Friday, July 10, 2015

Honey Diet - A sweeter alternative

       For the non-metabolically blessed, dieting is an old friend. We all have tried at least one of its many variants  at some point in life. Many fail to resist the temptations but those who do, experience the glory that is the loss of a few kilos. However, this is a risky road. A safe carefully chosen diet might work wonders but crash diets, artificial supplements etc. may do more harm than good. 

Our body needs certain compounds like proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, fats, carbohydrates and fiber to function well. There is a limit in which these must be consumed which varies from person to person depending on the occupation, lifestyle, activity etc. A well Balanced diet means all these are taken in a appropriate quantity which not only give us energy but boosts our metabolism so we function better. And a good metabolism is all one needs to loose weight. Healthy carbohydrates are slow to digest, keeping blood sugar and insulin levels on keel for a steady supply of energy through the day. Healthy proteins are essential for energy and upkeep of the body. They are found in lean meats, poultry and fish, whole grains, tofu, beans and nuts. Fiber is extremely important for digestive health and keeps the bowel functioning well. Vitamins and Minerals, although needed in small amounts, are very important for the functioning of the body. They regulate not only hormones but many serious diseases like anemia, goiter etc are a result of their deficiency.

However, in our click-for-anything world where instant is the trend, the need for instant results forces us to try the unhealthy and sometimes even dangerous alternatives. The weight loss pills which have resulted in liver failures, cardiac malfunctions and are even banned in certain countries, are still being used. Crash diets which include only 1200 to 1600 calories per day whereas the requirement for an adult is anywhere near 2200 calories. These diets not only put a lot of strain on your immune system but also weaken your metabolism. As a result one feels lethargic, moody and even hormonal levels are affected. Moreover, after prolonged crash dieting, demons such as malnutrition, cardiac ailments etc. cause the metabolism to plateau. And the whole point of being fit goes moot.

Hence, A safe balanced diet is the best alternative for healthy and prolonged weight loss. One such diet is the Honey Diet. Honey is a natural sweetener. But don't be fooled by its sweetness. It is great weight-loss tool. The enzymes in honey help boost the metabolism and also help in strengthening the immune system. Honey is also a healthy alternative to sugar. It has antioxidant properties and has health in every drop.

Hence before trying any diet, do consult a dietician or a doctor and make sure it is safe and well balanced.

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