Just detoxed? Take to these six ways to keep the benefits going

  • AFP
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 12:31 IST
The detox regimen is only the first step in the slimming process. One has follow a strict and regular lifestyle to keep the benefits going. (Shutterstock)

Perhaps much of what is about to be said here has already been told but it never hurts to reiterate it all over again. After a full-fledged detox, it can be tempting to loosen up a bit and binge on fatty foods. As long it is infrequent it is fine but adopting a few good habits can help maintain the positive effects of a detox programme for longer. These simple solutions can even be followed long-term as part of a healthy lifestyle!

It can be hard to know how to ease a squeaky clean body back into a regular regime. These simple rules can help detoxers feel the benefits of their hard work for longer.

Eat at a fixed time and never after 10pm

Fixing a time for your meals is always a healthy option. (Shutterstock)

Your body will thank you for laying down clear points of reference. Try to take lunch and dinner at the same times every day, don’t skip meals and avoid eating after 10pm. An earlier dinner gives the body a mini fast until the next morning.

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Drink plenty of water

Drink water to flush toxins out of your body. (Shutterstock)

A big glass of water first thing in the morning rehydrates the body and helps it flush out toxins. But don’t stop there -- keep drinking all day long to reach the recommended 1.5 to 2 litres of water.

Ditch carbs at dinner

Heavy carbohydrate diet after 10 pm is a bad idea as the body tends to store the excess energy. (Shutterstock)

The body doesn’t need a big boost in energy before going to sleep! There’s no point loading up on carbohydrates (pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.) right before bed, as the body will tend to store the excess energy.

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Don’t eat fruit with meals

Fruit is great for breakfast or for snacks, but when eaten with a meal it raises the level of sugar in the blood, increasing a meal’s calorific load. Plus, the acidity can lead to digestive problems in the intestine for some people.

Get 6½ to 8 hours of sleep per night

Good sleep is essential for regulating metabolism and appetite. (Shutterstock)

It’s important to get enough sleep -- but not too much. Sleep is essential for keeping the body healthy and balanced, and for regulating metabolism and appetite.

Choose the right oils

Have some ghee as it has fat-burning properties. (Shutterstock)

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Dietitian Rujuta Diwekar, replying to a query on best oils for Indians on her Facebook page, says the best oils are always local oils. So go for either filtered (or cold pressed) groundnut oil or mustard oil or coconut oil based on the region you come from. She further adds that some amount of ghee should be a part of your diet for its fat-burning and anti-ageing properties. If you live in the West, opt for rapeseed oil or olive oil, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known for their antioxidant properties. Avoid palm oil, which is high in saturated fat, and sunflower oil, which is mostly made up of omega-6.

(With HT inputs)

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