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In an age of waist trainers, lip plumpers and enhancement procedures, it is quite easy to get lost. I admit; seeing Victoria’s Secret angel’s profiles on social media and observing everything, right from their astoundingly leveled flat tummies to their wrinkle-less necks, can be dangerously overwhelming sometimes to say the least. It’s only a blessing for us round belly inhabitants and thick thighed homo sapiens that Instagram hasn’t yet introduced an official feature which can disclose the number of times any profile is viewed by a named mortal. Because if it did, I would most definitely be labelled a stalker by the masses or more so, be framed for being an investigative agent by Indian media but at least I would have my friends around if the latter ever happened.
Coming to the point, amidst an era in which there is such easy access to immense information, the mass majority has upheld the words of beauty gurus and fitness experts, just as credible as prescriptions given by certified MBBS doctors or cosmetic surgeons. Thus the public now follows influencers and Vloggers like devoted worshipers or lovers blinded by their love for God and his virtues. But due to a great number of prophecies and advice being available in the religion of weight-loss, some followers eventually start disbelieving, and gradually snap out of a bewitching hypnosis. When the curtain of concealment finally lifts from the eyes of the sinner and now the outcast, questions such as, ‘What now?’, ‘Who should I trust?’ and ‘how will I get thinner?’ start to appear and if they beguile your anxiety as well then I have the answers you are looking for.
First and foremost, start drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to lower your appetite. As cliché as it might sound, the mathematics of it are quite remarkable. Water is a simple molecule with a simple structure, made out of just hydrogen and oxygen, it can do you no wrong. It is recommended by experts that the temperature at which you consume it should be moderate; not too hot and not too cold. To make drinking 8 glasses of water a day interesting, either squeeze a lemon into your some of your drinks or add a spoonful of tadpole resembling Chia seeds into the water glass during any round. On the side note, Chia seeds also are the perfect component for a low carb diet and are bursting with healthy fats plus fibre. I order you to eat them!
After incorporating the habit of eating less, cut your sugar intake down. If we consume a large amount of sugar in our diet and if our body isn’t given the chance to metabolize it soon then it is turned into our arch nemesis, fat, whose molecules are stored up in different places. Did you know that a single lemon flavored soft drink contains about 17 tablespoons of sugar? A big “Et tu, Mountain Dew/Coke/Redbull?” moment for all of us. And yes, this is exactly why our arms gradually start growing into the size of Kim Kardashians legs. So to use up the already present fat, starve yourself of processed sugar, mostly because it is unhealthy and consume low carb foods like Broccoli, Onions, Kale, Olives, Apricots, etc.
Alongside a specialized and limited diet, ‘moving more’ should be your mantra. When our body exerts, we exhale some carbon dioxide out. Interestingly, fat molecules are made from carbon dioxide and water and when we exercise, 10 kg of fat leaves our body as 84% carbon dioxide and 16% water, which can either be lost via faeces, sweat or urine. Alas ladies and gentlemen, chant the following with me, “When the body gets fat, the fat person should get going” Unfortunately, we are the fat people.
But I am also of the opinion that exercising according to one’s body type is an ideology that many fitness enthusiasts ignore. For example, some body types have a broad bone structure and women in particular, often starve themselves even after they have reached at their optimum body weight according to age, but are still unsatisfied with how they end up looking. Consequently, genetic makeup also determines where the fat will be deposited. Thus you should stop blaming yourself for not looking like Barbara Palvin when you two reach the same weight. Instead, blame your parents and marry someone after getting to know their genes properly.
Alas, after making an evaluation based entirely on the mathematical consequences of eating less and moving more, I suggest practicing some mental exercises as well. Convince yourself that being healthy is the goal, looking good isn’t. When your insides will feel good your outsides will automatically look attractive. But remember, eating cotton balls to achieve the latter and wearing waist trainers which deny your organs their right to space are notions that are absolutely ludicrous. Give yourself at least 6 months or a year for your weight loss journey. It will be unfair to you if you don’t.
Lastly, beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly and stupidly but some portion of it is found in all of us. The fat molecules, however, won’t affect your beauty, your vices and virtues do. So be healthy, eat less, move more, say no to added sugar, drink delicious green teas and stop listening to people who have more than 20 followers on Instagram.