For many, a weight loss journey is a trial and error process. Experimenting with multiple diets and exercise regimes often causes symptoms of exhaustion to incessant cravings. While surely weight loss isn’t an easy task, one must understand that certain symptoms such as headaches and lightheadedness can indicate health issues, primarily related to insufficient calorie intake.
From insufficient calorie intake to caffeine withdrawal, every subtle diet tweak can give you headaches, but the exact cause may differ from one individual to another. Dr. Pavithra N Raj in a recent session with Pinkvilla shared certain tips that may help individuals avoid such a condition when on a weight-loss regiment.
Excercise before dieting
Start dieting at least a week after you start exercising to let your body get adjusted with the routine. Then incorporate a healthy diet and tapering carbohydrate and sugar.
Do not skip breakfast
Eat at regular intervals and do not skip breakfast to avoid headaches. Try to include 5 meals comprising of three major meals and two snacks (small) meals. Include healthy and protein-rich snacks like eggs whites, makhana, boiled sprouts, dhokla, roasted seeds, and nuts.
Control portion size
Instead of skipping meals, try to control your portion size. Do not eat more than what is required to avoid weight gain.
Increase free food intake
When hunger strikes in between meals, you can increase the intake of free foods such as skimmed buttermilk, lime sugar (without sugar), clear soups, fresh homemade soups (without butter or cream or corn-flour).
Never compromise on proteins
Eat a protein-rich diet including foods such as egg whites, sprouts, nuts like almonds and walnuts, legumes (pulses), low-fat paneer, curd.
Hydration is key
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 3 litres of water every day. Keep a water bottle nearby to keep sipping it.
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