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Best eating habit, the heart of managing weight and keeping fit

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It is your normal routine; wake up, take breakfast and go to class. Due to busy schedule, lunch is no longer served. For compensation, what do you do? In the evening, a large meal is on the table, to do away with the pangs of hunger.

For instance, mouthwatering githeri(a mixture of maize and beans) can be food for the king when other diets are inclusive: Photo / Courtesy

It goes on like this up to the end of the semester. As the long holiday kicks in, the dream days are here. Having nothing substantial to do during the day, you engage in video games and movies to see the holiday through.

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Furthermore, it becomes difficult to prepare a healthy delicacy at home when you are alone. With such habit, you will end up living on fast foods, which according to nutritionists, is not a healthy option.

Days go by and as the 90-days holiday comes to an end, you probably have gained weight. That is a simple case of waist expansion.

You are what you eat; a phrase that explains the relationship between you and what you consume. Unfortunately, by the time you realize the changes in your body weight, it becomes difficult to metamorphose in your former-slim self.

Whatever the case, the following steps will likely produce better result in losing weight.

First and foremost, hold your horses when it comes to carbohydrates as an option because it contains higher amount of starch and sugar. We know carb is part of the balanced diet but too much of it is not a better alternative.

We know carb is part of the balanced diet but too much of it is not a better alternative: Photo / Courtesy

Remember, rice and spaghetti are the common culprits here. When you increase intake of such foods, the sugar and starch are converted into fats and finally stored.

Secondly, majority of us, Kenyans, we value vegetables less. As a matter of fact, this diet is not a good idea for us. Do we really consider vegetables and fruits as an important aspect of healthy eating?

This kind of diet will help a lot in keeping our metabolism safe and active and reducing calories. Additionally, getting them is very easy; go to the nearest mama mboga kiosk and purchase these cheap fruits at your own convenience.

Cabbage, sukumawiki and spinach are the common vegetables. With as little as Kshs 50, more healthy green will be at your disposal. Mango, pineapple, banana are also massively available at mama mboga’s kibanda.

Proteins, unlike carbs, aids in strong body. Kenyans, may mistake this for only meat and vehemently lament about hard economic times. Meat is but only one of the numerous sources of protein available.

When you stroll in major cities, food hawkers will not give you a chance to forget the protein. One egg goes for Kshs 20. Buy it regularly on the streets for healthy eating.

Moreover, getting beans for part of the meals is neither hard nor expensive.

For instance, mouthwatering githeri(a mixture of maize and beans) can be food for the king when other diets are inclusive.

When cooking the githeri; which is loved by most Kenyans, add pieces of meat, avocado and spinach and your appetite as well as balanced diet is taken care of.

Furthermore, most Kenyan traditional delicacies are healthy, that is why obesity or overweight was not an issue in the past.

Foods like nduma (arrowroots) is still one of the best old-style healthy food in Kenya.

The other aspect of checking and balancing on your weight is increasing your activity as well as movements. I know of some neighbourhoods in Nairobi city where people walk to their working stations. This is encouraging because most ailments related to immobility is reduced.

Improve your movement, and by extension, be going to the gym during pleasure time. And mind you, gym is not all about kubebe chuma (carrying metals) but there are various types of aerobics for weight management.

Actually, the best is to go through the stairs everyday rather than waiting for the lift. Unless you aren’t in good health, what excuse is there for you?

Physical activity, when improved, will enhance burning of more calories.

They jokingly say the only advantage of ‘big’ person is how they are easily noticed first. Obesity, just like any other condition can be controlled.

Many Kenyans, particularly women, their issue has been consumption of fast foods. That is why our ladies are bigger than the average man.

Losing weight is not an easy task and it usually takes more time. Have patience, improve your lifestyle and finally you can make it. However long the night might be the dawn will break.

By Ian Ngara

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