Written by Akesha Smith
Living A Woman’s Life
We are expected to juggle our work life, social life and in some cases also having to deal with our children’s lives, all whilst looking stunning and healthy! In what world is this even possible?
Having so much responsibility, the last thing on your mind would be your health and body, but maybe it is time to put yourself first! You know, have some “ME” time. I’m not just talking about running yourself a hot bubble bath and chilling in there for 30 minutes, no matter how tempting that may sound. I’m talking about an actual change in yourself. All the running around is very exhausting and takes its toll.
Have you noticed that you are always tired and you are fatiguing a lot quicker than normal? Not bouncing back as you used to? The problem could lie within your diet. Busy women are prone to skipping out their meals in order to stay ahead of the game and then overload themselves with fat-free, low-calorie foods.
Now don’t get me wrong, watching your daily calorie intake is important, but an average woman should be consuming at least 2,000 calories a day in order to stay functional and healthy. In order to keep your body energised throughout your busy schedule, one needs to know the nutritional benefits their body needs.
“Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”. We are all wired differently, men are a completely different code to women, so what you see men intake and endure is not necessarily the same for women. Like I said, us women have it hard because that is just how we’re programmed. We weren’t created for the easy way out! Now that I’ve got your attention, what does your body need to stay at its best? Here are some tips that women, in general, need to do or introduce into their diet!
As I said before, taking a mental note on your calorie intake is good, especially if you want to shred some fat, however, women may mistake fat-free foods as the easy way out and translate that as “calorie-free”. Many fat-free foods are as it says, fat-free, but they are high in sugar and calories, which in turn makes you put on weight.
Fat-free foods can also be stripped of their vital vitamins and minerals, this is because many fat-free products are refined meaning they are low in important nutrients. Also, some fat-free products are lower in fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin E. This is an antioxidant that helps against age-related diseases. To help prevent the lack of nutrition you are getting from fat-free products, make sure you are getting fresh fruits and veg every day.
Eat More Often
Women tend to think that eating more means you put on more weight and the less you eat the better. Wrong! Eating little and often is good! Food is good for you, you just need the right balance in your diet. Women these days are obsessed with the numbers they see on the scales, the higher the number, the more they distant themselves from food. What women don’t seem to realise is that muscle weighs more than fat. Women should forget about the scales and measure their body fat percentage, as those numbers will be more accurate.
Women that give their bodies 300 calories every three hours will be naturally boosting their metabolism and this could lead to improvements in their memory and cognitive skills later on in the day.
However, skipping meals can leave you feeling drained, fatigued and unable to concentrate. Going long periods of time between meals signals the body to slow the metabolism and store fat. The body goes into “survival mode”.
When we skip meals earlier in the day we tend to want to overeat at night. When nighttime falls we crave naughty snacks that are high in sugars, fat and calories. This can lead to you feeling guilty which could lead to further binge eating.