We’ve often seen celebs push their bodies real far in the bid to lose weight. For one movie they pile on the weight and in the next, they’re as lean as a stick! While they have the time and the resources to devote to their health and their body-building practices, haven’t you wondered whether it might be just a teeny, tiny bit easy if you too had access to their nutritionists and all the time in the world to focus on your diet? Plus all those restrictions! How can you even handle those! How can you not eat something when it’s lying there, right in front of you! Uff!
And what about vegetarians? They obviously have it easy right? How difficult can it be to resist some boring old vegetables and ghas-phus? For non-vegetarians, the challenge is manifold. Well, if you thought so, you thought absolutely incorrect. It’s only a myth that vegetarians have it easy and that they can lose weight in a jiffy. Non-vegetarians can lose weight too – but only by being careful about what they eat. No, there is no need to give up complete elements of your diet but rather, you need to modify the cooking styles when it comes to meat. Restricting any part of your diet is never wise as it leads to further complications as your body does not get enough nutrients.
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So then, how exactly do you diet if you’re a non-vegetarian? We’ll tell you. We’ve roped in Nutrition Expert Sonia Narang from Oriflame India to help us with some non-veg diet tips and trust us, they work! But then, always remember that these steps will not provide you instant results. You’ll have to stick to your diet and be regular in your eating habits. Only then, over a period of a few weeks will you be able to see a change in your body and see the flab slowly melt away! All the best and here’s how you non-veggies too can get that dream figure!
1. Find out how much weight you need to lose
There is a misconception among many that the thinner you are, the better. Being thin does not always mean being healthy. Thin people have health issues too. Also, if you constantly feel the need to avoid food or if you simply cannot control eating food and then feeling guilty about it, seek medical help. The problem might be deeper than you think. The first thing you need to do before embarking on any diet is to calculate and understand just how much weightloss is required. Take your height, weight and calculate you BMI. Depending on your BMI, set goals for yourself. If you’re 100kgs and above, then losing 18 kgs makes sense, but if you’re just 70kgs, then losing 18kgs rapidly might only add to your health woes. Be wise.
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2. Don’t over-stuff yourself
The one issue with non-veg food is that it tends to fill you up quickly. So while your veg friend might go in for the second helping, if you’re feeling full after just your first, don’t go back for a second just to show them you can eat too! Remember, non-veg food has a lot more calories and carbs as compared to veg food. Even if your portions are small, do not feel bad that you have under-eaten. If possible, whenever you are out, try not to eat alone as you might end up over-eating in trying to finish the food all by yourself. Eat with friends and family so you share portions and eat up less. Always remember, do not stuff yourself – always fill your stomach only to 80 percent of its capacity.
3. Eat slowly
While eating non-veg, if you eat too fast, you might not realise just how full you are as the food is still not into your stomach. By the time you get up from the table, you realise you’ve over-eaten. Always remember to eat non-veg food slowly. Give time for each piece to be completely chewed and in your stomach. The more you hurry, the more unhealthy it will be for you. Over-eating can also lead to a host of digestive problems which will cause further harm and kill your diet plans. Eating slowly makes sure you eat only as much as required. For non-vegetarians this can often be a deal-breaker. So remember, always chew your food well and no matter if everyone else finishes in a jiffy – take your time and eat well!
4. Keep timings in mind
One thing with non-veg food is you cannot binge-eat as and when you want. Your body metabolism rate differs throughout the day and you need to eat keeping that rate in mind. Eating heavy non-veg food during dinner is a complete no-no. Also, having non-veg food as your late night snack or over-eating at night can also cause your health and diet plans to go for a complete toss. You need to eat non-veg in small portions throughout the day and make sure that you do not have any heavy non-veg food post 7PM as your digestive system slows down and the food might not get digested well or take too long to digest thereby adding on to the fats.
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5. Here’s what you need to eat
Here what non-vegetarians can eat throughout their day:
– Start the day with a glass of warm water with some lemon juice squeezed in and some honey. This will not only hydrate your system but also aid bowel movement.
– For breakfast, have egg based dishes. You can have an omelette (with little oil) or scrambled eggs or plain boiled eggs with some salt and pepper. Avoid fried foods like egg fry or french toast. Have eggs with a slice of whole wheat toast (choose only the 100 pc whole wheat bread) and some milk.
– For lunch, you can have a meat vegetable or a side-dish of chicken. Make sure that meat is home-cooked where you can ascertain the cleaning and cooking practice. Also, don’t eat fried chicken and instead, have it grilled or roasted. Boiled is a good option too!
– For snacks, you can have some chicken snacks as long as you restrict yourself to a piece or two. Do not over-indulge.
– For dinner, sea-food is your best option. Again, go for steamed or grilled fish and sea-food. Seafood soups are a great way to end the day too!
6. Always, always have a salad with your meal
For non-vegetarians, this should be the mantra. Always begin your meal with a healthy salad. This partially fills you up and makes sure that you do not over-eat the meat later in the main course. With a salad, you also have some hope of other nutrients also entering your body apart from your meat and proteins. While non-veg food cooked and eaten at the right time can be healthy, over-indulging in it can cause more harm to the body than good and at times, you also lose out on the nutrients.
7. Skip the sauces
While you’re piling on the weight through your meat, sometimes the sauces that you use to accompany your dishes are not only adding the taste but also adding to your waistline. Most packaged sauces come with a host of added flavours, colours, preservatives and a lot of other artificial additives. None of these are good for you in any way. No, we aren’t asking you to eat food bland but look for healthier alternatives to ready-made sauces. See if you can make sauces at home. Or you can use lemon juice for flavouring. Lemon, vinegar, honey and garlic mixed in the right quantities makes for a good and healthy dressing too!
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8. Don’t forget the fibre
For non-vegetarians, their diet can automatically lean towards a heavy protein, heavy fat diet. Not enough fibre can lead to digestive issues. Make sure you include enough fruits and vegetables to give your body the needed fibre. Go easy on the processed flour and instead, have your meats with traditional bhakris made of jowar or bajra. You can also add some nuts and seeds that are fibre-rich to your diet. If a heavy meat diet isn’t suiting you, have only some form on non-veg (either meat or seafood or eggs) once a day – ideally for lunch and then, go veg throughout.
9. Detox, detox, detox!
For non-vegetarians, detox is the mantra! Your body is getting heavy and stocking up all the juices and fats from the food and that can never be a good thing. Plus, eating such heavy foods daily also taxes your digestive system no end. You need to give your system a break and help it relax. Detoxing helps flush not only the toxins from your body but also helps prepare your body for the next session. For heavy non-veg eaters, detoxing your body once-a-week is always a food idea. Go the traditional Indian ‘vrat‘ way and detox with only fruits and juices. Avoid all other types of food. Eat different types of fruits throughout the day. Make sure to sprinkle some salt on your fruits as a lack of sodium can lead to muscle aches in the body.
10. Have atleast 10 glasses of water in the day
Water is seriously your best friend. While the 8 glasses per day is a must, in summers you can add 2 more glasses and easily have atleast 10 glasses a day. It will flush out all the toxins and keep your bladder clean. It will also aid bowel movement and keep your well hydrated. And needless to add, it will keep your body cool. Drinking more water means you have a naturally smooth, naturally glowing skin and a healthy body.
11. Avoid cold drinks with your meals
Instead sip hot drinks or have a glass of warm water after your meal. Once you’ve eaten non-veg food, it is ideal to have some lemon juice or plain lemon water (without salt or sugar) after about 20 mins. This will clean the oil off your system and flush out the additives, instead of allowing it to settle and turn into cholesterol or fat.
Needless to say, exercising regularly is a must for people – whether you’re a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. Eat healthy and stay fit! Always eat in moderation and eat regularly. Don’t binge. Eat healthy and your body will automatically begin to feel lighter and healthier.