Be a little selfish this year. You need to do what it takes to be more energetic, eat healthier, sleep well, and sleep on time.
Feel the need to clean plates
Of course, I don’t mean getting down and dirty — or is it clean? — with soap and water but eating leftovers. Beware of this obsessive need to “prevent waste” as you eat that last half-roti or those few spoonfuls of rice just so that you’re satisfied that all the food is finished. If you continue to do so, you may be looking at a possible 4-5 kilos of weight gain in a year. The math is simple: let’s assume that the extra intake of leftover dinner and/or dessert adds up to about 100 extra calories per day, if you are not able to burn it off. If you do this everyday, it totals up to 36,500 unburned calories a year. It takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound of weight, which is about 10 pounds or about 4-5 kilos of weight gained in a year. Quite simply, waste makes waist. Eating to prevent wastage doesn’t always guarantee weight gain. But if you are struggling to lose those last few kilos, and not realising where things are going wrong, now you do. Maybe it’s time to let the leftovers be. If you cannot finish what’s on your plate, it’s not your problem – it’s the dustbin’s or the fridge’s.
Feel the need to be kind