TOH KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE!!

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Have you eliminated yummy pedhas, delicious rasgullas, luscious jalebis from your life?  Do you find it difficult to resist scrummy desserts and pastries during parties? Have you substituted sugar with ‘sugar-free’?

If your answer for the above questions is ‘Yes’, here’s a last question for you –

Are you happy with such a restrictive attitude towards sweets?  Has it aided phenomenally in your weight loss journey?

And if your answer has now switched to ‘No’, you should definitely find out where you are going wrong!

Whenever we are trying to lose weight, sweets and desserts are the first things we stay away from. But do you know that a small serving of dessert everyday can really be beneficial for you? Yes, it’s true! If you have a small portion of sweets today, you won’t feel deprived and will be less tempted to hog on it tomorrow. Continue reading

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Bye-bye deprivation diets- Why we should go ahead and eat that cookie

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I cringe every time I hear that someone is trying to lose weight through a deprivation diet. I wonder if it is the upshot of the foodie that I am or it is because as a trained professional I know what is exactly going to happen to your body. Of course you know someone who has transformed into a prima donna by going on a deprivation diet and you gear up to use the same strategy. How difficult can this be, right? It makes absolute sense that if you starve yourself then your body will use up the stored resources (a.k.a fat cells) to meet the daily requirements and that will burn all the mean accumulated fat cells and help you become a fabulous version of yourself.

Truth: It doesn’t work. If it did – not temporarily but permanently – weight loss would not be a 148-billion-dollar industry. Continue reading

The importance of mid-meals

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“Eating a proper breakfast is a challenge. Forget that mid-morning meal at 11!”
“I don’t feel like eating anything with my evening chai, but when I sit for dinner, I can’t resist that extra roti/helping of rice/ dessert.”
If you are someone who gets caught in similar situations on a regular basis, you are inviting acidity, bloating, deranged sugar levels and weight gain!
Surprised? It’s the long gaps between meals that are the root cause of this problem.
Just make a small tweak to your lifestyle by eating a small meal between your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you will reap innumerable benefits!

Chalo, let’s talk of the benefits that these mid-meals have to offer: Continue reading

Biggest barriers to weight loss and how to overcome them!

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“My life is a constant battle between my love of food and not wanting to be fat!” It’s a common dilemma with every foodie who wants to lose weight since he gives up his favorite foods in a bid to attain a perfect physique. Most dieters who are unable to view any change on the weighing scale often wonder where they are going wrong despite diligently following every rule in the diet book. They often get bogged down by questions like: I am eating soup and salad for dinner, still my weight refuses to budge or I work out regularly still weigh the same.

Let’s be honest, it can get quite frustrating when you don’t see the expected results on the weighing machine. But, there is no need to worry because help is around the corner. Continue reading

11 Amusing Weight Loss Tricks You Wish You Had Known Earlier

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Hello fellow foodies, we hope you have been doing well, and have now started to get in shape with all the goody-foodie advice that we keep giving you. After having told you to always wake up early, brush your teeth after dinner, to never skip a meal, and even telling you various ways to lose kilos in a few months … today, we are bringing you a few, rather funny diet tricks, that may help you keep off that bulge. Continue reading

11 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Have you ever wondered how your colleague stays so thin despite eating the amount of food he eats? You see him eating samosas for breakfast, half a dozen chapatis plus rice for lunch, jalebis for snack, and another three-course meal for dinner. And if ever you do the same, the result will be a bulgier you! Do you know what is helping your friend and showing a villainous approach towards you? Well, its METABOLISM!

Scientifically, it is the chemical process that occurs within a living organism in order to maintain life, and metabolic rate is the rate at which those basic processes and functions of the body occur. Now everyone has a different metabolic rate, the reason why you might put on kilos even after three cheat days, while that friend of yours who keeps hogging on chocolates, ice creams, fried chicken, and almost everything that he can lay his hands on, will continue to remain lean as ever.

So what are the factors that affect metabolism? Continue reading

Beans are the new apples!

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We have all grown up listening to the popular old saying, ‘Apple a day keeps the doctor away’. But why should apples get all the limelight when we have our humble beans, which are as competent as apples? And not just that ! Beans are a foodie’s best friend. Think about any meal and you will be able to find  beans/lentil/legumes to complement it.

By including various beans in various meals you can balance your meals and enjoy your favourite foods like rice (with rajma), pita bread (with hummus and veggies), bread (with baked beans). I can see that grin on your face!

Surprised? ….read along and enter a world of mindful eating and healthy living with me… Continue reading

Weight loss – Where to start ?

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Your google search bar stands testimonial to your frantic efforts. Your family and friends have seen it all and they keep bombarding you with advice, your gym instructor makes you toil very hard, your nutritionist has chalked out all your favorite delicacies and now you are surviving only on bland food. And all these ardent efforts are being put by you only for one goal- WEIGHT LOSS! You had inspired yourself enough to go to any extent to attain it. But as the saying goes, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, your body and mind are already weary of such strenuous efforts and they are no longer co-operating with you. And hence your dream of achieving that desired body shape has gone beyond the black stump. Right? But fret not! Because we have come here with a GOOD NEWS! You don’t really have to exert so much, If you just put in some psychological efforts you can fulfill your dreams.  Research shows that taking baby steps –not giant leaps-is the best way to get lasting results.

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Follow these magical small steps which can take you a long way:- Continue reading

The biggest breakfast mistake is not having one at all

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‘Never skip your breakfast’ – your mom told you that and so did your nutritionist, but did you listen? If not, listen now and start eating a healthy wholesome breakfast every day. Breakfast has a multitude of benefits that last all day long.

‘I don’t have any time in the morning to sit and eat breakfast’, ‘I’m not hungry in the morning, coffee is enough’, or ‘I don’t feel like it’ are simply excuses we have all made at some point in time or still make to get out of forming a healthy habit of eating breakfast. You don’t need us to tell you; you already know what the solution is. Set the alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than what you set it for and don’t hit the snooze button until it is time to go.

Breakfast can be the most pampering meal of the day because it affords so much variety and includes foods from every food group in the food pyramid. The choices are endless. Continue reading

Understand your body noises

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Rumble, crackle, pop, achhoo … Familiar with that? Yes! Our body makes several kinds of noises and it somehow has a way of picking the worst possible timing. “Why did you have to rumble like that in front of my boss?” you ask your stomach or, “I was in the room alone a minute ago, why couldn’t I have burped then?”

We have all been in that embarrassing spot where our body decides to make noises of its own accord. Some can be scary, some annoying, while some can be downright embarrassing. But remember, more than the noises these sounds are a natural mechanism of our body talking to us. Telling us things like when it is time to eat, time to stop eating, time to avoid certain kinds of food, or time to seek medical attention and so on. Continue reading