Body toning diets work only when complemented by a thorough and regular exercising routine. Let us find out what you can do, diet wise, to aid the process of acquiring a toned body.
Every person who’s ever wanted to go on a diet has been told to cut down on his or her fat intake. While it does make a lot of sense (and frankly we all ought to realize how much), it’s also a rather painful truth that foods with fats are way too delicious to resist! This makes them even more difficult to give up. But, if you want to a have a perfectly toned body, then you’re going to have to forgo that extra slice of pie and those delicious looking fries drenched in hydrogenated oil! So starting now, cut down on your fat consumption. However, that does not mean that all fat is bad fat. You do need fat to sustain yourself, so go for things like low fat dairy products or foods with natural fats like fruits and vegetables. Lesser fat will help your body not only lose weight but also get toned to the extent you want it to, along with the other pointers mentioned below.
Another grave enemy of a toned body is excess sugar. Note that the key word here is excess. Your body needs enough sugar and starch to carry out its daily activities. However, too much of it can lead to excess weight. So, if you are serious about toning your body, then keep a watch on food items like excess red meat, fruits like mangoes, high fat dairy, vegetable oils etc. Instead of these, you can gorge on foods like fresh citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and the like.
More Raw Foods
The importance of this point cannot be stressed enough. The food we eat goes through a million different processes involving a million different chemicals and syntheses. How then can we expect our weight to stay down and our body to be tight and firm? Well, the answer lies in what our forefathers insisted on: raw food. Unpalatable and unpleasant though it may seem, there’s no denying the fact that raw foods have lesser chances of making us overweight than their cooked counterparts which contain so many different processed ingredients. Salads with green leafy veggies, fresh fruits, vegetable salads with low fat yogurt, raw sprouts with a little lemon juice squeezed in, etc. are all perfectly healthy substitutes for the danger foods! You might not believe this, but apparently, even raw lean meat is supposed to be highly nutritious. So, you have your options before you. All you have to do is make your choice.
I’m sure all of us know at least one person who firmly believes that the best way to lose weight and tone their body is to skip meals altogether. And every time they skip one meal and starve themselves, they only tend to binge on the other meal and get frustrated when they do not lose weight, or worse, put on some more! So, it’s safe to say that the other option, which is an exact opposite of starving is the better one. Instead of trying to control the hunger pangs, satiate them. Instead of skipping a meal, have three small ones and three big ones throughout the day. Yes, that’s right! Have a total of 5-6 meals in a day, all fulfilling. The catch is that they must all be from the categories mentioned above and ones with enough vitamins and minerals to get you through the day, daily. So, enjoy 6 meals a day, in small servings and portions, and in healthy food items and you’ll have a well toned body to die for!
Eating the right food needs to be combined with a suitable exercise regime in order to have a perfectly toned body. So, consult your dietitian about how much exactly of what you can eat and set a reasonable exercise routine for yourself. Your body will gradually get toned to how you want it. Happy toning!