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

Be a Yummy Mummy (with our easy peasy tips!)

“Wow you are a Mom to a 5 year old? You don’t even look married!!”

Compliments like these make my day. I am sure any mom would love to receive such compliments. We all would love to look young and cool just like our celeb moms Malaika Arora, Karisma Kapoor, Mandira Bedi to name a few. Well, just because they are in media we feel its very easy for them to do it or that it’s a mandate for them. On the contrary, I feel it’s a “conscious choice” you make to stay fit and healthy even after a child birth.

Looking good and feeling confident go hand in hand, the sooner you start some physical activity which fits into your schedule the faster you will reach your pre-pregnancy weight. After 9 months of being pampered, eating for 2, eating whenever and whatever comes to sight, giving in to your tiniest craving thinking you so deserve it … it’s now time to get back to reality and step out from your comfort zone, wear your workout gear and get going to achieve your post pregnancy weight loss. Continue reading

Why should you eat little but often?

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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 about the benefits that these mid-meals have to offer: Continue reading

Simple eating habits that promote weight loss

Wheat flakes or aloo paratha? Which one is healthier? I bet the majority of you will vote for wheat flakes! Why? Because the TV commercial says so!

Don’t eat gulab jamun – it is deep fried and cooked in sugar syrup !!!

Start eating oats, brown rice because it is high in fibre and helps weight loss.

Haven’t we rather become judgmental about food – labelling food as healthy and unhealthy depending on what we browse through the internet or view on television commercials?

This concept of healthy or unhealthy food has taken away the essence of enjoying our food and satisfying our taste buds.

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Our forefathers relished their meals without bothering about the health quotient. They enjoyed their fried food, sweets and savoury snacks without counting the calories or grams of protein and fibre. They never really had food-related health concerns like we do today. Every time I bring this example up someone always raises their finger saying – “But, they had a very active lifestyle and were not dependent on cars, washing machines and maids like we are.” Continue reading

How to Indulge this monsoon ?

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Here comes the season of garma garam bhajiyas! The fried and spicy food items taste 100 times better during the rainy season, don’t they? And who doesn’t like digging into deliciously hot snacks while hearing the pitter patter of raindrops on their window pane? The pleasant aroma of these food draws us towards them during this season. Vada pav, samosa, bhajiya, pakoras, puri bhaji, adrak chai. The list of these mouth-watering dishes to relish in monsoon simply goes on…

But all good things have some drawbacks and our beloved season is no exception to this fact. Monsoon also increases the risk of falling ill, tremendously. And weightwatchers may even skip their gym sessions or daily walk due to the heavy downpour or simply the laziness that the season brings along. And this makes their weight loss goal go for a toss!

Now, how do we go about keeping our health and weight in check and not spoil the good vibes of monsoon? Continue reading

Eat what you love, but Share it!

 

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Food has always been the centre of all our social interactions. As children, our favourite part of school was sharing the lunchbox with friends during lunch recess, or at home, it was to ‘wait for your Dad for dinner’. Shared lunch boxes and family dinners bring back so many loving memories. Sharing food comes most naturally to us and is a way of bonding with friends, family, neighbours and loved ones.

Alright, you get our point – sharing food helps us bond and gives us pleasure! That’s our way of ‘finding happiness!’ But do you know that sharing food brings health benefits that go beyond social bonding?
How Sharing Earns You More Than Those Goodie Points?  Continue reading