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Eat healthy to stay healthy

Good eating habits are necessary for you to be at your best. Avoiding these unhealthy habits will keep you in better shape.

     Print Edition: May 4, 2008

Good eating habits are necessary for you to be at your best. Avoiding these unhealthy habits will keep you in better shape.

Skipping meals: It is the worst thing you can ever do to your body. Says Dr Shubnum Singh, Senior Consultant, Max Hospital: “Eating several small meals keeps your calorie intake and blood sugar level balanced.” Breakfast is the single most important meal. “Your body needs it, and if you don't eat it, your metabolism will suffer,” adds Singh.

Weekend splurges: If you think maintaining a balanced diet on weekdays is good enough reason to stuff yourself with high-cal foods on weekends, it’s time to think again. Says Dr Singh: “Those extra calories can add a few pounds a year to your weight.”

Fast foods: Everyone gorges on fast food once in a while. Says Dr Atul Mathur, Senior Consultant, Escorts Heart Institute & Research Centre: “Such foods contain lots of chemicals and artificial substances. Therefore, they cannot provide your body with the necessary nutritious elements it needs to stay healthy.”

Drinking water during meals: Says Dr Mathur: “For a good digestion, it is recommended that you drink water only between meals—or, at least half an hour before or after meals. If you drink water during the meal, it dilutes the gastric juices, and results in poor digestion.”

Ignoring the labels: Everybody needs a daily calorie budget. To make sure you don’t exceed yours, you need to start reading labels. Says Dr Singh: “I recommend that you read labels to find out about calories per serving. Next, look for the amount of soya, sodium and fibre they contain.” Yes, comparing product labels will take up some additional time, but it’s a lot smarter than just grabbing a packet with a familiar and famous brand name.

Manu Kaushik

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