I am surprised to see and hear what all these youngsters do these days in order to lose weight. In olden days, we had enough physical activity in our daily life. We walked several miles to schools and colleges. We ground chutneys and dosa batter in manual grinders. At the same time, our diets were simple yet healthy. Homemade food was the only option then, so we hardly had food outside home. Fruits and vegetables were a part of our everyday routine. We grew vegetables in our garden and they were just pure. Thus, we didn’t have the necessity to lose weight at all. Even after begetting several children year after year, mothers stayed healthy and lean. Probably by our forties, we might have began to put on weight because by that time, mixies, grinders and transportation starated to be in regular use.
It is funny today to hear how people in their twenties sweat out to reduce their weights. So much automation has come into existence for every single chore in life. There is bus and van pick up and drop for all schools and colleges. Need not to mention, mobiles, laptops and tabs have given a comfortable life to get things done with a click. Especially, I see many girls of around twenty being obese. When the time of their marriages come, they run to gym, take crash diet which is almost equivalent to starving.
Crash diets may seem to reduce body weight quicker than any other form of diet. However, people must understand the nutritional compromises one has to make by taking a crash diet. In a crash diet, fats and much of carbohydrate-rich foods are avoided. Literally, the body remains in a hungry state for long. This deprives the metabolic system of good cholesterol which is essential for the proper functioning of the circulatory system and immune system.
On the other hand, a balanced healthy diet comprises of fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in the right proportion in which case, the system never has to face a deficiency crisis. It boosts immunity and acts favourably at the physical, mental, emotional and the spiritual levels.
One advice that I can give to people of the younger generation is to try the honey diet. As you might know, a teaspoon of honey a day can be beneficial to health in several ways.
- For people craving to reduce weight, I would advice to mix a spoonful of honey in a glass of warm water to be consumed early in the morning in empty stomach. This is said to cut down the unnecessary fat content from the body.
- Also, honey is a good alternative for sugar as it contains lesser calories than sugar.
- Honey is known to be an excellent source of skin nourishment.
- It also helps digestion and alleviates cold and cough symptoms.