In today’s blog post, Vivienne who was a guest blogger a while back on this post, “a beginners guide to living a fit lifestyle, would be sharing how to drop our fad diets and eat for our body. All images used in today’s post were sourced from Tumblr.
Hey dear, I know that we have all been stuck at home for the last 4-months or more depending on what country you’re in, which means moving a little less and eating a little more. You’re not alone. I can assure you that everyone is feeling a little bit more sluggish, clouded and has tacked on a few extra pounds. So, I’m here to give you some few tips for eating healthy and staying alert while living during this quarantine struggle.
Now here is the effortless part! Do you know you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water? However, if you didn’t know this, now you do. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds or 72kg, you should be drinking ~80 fluid ounces of water daily; drop the soda, juice, or wine and grab a bottle of water. Water helps you stay alert, cleanse your digestive tract, positively affects your brain function, energy levels, and can aid in weight loss. If you like to be fancy, then add a few lemons to promote hydration, improve your skin quality, and support your weight loss as well.
However, we all know that the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to get our food intake together. For the last year, I’ve adopted the reverse pyramid eating schedule and have added the new trend of intermittent fasting to the mix.
What is it like eating with the reverse pyramid?
A reverse pyramid eating schedule will have you eating your biggest meal in the morning and your smallest meal at night. When you combine this eating schedule with intermittent fasting, you eat within your scheduled 8-12-hour window and fast for the rest of the time; which is usually overnight. I’ll illustrate the schedule below:
In the morning, you would eat a high-carb meal such as banana pancakes (or regular pancakes), potatoes/toast and eggs etc. The key is to satisfy your hunger in the morning and stay alert for the time in between, before your next meal. Eating your carbs earlier in the morning gives your body more time during the day to digest those carbs into usable energy and not fat.
Next, for lunch, I recommend a meal with a moderate carbohydrate such as a cup of rice, salmon and vegetables, a chicken wrap, a burrito, tacos etc. The goal for lunchtime is to continue to stay alert throughout the day by filling yourself up with a nutritious meal that isn’t carb-heavy. For dinner, this is where you eat your low or no-carb meal that usually consists of a protein and a side of vegetables.
Some key things to note on the amount of food to eat in the reverse pyramid structure is that it depends heavily on how frequently you exercise. The more you exercise, the more you’ll eat.
The goal of the reverse pyramid eating structure is to get into a habit of understanding what your body needs and intuitively being able to eat and maintain your body weight or lose weight, once you add exercise to the mix.
I hope this article has given you additional insight on how to maintain or lose bodyweight without counting your calories or following fad diets. I hope that quarantine becomes more bearable for us all as we gain some control over our eating habits.
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