Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Dec 2017 12:39:25


Obesity and Type II Diabetes can both stem from sub-optimal lifestyles which can significantly alter one's quality of life. 

Along with the growing awareness about lifestyle disorders, it is critical to also learn about ways to avoid unhealthy lifestyle practices and instead inculcate healthier habits.
Following are the views of a few health experts and Actress Sonali Bendre Behl on maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
Nutritionist and Pilates Expert Madhuri Ruia, believes “Ensuring intake of nutritious foods and implementing a physical activity regime is one of the most well-established ways of leading a healthy life. Keep a watch over your food intake by avoiding empty calorie laden foods.

Alter your meals by adding nuts such as almonds to them. Research shows that almonds, which are a source of protein and are high in dietary fiber, can help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, may improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes and help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods, which affects fasting insulin levels. If you have type 2 diabetes, eating almonds as part of a healthy diet may help improve glycemic and cardiovascular measures and lead to better health, according to the findings from a new study published in the journal Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

As for exercise, the WHO recommends that Adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.”

Nutritionist and Dietician Anju Sood, added “Lifestyle diseases are not limited to urban areas or metro cities where sedentary lifestyles are fast becoming the norm; the people of smaller towns are also at risk of contracting diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and more. Hence, vigilance over diet and calorie consumption is a must. Exercise moderation during meals and avoid unhealthy snacking. Since snacking is a common part of ourdietary habits, it must be accounted for: try healthy options like seeds such as flax and nuts such as almonds. A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote feelings of fullness, which may keep hunger at bay between meals.”.

Actress Sonali Bendre Behl, said "As an actor it is important that you stay fit, but because of the widespread lifestyle disorders that are plaguing us today, it is critical for everyone to strive toward fitness and good health. Maintaining a good diet is a must, given the sedentary lifestyle that has become the trend. It is imperative to avoid unhealthy foods and favor nutritious superfoods instead. I personally focus on eating right overall, whether it is my meals or my snacks. I avoid eating unwholesome foods and always carry a small box of almonds. I have my perfect daily portion of almonds and even pair the nuts with fruits, or include them in other snacks to avoid monotony."
“Lifestyle diseases are one of the biggest health issues plaguing the society.

It is no surprise that India has been declared as the Diabetic capital of the world, with over 70 million documented cases. Obesity is a lifestyle disorder but more critically, it is a risk marker for other lifestyle diseases as well. The co-relation between obesity and diabetes has been well established. Hence, it is essential, especially in sedentary environments, to work on your diet and levels of physical activity to avoid falling prey to lifestyle ailments. Incorporating small changes in your life like eating a handful of almonds every day and working out regularly will help you maintain a healthy life. These nuts offer natural goodness in every bite and contain the essential nutrients that ensure a wholesome and healthy life”, concluded nutritionist Meghana Kumare.

As we reflect on the way we treat our bodies, let us ensure we do not fall prey to lifestyle ailments and instead work toward an optimal lifestyle for ourselves and our families.