Carrying your weight is the greatest burden above all! Apart from being the greatest cause for all kinds of diseases and disorders your excess weight tags along with you, rules your body, your self-image and reflects your overall social outlook.
Stroke is one disease that can strike a person hard without any indication, but there are many things that you can do to lower your chances of having a stroke. Even if you have suffered from stroke once, you can take preventive steps to avoid another great mishap. Healthy body weight plays a major role in preventing stroke. Hence, controlling your weight helps to lower the chances of a stroke risk.
We strike for extra money, happiness and time off our daily strenuous routine and don’t get enough of any of these. But, we acquire extra kilograms easily that adds extra strain on the entire circulatory system leading to unwanted health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea. One good thing is that, even losing 5-10% of your excess body weight can help reduce blood pressure and stroke-causing factors. Starving or eating minimal food is not the way to weight loss. Keep off the excess calories by following these tips:
Physical Activity: Exercise must be a mandatory part of your daily routine and a sure-shot way to burn off calories. Apart from dedicating a specific time for exercising, you can include movements in your daily activities such as walking from your cubicle to your colleague’s cubicle to discuss an issue, pacing while talking over the phone or climbing the stairs instead of using the elevator. Find more tips on adding movements to your daily routine at www.firsteatright.com.
Avoid sipping calories: It is not just the foods you eat but the drinks you consume too that can add unnecessary calories to your body. Sports drinks, sodas, energy drinks and even your fruit juices are calorie-laden. The worst thing about sugary drinks is that, your body does not account for it in the way it accounts for solid foods and you keep on drinking them until your body indicates that it is over-full. Try switching over to unsweetened coffee or tea, sparkling plain water with some fresh mint or a few raspberries.
Include unprocessed foods: Eating more whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains helps to keep you full for longer time periods as it takes more than usual time to digest. Whole foods are also rich in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber and are low in salt (better for blood pressure too).
Snack healthily: People mostly snack unmindfully despite having control over their meal portions and nutrients. Such people also tend to skip their meals to compensate for the excess calories that get loaded due to their snacking policy. Instead of skipping meals or snacks, individuals can replace unhealthy snacking options with healthier ones such as carrot sticks, unsweetened yogurt with fruits and air-popped popcorn (replace butter with seasoned herbs for flavor).
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.