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health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 09, 2009 18:30 IST
Suchita Thacker
Suchita Thacker
Hindustan Times
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I am a 20-year-old male but my height is 5 ’ 7 ’’. I do pull ups in the morning. My weight is 60 kg. I want a diet schedule which would make me fitter and stronger. I am a slightly weak as my immune system is poor. I get tired easily. Please help.

Sufficient sleep is the best answer. Right diet can also fuel your body and keep your energy levels from flagging.

Eat a healthy breakfast, as this is the meal that sets you up for the day. It replenishes the body’s energy supply after a night’s fast and provides the energy to stay physically and mentally alert. Focus more on whole foods like whole grains, dals, pulses, vegetables and fruits rather than on refined or processed foods.

Whole foods are digested slowly by the body and serve as a steady fuel supply for the body and brain. In addition, they are also good sources of vitamins and minerals that are required to keep the body well nourished. Try and consume small frequent meals throughout the day. This will keep your body sugar steady.

Less intake of water can cause fatigue. Ensure that you drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day. Avoid drinking excess of tea or coffee.. it contains caffeine that may affect your sleep. Also, iron deficiency anemia may be one of the reasons of easy fatigue. The food sources of iron are dark green leafy vegetables, poha (rice flakes), rajkheera, bajra, soyabean, rajmah, garden cress seeds, dried dates, til and eggs.

I’m a 30-year-old working woman. I want to know how helpful herbal and green teas are. Are they a good alternative to tea and coffee?

Tea is the world’s most popular non-alcoholic beverage. Whether it is black, green or red tea, they all contain polyphenols which give tea its antioxidant properties. This may help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed which prevents the polyphenols from being oxidized. Black and red tea are made from fermented leaves that results in the polyphenols being converted into other compounds. As a reult they hat are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting diseases.

In herbal teas, certain herbs are brewed. Since most of them do not contain caffeine, they offer a great alternative for people who prefer to avoid this stimulant. However, limit tea or coffee consumption to two to three cups a day

I have been told that drinking warm water with honey and lime juice helps reduce weight. Is this true?

There are no studies or evidence to prove that warm water with honey and lime aids weight loss. There is no magic pill to lose weight either. Only a combination of diet and exercise helps achieve the desired body weight.