I have heard a countless number of people go on and on about wanting to lose weight. Though I do not have anything against this not-so-new phenomenon, I still do not get what the fuss is about. I have one big question though, is every “fat” person sick, and is every “slim” person healthy? Do not be bothered by why I put those words in quotation marks. It is just because, for me, being fat or slim is a state of mind and I cannot really be bothered, though if you are a regular reader of the health column, you may have noticed my constant advocacy on eating healthy, including fruits in your diet and drinking lots of water. How are you doing with your “Drink Water Challenge” anyway?
I remember some time ago in the 90s, it was the big or fat girls who rocked! Some of us would buy blood tonics, not caring who the manufacturer was, just to put on some weight. In fact, if my memory serves me right, the men went for women with more “flesh.” Those who had some fat in them were deemed to be “living well.” So what really happened? Did the emergence of digital technology and the need to be technologically savvy also bring with it the need to trim down on your size?
A recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that Body Mass Index (BMI) is not a reliable way to measure someone’s health. Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles found that close to half Americans, who are considered overweight by their BMI numbers (25 to 29.9) are healthy.
Being plus size is definitely beautiful and there is nothing wrong with you, unless the doctors say there is. Again, just eat right, include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and drink lots of water.
However, if you are still not sure, then you might want to consider the minimalist lifestyle, well, in the area of food, with these few tips:
- True to the minimalist mindset, a minimalist diet is about reducing food down to what is essential. Our bodies are all different in a thousand subtle ways; we all react to food a little differently. Eat just what your body needs and not in excesses. Eat abundance of vegetables: spinach, broccoli, and anything green(many green vegetables comprise of 20–45% protein).
- Pizza is yummy, especially when it comes with the extra cheese helping. However, drastically reduce or completely eliminate bread, pasta, sugar, gluten, meat (other than fish), bottom-feeding seafood (lobster, crab) , most dairy products, and anything processed or packaged from your diet. Carbohydrates should be avoided or minimised. A lot of people cut out meat as well, but you do not have to abandon meat if you do not want to.
- I know most people will not agree to this: if you want to lose weight, particularly fat, then intermittent fasting will make a drastic difference in your life. Eat two meals a day (generally no snacks), both consumed within an eight-hour window, usually around 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Fast during the day’s remaining sixteen hours (7 p.m. to 11 a.m.), consuming only water, herbal tea, or black coffee during those times.
- Drink water but also drink juices; juicing and blending fresh vegetables and fruits is the way to go. Eliminate cola and all sugary liquids from your diet (including fruit juices, which contain high amounts of sugar).
- Exercise every day, but do not spend too much time, effort, or focus on it. You do not have to kill yourself to become fit. Ten to twenty minutes’ walk a day to think and de-stress, and a jog around the neighbourhood is enough to make you feel healthy; we are not in a “biggest loser” competition.
Improving one’s health is the foundation of living a meaningful life: without your health, nothing else matters. Indeed, what you eat depends on you, but what I do care about is how you feel: I want you to feel great so you can enjoy your life more.