This is an article that answers most of the common questions I’ve recently got. Thought of sharing it as it can also help a lot of you! 🙂
I have read that eating late at night makes you gain weight more easily than eating at other times. Is this is true??
Many fad diets blame late-night eating, especially carbohydrate-containing foods, as a major cause for weight gain. And you have probably heard of some rules like “no carbs after 6 pm”.
The fact is that carbs alone don’t cause weight gain; they have the same calories as proteins, and half the fat.
It is the total energy that counts, which means the total calories you eat per day. So if you eat too much and exercise too little, the surplus will be stored as fat, at any time, not only at night.
The issue is that metabolism slows down at night. That’s why timing is very important. You can’t just skip all your meals during the day and eat a big meal at night. This might cause a gain in weight.
The best thing to do is to eat 3 meals a day, and let your dinner be light, so make sure you practice portion control.
Avoid late dinner eating habits, so try to have hot drinks like peppermint, chamomiles, chew a gum, or go for a walk with a friend!
I’ve heard that I should be walking 10 000 steps each day. Can you please explain what that equates to?
Walking 10 000 steps per day is what is recommended as the best daily activity goal for a healthy adult. The definitions below provide a point of comparison:
Sedentary: Less than 5000 steps
Low activity: 5000 to 7499 steps
Little active: 7500 to 9999 steps
Active: more than 10 000 steps
Highly active: more than 12 000 steps
10 000 pedometer steps equals to walking about 8 km, or almost an hour and a half. (It may vary according to your intensity and speed).
If you find your daily steps is less than it should be, accumulate your steps throughout the day and adopt the active rather than the lazy option.
Everything counts. For example take the stairs, walk the kids for school, park away and walk to a shop or to go for a meeting.
You should have absolutely no problem to achieve the 10 000 steps!
I would like to go to the gym, but my size and the fact that I think I won’t be as good in classes as others prevent me from going!
How do I break this cycle and get started??
It is always hard to make changes when we have negative thoughts about ourselves.
Think of where you will be in one week or one month!
Change your thoughts. Instead of thinking you won’t fit in any class, think of what you will be doing differently today, and so consider your first visit as great start.
Set realistic goals. On week one, you will be doing 20 minutes sessions, then build from there.
Stick to your goals not those of others.
I have read that it is good to incorporate certain seeds in my diet. Exactly which seeds should I eat and why?
While health experts have long focused on the health benefits of almonds, walnuts and other nuts, edible seeds have not attracted as much attention.
Even though they are smaller in size than nuts, their nutritional benefits are just as big!
Along with being a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy oils like omega 3, seeds also contain plant components called photochemicals that act as antioxidants.
There are some ways to incorporate seeds into your diet. Start by switching to whole grain bread that contains seeds, such as those coated in sesame seeds. You can toss seeds into your oats, breakfast cereals, or salads.
Roasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds make a great snack!