Dubai-based fitness guru, model and TV presenter Rania Gamal vows to fight diabetes and obesity which are two of the top killer diseases in the Middle East through six healthy tips that might direct anyone to a path of healthy lifestyle.
“Every time people ask me for my secret in keeping in shape and being healthy, I always tell them that I was not born like this, I also gained weight before and it made me feel, not only less confident, but weaker.
“I felt like its hard for me to walk upstairs or I easily get weary walking in the mall but those excess pounds and fats that I had before have given me the inspiration to live healthily and fight obesity that can be the cause of diabetes and many other diseases,” Rania said. Below are Rania’s sweet six tips to avoid diabetes and obesity.
1) Have good influencers
For a starter, it would be easier to find the road to fitness if you surround yourself with people who encourage you to be fit and healthy. If your friends are asking you to eat junk food, then you should be the one to be able to influence them to eat healthy. A piece of chocolate or ice cream is fine as long as its taken into moderation but should never become a habit.
2) Forget about sugar
One of the most important thing about diet is understanding sugar. Sugar is not a natural sweetener, it is crystallised and often bleached white. Technically speaking sugar means sucrose, a combination of 2 monosaccharides called glucose and fructose. If you are craving to sweeten your coffee or tea, it is much better to use honey.
3) Exercise in any way possible
We might give many terrible excuses on why we cannot go to gym but there will never be a valid reason not to exercise. In the morning, you can do even a 30-minute walking before you go to work or in the afternoon, try some stretching during your break time.
4) Water is the answer
Our body is made up of around 60% water and even though you have heard this many times, water is a pivotal part of your nutrition. It is the only drink that will help you dissolve chemicals in your body including toxins and it also increases your metabolism. Water provides the brain as well with oxygen to perform at its finest. Drink two glasses of water after you wake up, before you take your breakfast.
5) Fibre is your friend forever
Fibre will help you normalise your bowel movement and will lower your cholesterol levels. Look for food with high fibre on the box.
6) Do not sit down after a meal
There are many people who sit down after a meal or worst they eat while they watch TV. It is a habit that affects both your heart and your weight. It is better to stand or walk mildly, do not run or walk hastily as it could also be the cause of appendicitis. [email protected]