyroid function slowed down. Worst of all, I lived away from home, so diet was fast food and exercise were munching that fast food. Having an endocrine disease, fasting and dieting were not an option.
At 75% of my goal weight, am sharing with you 100% holistic pointers that helped me. Remember to Detoxify before you begin. Details in my article “7 Tips for Healthy Skin”.
- Getting Prepped
See your doctor and get tested for diabetes, thyroid, blood pressure and blood count. If required, go for necessary treatments and alter your diet according to doctor’s recommendations.
- Set a date and Slowly Increase Water Intake
Plan for a day to begin your regime. Let’s call it D-day. Up until D-day, slowly increase water intake to 3 litres. Water deficiency causes water retention, which contributes to weight gain. The more you drink, the more you shrink!
Start getting your body used to physical activity. What I found helpful was using GOQII fitness tracker. It helped me count my daily steps, water intake, calorie intake and sleep. It even reminded me to walk if I sat for too long. By D-day, you should comfortably be able to walk 7000 steps.
Parties will not stop when you decide to get healthy, so whenever possible, try to eat at home before you attend social events. When you cannot do so, don’t worry, just eat. Extend your walk by at least 30 minutes the next day.
- Cook without Oil
Gradually taper down the amount of oil you use to cook, such that by D-day you can cook and eat food without oil.
- Increase Fibre in your diet
Start eating oats, leafy salads and fruits if you don’t already do so. If you do, make sure you eat a salad 45 minutes before your meals, and fruits in between.
- Eat 6 Meals
Once you reach D-day, break your day into 6 small meals. Our Moms followed this pattern when we were kids. Nothing stops you faster from eating fast food than this.
Next week, I will come back with some recipes and my recommended routine for D-day onwards. Hoping that until then, you will follow the above.
Until then dear reader, use the Comments section to share your ideas of braving the Weight-Gain Dragon!
Article written by kananmodi