- Unless your digestive system is operating as it should, there is no way you can expect to reach and maintain your proper body weight. Your digestive system is responsible for metabolizing your food, burning fat efficiently, absorbing nutrients you need and generating energy for your everyday activities. So if it’s not working optimally, your goal cannot be achieved.
- For your digestive system to be in proper shape, eat a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods and keep acid low in your body.
- Drink at least 2 glasses of water in the morning and as much as you can during the day. Drinking enough water generally will make you eat less, aid your metabolism and thereby enhance your weight loss.
- Take a lot of fruits and vegetables at least 5 portions daily, to provide vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals and help you to keep acid low in your body. Remember to take your fruits before other meals; taking fruits as breakfast is a very good habit.
- Eat slowly, in order to chew the food properly and avoid overeating.
- Eat in such a way that avoids combining alkaline with acidic forming foods on the same plate. This usually increases the level of acidity in the body. The following is a quick guide to alkaline and acid forming foods.
- All fruits and vegetables: oranges, bananas, pineapples, garden egg and green vegetables alkaline. ( unripe plantain is acidic)
- All roots and tubers: Yam, potatoes, cassava, sweet potatoes, coco-yam etc are alkaline.
- All grains: rice, wheat, and their products are acidic
- Legumes generally are acidic except a few like green peas.
- Fish, meat, chicken, and other animal foods are acidic
- Eating more frequently will help your body not to feel deprived of food. This will help to accelerate your metabolism so you can burn more calories every minute of every day, even when you’re not exercising.
DON’T EAT MORE THAN YOU NEED (An average person needs 2,450 calories per day)
- It may be difficult to measure the calories taken but a good guide is not eating more than you need at any time. Stop immediately you are satisfied; don’t eat till you are very full. Moreover, eating small amounts of food will enable your stomach to shrink gradually to a size that will prevent you from eating more than your body really needs.
- Don’t eat in between meals. If you feel like chewing something, some slides of cucumber or garden egg or a piece of fruit is better than biscuits or pastries. When you feel hungry, always drink a lot of water first, before you eat.
- Don’t eat late at night (eat at least 2 hours before you sleep) and if you must eat late, avoid heavy meals.
- You will use up little energy while sleeping in the night, therefore eating heavily at night and sleeping immediately will allow you to store excess calories.
- Moreover, your body will be digesting the heavy food when it should be busy repairing the wear and tear of the day, at night therefore you wake up tired. You may assume the weakness is due to hunger and eat more than you need thereby storing excess calories.
- The simple rule of weight loss is that you must consistently burn off more calories than you take in. Many people think losing weight is like emptying a bucket with a bowl. They think a measure out of the bucket today, tomorrow, next week will eventually empty the bucket but our bodies don’t respond to such a method. When we decrease our food intake sometimes, our bodies try to absorb and store more calories the next time we eat in excess of what our body needs. So, even though we are cutting down most of the time, we will not lose weight if we get extra calories part of the time. Our food intake must be balanced with our activities to achieve and maintain a normal weight.