The 3 key components of long-term weight loss and a flat belly  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Anyone trying to lose the extra flab should know that the key to achieving a successful weight loss lies in the right combination of three elements – a balanced diet, exercise, behavior modification. The reality is, understanding the path to lasting health can help you lose weight and keep it off, although achieving and maintaining that hourglass shape is a struggle for many people from all walks of life.
Research has shown time and again that losing and maintaining weight requires both healthy eating and regular physical activity. Contrary to what most crash diets and high-intensity workout promoters claim about weight loss, making small daily changes that lead to a fitter life and sticking to them can actually improve your overall health. And here’s the key components that can help you get rid of ugly belly fat and achieve lasting weight loss. Read – Breakfast for weight loss: 4 reasons to add eggs to your daily diet- rich in protein, boost your metabolism
The 3 key essential components of lasting weight loss
The saying ‘you are what you eat’ is literally true when it comes to weight loss. A healthy, balanced diet consisting of all essential nutrients – protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats – can help you lose weight effectively. A healthy meal plan also involves avoiding or restricting intake of foods high in added sugars, salt, unhealthy fats, and calories.
- Protein: High-quality protein foods for weight loss include beans, legumes, eggs, chicken breast, seafood, nuts and seeds, and vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- Fibre: Many fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre – apples, bananas, berries, carrots, brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, oats, etc.
- Complex carbs: Starchy or complex carbs can be found in foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes, black beans, green peas, whole wheat bread, etc.
- Dietary fat: Choose healthy fats from food sources such as avocados, olive oil, fatty fish, whole eggs, nuts and seeds, cheese, etc.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, which is very important especially when trying to slim down. Read – On a weight loss spree? Here are 5 healthiest things you can eat at night!
Being physically active doesn’t mean to run a full marathon or hit the gym every other day. It’s about ensuring you engage in some physical activity that you enjoy everyday. Activities such as walking, jogging, biking, swimming, etc, can make your heart and lungs work harder and aid weight loss.
While it’s important to pay attention to good nutrition and exercise, putting the last component on the backburner or failing to modify problematic behaviours can seriously affect your efforts to reduce overall body fat. Making lifestyle changes such as nourishing your body with healthy food, prioritising physical health, staying active, and prioritizing physical health, focusing on positive thinking, will help you not just achieve your weight loss goals but also make you a healthier, happier, fitter person.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.