How do you indulge without gaining? If you love pasta, make sure that it is al dente, so it’s firm to the bite. The longer you boil your noodles, the more the starch breaks down, which raises the pasta’s glycemic index. This causes your blood sugar level to rise faster and may even increase your junk food cravings too. Studies reveal that when you cook spaghetti for five minutes, its glycemic index is relatively decent. Double the time, the level increases as well. But even al dente does not give you the right to eat piles of fettuccine every single night. And high cal pastas are still off-limits especially for the older generations who have diabetes in the family.
Here’s another piece of fact you should already know: you don’t burn calories while sitting and enjoying that scrumptious meal. Set dinner time a little earlier so that you do other effective calorie burning activities before turning in for the night. Reading, watching TV, or any other activity done awake definitely burns more calories than sleeping. A nighttime stroll around your village with a friend or with your pet makes for excellent healthy time. Early also means more time for digestion and calorie burning.
There’s also a 30-second exercise trick that not many people know about. Now, there’s a way to work out less and get more fit. Recent studies show that half an hour of sprint cycling is as effective as half an hour of moderate pedaling. The key is the 30-second power bursts. Alternate speeds by pedaling quickly for 30 seconds then at a slow pace for four minutes. There’s no scientific explanation to it just yet but gym gurus swear by it.
Most importantly, get enough sleep. It helps to keep a regular schedule for bedtime. Try to head off to snooze land by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This helps program your body to expect sleep at a certain time. Plus, avoid eating heavy meals just before sleeping. This may cause indigestion and may disrupt your normal sleeping pattern. Drinking too much fluid before bedtime can also cause you to go to the bathroom several times during the night. If you really are unable to sleep, don’t force yourself. Get out of bed instead. Worrying about falling asleep may even keep you awake instead. Get up, go to another room, and do something relaxing until you actually feel sleepy. Then, make sure that you keep your bedroom peaceful and comfortable. This is one part of the house is your place of rest and sleep. Make sure it’s well-ventilated and free from noise.
To also get all the rest that you need, avoid doing anything stimulating a couple of hours before bedtime. This keeps the body alert, thus, making it harder to fall asleep. Prepare a glass of warm non-fat milk after dinner. You give your body all the calcium it needs to protect your bones, and milk is also known to relax a person’s system.