How can I lose weight
Losing weight is a challenging journey, yet the goal can be achieved with patience and perseverance. How do I lose weight and how fast can I lose it are the first questions we get asked when heading towards this goal.
The number of times ‘…where do I begin…’ has been the start of a beginning when there is too much going on at one time, is about as much as the childhood stories opening with ‘Once upon a time…’
Life is like a platform with a multisource of means to travel and move, with multiple directions to take and choices and decisions to make; even though no one date will ever come back again, yet there are patterns that repeat with our every breath, every day; seasons for example on their natural course tirelessly changing every year, yielding the impact of the default repetition of light into night and dark into day, just as we breathe either with total control or entirely by default, we need to make a conscious effort to take responsibility of ourselves by controlling our whims and not trying to control other people.
First things first: Ramadan began on Sunday, 03/04/2022. At Brain Body Breath Balance children have been enjoying the following rhyme:
The Month of Ramadan
In the month of Ramadan
Everyone likes to fast
From dawn to sunset
Each day of the month
During the month of Ramadan
Was revealed the Quran
To learn and to live by
Every day of our lives
In the month of Ramadan
To fast for the love of Allah
With discipline and grace
Strengthens our faith
During the month of Ramadan
We earn our reward
With will power
The Month of Ramadan – Rhyme
How can I lose weight
Along with the regular practice of movements to enhance concentration, focus, memory, recall, and build core strength; inquiries continue to come in; one of the most frequently asked question is:
“How can I lose weight…?” Followed by the next question: “…how can I lose weight fast…?”
‘…how can I lose weight?’
- Having made the decision to lose weight is a step forward toward the mission of losing weight. Too often we confuse thirst or the need to drink water with hunger. Studies show drinking 1 to 2 liters of water every day helps with weight loss; it’s definitely a good thing to drink water before meals.
- Skipping breakfast will not help with losing weight. The best foods for a high-protein breakfast are: eggs, black beans, Greek yogurt if not available, plain yogurt serves just as good, cottage cheese, nut butter, protein powder, unprocessed meat, choose lean cuts of beef, chicken, veal, and lamb because these have lower fat content and are packed with protein.
- Eating high fiber foods such as cruciferous veggies, these include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and arugula which is rocket in English and kulfa ka saag in Urdu, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress, and radishes, aid with losing weight.
- Reading food labels increases awareness, it will make you more mindful of what you buy and what you eat.
- Use a smaller plate so that your meal size is smaller and eat until you are no longer hungry but not full.
- Eating high fiber and wholesome, whole-wheat, unprocessed foods helps with weight loss. Chickpeas, beans, lentils, and brown rice recipes can be a good choice and are readily available.
- Fasting is very good for weight loss; we are blessed with being in the month of Ramadan as I write this article. However, consuming fried foods at aftar time depletes the object of our mission to lose weight.
- Movement and exercise, Brain Body Breath Balance has the ideal program to help build inner core strength which helps with losing weight without experiencing weakness.
- Keep a stock of healthy foods and snacks such as fruits, vegetables, and seasonal berries at the ready.
- Relish the natural flavours of foods such as fruits, vegetables, and drinks such as tea and coffee and avoid adding sugar.
- Some of the healthy carbs include Quinoa which is a nutritious seed that is very popular among people who are health-conscious, also oats, buckwheat, bananas, sweet potatoes, beetroot, oranges, and berries.
- Take the supplement with glucomannan. Glucomannan is a water-soluble, fermentable fiber extracted from the tuber or root of the elephant yam, also known as the konjac plant which has historically been used as a food source to make noodles and snacks. The konjac plant has a starchy root called a corm; it is high in a type of dietary fiber.
- Avoid junk foods which are foods and drinks low in nutrients for example vitamins, minerals, and fiber and high in kilojoules, saturated fat, added sugar and/or added salt, processed meat, fast foods such as fried chips, burgers, pizzas, snacks such as crisps, cakes, biscuits and sweets and sugary drinks.
Now to tackle the question: “…how can I lose weight fast…?”
Many experts say losing weight too fast creates physical demands on the body. Possible serious risks include Gallstones, and dehydration, which can be avoided by drinking plenty of fluids. However, losing 1–2 pounds (0.45–0.9 kg) per week is a healthy and safe rate; losing more than that is considered too fast and could put you at risk of many health problems, including muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, and a drop in metabolism. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend a safe rate of weight loss, which is about 1 to 2 pounds per week for a period of six months. In order to lose weight, the NIH recommends cutting back on both fat and carbohydrates but not cutting them out completely in order to help reduce overall calories.
Our BBBB movements at the Global Fitness Group focus on building core strength, this leads to building self-confidence making losing weight manageable without burdening the self with undue risks.
Leadership – is when the heart and the head work together in harmony to bring balance of responsibilities to the cause of eradicating poverty, illiteracy, homelessness, abuse and misuse of national resources at a monumental scale.
Just prior to the start of Ramadan, there were rallies of the mass public, by the various opposition parties. To speak up and to be heard in such a vast gathering of people can be a powerful tool, so long as the purpose adheres to the sincerity of the cause. Putting together the energy of a purposeful cause, pooling the talents of the young and old, being thankful and appreciating the beauty of our country – Pakistan and its people; we have between 70 and 80 languages spoken in Pakistan. Urdu is our national language. English and Urdu are two of our official languages. The 1998 Census lists the most spoken primary languages as Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Saraiki, Urdu, and Balochi. Managing a country and its people is the workmanship of a true leader.
Many decades ago, Pakistanis were known for being hospitable, trustworthy in the face of adverse hardships, and incredibly innovative regarding recycling and using creative talent…
The blood, sweat, and tears with which Pakistan was borne is the core truth that we as Pakistanis should never take for granted – if the parties standing in large numbers all came together with their special resources, energies, talent, voice, brain, heart, and breath as ‘one’, not as ‘opposition’ we would rise:
We would rise above poverty, abuse, disease, homelessness, and hunger. We could be building a nation of such immense natural beauty into a world of bliss, mostly because we have a country of our own where we are born into and practice Islam with the whole of our being; Islam does not teach separatism, Islam is the practice of peace, togetherness, honesty and zakat – we have so many multidimensional platforms and reasons to by now, have been the perfect example of a country to reach the stars, spiritually, morally, astrologically, emotionally, physically and more.
Like the Brain-Body Breath Balance movements, enhances inner core strength, learning and cognitive abilities, memory, and recall so we can balance and build our Pakistan into a country of safe, secure, peaceful, intellectuality, reaching the stars, in reality, a haven for the world to be aspired by.
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