Healthy habits are the key to a slimmer, fitter you. Working on healthy habits does not only guarantee shedding a few pounds but also achieving and sustaining your ideal weight. Here are four habits brought to you by QNET’s latest healthcare product – Belite. If these are followed consistently, it will definitely bring about a slimmer and healthier you!
1. Practice quality over quantity.
Losing weight fast is possible, but it is deemed unhealthy most of the time. A sudden change in your food intake will help you shed a few pounds, but only temporarily – you’re most likely losing your water weight and potentially setting yourself up for a bout of binge eating.
What comes highly recommended, and is ultimately better for your health, is to manage your weight slowly but surely. A pound or two each week over the span of six months is better than ten pounds in two weeks because it will be easier to handle and, more importantly, to maintain. By going about it gradually, you are giving your body ample time to adjust to the changes.
This practice also applies to the quality of your food. Foods richer in nutrients are more likely to leave you satisfied compared to unhealthy options which, as good as they taste, bring no nutritional value to your body.
2. Track your diet.
When it comes to healthy dieting, you don’t need to do a complete 180. Sustainable weight loss is best supported by making small changes in your healthy habits over time, so yes, you certainly can take it a day at a time.
Want a steaming bowl of white rice? Go for the fibre-rich brown or the lower-in-calorie cauliflower rice. In the mood for chips? Grab the wholegrain alternative. Have your popcorn but without the usual butter and other flavourings. The key is swapping the food items in your diet that are the least healthy with healthier alternatives.
3. Manage your stress.
Stress eating is a real thing, and there’s a science behind that: Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, whets a person’s appetite for sugary, fatty foods. They are a quick dopamine fix. This is why French fries, ice cream, sweets, and pizza, among others, are known as comfort food – they serve as the primary emotional coping mechanism of the stressed, upset, lonely, angry, and exhausted.
Overeating never does anything but leave you stuck in an unhealthy, never-ending cycle. And this would definitely not help your weight-loss journey.
Instead, divert your attention to another activity that will help you manage your stress. Try new hobbies, engage in sports (they make your body release endorphins, which in turn will make you feel great!), listen to music, or hang out with friends. Finding an emotional outlet beyond the kitchen might be difficult at first, but it is not impossible.
4. Drink more liquids.
Hydration is a vital factor in weight loss. It helps to remove waste from your body naturally and increases your metabolism. If you work out, water with electrolytes is vital to avoid muscle cramps and fatigue.
Besides water, there are also other liquids that can improve your body’s metabolism. Teas made of natural herbs will help your body feel light and fresh. For example, Belite 1 is an intriguing blend of green tea leaves, chrysanthemum flowers, and Kaffir lime leaves, formulated to help you kickstart your day on a high note. Belite 2 on the other hand is a fusion of African mango (IGOB 131TM), Yeast Peptide (DNF-10), and mixed berries. This fruity mix was developed to curb your appetite, improve your cardiovascular health, and reduce your body’s cholesterol and inflammation.
There are also herbs that work to eliminate toxins from your body. Take Belite 3 for example. Its mixture of peppermint leaves, cinnamon bark, and senna leaves work together to improve your bowel movement and stabilise your glucose levels.
Remember that when trying to manage your weight, it is important to determine your pace and to just to keep at it! Focus on forming the right healthy habwets not just to improve the way you look, but to improve the way you live.