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Calorie Counting To Lose Weight?

Here are three things you can do to properly manage your weight

1. Quality vs quantity :

Instead of counting calories, consider the quality of your meals. Food isn't all created equal. Organic foods that are devoid of pesticides and preservatives are preferable to packaged and processed ones. Freshly prepared food is preferable to pre-prepared dishes with longer shelf lives.

Consuming less food doesn't mean you'll lose weight--it's what your body digests that counts. If you're not digesting properly, focus on repairing your digestive system; good digestion is key to physical and emotional health. More often than not, when our bodies are deficient in something, we start craving specific foods as a way of signaling to us that we need more of that nutrient.

Remember, attempting to reduce weight without addressing the causes of your problem in your body, such as diseases or nutritional deficiencies, will only be detrimental to you. The long-term consequences of crash diets have been studied and demonstrated by researchers.

2. Eat until you're 80% full, and chew your food 32 times:

These two diet changes will help you lose weight, as they improve your digestion, metabolism, fat burn and immunity.

Always keep in mind that your stomach is only as big as your fist. Even whenelongated, the most food it can take--or should be given--is the size of your palm.

One diet doesn't work for everyone. The capacity and appetite of every individual are unique. Eat to your own personal appetite, but eat only 80% of what you think you'll need. Leave space for the digestive fluids and stomach acids to break down the food, as well as room for the air to churn it during digestion.

3. Your metabolism is constantly changing:

Your body will let you know what the 80% should be each day, depending on your metabolic rate. You have to remember that your metabolism isn't stagnant; it fluctuates based upon how active you are.

On days when you're more active, such as playing sports or working out at the gym, you'll have a bigger appetite. Conversely, on sedentary days where you don't move much beyond your desk chair, your body will require less food.

It is important to remember that everyone is different. For example, an ectomorph (vata type) who rarely gains weight can easily digest more carbs than an endomorph who struggles to lose weight. The latter should consume more vegetables and proteins.

Remember that your diet must be tailored to your own body type, season, topographic conditions, local foods accessible, genetic conditioning, age and stage of life you are in.

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Cheers to living healthily and being the best you can be!

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any lifestyle changes.

Source: Nishteswar, Karra. “Ayurvedic Concept of Food and Nutrition.” Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, vol. 6, no. 4, OMICS Publishing Group, 2016.

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