Apart from following a fitness routine, Tamannaah also focuses on cleansing and detoxifying her body by adopting the right diet. So, when it comes to body-loving food choices, look no further than this diva and adopt her easy-to-follow diet secrets. We peeked into Tamannaah’s Instagram account to learn a few basics:
The pretty actress is known for her envious body and flawless skin. On her Instagram page, Tamannaah reveals a slightly unusual diet secret – sweet potatoes. This starchy vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrition, thanks to its high vitamin content. Lovneet Batra, a Delhi-based nutritionist says, “Sweet potatoes are loaded with fibre, healthy fats and other complex carbohydrates keeps you full for longer time periods.” They are a good pre-workout or evening snack, she adds.
“Moreover, sweet potatoes are extremely good for your skin, due to Vitamins like A, B and C which fight damage caused by free readicals,” she says giving a nod to Tamannaah’s peaches and cream complexion.
Veggies with pesto sauce
The delicious pesto is made by blending basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil - all of which are known to have amazing health benefits. Basil, the king of herbs, is also full of flavour, fragrance and is rich in vitamin A and manganese. Disha Jhaveri, a Mumbai-based clinical nutritionist says, “Basil has almost no calories and contains a lot of disease-fighting antioxidants. Apart from promoting cardiovascular health, basil also helps manage stress and aids metabolism.”
Olive oil and pine nuts are high in calories due to their fat content. However, we are not complaining because these are healthy unsaturated fats. When consumed in moderation they are known to combat inflammation, thereby preventing risk of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and other conditions mainly associated with ageing. Garlic, Jhaveri says, is a nutrient-rich addition to any and every food. This heart-friendly spice boost digestion and provides a host of other health benefits too. Pesto adds a mighty dose of healthy to any dish. So, you can turn your boring veggies into a wholesome fun meal by tossing them with some pesto sauce.
Batra adds, “Vegetables in any form, be it raw or cooked, are good for your body. What’s important is including different colours of veggies in your diet. Vegetables are that one food group which are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which fight disease and reverse ageing.” She says that the best way to go about this is by making veggies the base of your diet. Try to include as many greens as possible in your daily meals. When hunger pangs strike, reach out for a bowl of fresh salad and your body will thank you.
Most weight loss fads suggest eating egg whites, but having it whole, with the yolk, gives the body a power-packed dose of nutrition. “While the yolk does contain more fat than its white counterpart, truth is most of this is good fat,” informs Batra. This good fat acts as a scavenger to mobilise fat deposits, contributing to weight loss.
A rich source of vitamin D, egg yolks help in promoting bone and joint health. “Whole eggs for breakfast, the most important meal of the day, is the best. It will make you feel fuller, ultimately leading you to eat less during your next meal,” shares the doctor.
In between hectic shoots and red carpets appearances, snacking rescues Tamannaah from hunger pangs and she turns to fresh fruits and cashews. Fruits not only add essential fibre to our diets, but are also nutrient-rich, and contain vitamins and minerals needed for the smooth functioning of our bodies. Most fruits are low in calories and are considered as healthy snacks.
However, Jhaveri cautions, “Fruits aren’t ‘free foods’ and therefore, one shouldn’t mindlessly snack on them. They do contain sugar and can contribute to high cholesterol levels when eaten in abundance.” She suggests always opting for a combination of fruits – pairing mangoes with watermelons – while mangoes provide your body with essential vitamins, they lack moisture. Watermelon, on the other hand, has high water content and keeps you hydrated.
Nuts such as cashews are a great snacking option. “Rich in flavanoids, cashews can also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and keep blood pressure and bad cholesterol under check. Contrary to popular belief, cashews are naturally cholesterol-free, contain a decent amount of ‘good fats’, fibre and protein. What more, cashews also help promote healthy skin and hair,” Batra adds. While nuts make for a good snacking option, Jhaveri suggests that one shouldn’t be eating more than a handful.
How does Tamannaah amp up her diet mojo? Lots and lots of water. We know the multiple benefits of drinking water – hydration, flushing out toxins, maintaining the body temperature and more. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water daily keeps your energy levels up and also increases metabolism. Batra suggests a better test - Check the colour of your pee, as it can tell a lot about your hydration. Ideally it should be lemon yellow or transparent yellow. If it’s dark, honey-coloured, you need to increase your daily water intake. Besides, if you tend to feel sluggish and suffer from mood swings, blame it on your low water intake.
Jhaveri adds, “Ideally, one should be drinking 30 ml water for every kilogram of body weight. However, it’s best to listen to your body when it is thirsty and drink accordingly.”
Batra advises, “You can up your hydration game simply by throwing in freshly cut veggies or fruits like cucumber, watermelon or mint, which will all make you want to drink more water.” Don’t forget to carry a tall bottle of H20 the next time you step out of your home.
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