Excuses that could affect your health: Expert speaks on food-workout balance

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By Chetana Belagere

Jun 06, 2024

For those with a sweet tooth, the overbearing craving often leads them to have an extra sweet with a resolve to burn the extra calories the next day.

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Some others try to catch up with the fad of a late biryani or a pre-dawn dosa or idli. Skipping breakfast is also not uncommon, the refrain being to have a snack late in the forenoon.

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Dr Kumar explained that burning the approximate 300 calories from two gulab jamuns would require an extra hour of walking.

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Skipping breakfast could lead to poor food choices and overeating later in the day. Poor food choices contribute to weight gain and other health issues.

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Eating late can be unhealthy. A shorter duration between dinner and bedtime increases the Gastrophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

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SSB consumption is associated with a higher incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes in a dose-dependent manner — the greater the intake, the greater the adverse health effects.

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Aerobic exercises (such as walking, running, and cycling) should also be incorporated into the daily routine. A combination of aerobic exercises and strength training is better for health.

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