Nutrition tips to make 2024 your healthiest year yet

These tips will help keep your weight in check without pulling you into a diet trap

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There are enough diets out there to make your head spin-- Keto, intermittent, Atkins, the Mediterranean diet, the Blue Zone diet-- phew! As tempting as it might be, instead of trying the diets and falling into diet traps, try these tips to keep your weight in check.

Eat Whole Foods: According to Mumbai-based clinical nutritionist Maithili Kelkar, Eating whole foods, in their most natural form, is the best way to improve your wellness. “I would say, opt for fruits instead of juices and eat at least one vegetable that can eaten raw each day; this will naturally increase your fibre intake too.” Another tip she suggested was to opt for sweeteners that are close to nature, like honey and jaggery.

Have one detox drink every day: “Drink either aloe juice, lemon or ginger tea, or water with cucumber every day. One such drink a day can aid in flushing toxins,” Kelkar says.

Improve your gut flora: “Eat a variety of fibre-rich foods like seasonal vegetables and opt more for locally grown millets like foxtail millet and barnyard millet in south India and jowar and ragi in the north,” Kelkar says. 

Spice it up: “Adding spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon etc. not only enhances flavour but also offers several health benefits,” says Mumbai-based clinical nutritionist Nishita Satra. For example, turmeric is high in antioxidants and cinnamon helps to burn fat.

Stay away from the fizz: “Quench your thirst with drinks like coconut water, lime juice and buttermilk instead of the colas and sodas,” Satra says.

Iron and vitamin C: “This dynamic duo are like Jai and Veeru from the movie Sholay,” says Satra, as combining the two is an efficient approach to improving your iron intake. “Pair spinach or lentils with a squeeze of lime to improve your body's ability to absorb the iron in these plant-based foods better,” she adds. 

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