Whether you’re a hard worker or prone to hardly working at all, the following tips are proven to lead to better health and a more positive mindset.

Eat From Smaller Bowls and Plates
A small portion on a big plate leaves you feeling deprived. Delude your mind with the illusion of plenty. A small bowl or plate, filled to the brim, tricks your mind into thinking you had a bigger meal than you actually did. When you start managing your daily portions like this, you’ll soon become used to it, and notice the hunger pangs getting quelled sooner.

Keep Drinking Water
Especially when you reside in a hot and humid city like Karachi, the benefits of water cannot be emphasized enough. Besides the obvious – keeping your body hydrated – water helps in releasing toxins, leading to better digestion and healthier skin.

Treat Yourself to a Cuppa
Fitness experts suggest it’s a good idea to have black coffee before a workout, as it helps you burn more fat. And no sugar, please!

Go for the Protein Punch
A good time for an extra helping of protein is within half an hour of a workout, as this will build more muscle. So treat yourself to a guilt-free sizzling steak or a bowl of piping-hot mulligatawny soup after a stint at the gym.

Eat Smart
A clever trick suggested by nutritionists is to fill up half your plate with veggies when you sit down for a meal and eat them first. Veggies can only do you good, and their high fibre content leaves you feeling full, so you’re less likely to gorge on the other things *ahem *nihari.

Set an Alarm to Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation research shows that a good night’s sleep, which involves a regular schedule and actually getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted shut-eye a night has immense health benefits. It’s a good idea to set an alarm for an hour before you want to go to bed, so that you begin winding down mentally. Stress can wreck your health, so do 10/15 mins of stretching and lie down with a book or put on some soothing music to help you relax and get into sleep mode.