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  • Top 10 weight loss foods

    In Expert Diet Tips On 31 July 2013

    When it comes to weight loss, everyone wants it quick and easy. People don’t realize that just like weight gain did not happen overnight; weight loss also cannot be expected with a blink of an eye. In the name of weight loss people follow all sorts of fad diets and funny methods which hardly show them any results. Weight loss basically is eating the right food at the right time. There is no one magic food which leads to weight loss. It is a combination of different foods. Let us discuss 10 foods which effectively help in weight loss. Oats: is extremely high in fiber, hence one portion of oats in the morning for breakfast can keep you full and energetic throughout the day, reducing your caloric intake. Greens: like spinach, methi, broccoli etc are very low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals thereby reducing water retention and bloating from your body. Beans: like kidney beans, soya beans etc are filled with resistant fiber and proteins which help release energy slowly and keeping you full for a longer time. they also feed your muscles and help them tone up. Lean chicken and fish: are good sources of protein which increase muscle and thereby metabolic rate which helps fat burning and also adds bulk to the meals. Cucumber: is very high in water content and acts as a natural diuretic which helps to reduce water retention and bloating leading to weight loss. Brown rice: are not only high in fiber but also in energy giving B complex vitamins which leads to faster burning of calories. Almonds and walnuts: are excellent sources of vitamin and fiber. A handful of nuts as mid meal snacks can really do wonders. Papaya: an extremely low calorie fruit which contains papain- aiding in faster digestion of proteins and helping in weight loss. Oranges and lemons: are low in calories, high in fiber and Vitamin C which is important in fat burning. Berries: like strawberries, raspberries etc are low calorie, high antioxidants foods. A few of them as mid meals can keep you satiated. You can also add them in breakfast cereals or yoghurt.  

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  • Expert Weight Loss Plan And Diet Chart Every Soon-To-Be Bride Must Follow

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 December 2014

    Finally it is the time to plunge into a brand new life. So many emotions must be going through your mind and heart, as you get busy with your wedding day preparations. And not to forget, you need to look your best to stand out amongst the rest. You strive for good skin, good hair, and take care of every miniscule detail to beautify yourself for the big day.  We are sure that along with all the running around you have do for your outfits, jewellery, shoes and what not, another thing that must be topping your pre-wedding to-do list is, to get an enviable figure and toned body. Amongst all the stress, it is surely a challenge to manage everything and yet lose weight. But you need not worry. We will provide you with some easy to follow guidelines to make sure you shine like a star on the most important day of your life. Tips for Weight Loss : Here are some tips that you must follow to get on the right track for weight loss: #1. Sleep well Yes, most brides-to-be do forget what sleep is after they get engaged! But if you want to look stunning on your wedding day, remember that sleep is the only time when your body recovers from all the stress your body goes through during the day. And the good news is that a good sleep is an important ingredient in the process of weight loss as well. It stabilises your hunger hormones, which help you control appetite. #2. Join a gym or fitness class If you can motivate yourself and go for a good brisk walk for an hour, well and fine. But if you are one of those who keeps pushing back your workout, you better enrol yourself in a gym, dance class, etc. An hour of exercise is a must to help you burst your flab and to look fab. #3. Drink plenty of Water Water is an excellent solvent and it throws away all the toxins from your body leaving you with a glowing skin, lustrous hair and a healthy body. Water also helps to balance all the reactions in your cells and keeps your metabolism up to help you lose weight. Drink at least 35ml/kg body weight of water every day and even more if you are out in the sun #4. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours Agreed, with all the rushing around for the wedding preparations, eating frequent meals could be a challenge. But all you need to do is plan your day smartly and make sure you carry your meals with you wherever you go. This would also help you to skip the junk food when you are out. Frequent meals increase your metabolism and helps to burn fat faster. #5. Keep unnecessary fats and sweets out Avoid all the butter, ghee, cakes, pastries, desserts, fried foods, etc. as these can only worsen your efforts to lose weight. Sweets can also give you a lot of mood swings and sugar cravings which surely you don’t need at this point in life. Weight Loss Diet Chart Let us look at a sample diet plan for brides to be: 6 months before your wedding: Early morning: Green tea + 1 fruit Breakfast: 1 bowl of oats porridge/ poha/ upma/idli Midmorning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/walnuts Lunch: Salad + 2 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curd Evening: Whole wheat bread sandwich/ bhel(no sev)/ sprouts Dinner: Soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/fish + 1 roti Bedtime: 1 cup slim milk 3 months before your Wedding: Early morning: Green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: Oats upma/ oats dosa Midmorning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/walnuts Lunch: Salad + 1 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curd Evening: 1 fruit Dinner: Soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/fish Bedtime: 1 cup slim milk 1 month before your Wedding: Early morning: Green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: Fruits + nuts Midmorning: 1 bowl sprouts/ pulse salad Lunch: Salad + veggies + dal + curd Evening: Soup Dinner: Salad/ stir fry+ veggies/ chicken/fish Bedtime: 1 cup slim milk So, now you know what is best for you and how to get to your dream figure to look like a million dollar on your wedding. Wishing you all the best for your weight loss goals, and your new life ahead!

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  • Best Tips for Brides to get Glowing Skin before the Wedding

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 December 2014

    Dear brides-to-be, the biggest day of your life is about to arrive and you want to be the one who captures everyone’s attention, especially your special someone’s. But does your current lifestyle really permit you to have a clear and flawlessly glowing skin? High levels of stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, pollution, wrong food habits, etc. are quite a common part of your wedding preparations. And, these can actually aggravate acne development on the skin. Read, how this stress, lifestyle choices and bad beauty habits are hampering your skin: Acne are nothing but heap of dead cells accumulating on your skin, which becomes a food source for bacteria and then these bacteria cause multiple acne over your face, neck, back, etc. Acne can also leave ugly after marks on your face, which can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Also the dangerous UV rays from the sun, all thanks to global warming is again a major reason for skin darkening and pigmentation. Well, no need to sweat already. We say, enough with the problems, now time to look at the solutions. Here are some solutions that can actually turn your dreams of flaunting flawlessly radiant skin on your D-day into a reality. Lifestyle changes for a good skin A few small changes in your lifestyle can turn into a blessing for your skin. Take a look: Sleep well for at least 6-8 hours every day as it helps to rejuvenate you and balance your hormones. This is the most important thing you need to look like a princess on your D-day! Drink 12-15 glasses of water daily as it helps to remove the toxins from the body. Exercise daily for at least an hour to improve blood flow to the skin. Use correct sun protection for your skin type after consulting a skin specialist. Yoga and breathing exercises can help to reduce stress levels. Do not touch or prick pimples or acne. Wash your face twice daily to prevent oil clogging in the pores. Check your hormonal levels as imbalance in hormones can lead to skin problems. Consult a good endocrinologist in case of imbalance. Eat a healthy diet including raw fruits, veggies, whole grains, salads, nuts, etc. Avoid fried, junk and processed foods, such as pizzas, burgers, fries, samosa, etc. as they can lead to oily skin and acne development. Good diet for healthy skin A lot vitamins and antioxidant rich foods can help to fight skin problems. Know about them and add these to your daily diet. Vitamin A: It is essential for the repair system of the cells. It helps prevent acne and gives a radiantly glowing skin. Eat foods like dark green vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, apricots and mango, fish, etc. Vitamin C: Your body not only needs vitamin C to create collagen that produces skin tissue, but also requires it for healing wounds and scars. Since it a water soluble vitamin, you need to eat vitamin C rich foods everyday which include citrus fruits, berries, papaya, watermelon, pineapples, mango, and  vegetables, such as dark, leafy greens, green peppers, tomatoes, lemons, bell peppers, etc. Vitamin E: It is an excellent antioxidant which fights against the free radicals, thus preventing damage to the skin. It helps to revive the skin cells. You can get vitamin E from almonds, walnuts, olive oil, sunflower seeds, whole grains, wheat germ, etc. Zinc: may prevent acne growth by creating an environment inhospitable for the growth of bacteria.  It also helps to calm the skin irritated by breakouts. Zinc is found in wheat germ, pork, fish, soybean, nuts etc. Omega 3 fatty acids: They also support the normal healthy skin cell turnover that helps keep acne at bay. You can get omega-3 fatty acids from cold water fish, such as salmon, flaxseed oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds and almonds.  With just slight changes in your habits and food choice, you can actually look like a million dollar bride on the most awaited day of your life.

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  • Healthy recipe: Chicken with veggies and quinoa

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 December 2014

    Looking for a tasty meal to replace plain dal-rice? Try this chicken and quinoa dish. The quinoa substitutes for the rice and the chicken and veggies for the dal. This dish is diabetic-friendly, it is also high in protein and low in fat. It is also full of fibre and is good for someone who is looking for a healthy meal option. Nutritionist Neha Chandna shares the recipe of this dish with us.  Ingredients 100g chicken breasts, cut into stripes 100 ml chicken broth 30g quinoa 1 garlic minced ¼ onion, chopped ½ tomato, dices ¼ zucchini, chopped 1 tsp lemon juice 2-3 basil leaves 2 tsp olive oil Salt Pinch of red chilli powder Method Boil the quinoa in chicken broth till the broth is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. In a vessel add 1 tsp oil, garlic and onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and cook till chicken is slightly cooked and set it aside. Add 1 tsp oil in a pan, sauté tomato, zucchini for 8 minutes. Add the chicken, basil, lemon juice, salt, red chilli powder and cook till chicken is fully cooked for about 10 more minutes. Serve over hot quinoa. Calories: 230kcal Image for representation purpose only. 

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  • Expert diet and exercise tips to manage diabetes (World Diabetes Day 2014)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 12 December 2014

    Diabetes does not mean the end of a good life. It just means that it is time to change your lifestyle for the better. Though diabetes is a rising health concern for most Indians today, but if taken good care of, one can live a normal life as before. Here are some lifestyle, diet and exercise related dos and don’ts by noted Nutritionist Neha Chandna that diabetics should follow to live well with diabetes. General guidelines It is essential that diabetics keep a constant tab on their blood sugar levels for better health and to avoid complications. Follow these tips: Get your blood sugar levels and HBA1C checked in a laboratory every 3 months if you are above 30 years of age. Check your blood sugar with a blood glucose monitor in the morning, after lunch and after dinner, every 2 days if you are a diabetic. Keep a check on blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels as a diabetic generally tends to have high BP and cholesterol. If you are on insulin, check your blood sugar before all the major meals to modulate the food intake. Check your toes and legs for any hurt or wound and don’t delay the treatment. If obese, try to lose weight and maintain it. Diet guidelines Monitoring your diet is highly vital as the food you eat directly affects your blood sugar levels and weight. In order to make sure you are eating healthy, follow these tips: Eat every 2-3 hours in small quantities rather than eating 3 large meals. Include complex carbs in every meal – whole wheat, ragi, jowar, brown rice, oats, etc. Avoid refined cereal products like bread, noodles, polished rice, etc. as they can raise blood sugar levels. Choose fibre-rich foods like vegetables, whole grains, etc. You should aim for 25-25g of fibre/day through diet to maintain blood glucose levels. Low-fat milk products like curd, paneer and egg whites, lean chicken and fish are great protein sources which can prove helpful in diabetes management. If you are a vegetarian, whole pulses and dals can provide little protein and good amounts of fibre. You can enjoy all vegetables especially green, leafy ones. Limit your intake of potatoes. Depending on your blood sugar, don’t have more than 2 fruits/day and if you are fond of mango/banana, opt for these early in the morning. Reduce butter, ghee or oil intake. Also, avoid processed foods like cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat foods as they are loaded with fats. Salt and sugar and can aggravate complications like blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Sugary foods are a complete no-no. You can use artificial sweeteners occasionally, but avoid overdependence on them. Always carry a snack with you when travelling to avoid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and dizziness. Exercise guidelines Only monitoring your diet won’t work, you also need to get a fair share of physical exercise to maintain normal levels but there are certain guidelines diabetics need to follow: Make sure you exercise at least 4-5 times/week to help you get your blood sugar in control. You can choose moderate exercises like aerobics, brisk walking, weight training, swimming, dancing, etc. Check your blood sugar at home before and after exercise. Avoid exercise if your blood sugar levels are too high or too low. If you are on insulin, modify your carb intake before and after exercise depending on your sugar levels. Eat a complex carb snack like sandwich, wrap, oats an hour before you do any activity. Eat immediately after exercise to avoid fall in blood sugar. Carry sugar tablets or glucose water with you in case of an emergency hypoglycemia situation. Avoid exercise in case of severe complications like kidney problems, nerve problems or wounds. These guidelines will help you lead a normal life even with your existing diabetes condition and also make your lifestyle a healthier one preventing other heath complications.

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  • Look perfect on your wedding with these 7 weight loss tips

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Most women dream of having the perfect wedding where all eyes are on them and they look nothing less than a princess. In order to attain this, they fret and opt for extreme dieting or unhealthy ways to lose weight and spoil their health in the long run. But if you plan in advance and follow a healthy lifestyle, you can look stunning without having to compromise on your health. Here are seven tips by Nutritionist Neha Chandna that every bride-to-be should follow. Sleep well: Most brides forget what sleep is after they get hitched, worrying about the tiniest of things that can go wrong. But don’t forget, sleep is the only time when your body recovers from all the stress it is going through during the day. And the good news is, a good night’s sleep is an important part of your weight loss process as it stabilises your hunger hormones which help you control your appetite. Get a full body check-up: Before you begin with a meal or workout plan, it is essential to get yourself checked for any abnormalities in your body. Unbalanced blood sugar levels, hormonal levels, etc are also responsible for weight gain. Once your reports are clear, it will be easier to decide your meal and exercise plan. And in case you suffer from something, you can always get help and customise your weight loss programme. Join a gym or fitness club: If you can motivate yourself and go for a brisk walk for an hour every day, kudos to you. But if you are one of those who keep pushing back your workout making every possible excuse in the book, you better enroll yourself in a gym, dance class, etc. 1 hour of exercise is a must to help you lose flab and look fab on your wedding. In the gym, get a fitness trainer who can carve out a plan according to your goals and work on your problem areas. Drink plenty of water: Water is an excellent solvent and it dispells all the toxins from your body leaving you with a glowing skin, lustrous hair and a healthy body. It also helps balance all the reactions in your cells and keeps your metabolism up to help you lose weight. Drink at least 35 ml/kg body weight of water/day and even more if you are out in the sun to rehydrate yourself. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours: Agreed, with all the wedding preparations, eating frequent meals could be a challenge. But all you need to do is plan your day smartly and make sure you carry your meals with you wherever you go so that you avoid missing them and eat junk food. Eating often increases your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster. Stay away from unnecessary fats and sweet: Avoid butter, ghee, cakes, pastries, desserts, fried foods, etc as these can only worsen your efforts to lose weight. Sweets can also give you a lot of mood swings and sugar cravings which you surely don’t need amidst all the wedding preparations. Avoid binge drinking: Alcohol can play havoc with your weight loss plan and not to forget your skin as well. It will dehydrate you, make you lethargic, add a number of calories in a short time and will also show on your face – it will look dull and lifeless. Smoking too has a similar effect. In order to avoid all this, restrict your alcohol intake.

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  • Getting married? Here’s a sample weight loss diet plan for brides-to-be

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and you certainly want to look your best which needs timely preparation. Nutritionist Neha Chandna shares a sample meal plan to help you shed a few kilos in a healthy way. Instead of crash dieting and starving yourself, lose weight in a healthy way to avoid fainting and other health problems after the D-Day is over.  An early start is always better as you will need to put in less effort and will have more time to reach your desired goal. Here is a meal plan you can start following six months before your wedding date. Remember, though diet is 70% responsible for a healthy weight loss, you also need some sort of physical activity every day to stay fit and burn calories. You can also try these 7 weight loss tips to look perfect on your wedding: Early morning: green tea + 1 fruit Breakfast: 1 bowl of oats porridge/ poha/ upma/ idli Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 2 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curds Evening: whole wheat bread sandwich/ bhel(no sev)/ sprouts Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish + 1 roti Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk If you haven’t had the chance to focus on yourself with all the shopping and wedding arrangements, there is still time to tone-up your figure and look your best. You can follow this meal plan three months prior to the D-Day and drop a dress size. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: oats upma/ oats dosa Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 1 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curd Evening: 1 fruit Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk It’s just 30 days to the wedding, fret not! You can still lose weight. This is a meal plan when only it’s only 1 month to the wedding. In addition to this, get some exercise and don’t stress – with the right outfit, you will look perfect. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: fruits + nuts Mid morning: 1 bowl sprouts/ salad of pulses Lunch: salad + veggies + dal + curd Evening: soup Dinner: salad/ stir fry+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk Even if you start with the 6-month meal plan, you can move to the 3- and 1-month plans as you inch closer to the wedding day. Be happy and you are sure to glow and look wonderful on your special day.

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  • Weight gain due to long working hours. What should I do? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Q: Dear dietician, I am a 46-year-old working, unmarried lady. I have a sitting job and long working hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Lately, I have been having irregular periods. I have put on weight especially on my waistline and the hip area. Please suggest a suitable diet plan so that I can reduce my waistline. Answered by Nutritionist Neha Chandna As you age, your metabolism decreases leading to weight gain. Since you have a sitting job and being a woman, you are prone to put on weight near the stomach and hip areas as a woman is genetically designed to have a pear-shaped body. Also, you might be close to menopause due to which you have irregular periods. I advise you to join a gym and alternate between weight training and cardio to help build muscle mass and burn fat. Along with this, you need to eat a balanced diet with lots of fibre, greens, veggies, nuts, salads, curd, etc. Here is a diet plan for you: Have a healthy breakfast to keep you going for the morning. Include items like oats porridge/ oats upma/ idli/ dosa. Between breakfast and lunch, have a fruit and a handful of nuts. In lunch, eat a portion of salad, a jowar/ragi chapatti with veggies, dal and a glass of buttermilk (chhaas). Keep your dinner light. You can have soup, salad, veggies/grilled chicken or fish. Avoid eating rotis or rice at night. Along with this, drink two-three cups of green tea every day and sleep well. 

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  • Cashew nuts or kaju – Healthy or not?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Kidney-shaped cashew nuts have been used largely in Indian cuisine in dessert preparations like yummy kaju katli, as a garnish and even in gravies adding a rich, slightly sweetish tinge to the dish. Whole cashew nuts are also added to food items in some regions like Goa and consumed as an evening snack too. Since it has such a huge presence in Indian kitchens, we asked our expert and well-known Nutritionist Neha Chandna, based in Mumbai to tell us more about its health benefits. Read on… Health Benefits of cashew nuts : Keep your heart healthy: Cashew nuts are rich in good fats and have zero cholesterol which helps lower LDL, the bad cholesterol, and triglyceride making one’s heart healthy. Many think that cutting out fat intake is good for our body which is untrue. Our body needs nutrients from all food groups including fats; all you need to do is get it from good sources like kaju instead of unhealthy ones. Make your body stronger: They are rich in magnesium which is required for strong bones, proper muscle and nerve functioning. Our bodies need a daily intake of about 300-750 mg of magnesium as it helps regulate the amount of calcium absorbed by our bones. Keep BP under control: These nuts are low in sodium and high in potassium and thus keep blood pressure under check. When there is excess sodium, the body retains more water which causes the volume of blood to increase in turn increasing the blood pressure. Reduced risk of cancer: Cashew nuts also contain antioxidants like selenium and vitamin E which prevent free radical oxidation, reduce the risk of cancer and boost immunity. Since they are rich in zinc, they help fight infections. Important for body functions: Their high copper content plays an important role in enzyme activity, hormone production, brain function, etc. Copper is also needed for the production of red blood cells to prevent anaemia. How often should one eat them? Though these are absolutely delicious and difficult to stop eating after just a few, remember control is the key to good health. Eating between 5-10 pieces is enough for a day. You can eat them in two batches as a healthy snack to replace your junk food cravings. But keep in mind, excess consumption can lead to weight gain so eat within limits. Should they be avoided in any particular season? Earlier, there was a belief that nuts generate body heat and should be avoided in summer months. While anything is excess is bad for the body, a few nuts have more health benefits than health issues. Stick to a handful and you can enjoy them in every season. Should people will certain conditions avoid them all together? Everyone can eat cashew nuts except people who are allergic to nuts or get a migraine headache due to them. There are different varieties of cashew nuts like salted or roasted ones. Are they any good or should one stick to the plain ones? You get a wide variety of cashew nuts coated with different masalas, salted, herbed, honeyed, etc. It all depends on your taste buds, choices and health goals. If you suffer from hypertension, avoid salted ones. If you are on a weight loss goal, avoid honey-coated ones. Take your pick wisely or simply stick to the plain variety. Do they have any ill-effects? There are no ill-effects of cashew nuts as such but one must not forget that they are rich in calories and so not too many should be eaten at a time. In some cases, they can cause an allergic reaction which may show different symptoms for different people including vomiting and diarrhoea, swelling, skin rashes, difficulty in breathing, etc. If you experience any of these after eating them, it is best to discontinue and see a doctor.

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  • Fad is bad: Say no to diets which promise speedy weight loss!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    ‘I have to lose weight in 10 days for a wedding’ or ‘I need to shape-up quickly to fit into my dress’ – how often do we think about these things and look for quick solutions? In an attempt to lose weight quickly, many people knock the doors of fad diets. They may come to your rescue at times like these but beware – they do more harm than good to your health. Renowned Nutritionist Neha Chandna explains why fad diets are bad for you including seven popular ones like cookie and liquid diet. First and foremost, there are no shortcuts to weight loss. You haven’t put on all the weight overnight, so how can you expect to lose it at a lightning speed? These days, everyone wants to lose weight in the blink of an eye and to achieve their dream body, they resort to fad diets which definitely work but for a short period of time. They help you lose weight from your muscles and bones leaving you feeling weak and ill. And once you go back to your normal routine, you gain all the weight or even more in no time. You do the math and see what’s the whole point of following some diet regime which is short-lived, deprives you of nutrients and has many hazardous effects on your body? The best way to lose weight is to eat the right food, at the right time, in the right quantity, and exercise daily for 45 minutes to one hour. The point is to lose weight gradually rather than rapidly. A lifestyle change is the answer to losing weight than falling into the trap of fad diets. So how do you know if it is a fad diet? Here are some tips. How to spot a fad diet It promises exaggerated results in few days which is too good to be true Will mostly have rigid eating rules It restricts you from eating a lot of food groups like carbohydrates, fats, etc It promotes ‘magic foods’ The diet is sold based on a few testimonials without any research or studies done on its effect It doesn’t involve much exercise along with the meal plans ill-effects of fad diets on the body Causes constipation Leads to weakness Loss of concentration Nausea Headache Depression Muscle loss Health risks like osteoporosis and many more While there are a number of fad diets that keep cropping up every now and then, especially when they are endorsed by celebrities, here a few popular ones to stay away from. Cookie Diet: Invented by Dr Siegal, this a diet in which one has to eat nine cookies a day that makes up to 500 kcal and then have a 500 kcal dinner, totalling up to 1000 kcal every day. Why is it bad: This diet gets monotonous and can cause nutrient deficiencies. Baby Food Diet: This diet is about eating 14 jars of baby foods throughout the day and a sensible dinner. The baby foods include mashed fruits and veggies. Why is it bad: It does not meet your nutrient needs and is low in protein. Eating like an adult is recommended. Cabbage Soup Diet: This is 7-day diet which focuses on having as many bowls of cabbage soup every day with some fruits and vegetables. Why is it bad: This diet is bland, boring and makes you feel weak and resulting in poor concentration. The biggest drawback is that it makes you gassy and bloated. Liquid Diet: The idea is to cleanse the body and rejuvenate it with juices, water, clear soups. Why is it bad: It is again very low on protein and can make you really weak. Not recommended to do it more than a day. Atkins Diet: Written by Dr Robert Atkins, this is the most popular fad diet which aims at reducing the main source of energy – carbohydrates to up to 20g/day and focuses more on vegetables, fats and proteins. Why is it bad: The side-effect of this diet is, it recommends more than 30% fat intake which is above the recommended allowance and can lead to extreme ketosis which can cause damage to the organs in the long run. Blood Type Diet: Created by Dr Peter D’Adamo, it focuses on eating some and avoiding some foods as per your blood type. It follows a ‘one size fits all’ concept. Why is it bad: It bans a lot of health promoting foods making eating out difficult and some people may be healthy despite eating foods forbidden for them. General Motor’s Diet: This is a 7-day diet plan which is based on the intake of specified food items which include raw vegetables, fruits, juice, and lean meat. It restricts the intake of any dairy products and promises weight loss of 10 pounds in week. Each day is restricted to 1-2 raw foods in unlimited amounts. Why is it bad: This diet can make you weak and hungry, leads to the inability to exercise, depression and body pain. To avoid any damages to your body, do not opt for any fad diets. Just eat balanced meals and engage in physical activity to see the difference both physically and mentally. The process may be longer and less dramatic unlike fad diets, but the results will be long-term and benefit your body’s health than spoiling it with extreme restrictions. So, the next time you think about opting for any such diet, remember, it’s a fad… err bad idea!

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  • Cannot consume milk and wheat. What should I eat? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    I have been diagnosed with mild chronic gastritis with H pylori 2+. I am under medical treatment. Apart from milk, the doctor has advised me to avoid consuming wheat products also. Please suggest an appropriate diet keeping my condition in mind. Answered by Nutritionist Neha Chandna. You need to eat small meals every 2-3 hours so that there is not too much load on the digestive system. Opt more for simple foods like fruits, boiled veggies, green leafy vegetables, and lean meats like fish, egg whites. Haveantioxidant-rich foods like carrots, cranberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, beet, etc to fight against the H pylori infection. Drink plenty of water, coconut water, green tea. You can also have a concoction of saunf, jeera andajwain to help relieve symptoms. Curd is also good as it has probiotics which help in digestion. Avoid refined foods made of maida, bakery foods, sweets, fried and processed foods. Also, avoid coffee, tea, carbonated beverages and alcohol as they can worsen the symptoms. Exercise daily for 30 minutes, even yoga is a great option.

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  • What is an ideal diet after a kidney removal operation? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    My mother had a kidney removal operation some time ago. Can you please suggest a suitable diet and exercise plan that she can follow post the operation? Answered by Nutritionist and Our Expert Neha Chandna There is no need to change her diet if your mother’s other kidney is functioning properly. All she needs to do is take a few necessary precautions while making food choices. These include avoiding processed and junk food to keep the salt content within limits as that can over-burden her kidney. Also, she needs to avoid eating excess amounts of proteins since they can overload the kidneys. Normal protein intake of 1g/kg of body weight is great. She needs to make sure that she drinks plenty of water and fluids to flush out toxins. As far as exercise is concerned, your mother can do all sorts of exercises as long as it doesn’t hurt or take a toll on her health. It is best to do it under the guidance of a fitness trainer who can monitor her regime and change it according to her comfort.  Also, she can consult her doctor once before she starts her workout. To be on the safer side, she can opt for brisk walks, light weight training or swimming.

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  • Honey it up!! A look at the tremendous weight loss benefits of honey

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

      Honey is a natural sweetener used for many centuries by mankind. This golden liquid is a miraculous product of the honey bees and therefore a better substitute to the processed white sugar as it contains more nutrients like vitamin C, iron calcium depending on the source. Besides its great taste and texture, it is the ease with which one can consume it for example you can add honey in your milk, porridge, tea, juices, or you can directly apply honey on bread instead of jam. Honey surprisingly can also help in weight loss due to the following reasons: Unlike sugar, honey is not heavily processed and contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids which help in fat metabolism, cholesterol reduction, preventing obesity. Honey has a higher glycemic index than sugar which means when you have honey, it does not give you a sugar rush and drop causing mood swings, sugar craving and further weight gain. Honey contains sucrose and fructose unlike sugar which only has sucrose. Due to the fructose, it is metabolized slowly by the liver, it is used up for energy by the cells not causing excess fat storage. Honey is naturally sweeter than sugar, delicious and yummy which can be practically replaced by anything that needs sugar like mentioned above. You would need less of it to sweeten your food preventing weight gain. Honey first thing in the morning can boost your metabolismby giving you a carb rush which your body needs to burn the calories and kick start your body processes. It is also a great post workout carb option which is natural and increases your protein uptake by the muscles.   So weight loss isn’t always bad especially when you have such a sweet remedy for it.

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  • Lose the mummy tummy

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Being a mother is the most amazing feeling in this world. The 9 nine months of pregnancy takes us through a lot of physical changes and a roller coaster of emotions. The new joys of motherhood and the challenges it lays ahead for you brings up an important question in your mind ‘how do I get back my pre-pregnancy body?’ Losing weight is the ultimate goal for any new mother. But as this period is of crucial importance for both - mother and the baby, any drastic step towards weight loss can prove harmful. Be realistic about your weight loss goals. You haven’t put on all those kilos in a day, so do not expect to lose it very soon. Give yourself atleast 6 weeks to adjust to the new routine. Reducing you caloric intake drastically can just leave you exhausted affecting your milk supply. Keeping achievable goals like losing not more than 1 kg/week is a smarter choice to make. The best way to lose the mummy fat is slowly and gradually by the following ways:  Feed your baby: Breastfeeding is the most effective and convenient exercise to lose the extra fat as it helps you to lose good amount of calories and also strengthens your emotional bond with your little one. It is like a miracle food for your child and the best gift you can ever give him/her.  Eat, Eat, Eat: Never starve yourself when lactating as this can reduce your milk production and leave you fatigued and drained out. Besides that when you starve, you tend to eat more in the next meals gaining more weight instead of losing it. Starving also reduces muscle mass thereby your metabolic rate slowing down the weight loss process. Eating 5-6 six meals with small snacks rather than 3 large meals helps you lose weight and feel better (snacks like carrots, fruits, yoghurt, cup of milk are healthy options). Small meals help to up your metabolism Breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. Breakfast, helps you and your baby need to kick start your day and keep you energetic enough to do all the running around. Breakfast also helps to avoid overeating in the latter half of the day. Proteins are extremely important for the wear and tear and recovery from the delivery process. Choose low fat protein foods like chicken, fish, egg whites and low fat dairy products like slim milk, curds and paneer to stock on proteins without the unwanted fat. All fats are not bad, opt for MUFA and PUFA rich oils like olive oil, ricebran oil or blend oils like ricebran and sunflower/ safflower mixed oils. Avoid saturated fats like butter, ghee and margarine. Try as much as you can to avoid baked and fried foods as they contain trans fat which can increase your cholesterol levels. Omega 3 fatty acids especially DHA is extremely important for the development of your child’s brains and for your overall health as well. Consuming fish 2-3 times/week or 2-3 tbsp of powdered flaxseeds/day can help you meet your omega 3 requirement. Omit processed, sugary and salty foods, artificial sweeteners and any other food with harmful chemicals which increase water retention and can enter your baby’s body through your milk. Include good amount of fibrous foods like whole grains like oats, brown rice, quinoa, jowat, ragi, bajra etc, fruits and raw vegetables to prevent constipation and give you fullness. Eat the fruit and vegetables, not its juice. Galatogauges like methi seeds, fennel (saunf), alfalfa seeds etc help in increasing milk production thereby indirectly aids in weight loss. Early days of motherhood can be quite taxing causing lot of water loss due to perspiration. Drink 100-150 ml water every half an hour to keep yourself hydrated. You can opt for lemonade, buttermilk, jaljeera, green tea etc. Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol as they are dehydrating to the body leaving you famished and sluggish. Embrace exercise: Exercise along with a balanced diet is the ideal way to shed the pounds. Six weeks after normal delivery and 8 weeks after C-section is when you can start an activity like walking, jogging, swimming, body conditioning and strengthening for 10-20minutes/day and slowly increase your exercise time to 30-45 minutes/day. An active lifestyle also helps to reduce depression and improve blood circulation.  It is understood that motherhood takes a toll on the women. Also the new routine of bringing up the baby takes away all her time. That is when she has to take extra efforts to take care of her food and lifestyle. It is best to make a daily time table, keeping alarms in your smart phones and planning your day in the morning so that you don’t miss out on the important things for your baby and yourself. Be gentle with yourself and take pride in your healthy lifestyle, because only healthy mothers can raise healthy children.

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  • Beat the plateau!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    ‘I am doing everything possible by not even losing a gram or inch.’ Surely you must have heard this statement umpteen number of times because weight loss is the most common topic of interest these days be it among the young or old. But more common than that is reaching the plateau during your weight loss process. People try all sorts of fads and follow every possible myth to get there but least they realize is that following the right thing is the easiest way to reach their target. It does not require working out in the gym for three hours or starving yourself to death. All it takes is the correct method of workout and a proper individually designed diet plan to get your dream body. Let us see some top reasons for plateau and how to deal with them. 1. No weight training: many people do not do weight training thinking that it is only meant for people who want a muscular body. This is the biggest myth. Weight training is the only sure shot way to increase your muscle mass. Muscle is that tissue in the body which controls your metabolism. More muscle means higher resting metabolic rate and faster fat burning even when you are not exercising. Weight lifting atleast 3 days a week is a must to jump start your metabolism. With very light weights do not expect too much weight loss; medium to heavy weights is what will do the magic. 2. Consistent cardio: This stops having an effect on weight loss after a point. Instead of steady state cardio which means staying at the same setting for most part of your workout be it treadmill, elliptical, jogging etc, you can opt for high intensity interval training which means challenging your heart to pump harder and then bringing it back to normal. For example walking on the treadmill at the speed of 6 for 3 mins and running at the speed of 9 for 1 minute. Doing this for 30 minutes can give you a great deal of workout thereby increasing your metabolism. 3. Repetition in workout: doing the same thing over and over again slows down weight loss as the body gets used to it and becomes so efficient in doing it, that it uses very little calories for the exercise routine. Bring about variation in your exercise pattern every few days to confuse the muscles which require more energy while working out. Example you can switch between weight lifting, cardio, circuit training, dancing etc to keep your body guessing what is coming up next.  4. Skipping breakfast and other meals: breakfast really important as without it, research says you land up with severe hunger pangs forcing you to eat more than you require during the later half of the day adding on the calories and lack of morning nourishment can slow you down causing fewer calories burned, halting the weight loss process. Skipping other meals during the day with the thought that it may help pull down weight is again a myth as skipping meals causes muscle breakdown, slows your metabolism and puts you in a starvation mode, where your body holds on to calories and stores it as fat for lean times. Try to eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day to prevent crash in metabolism. 5. Lack of protein in the diet: people turning primarily vegetarian causes a lack of protein the diet. Protein being the building block for the muscles, it is necessary to provide atleast 1-1.2gm protein/day to help in the wear and tear of the muscles thereby helping them grow and increase metabolism. Protein post workout is extremely important as there is window period of 30 minutes where your muscles are hungry and take up the protein for their repair. Bedtime protein in the form of slim milk, protein shake etc also helps to repair the muscles overnight while your asleep. 6. Not enough calories: you might be working out rigorously but following a very low calorie diet plan, it is not sufficient to fuel your workout, causing a drop in the metabolism as compensation. Just up your calories and see how your metabolism fires back helping you lose weight. 7. Lack of sleep: not many people are aware than sleeping well plays an imperative role in helping you shape your body the way you want to. Sleeping for 7-8 hours in complete darkness releases growth hormone which is a natural fat burner. Lack of sleep slows you down and your metabolism affecting weight loss process. Now if you have figured out where you are going wrong, just rectify it and see the magic of weight loss unfolding itself.

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  • Party the healthy way!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    We all love attending parties. Don’t we? With summer vacations on we need even more reason to meet our friends and loved ones, relax, enjoy and have a good laugh. Throwing a house party is the easiest way to have a good time with the people you love. But what happens to your health when you overdo on these party outings. The fat laden food, creamy dishes, mouth watering fried starters, sugary desserts etc negate all the efforts you put during the day to maintain your slim and trim figure and you can’t do much to change that. But you can be the one to bring in the change.  You be the trend setter. How? When you are the host, be a good one. Plan a healthy theme party. Make sure you choose healthy food options. People think that healthy food is boring and cannot be delicious. You can change their mind set by actually preparing some yummy delicacies. You never know they might be so impressed that they actually follow your footsteps. So here are some options for a 5 course meal menu: Soups/drinks: watermelon sorbet , sharbat-e-sehat, tomangee, red chilli rasam, velvet chicken soup, tomato soup, mushroom soup, chicken herb soup, litchi lassi, oats soup, potato spinach salad, peas soup, grape apple juice, fresh smoothie, mango lassi, pineapple slush, avocado gazpacho soup, ginger chicken soup, minty buttermilk. Salads: barley salad, stir fry veggies, chana bhel, quinoa salad, stuffed egg salad, paneer corn pepper stir fry, summer tomato fun, gado gado salad, red radish spread, paneer pepper salad, cucumber salad, marinated carrots, broccoli mushroom stir fry, tofu salad, corn chatpata, sprouts bhel. Starters: paneer in pita pockets, healthy chicken burger, lemon chicken, fish with citrus marinade, kerela steamed fish, stuffed tomatoes, paneer hara matar, chicken veggies aflatoon, masala idli, open face sesame toast, black pepper fish, sitr fry envelope, soya tikkis, stuffed mushrooms, yoghurt dip, roasted fish. Main course: chicken stew, cinnamon brown rice, stir fried brown rice, low cal chole, murgi komla, oats thepla, egg in palak, dalia pulao, dry chicken curry, bajra paratha, paneer babaycorn masala, brown rice chicken pulao, ragi roti, whole wheat pizza, whole wheat tagliatelle, whole wheat pasta in white sauce, palak paneer. Desserts: apple crumble, peanutty cake, flaxseeds peanut laddo, oats banana muffin, chickoo halwa, shrikhand, biscuit pudding, almond walnut bites, chocolate strawberry phirni. All these above dishes are low in fat, high in nutrients, filling and deliciously yummy. You plan out your menu like any 2 soups, 2 drinks, 2 salads, 3 starters, 2 main course dishes, 2 dessertsot as many number of dishes as you wish to serve. Now your guests to binge to their heart’s content without any health or figure worries. Party not only hard but SMART!!

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  • The myth of spot reduction

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    All of us have one particular body part with excess fat be it stomach, hips or the back which when we look at in the mirror, we wish could disappear by some means. Spot reduction as people think is the idea if losing fat from one particular area by working on that muscle. This is an absolute myth. Spot reduction in real does not exist. For years people have fallen in the trap of advertisements of belts, vibrators etc that claim to help you lose your tummy or buttock fat which all are truly gimmicks.  We gain weight when we consume more calories than what we expend. The excess calories are stored as fat in the cells in a specific pattern which differs for every person. That’s why we often see people exercising one body part more than the other. For example people who have a huge tummy like a spare tire, try to lose it by doing 1000 crunches. But they don’t realize that by doing so they are just strengthening their abdominal muscles and the fat remains there only comfortably. Men generally have more fat on their tummy (apple shaped body) and women accumulate that fat on their hips (pear shapes body). This clearly shows that men and women are designed genetically differently. When you start losing fat gradually, the first place you put on fat is the last place you will lose fat from because of your genetic makeup. You would lose fat faster in some areas and very slowly in others. The best way to lose fat in any problematic area you have to follow a good cardiovascular exercise routine like running, jogging, cycling, aerobics, dancing etc coupled with weight training and a balanced low fat diet is the most crucial part. This will help you lose fat overall and also in the most desired area. So don’t be a part of passive fat loss ideas. Lets your body do its job at its best.

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  • Benefits of green tea

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    These days too many brands are promoting green tea and its varieties. But these are no gimmicks as green tea has been discovered 4000 years ago and have found to have a host of health benefits like: Green tea is found to have catechins and polyphenols which are excellent antioxidants and prevent the body from free radical damage and helps to detoxify. Green tea is less processed than black tea and hence have higher amount of antioxidants. It has anti viral and anti bacterial effect and prevents plaque formation in the mouth. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol, improves good cholesterol and keeps blood pressure in check.  It prevents formation of new cancer cells and destroys the harmful ones thereby protecting the body. It controls blood sugar levels and prevents heart diseases. Retards aging process and improves skin texture and complexion. Improves digestion, prevents gas formation and helps in weight reduction. It has mild bowel stimulating effect thereby preventing constipation. It helps to get rid of headache and tiredness which is a common problem in daily life. It improves immune system and prevents the body from infection like cold, cough etc. Its best to replace your coffee with a cup to green tea as coffee can dehydrate you and have a host of unhealthy effects on your body. Instead rehydrate your cells with a cup of green tea powerpacked with antioxidants.

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  • Rice – good or bad?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Rice has been a staple food item of the Indian cuisine. For many, it is more than just food; it is a tradition, part of their culture to have a heap of rice every day along with some curry come what may. But with the sudden emergence of a fitness-conscious class, this white grain has been shunned by many for its starchy overtones. But is it all bad? There have been conflicting views about it in the past making it a controversial item on the menu. We discuss some common queries about rice that bothers most people and hope to resolve your rice dilemmas. What is rice made of? To make up your mind about anything, you first need to know the basics of it as blindly following a fad won’t do you and your body any good. Rice is a cereal grain and is a staple food for nearly half of the population of the world. There are different varieties of rice like – brown, red, black, white and purple rice and all differ in their nutrition content. White rice is rich in complex carbohydrates like starch and does not provide complete nutrition. Hence one needs to complement rice with something else in order to provide adequate nutrition to the body. Why do we eat rice when we are sick? A common practice in many Indian homes is to offer a meal of rice anddal, curd rice or khichdi to anyone who falls sick. The prime reason this is done is because rice is easy to digest and light. It can be broken down easily by our bodies and provides instant energy. This way, the sick person can feel full and not worry about indigestion. But one thing to note is that though it makes you feel full, it raises the blood sugar levels in the body and once it is digested, it also makes the person hungrier quickly. How many times in a week should one eat rice? Expert nutritionist Neha Chandna opines that one can eat rice every day depending on one’s weight and weight loss goals. In case you are on a weight loss diet, you can have rice two times a week making sure you have a plate of salad along with it to make up for the lack of fibre in white rice. If you are on a weight gain diet, you can have rice daily with some boiled potato/ sweet potato salad. When is the right time to eat rice – lunch or dinner? Why? ‘I suggest my clients to keep rice as an option for lunch as your metabolism is higher during lunch than dinner helping you use up the carbohydrates from rice for energy which might not be the case during dinner as it may get stored as fats,’ says Neha. Is brown rice better than white rice?  Brown rice is higher in nutrients like vitamin B and fibre than polished white rice. It also helps you feel fuller for a longer time preventing overeating, hunger pangs and weight gain. It is a boon for rice lovers who are on a weight loss programme. Brown rice is also good for diabetics due to its high fibre content. It is essential to understand that white rice does have its own set of benefits and eating it or not depends on one’s body. Highly overweight people should avoid it or keep it the portion size to a minimum. Always remember the golden rule to eating healthy is to have a balanced meal at the right time.

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  • Fit or fat

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    With all the weight loss tamasha happening around us these days, there are end number of gyms, clubs, studios, health spas etc and infinite no on fad diets all over the place. People can go to any extent to lose weight but they do not understand weight comprises of some components like tissues, muscle, fat, bones, organs and blood. If you go on extreme diets you can lose weight which may come from your bones or muscle making you look sick and 1o times older than your age. So a balanced diet and regular exercise is the best way to lose fat, look young and to top it all feel like a bird. But most of us wonder how do we know what is happening inside our body? Right? So let me help you understand how you can analyze your weight loss. Weight loss: any weighing scale can show you your weight which as I said can come from any of the above components. Check your weight but you have to go a bit deeper into your body. So don’t believe it blindly. Inches: You can measure you arms, chest, naval, hips and thighs with a measuring tape. Now this is a better way of gauging weight loss. Because fat occupies more space and muscle is compact. When you lose inches, it may indicate that you have lost a bit of fat and gained a bit of muscle which is the ultimate goal. BMI: body mass index is the way of identifying whether you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese. You can calculate this by dividing weight (kgs)/height (m²). If you are below 18.4 you are underweight, 18-22.9 means you are normal, 23-24.9 you are overweight and above 25 you are obese. Body fat%: you can measure this by skin fold calliper method in any gym or by bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) machines of many brands available in the market. This shows you’re your body fat %. Anything above 31 for women and above 24 for men means you are obese. Normally women should have a fat% of 25-31 and men 18-42. This is because men have more muscle than women. BMR: basal metabolic rate is the minimal amount of calories your body needs for survival activities like breathing, sleeping and all other which you do not have control over like digestion, excretion, circulation etc. This BIA machine measures your BMR. The high BMR means your body burns calories faster. You can increase your BMR by weight training and high protein diet. The more the muscle mass, the higher the BMR. So friends, enjoy your weight loss process in the right way and lose your fat not your health.

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  • 12 suggestions for a HEALTHY YOU in 2016

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Dietitian & Nutrition educator Neha Chandna gives you suggestions for your health… Do not start your day with tea or coffee, instead opt for fruits/ nuts or milk Do not skip meals, eat every 2-3 hours in small portions to control weight gain Do not leave your house without eating breakfast. It helps to control hunger pangs during the day Have fruits on empty stomach or during mid meals for proper nutrient absorption Do not have a very large meal at one time as excess gets converted to fat. Keep some space vacant in your tummy Have a light dinner 2-3 hours before going to bed. Do not immediately lie down after eating. Do not binge on weekends. Choose wise options like salads, soups, grilled, roasted or steamed foods. Have 35ml water/kg body weight. Keep sipping water every 20 minutes Go for exercise in the morning as it helps to burn more fat. Avoid mid night snacking as it can lead to digestion problems. Go for regular health checkups to avoid problems later Get a good sound sleep for at least 6- hours every night to re-energize yourself the next day.

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  • Time to stock some snack!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Most of the people in India follow the 3 meal pattern and think of mid meal snacking as a sin. But the truth is that small meals eaten every 2-3 hours can not only increase your BMR and help you burn fat but also keep you energetic and active for your routine chores. Benefits of mid meal snacks: Helps to keep your weight under check Boosts energy Improves concentration and focus Provides vitamins, minerals and important nutrients Controls appetite Reduces craving for sweets and fried foods Reduces hunger as the day passes by and thereby food intake, keeping your digestive system at its best  Whether at work, home or on field snacking is a very easy task and not cumbersome as people consider it to be. Healthy mid meal snacking does not mean making something authentic or exotic. It means small meals which are easy to pack, carry with you and store for a longer time. Here are a few options you can consider as snacks: Fruits Salads Nuts (almomds/walnuts) Roasted chana Kurmura (puffed rice) Roasted khakras/chivdas Peanut butter sandwich Sprout salad Egg whites Moong dal chila/ nacnhi pancakes Wraps/ rolls As per you convenience, budget and feasibility you can choose any of the above options which do not require too much preparation, yet give you all the benefits they are meant to. So enjoy snacking and stay fit!!!

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  • True weight loss story– How a 20-year-old lost 20 kg in 4 months

    In Expert Diet Tips On 07 February 2015

    Meet Gaurav Sharma, a 20-year-old boy who has regained his confidence after losing 20 kilos in four months. ‘Gaurav loves his renewed energy for life’ says his dietician Neha Chandna who shares his amazing success story with us. Here is another true weight loss story of a veteran who lost 61 kg in nine months without dieting. Q: What was his weight when he came to you? Gaurav came to me when he was 87 kg. I told him that he could drastically cut his chances of getting all kinds of diseases if he lost some pounds. Q: What triggered Gaurav to lose weight? Gaurav wanted to feel good about himself. He was sick of feeling lousy and tired all the time. He lost his confidence because of his weight. His friend was my client who got amazing results from my diet. Looking at a live example in front of him, he thought he should give it a try and that’s how he started with the diet and exercise regime I suggested. Q: How did you go about it? In our first session, I asked him a couple of questions to understand his lifestyle, eating habits, likes, and dislikes. When I got a hang of it, I went ahead to take his weight and parameters like fat percentage, muscle weight, water weight and bone weight. After studying all these, I prescribed a balanced diet for him and also suggested him an exercise regime he needed to follow. I met him every week to review and modify his diet and measure his inch loss. In fact, every week when he would come to me with fruitful results he would innocently request me to allow him to have a McDonald’s burger or a sandwich from Subway. Get inspired by Arjun Kapoor’s weight loss story. Q: What kind of exercise and diet program was he on? He was on a balanced diet which involved eating the right food at the right time in the right quantity. He started with basic cardio exercises and graduated to weight training and functional exercises. His diet contained natural and unprocessed foods like fruits, nuts, oats, salads, sprouts, pulses and whole grains. He followed a 2-3 hourly eating pattern where he ate meals in small portions to help him digest the foods better. His mid meals were mostly fruits and nuts. His evening snacks were pulses or sprouts and dinner was extremely light like soups, salads, and veggies. Here are 17 foods that can turn every man into a superman…well almost, promising good health and bigger biceps.  Gaurav exercised for 1 hour daily.For the first month he did plain cardio like treadmill, running, elliptical and cycle. In the second  month, he proceeded with functional training like body weight exercises including squats, lunges, and planks. He further progressed with a combination of weight training and functional training combination in the following months.Try these 5 best strength training exercises for weight loss. Q: How much does he weigh now? Today he weighs 67kgs. Q: Is there any need for him to reduce more?  Now we are working on increasing his lean body mass to give him a more toned and lean look. Q: Have you given any tips to maintain his weight? Yes, he needs to take this as a lifestyle change and maintain his pattern of eating. Even if he cheats a bit, he needs to get back on track with his diet and exercise. I have recommended him to eat small meals every 2 to 3 hours and drink plenty of water. 

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  • What is the right way to lose weight? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 February 2015

    I am 26 years old and my height is 5 ft 3 in, but my weight is 69 kg. I wake up daily at 5.40 am, get ready and go to college and have my breakfast there at 8.30 am. I am always busy with work and I don’t follow any proper timing for food. I go for lunch only after my work is over. I have tea or coffee in the morning at 10 am and in the afternoon at 2.30 pm. I eat fruits at least 3 days in a week. I sleep after I finish all my work, usually by 11.30 pm or 12 am. I travel for 1.5 hours from home to college and college to home. I look fat and my co-workers tease for that. I feel too tired after reaching home. I need to reduce my weight. My foot also hurts if I walk too much. Please suggest the right way to reduce weight. Answered by our expert Neha Chandna, a well-known dietician and nutritionist.  You have a very busy schedule. But you cannot ignore your health due to that. You need to carry small meals with you daily. Eating smallmeals a day can actually make you slimmer. Let me plan a sample diet for you: 5.40 am: green tea + 2 dates 6.30 am: carry 1 fruit + nuts 8.30 am: poha/ upma/ idli/ dosa 11 am: 1 fruit 1.30 pm: salad+ 2 rotis + veggies + dal 4.30 pm: chana kurmura/ 3 egg whites/ roasted chivda 6.30 pm: sprouts/ moong bhel 9.00 pm: soup + salad + 1 roti + veggies/stir fry 11.30 pm: 1 cup skimmed milk The basic idea is to eat small meals every 2-3 hours to increase your metabolism and prevent tiredness. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water at regular intervals. Here are 6 diet tips to lose belly fat. You can also follow this Indian diet plan to lose weight.

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  • 7 popular fad diets you should NOT follow (and why)

    In Best Tips  On 26 May 2015

    There are no shortcuts to success. We all know that but still want quick results when it comes to weight loss. Remember, all that weight didn’t come to you overnight; hence getting it off would also take some time. With so many diets flooding the market, searching one that is apt for you isn’t difficult. These diets may help you lose weight for a short period of time, but from your muscles and bones, leaving you feeling weak and ill. And once you go back to your normal routine, you gain all the weight or even more in no time. You do the math and see for yourself – what’s the point of following some diet regime which is short-lived, deprives you of nutrients and has many hazardous effects on your body? Busted – Diet myths that can ruin your health! Renowned nutritionist Neha Chandna explains why fad diets are bad for you including seven popular ones like GM diet and liquid diet. The best way to lose weight is to eat the right food, at the right time, in the right quantity, and exercise daily for 45 minutes to an hour.Take this quiz to know if your eating habits are right. The motive should be to lose weight gradually rather than rapidly. So how do you know if it is a fad diet? Here are some tips. How to spot a fad diet It promises exaggerated results in few days which is too good to be true. Will mostly have rigid eating rules. It restricts you from eating a lot of food groups like carbohydrates, fats, etc. It promotes ‘magic foods.’ The diet is sold based on a few testimonials without any research or studies done on its effect. It doesn’t involve much exercise along with meal plans. Ill-effects of fad diets on the body Constipation Weakness Loss of concentration Nausea Headache Depression Muscle loss Health risks like osteoporosis and many more While there are a number of fad diets that keep cropping up every now and then, especially when they are endorsed by celebrities, here a few popular ones to stay away from. Here are 10 diet habits that guarantee weight loss. Atkins Diet: Written by Dr Robert Atkins, this is the most popular fad diet which aims at reducing the main source of energy – carbohydrates to up to 20g/day and focuses more on vegetables, fats and proteins. Why it is bad: This diet recommends more than 30% of fat intake which is above the recommended allowance and can lead to extreme ketosis, which can cause damage to the organs in the long run. 7 scary things a high-fat diet does to your body. General Motor’s Diet: This is a 7-day diet plan which is based on the intake of specified food items which include raw vegetables, fruits, juice and lean meat. It restricts the intake of any dairy products and promises weight loss of around 5 kg in week. Each day is restricted to 1-2 raw foods in unlimited amounts. Why it is bad: This diet can make you weak and hungry, leads to the inability to exercise, depression and body pain. Liquid Diet: The idea is to cleanse the body and rejuvenate it with juices, water and clear soups. Why it is bad: This diet is very low on protein and can make you really weak. Not recommended for more than a day. Detox yourself with this expert-recommended diet plan. Blood Type Diet: Created by Dr Peter D’Adamo, it focuses on eating some and avoiding some foods as per your blood type. It follows a ‘one size fits all’ concept. Why it is bad: It bans a lot of health promoting foods making eating out difficult and some people may be healthy despite eating foods forbidden for them. Cookie Diet: Invented by Dr Siegal, this a diet in which one has to eat nine cookies a day that makes up to 500 kcal and then have a 500 kcal dinner, totalling up to 1000 kcal every day. Why it is bad: This diet gets monotonous and can cause nutrient deficiencies. Baby Food Diet: This diet is about eating 14 jars of baby foods throughout the day and a sensible dinner. The baby foods include mashed fruits and veggies. Why it is bad: It does not meet your nutrient needs and is low in protein. Eating like an adult is recommended. Cabbage Soup Diet: This is a 7-day diet which focuses on having as many bowls of cabbage soup every day with some fruits and vegetables. Why it is bad: This diet is bland, boring and makes you feel weak, resulting in poor concentration. The biggest drawback is that it makes you gassy and bloated. To avoid any damage to your body, do not opt for any fad diets. Just eat balanced meals and engage in physical activity to see the difference both physically and mentally. The process may be longer and less dramatic unlike fad diets, but the results will be long-term and benefit your body’s health.

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  • Dietician recommended weight loss diet plan for brides-to-be

    In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015

    Nutritionist Neha Chandna shares a sample meal plan to help you shed a few kilos in a healthy way before your special day. Instead of going on a crash diet and starving yourself, lose weight in a healthy way to avoid fainting and other health problems after the D-Day is over.Just remember that you need to follow it at least six months before your wedding. Remember, though diet is 70% responsible for a healthy weight loss, you also need some sort of physical activity every day to stay fit and burn calories.  Early morning: green tea + 1 fruit Breakfast: 1 bowl of oats porridge/ poha/ upma/ idli Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 2 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curds Evening: whole wheat bread sandwich/ bhel(no sev)/ sprouts Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish + 1 roti Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk If you haven’t had the chance to focus on yourself with all the shopping and wedding arrangements, there is still time to tone-up your figure and look your best. You can follow this meal plan three months prior to the D-Day and drop a dress size. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: oats upma/ oats dosa Mid morning: 1 fruit + 4 almonds/ walnuts Lunch: salad + 1 rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies + dal + curd Evening: 1 fruit Dinner: soup + salad+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk It’s just 30 days to the wedding, fret not! You can still lose weight. This is a meal plan when only it’s only 1 month to the wedding. In addition to this, get some exercise and don’t stress – with the right outfit, you will look perfect. Early morning: green tea + 2 dates Breakfast: fruits + nuts Mid morning: 1 bowl sprouts/ salad of pulses Lunch: salad + veggies + dal + curd Evening: soup Dinner: salad/ stir fry+ veggies/ chicken/ fish Bedtime: 1 cup skim milk Even if you start with the 6-month meal plan, you can move to the 3- and 1-month plans as you inch closer to the wedding day. Be happy and you are sure to glow and look wonderful on your special day. 

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  • Weight gain due to long working hours. What should I do? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015

    Q: Dear dietician, I am a 46-year-old working, unmarried lady. I have a sitting job and long working hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Lately, I have been having irregular periods. I have put on weight especially on my waistline and the hip area. Please suggest a suitable diet plan so that I can reduce my waistline. Answered by nutritionist Neha Chandna As you age, your metabolism decreases leading to weight gain. Since you have a sitting job and being a woman, you are prone to put on weight near the stomach and hip areas as a woman is genetically designed to have a pear-shaped body. Also, you might be close to menopause due to which you have irregular periods. I advise you to join a gym and alternate between weight training and cardio to help build muscle mass and burn fat. Along with this, you need to eat a balanced diet with lots of fibre, greens, veggies, nuts, salads, curd, etc. (Read: 10 awesome fitness workouts for the perfect you!) Here is a diet plan for you: Have a healthy breakfast to keep you going for the morning. Include items like oats porridge/ oats upma/ idli/ dosa. Between breakfast and lunch, have a fruit and a handful of nuts. In lunch, eat a portion of salad, a jowar/ragi chapatti with veggies, dal and a glass of buttermilk (chhaas). Keep your dinner light. You can have soup, salad, veggies/grilled chicken or fish. Avoid eating rotis or rice at night. Along with this, drink two-three cups of green tea every day and sleep well. 

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  • Aam Panna

    In Expert Diet Tips On 08 June 2015

    Calories - 20kcal Ingredients 1 raw mango 1 tsp Black salt to taste 2 tbsp mint leaves 1/2 tsp black pepper powder 1 tsp roasted jeera powder Salt to taste Sugar substitute as per sweetness Method Peel the mango, slice it and boil it in 2 cups water for 15 minutes till they are cooked After this cools, add all the other ingredients and mix well Blend this mixture into a puree and then strain the puree Then add 5 glasses of water and fresh mint leaves Serve chilled

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  • Reactivating Activity

    In Expert Diet Tips On 09 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!  Many a times, we all dream of having a magical wand to complete our work, be it household chores or office deadlines. It\'s very easy to say, \"Let it be, I will do it tomorrow\". With the increasing craze of leading a fast paced life and affection of smart gadgets, lethargy has become second nature to us. All we need is a steady mindset and balance. Each one of us loves to get compliments from others and feel good within. Here are interesting tips that could help you to stay active and fit for longer period of time:   Use public transport: In day to day life, we use car even for travelling small distances. Instead, prefer walking or take the aid of using public transport facilities. This little practice can become a habit.​ ​ Being social: With the invention of various social applications and short messaging services, our life just seems to be limited inside four walls. In a week, spare out some time for your friends and acquaintances. Staying socially connected could increase your networking skills and open up opportunities. Sharing lunch and ideas during lunch time could work wonders. ​ Using old techniques: Nowadays, you may spot various Bollywood actors using the effective methods of cycling for staying fit. You can use them too for maintaining your physique. Start with short distances and then gradually increase. ​ Climbing stairs: Do you know why our forefathers were fit and happy, and thus less prone to diseases? The best known reason is that they didn\'t have any machines or equipment to do their work. Lifts, for example, are one of the major causes of laziness for those working outdoors. Try using stairs instead of lift whenever you can. ​ Cleanliness is the way: The best way to get active and burn some calories is to clean your wardrobe and room on your own, with minimal help from others. It also helps to increase flexibility, blood circulation and muscle nerve coordination. Pre-organising things could aid a lot in increasing your activity levels. Why rely on magical wands when moulding our lifestyle is just a habit away!

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  • Ramzan diet: For all my muslim friends

    In Expert Diet Tips On 15 June 2015

    The holy time for muslims is just around the corner. With over 12 hours of strict fasting, it only becomes imperative for people to eat what can provide them the best nutrients and hence perform well in their daily chores. So here a few simple guidelines for you to follow during the month of ramzan: Suhoor: This is the time your body is depleted and energy stores are used up during the night. So you need to focus on foods which give your energy and nutrients like vitamins like A, C, B- complex vitamins, minerals like sodium, potassium etc to help you sustain throughout the day. Opt for foods like fruits( every fruits is allowed especially bananas, mangoes, melons etc (due to their high water, potassium and antioxidant content), dried fruits( anjeer, dates, raisins, prunes) which give energy , oats/ ragi/ dalia in form of porridge, upma, chila etc, eggs to give you your protein content preventing muscle breakdown during the day and some Good fat rich nuts(almonds , walnuts, cashews, pistas). Iftar: This is the time your hunger pangs at their peak and eating too much food, too fast can create a problem in digestion. The best way is to go slow. Again start with dried fruits and fruits to give your energy. Then have a balanced meal like salads + 1 grain be it wheat, jowar, rice or ragi + veggies/ sprouts + chicken or fish( grilled, steamed or roasted). Avoid fried and extra sweet foods as they can turn into fat easily after a long fast.  Important tip: Keep a ice cold napkin on your stomach 3-4 during the day. This will keep your body cool and prevent you from excess thirst. Share with all your friends and feel free to ask me your queries below: Register at http://nehachandna.zest.md/.

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  • Learn to say NO to junk

    In Expert Diet Tips On 17 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! So you\'ve finally decided to stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle regime and not put a morsel of junk in your mouth? Oh but you just remembered that tomorrow is your boss\'s birthday party and Saturday is our friend\'s farewell party! How are you going to resist all that tempting, sinful food and refuse people when they offer it to you? God help you!   Don\'t you let such thoughts run through your minds especially after having mentally prepared yourself to transform your lifestyle and eating habits? Yes you do, and the only real problem is saying NO. The best way to do that is to stick to your promise of not touching unhealthy food and constantly remind yourself of that. This will take care of your cravings. But how would you convince people around you? Like this: They say: It\'s my specialty, you have to try it. You say: I definitely will, in a bit. This helps them to forget whether you have tried it or not and helps you to escape smoothly. They say: It\'s really yum, you will love it. You say: I already did! It really is delicious. A lie that doesn\'t hurt anyone is a good lie. This can save you in the best way. They say: It\'s just on holidays dear, why not indulge in it. You say: I would like to celebrate more such holidays in a healthy state of body and mind. This can come across as a big eye opener for them as well as a motivation to switch to healthier eating patterns.  They say: Come on, don\'t be so obsessed with dieting and weight loss. You say: I am not obsessed, I am just mindful of what I eat. Don\'t let their harsh words shake your motivation and willpower. Infact your will might influence them to be conscious of their own eating habits as well. Sometimes you have to deal with food pushers with a bit of straightforwardness. They say: It\'s just a small piece, please have it. You say: Sorry, I don\'t eat that. It is difficult for someone to argue with you on your food preferences and this prevents them from pushing you further. They say: One bite isn\'t going to kill you You say: I\'m sure it won\'t, but once I start I know I wouldn\'t be able to stop. This makes it clear to them that you can fight your food weakness and can refrain from your favorite junk. They say: But it\'s your favorite. You say: It used to be, I am so over it now. This gives them a hint that your preferences have changed now and no point in pushing you for it. They say: One last drink. You say: No, I want to drive back home safely. Do not drink and drive is a law and no one can argue with you if you want to be follow it to be maintain your soberness till you reach home safely. Don\'t be prey to people and their pushiness. Live in total control and wellness!

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  • Running - The Best Cardio

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Without a doubt, we all agree on how important cardio is for our heart and body. The flow of blood through our system has more significance than we can imagine. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to each cell in the body, thus keeping you energetic and fit. The best form of cardio where one uses his maximum potential is running. Running is that one physical activity that has been practised since centuries and made even more famous today through marathons. It\'s a form of exercise that can be done anywhere, anytime and without any cost. There are many more reasons for which running is seen as the best choice of workout by people: Makes you stronger: Running uses the largest muscles of your body, i.e. the legs and to some extent the back and arm muscles as well. Being a resistance workout, it helps strengthen the bones, ligaments, muscles and joints of your lower body, provided you run the right way. It\'s the best way to keep yourself strong even as you age. Burns a lot of calories: Running is the best cardio activity to burn off that extra fat. It also helps to keep your appetite-increasing hormone under check. Boosts memory: For all those who have a family history of Alzheimer\'s or dementia, do not worry. All you need to do is start running. It helps your brain work better by improving your cell condition so that your memory remains sharp as ever. Gives you a glow: The sweat on your face helps unclog your pores and the blood gush helps oxygenate all the cells, improving your complexion.   Reduces pressure: Running is by far the best way to keep pressure at bay. As it increases the strength and capacity of the blood vessels, it keeps the pressure under control. Pumps up energy: As running helps blood reach all corners of your body, it provides oxygen and nutrients to every cell, which makes you more energetic and improves your stamina. Feeling sluggish? Just try going for a run instead.   Helps you sleep well: Runners tend to sleep better as running controls your hormones and also sets your sleeping routines. Makes your heart stronger: Running helps strengthen the muscles of your heart and reduces your chances of an attack. Lowers stress levels: Running is the best stress-busting activity. When you feel down, just go for a run. It helps boost serotonin levels, which make you happier, calmer and more relaxed. You\'re then equipped to deal with situations in a better way. For beginners, we suggest you start with brisk walking first, then progress to jogging and when comfortable, then start your running regime. Regardless of your fitness level, you can start from zero to running 20 minutes in 10 weeks. Make it a point to run at least 4 times a week to see noticeable changes in your stamina and endurance levels. Before every run, make sure to warm up for 5-20 minutes with a fast walk and at the end cool down with 5-10 minutes of slow walking. Other things to keep in mind:   Get the right shoes for running or else you will land up with a shin or knee ache. Get your starting position right: Shoulders rolled down and back, arms relaxed, head up and swing your arms in even front-to-back motion. Maintain a rhythm. Breathe in from your nose for 2 counts and breathe out from your mouth for 2 counts. Run at a comfortable pace where you are able to have a conversation with a friend without panting and do not take big strides as it can exhaust you faster. Aim for short and quick strides. Listen to music that gets you going and motivates you to complete your workout. Once you finish your run, while cooling down, roll your head side to side and your shoulders a few times to loosen your upper body. Make sure to stretch your hamstrings, quads and calves to prevent injuries. Listen to your body. Minor burning and aches are a good sign but if there is unbearable pain or injury in any joint, stop there and go to a physiotherapist or orthopedic to rule out any major issue. Drink plenty of water before, during and after running. Eat healthy well balanced meals 2 hours prior running. Avoid eating anything just before running. Wear loose and comfortable clothes that allow your skin to breathe.

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  • How fit is fit?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Fitness in literal terms means improving 5 essential components of the body i.e. flexibility, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and body composition. Most of the physical activities and training programs are designed to work on one or all of these components, which is the ideal way of doing it. But do common people like us understand such a complicated process? No. All we understand is how we feel about our body, mind and spirit, right? The most important thing is the feel-good factor and feeling great within our skin in our own capabilities. Fitness, hence, becomes a very relative term and each person\'s definition of it depends on their interest, physical abilities and goals. It is the ability to physically and mentally do what you want to do, when you want, and with full ease and comfort. It is in your power to complete a task without any limitation arising from stress, injury, illness, low confidence, etc. For someone it might relate to body and for others mind. Here are some examples of what fitness might mean to different people:   Waking up fresh and active in the morning Being able to do household chores with complete comfort Being able to move things easily Working all day without fatigue or tiredness Walking up the stairs to your house without losing breath Playing with children when they want to Driving long distances without lethargy Fitting into your 5-year old dress Buying a dress one size smaller than last year Following your workout plan for a week Being able to run for 30 minutes straight Running a marathon successfully Standing in a queue comfortably for a long time Getting a peaceful, undisturbed sleep every night Having glowing skin and luscious hair Having a cycling race with friends and winning it Building great muscular physique Walking your dog for an hour Combating diseases, especially during weather changes Have you found your own fitness mantra?

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  • Burn your sins away!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 22 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Let\'s agree we all have days when we slip up our \'perfect diet\' and give in to that piece of cake or samosa. Call it social pressure, a friend\'s birthday party or just a usual comfort food spree, the reasons to sin are many with an equal number of excuses to avoid exercise. All this adds to the extra pounds in the most unwanted areas. Obviously, it is not possible to live like a saint in the highly social and junk food world of ours, but what we can do best for ourselves is either avoid these foods or make up for it by burning the calories consumed. But what if you could look at junk foods by the amount of exercise required to neutralize the calories for each? It\'s a fight or flight situation. If your love for junk food is real, you\'ll overcome this hurdle, if not, you might stop eating junk food altogether!   (The duration of exercise is given for a reference man of 60 kgs which can be calculated for your weight.)

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  • Fit Heart, Healthy Body

    In Expert Diet Tips On 22 June 2015

      Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! All of us at some stage in life have experienced the feeling of being famished without reason. The panting and palpitation are common things amongst all urbanites! Basic movements like walking also seem like a lot of activity just because we\'re not used to it anymore. We laze on our cosy couches, and get things done at the click of a button. The ease and comfort makes us so lazy that moving our joints becomes a tedious task. But just like your car has an engine that needs to be maintained to perform well, your body also has a natural engine called the heart! This fist-sized organ performs an unimaginable job even in the most edgy situations to just keep you alive and going. From pumping blood every second to your organs to filtering the bad blood in your body, it does it all. And we take for granted. Give it some exercise and make its muscles stronger to help it perform its work without stress! Try out any of the cardio exercises below for a stronger and healthier heart:   Brisk walk: Just 30 minutes in a day is good enough to help strengthen your heart. Jogging/Running: The higher the intensity, the better for your heart! The trick is to start slow and steadily increase your speed. This helps condition your heart. Interval training: You can do this by running for a minute, walking for 3 minutes, and repeating it for 30 minutes. You can also increase or change the time limit as per your capacity. Aerobics/Dance/Zumba: These are fun ways to work out your heart muscles. They also motivate you to work out as you are in a group and go along with the groups pace. Swimming: A simple low-impact exercise that gives your heart a good pump and also refreshes you after a hectic work day. Cycling: A fun way to exercise, especially if you are part of a cycling gang or like to roll on empty roads early morning with friends. Just hire a bike and get going. Skipping: A convenient form of exercise that can be done any time and anywhere, even in the premises of your house, compound, or office. You can carry a skipping rope with you wherever you go. Functional training: This includes boot camp kind of activities like jump squats, walking lunges, mountain climbers, burpees, etc. which not only condition your heart but also tone the muscles of your body. Suryanamaskar: You can do these as per your capacity and give your body a good cardio workout. Make sure to get your form right to do it under the guidance of a trainer. Stair climbing: If nothing else works, just take a flight of stairs up and down for 30 minutes at your pace, which can turn out to be a great heart working exercise. So what are you waiting for? Start training your heart for a healthier future!

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  • Stop counting calories

    In Expert Diet Tips On 24 June 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT, Mumbai . She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! We live in a world where looks (read size 0) is more appreciated than being curvy. People get obsessed with their goals of becoming thin and follow crash diets. They forget that they need to eat healthy to help their body perform at its fullest. A lot of contribution towards this attitude comes from the media, society, friends and family. There is so much wrong information that fall prey to, the most common one being that \'you need to count every calorie that goes in\'. This has turned people into a walking talking calculator, measuring every little piece of food. People have forgotten the function of calories for the human body, which is to provide energy!  The calorie-counting process was initiated to assist people to keep a track of how much food they need to eat as per their age, height, and weight, i.e. the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). In general, it just helps you understand your body requirement. It wasn\'t meant for people to become conscious about every calorie consumed. But what people have started doing now is punishing themselves for every extra calorie they intake. This does not make the weight loss process a pleasant experience. All it does it adds to your stress levels, which makes you panic to the extent that you consider it a sin if you have gone beyond the limit and starve yourself or over-workout to make up for it. This causes loss of muscle mass, crashes your metabolism and makes the weight loss process even more difficult. Ultimately, you land up losing trust in the entire concept of weight loss, conclude that it won\'t work for you and get back to your old binging routine. In short, the whole calorie counting process makes you give up on your fitness goals faster as it is something you cannot keep up with forever. The calorie counting process also causes confusion in the choices people make. For example, if a banana has 100 kcal and a small packet of chips has 80 kcal, a calorie conscious person will more likely choose chips over the banana to avoid the 20 extra calories. But bananas contain potassium, calcium, vitamins, etc. whereas chips only have fat and carbs which affects weight and health. This is extremely harmful as it puts you in a habit of opting only for unhealthy foods. You cannot carry cups, spoons, vessels to measure the calories in the food wherever you go. But you can keep yourself fit by making healthier food choices like fruits and dried fruits over chocolates, roasted nuts over fried foods, whole grains like brown rice, oats, ragi, jowar, etc. All you need to do is understand and listen to your body and give it the nourishment it needs. Eat in small portions and keep junk to the minimum. If you land up eating unhealthy foods, just go for a good run or workout and you\'ll be back on track. Stop punishing your body and start enjoying food.Stop counting calories

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  • Roasted fish (Non Veg)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 30 June 2015

    Calories - 130 kcal Ingredients 125 gram(s) thick fillet of fish Paste of ginger and garlic 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 pinch haldi for colour 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 tablespoon Oil Salt to taste Method :- Apply salt, chilly powder, ginger-garlic paste and lemon juice to the washed fish slices. Marinate for 15-20 minutes. Heat Oil in a pan to thinly coat it. Roast fish for 5 minutes on one side. Flip and repeat till slightly browned. Serve with an extra lemon wedge.  

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  • Fruit up to Rehydrate

    In Expert Diet Tips On 01 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Your body water levels drop so quickly in summer or after a workout that you don\'t even realize when you\'re already dehydrated. Blame whatever, but you need to find a solution to rehydrate yourself nevertheless. Water is obviously the best bet hydration, but you need to make up for the electrolytes you lose in the sweat too. For that you need to eat foods high in water and electrolytes. Nothing better comes to mind than fruits! Let\'s review some fruits high in water content and nutrients along with how they benefit us:   Watermelon: They are high in water content (almost 90%), low in calories, and high in fibre, which helps lose weight and prevent constipation. They are also rich in vitamin C, which provides protection against immune system deficiencies, and vitamin A , which promotes good eyesight and skin health. The red flesh of a watermelon is also a significant source of phytochemicals, known as lycopene, a nutrient with proven cancer-prevention qualities. Potassium in it also has BP lowering and heart protecting qualities. Plums: Super source of vitamin C, they\'re essential for the formation, growth, maintenance, and repair of all bodily tissues, including skin, blood vessels, bones and teeth. Good potassium content which reduces BP. They contains antioxidant anthocyanins, which protect against cancer. They are blood purifiers. They\'re high in fibre, which helps in proper bowel movements. Lychee: An all time favorite for young and old, a great source of vitamin C, which helps to prevent gum bleeding, cold, heal wounds, build collagen for skin and bones, protects the heart and prevents infections. It also helps the body fight against cancer. Lychees also help improve digestion and bowel regularity. They\'re also a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance, contract muscles and control blood pressure. They are very rich in polyphenols, which help to protect against heart problems, cancer and infections. Figs: These are known for their natural laxative action as they are very rich in fibre and help to prevent colon cancers as well. They are sweet and help curb sugar cravings. Rich in potassium, which helps reduce high blood pressure and helps overall muscle function. Figs also contain prebiotics, which help support the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut, improving digestive wellness. Good source of calcium for strong bones and iron to prevent anemia. Honeydew melon: It\'s a refreshing fruit filled with water, to cool you on a hot summer day. It\'s high vitamin C content helps to neutralize toxins and also helps in synthesis of collagen, which is used to support blood vessels, ligaments and skin. It\'s high in soluble fibre and low in calories which makes it perfect for weight loss. The potassium in it helps to lower high BP. Improves skin texture and complexion. Amla: Extremely rich in vitamin C which makes it a powerful antioxidant and helps in prevent gum problems, collagen building for a strong body and prevents common cold and cough by boosting immunity. It improves skin texture, delays skin ageing, strengthen nails and prevents hair fall. It improves vision and cataracts. Acts as a great detoxifying agent for the liver and kidneys, prevents cancers, mouth ulcers and improves brain function and enhances mood. Helps in absorption of iron thereby preventing anemia. It increases you digestive power and helps in weight loss as well. Peaches: Being naturally sweet and, high in fiber and low in calories, help in weight loss. Good source of vitamin B which provides energy. Rich in Vitamin A, a great antioxidant protecting the body from cancer, skin, eyes and organs from damage. Super source of potassium for normal bp, heart beat and muscle function. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol. They contain antioxidants called cholorogenic acid which helps to prevent cancer and reduce inflammation. Peaches provide some magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium as well. These minerals work to support red blood cell, bone and nervous system health. Pineapple: It is a great digestive as contains enzyme bromelain which softens the food in the stomach. It also has anti inflammatory properties and prevents growth of cancer cells. Good source of energy. Pineapple is rich in manganese that is necessary to build strong bones and connective tissues. It is rich in fiber and helps to relieve constipation. Has a diuretic effect and reduces bloating. High vitamin C content helps to strengthen immune system. Improves skin, hair and nails. Mango: The fiber pectin and antioxidants in mango reduces the risk of cancer in the digestive tract and also helps to lower cholesterol. The enzymes in mango help to improve digestion. The vitamin A in mango is a power supply for your eyes and skin, helps to prevent eyesight relates issues, improves acne, clears complexion and adds a glow to your skin giving you an anti ageing benefit. Vitamin C in mango helps to boost immunity. Keep the body cool and refreshed. The Vitamin B 6 content helps to improve brain function and memory. Palm fruit (Tadgola): A special fruit of the summer season, filled with tender water which actually hydrates you and a sweet soft flesh which is rich in potassium helping you control your blood pressure and keep your muscles functioning well. Now you can enjoy a range of fruits this summer season to keep your water levels up and refresh any time of the day.

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  • Brown Rice Pulao (Veg)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 02 July 2015

    Calories - 200 kcal Ingredients 20 gm soaked brown rice. 3-4 cloves of garlic Small piece of ginger 2-3 green chilies, chopped 1 stick of cinnamon 4-5 cloves 1 Carrot, chopped 10 gms peas 5-6 strands of French beans 2 tsp oil Salt to taste Method: Heat oil in a pan. Add cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, green chilies and saute. Add carrot, and brown rice and mix well Add water, peas, French beans and salt and mix well. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook till the rice is done. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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  • Masala Fruit bowl

    In Expert Diet Tips On 04 July 2015

    Calories - 175 kcal Ingredients 1 apple 1 medium pear 1/2 medium guava 100ml orange juice 2 anjirs - chopped up Chaat masala as per taste Method Wash and chop all the fruits into medium square cubes Juice one orange. Mix all the above ingredients in bowl. Sprincle chat masala as per taste and enjoy.

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  • Let's turn the clock around!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 08 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!  Gone are the days when our parents worked 9 to 5 and came back home to us early, following a routine that is desired by the body and mind. Advancement in many fields, international opportunities, competition, inflation, and an ambitious attitude has pushed us to work through day and night to achieve our goals. Be it a call centre, hospital, aviation, or an MNC, night shifts are very common nowadays. Research says that night shifts can disrupt your body\'s sleep-wake cycle, known as circadian rhythm. Our body is naturally programmed to sleep and rise with the sun. Forcing yourself to stay up all night and be alert at work the next day can be quite challenging. Also, the metabolic rate of your body naturally slows down at night. Providing the right nutrition to be alert and active hence becomes the most crucial aspect.  People working at night tend to weigh more or have a higher body fat percentage. Some also suffer from constipation, acidity, and ulcers, etc. due to various reasons like:   No time to exercise Too tired to exercise Meetings and deadlines Altered food timings Eating wrong foods in wrong quantities Vending machines, junk, sodas, chips, and fast foods, which are the only options easily available in the canteen area Unwanted mid-meal snacking out of boredom If you want to excel at your work, be productive, and be healthy as well, you need put in that extra effort. Here are a few health guidelines for the night-shift workers:   Since your day starts at night, try to eat your dinner between 8pm and 10pm before you leave for work or carry a tiffin along with you. Make sure you include a good amount of salad and whole grains like wheat, brown rice, ragi, etc. in your meal to keep yourself full for a good 2-3 hours. Fill in your mid meals every 2-3 hours with healthy high-fibre snacks like fruits, nuts, roasted chivdas, khakras, roasted puffed rice (kurmura), etc. to keep your metabolism active, and prevent hunger pangs and weight gain. The most common issue people face while working at night is drowsiness, for which you need to include protein-rich foods in your meals, like eggs, chicken, low-fat cheese, peanut butter, low-fat fruit, yoghurt, etc. These keep you alert and focused unlike carb loaded foods like potato, rice, cereals, etc., which have a sedating and relaxing effect making you feel sleepy. Avoid sugary foods like sweets, chocolates, cakes, etc., because the body\'s ability to process sugar declines at night thus easily converting it into fat. You also have to avoid fried foods like chips, burgers, vada pav, french fries, etc., which will surely increase the fat in your body. Stop visiting the cafeteria too often so that you don\'t get tempted to pick up the wrong foods. Though carrying food from home may sometimes be a tedious affair, it is definitely a safer bet. Drink water liberally. Even in the air-conditioned atmosphere, you lose moisture from your skin, and that will leave you tired and fatigued affecting your work capacity. So keep a bottle of water on your desk and drink regularly. Remember that beverages like coffee and tea dehydrate you, so limit their intake. Have buttermilk, green tea, or lemon juice instead. Snacking for entertainment must be avoided. Instead, to keep your muscles active and feel alert, take a short break, stretch, climb some stairs, do breathing exercises, etc. After you get back home, have a light snack before you sleep. A glass of milk with poppy seeds or a bowl of oats porridge can give you a sound sleep. Make sure you sleep for 4-5 hours at a stretch to wake up feeling refreshed. Any kind of disturbance in sleep can affect the later part of your day, making you feel drowsy and sluggish. Try incorporating at least 30-35 minutes of exercise everyday, be it brisk walking, swimming, jogging, weight training, dancing, etc. to help reduce your fat percentage, improve blood circulation and immunity, and prevent sedentary lifestyle issues such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. The best time to do it is after waking up and before leaving for work. Try to regularize your sleep and meal timings to that of your body clock for maximum health benefits. In the entire bargain to make a living, don\'t forget to live life. Listen to music, go for a long drive, meet friends, watch a movie, and do all that makes you happy.

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  • Corn chatpata

    In Expert Diet Tips On 09 July 2015

    Calories - 100 kcal Ingredients 20gms corn kernels, boiled 1/2 onion, chopped 1 small tomato, chopped 1/2 green capsicum, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped Salt to taste Chaat masala Red chilly powder Oregano powder 2 tsp Lemon juice Method In a vessel, boil the corn till tender. In a salad bowl mix corn and all the above vegetables. Add salt, red chilies, chaat masala and oregano powder. Sprinkle lemon juice and serve.

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  • 10 Superfoods to Fight Acne

    In Expert Diet Tips On 10 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! Is acne bringing down your self-esteem? Don\'t worry! You are not the only one. Research has shown that during adolescence, close to 90-100% of the population has at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead, or pimple, regardless of race or ethnicity. In most cases, acne begins between the ages of 10 and 13 and usually lasts for 5 to 10 years. Acne is mostly due to the way our skin reacts to hormonal changes. The skin contains sebaceous glands that naturally release sebum, an oily substance that helps protect it. During puberty, raised levels of the hormone testosterone can cause too much sebum to be produced. This happens in both boys and girls. The sebum can block hair follicles. When dead skin cells mix with the blockage, it can lead to the formation of spots. Bacteria in the skin multiply, causing pain and swelling beneath the blockages. We often blame chocolates, oily foods, and sweets for aggravated acne. But this is just a myth. Food itself has no effect on acne. The frequency of your flare-ups depends on the hormonal changes, genetics, stress levels, and skin type. Foods like sodas, burgers, pizzas, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, samosas, vada pav, etc., which are high in sugar and white flour, cause a spike in your insulin levels leading to excess cortisol production, which is responsible for acne development. Any kind of psychological or physical stress also raises the blood cortisol levels. So keeping the cortisol levels under control is a crucial factor. You can keep your cortisol levels low by following a good healthy diet, yoga, exercise, listening to your favorite music, getting enough sleep, and having a positive attitude in life. Let\'s focus on top 10 foods that can actually help you prevent acne or fight the existing ones:   Fish or Flaxseeds: These contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which have the ability to reduce inflammation in our body that can trigger cells to clog pores and potentially cause acne. They are wonder foods for the skin and body. Have 2-3 servings of salmon, sardine, or mackerel per week, or 1-2 tablespoon of flaxseeds in your soup, smoothies, shakes per day to up your omega-3 intake. Avocado: This is an excellent source of Vitamin E, which protects the skin from radical damage caused by poor diet and environmental toxins. It boosts your immunity to fight against those nasty bacteria causing red bumps on your beautiful face. It keeps your skin supple and free of blemishes. Other rich sources of vitamin E are almonds, walnuts, peanuts, olive oil, etc. Alfalfa Sprouts: Though they may look like grass, they are power packed with vitamins like A, C, K, etc. and minerals like zinc, selenium, copper, which help to detoxify the liver, flush out toxins from the body, and give you a clear glowing skin. The super nutrition content, combined with the high amounts of chlorophyll, make these an extraordinary healer. You can steam them and add them to your soup, salads, sandwiches, or juices. Kiwi: It has 3 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C may not directly cure acne, but contributes to a strong and healthy immune system which helps you to eradicate any sort of infection. It also is necessary for formation of healthy cell walls, collagen and elastin keeping the cell skin cell structure intact and promoting healing of the affected cells and scars. You can also opt for other vitamin c rich foods like oranges, lemons, bell peppers, amla, guava, etc. since your body does not store this water soluble vitamin, you need to get enough of it from your daily diet. Carrots: These are filled with betacarotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is the best antioxidant for the skin. It improves skin texture and maintains healthy skin cells. You can also get  Vitamin A from tomatoes, sweet potato, red and yellow bell peppers, cantaloupes, etc. Sunflower Seeds: These are rich in selenium, which in combination with Vitamin E works wonders to protect the skin from bacterial damage. They reduce inflammatory damage to the skin, preserve skin elasticity, and control acne development. Other foods rich in selenium are Brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, mushrooms, etc. Pumpkin Seeds: These are good sources of zinc. Studies have shown that zinc deficiency can weaken the immune system making one prone to any kind of infection. Hence zinc in your diet can help you prevent flare ups and protect skin from any bacterial invasion. Other foods rich in zinc are sesame seeds, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, chickpeas, wheat germ etc. Yoghurt: It contains live bacteria that prevent the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and allow the good fellows to grow. These good bacteria do not allow the bad ones to enter your system, thereby improving your immunity and defense against skin infections. Especially if you are on antibiotic treatment, 1 cup yogurt a day can be of great help. Green Tea: It contains flavonols and polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that help to control skin infections, soothe inflammation, and boost the immune system, thus detoxifying the body. Water: The benefits of water are umpteen, hence it makes sense to drink plenty of water. Water is a universal solvent. It dissolves the toxins, throws them out of the body, carries the nutrients and antioxidants to the skin cells, and promotes faster healing, reducing acne flare ups. Drink more on days your activity level is high or the temperature outside is much higher than usual. We all understand the pain and stress one goes through when one sees new zits and pimples popping up. Integrate these 10 foods in your diet to stay vibrant and skin healthy. Heal yourself with the right foods.

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  • Chicken Masala Roll- Healthy Non veg Recipe

    In Expert Diet Tips On 11 July 2015

    Calories - 200 kcal Ingredients 1 whole wheat roti 100gms chicken (boiled) 1/2 onion chopped 1/2 tomato chopped 1 small green chilli A pinch of turmeric 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp ginger garlic paste Salt to taste 1 tsp oil Method Take a non stick pan and add oil in it. Add ginger garlic paste and green chilli. Add onions and saute till light brown. Add tomatoes, masalas and salt and saute for 2 mins. Add the boiled chicken, 1/2 cup water and simmer the gas and cover for 2 mins to enhance the flavour. Take the roti and place the thick chicken masala on the roti and roll it into a Frankie.

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  • Snack on the go!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!  With the crazy, hectic life we lead, we don\'t really have time to think about snacking. Sparing some time for our main meals becomes such a challenge. But did you know that eating 3-4 small snacks between meals gives you energy and increases your metabolism, which in turn helps you reduce weight and burn fat? But wait, there is a catch! When we say snacking in between, we mean healthy snacks that are high in fibre and protein, and not junk food like samosas, vadas, chaat, pizzas, etc. It is not that difficult if you make up your mind to eat healthy snacks. Carry them with you so that you don\'t really have to give in to unhealthy temptations. Let\'s look at some of the healthy options that are easy to carry as well: Fruit and nuts Fruits are scared foods of the earth with natural vitamins and minerals that give you energy on the go. They are easy to carry and eat even when you are travelling or setting out for a break. Nuts, on the other hand, have good fats and are filling, They can be easily kept in your pocket to be munched on even during an important meeting. Apples, pear, oranges, walnuts, almonds, etc. are great convenient options. Calories: Less than 120 kcal Sprouts Again, easy to prepare and carry. All you need to do is just steam them, add cucumber, tomatoes, onions, lime, and chaat masala and there you have it! Some healthy protein, fibre and vitamin C rich snack. You can use a variety of sprouts like moong, moth, rajmah, chana, or even a mixture of all these. Calories: 150 kcal Boiled eggs High in protein and vitamin A, they are excellent, filling snacks that help your muscles and cells repair themselves. If you are weight conscious, you can opt for egg whites instead of the yellow. The only thing you need to do is peel them when you want to eat them, so that they remain fresh.  Calories: Less than 100 kcal Muesli This is a fairly new snack option available in variety in the market. You can buy sweet or savoury versions of it as per your choice. A handful of muesli with some green tea during your tea break will give you the energy rush you need to focus on your remaining day\'s work. You can also opt for muesli with nuts to add to the nutrition value. Calories: 100 kcal Nutrichoice Oats/Ragi Biscuits These are healthy, tasty, and easy to carry. 1-2 biscuits during a tiny break will give you the fibre and energy your body needs. Ragi is also an excellent source of calcium.  Calories: less than 80 kcal Make sure you stock your bag with these foods to keep your health in your hands always. Eat healthy, stay fit!

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  • Oats Omelet - Veg Healthy Recipe

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 July 2015

    Calories - 135 kcal Ingredients 30gms oats powder 1/2 onion, chopped 1/2 tomato chopped 1 small green chilly Turmeric (pinch) Red chilly powder Garam masala (pinch) Few coriander leave, chopped Salt to taste 2 tsp oil Method Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and add water to make a smooth batter. In a nonstick pan, add oil and half portion of the batter and cook on both sides till brown. Repeat with the other half portion and serve with mint chutney.

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  • Go grain!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 14 July 2015

    Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living! These days, there are so many products in the market under the term \'multigrain\', and we health enthusiasts pick up most of them with the intention of polishing our health. And why not? We are recommended to eat 5 servings of grains a day to give us the required fibre, B-complex vitamins and other nutrients. But not all multigrain products are the same. We have multigrain atta, bread, biscuits, etc., which contain different ingredients. The most common grains used in a multigrain product are wheat, oats, ragi, corn, rice, jowar, etc. A product might contain 3-5 types of grains. The only thing one needs to keep in mind while opting for a multigrain product is to choose one that mentions \'whole\' on the label. There are lots of products that are sold as multigrain products but contain refined flours instead of whole. The idea of a multigrain product is to give you cumulative benefits of whole grains in one. Multigrain products made from whole grains have the following benefits:   It\'s rich in soluble and insoluble fibre, which aids digestion, adds bulk, and prevents constipation. It also helps eliminate cancer-causing toxins from the body. It binds with cholesterol and excretes it, preventing an increase in blood cholesterol levels, thereby protecting your heart. It controls blood sugar levels, which is a great boon for diabetics. It provides you with the much needed B-complex vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid. These vitamins help you convert nutrients from food to energy and thus help you go on throughout the day. They also help in nerve functioning, red blood cells formation, regulating appetite, proper brain functioning, etc. It\'s a good source of iron, which helps increase haemoglobin levels to supple more oxygen to your brain, muscles, and other organs. It\'s a good source of protein. Cereals are not a complete source of proteins as they lack amino acid. But multigrain makes up for the deficiencies of amino acid, making it a complete source of protein, which helps repair cells and strengthen muscles. It helps in weight loss. Since it has high fibre content, it makes you feel full faster and for a longer period. For example, 2 wheat rotis is equal to 1 multigrain roti in terms of satiety. This helps you reduce caloric intake, makes you feel good, and assists in weight loss. The best way to include them in your diet is to replace your atta with multigrain atta, white bread with multigrain bread, biscuits with multigrain biscuits, etc. The next time you grab a packet of bread, take a look at the multigrain options and choose your pick. Multigrain is the way to good health!

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  • Amazing Tiffin Ideas For Your Kids

    In Expert Diet Tips On 25 July 2015

    I\'m sure every woman would agree with the fact that it\'s easier to please your husband or in-laws through healthy food than your kids. When it comes to food, it\'s tough to understand what kids may agree to eat! With the variety and food options available in the market today, it gets more and more challenging for the mother to meet the child\'s demands not only in terms of taste but also in terms of their health and well being. Junk food like pizzas, burgers, french fries, hot dogs are some of the classic favorites amongst the kids, but these are responsible for problems like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. later on in life. But the problem is that if you don\'t give them what appeals to their eyes and taste buds, you will get an untouched tiffin back home at the end of the day. So let\'s see how we can balance the taste needs and health of our children:   Roti pizza: Make a thick roti, top it with tomato sauce, veggies, paneer and bake it in the oven for 10 mins. Soya burger: Make grilled soya and veg tikkis, place them between whole wheat buns along with veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, onions, capsicum. Idli sandwich: Put chutney and butter on each idli, place onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, in between the idlis and serve as a sandwich. Dal pancakes: Make a moong dal pancake and top it with paneer and tomatoes. Egg roti roll: Put chapati in a pan, break the egg so that it coats the chapatti, add all veggies in between and roll it into a roti roll. Chicken Frankie: Take some leftover chicken gravy, place it on a roti with onions and tomatoes and roll it into a Frankie. Ragi uttapa: Mix ragi flour and rice flour with water, add onions, tomatoes, capsicum and make a pancake out of the mixture. Spinach paratha: Make a dough with spinach paste and fill it with low fat paneer to make a paratha. Healthy pasta: Mix whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and loads of veggies. Pudina rice: Mix veg brown rice pulao with mint leaves and curd. I\'m sure that if these tasty and healthy dishes are part of your kid\'s tiffin, every last bit of it will be completely consumed by your kid. In fact you might have to give him/her two tiffins for their friends too!! Happy parenting!

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  • Reasons For Making a Grocery List

    In Expert Diet Tips On 31 July 2015

    Have you ever gone grocery shopping, bought everything that you wanted and almost never stuck to what you actually needed? That scenario seems very common to most of us. So what you can do is make a list - on your phone, on some tiny scrap of paper or even scribble it on your hand. Grocery lists can do more good than you ever thought: Observe for 5 minutes - Think about what you like and what the healthy options around it are. For example, if you are thinking of stocking up on snacks - list different seasonal fruits and fill your jars with nuts. When you write it down, you tend you remember while you\'re in that shopping aisle. Helps avoid bad temptations - It\'s there to remind you exactly what you need at the moment and helps you to stick to it without getting drifted away with unhealthy food items tempting you. Helps you plan ahead - A well thought out grocery list can be made keeping in mind the coming week. It will save you the trouble of thinking about what to cook and eat everyday. Planning a healthy week goes a long way in staying fit. Helps you keep track of your diet - When you make lists, you can refer to them all the time and keep a check of where your diet is going. Whether you\'re planning on toning yourself or attempting to lose some weight, having something to remind you of your eating habits can help tons!

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  • Water is Life - Go aqua!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 31 July 2015

    Most people indulge in all sorts of drinks, like tea, coffee, cold drinks, cocktails, etc. when they go out, but tend to forget the most important liquid for life - WATER. Some don\'t realize that their body needs water and others are just too lazy to get up and have a glass. This just leads to dehydration which causes fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, etc., and in turn affects performance and reduces work efficiency. It also affects digestion and metabolism making your body sluggish and causing weight gain.   50-70% of our body is made up of water. Hence our body requires 30-35ml/kg body weight water/day. In conditions of extreme heat and humidity, the requirement of water increases even further. Water has a host of benefits:   Helps to flush out toxins from your body and provides oxygen and nutrients to all the organs Relieves headache and body pain caused due to dehydration Makes skin soft, elastic and smooth giving it a younger look Helps you focus and concentrate better as your brains need water for functioning Prevents constipation and makes you feel lighter, prevents kidney stone formation Prevents water retention as excess fluid is flushed out Keeps joints and muscles lubricated and prevent cramps and sprains Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Rehydrate yourself every 10-15 minutes and replace your beverages with plain, simple water which is available for FREE but benefits your body better than any health tonic. So the next time you get that urge to down a soft drink, just have water instead!

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  • Dahi - A Wonder Food

    In Expert Diet Tips On 04 August 2015

    Something chilled to cool you off this summer! According to Hindu traditions, eating a spoonful of curd was always considered a good omen before beginning your first activity of the day or a bright new venture.There are many other ways it helps us, for example it helps in keeping your head cool in summer. Dahi is easily available, nutritious and easy to prepare snack available all round the year. It forms an integral part of a normal Indian diet. As a child, we were told that dahi is a great food for health and were made to eat it daily with our meals. Yes, indeed, our elders were right. Just as milk is an important source of proteins and calcium, so is dahi. But it has an added benefit of having hundreds of thousands of probiotics (live bacteria) which are excellent for overall health. Dahi has a host of benefits:   Immune system: The live bacteria in dahi helps prevent the growth of illness-causing bacteria in the intestine and protect us from infections like vaginal infections, stomach infections etc. thereby adding more years to your life. It also prevents ulcers and protects from stomach cancers. Digestion: These bacteria also promote the growth of good bacteria which improve digestion and metabolism. They also help in the absorption of other nutrients from food. Lactose intolerance: Milk cannot be consumed by lactose intolerant people, but dahi is easily digested due to the live bacteria. Proteins: Just like milk, dahi is a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians. Osteoporosis: Dahi has very high levels of calcium which helps to prevent bone degeneration, thereby, preventing osteoporosis. Bone and teeth health: The calcium in dahi also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth. The lactobacillus bacteria reduce the risk of cavities and improve gum health.  Weight loss: Calcium helps in fat breakdown. Dahi also gives a fuller filling for a longer time, thereby, helping reduce weight. Vitamin B12: Dahi has Vitamin B12, which is generally found in non-veg foods, and hence it\'s a great food for vegetarians to improve blood formation and nerve functioning. Cholesterol: Dahi helps lower bad cholesterol as well prevent heart problems. Making dahi at home is an easy procedure. Heat the milk slightly and add 2 teaspoonfuls of dahi into it. Mix it well and keep it overnight to ferment. During this process, milk sugar lactose is converted to lactic acid by the bacteria in the starter which gives it a refreshing tart flavour and a pudding like texture.

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  • Minerals For Health

    In Expert Diet Tips On 06 August 2015

    Just like vitamins, minerals are also needed in small amounts by the body for normal processes. There are 16 essential minerals required for good health. Mineral sources are best found in natural foods rather than supplements. They are categorized as macro minerals which are needed in fairly larger quantities and micro minerals which are needed in small amounts.  Macro minerals Calcium: is needed for strong teeth and bones, normal blood clotting, and nerve function. Sources: Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese, broccoli, almonds, fish, green leafy vegetables, ragi, sprouts and sesame seeds. Magnesium: is required for healthy bones, converting blood sugar to energy, insulin secretion and function and for normal heart rhythms. Sources: whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, banana etc Phosphorus: is necessary along with calcium for bones and teeth development and to supply energy to the body. Sources: whole grains, milk, cheese, nuts, fish, eggs, meat, chicken etc Sodium: helps to maintain blood pressure and fluid balance in the body. Sources: salt, fish, butter, processed foods etc Potassium: along with sodium, works to regulate fluid in the body. Potassium also helps to maintain a regular heartbeat and low blood pressure and enables glucose in the body to be converted to glycogen, a form of energy that can be stored. Sources: fresh fruits and vegetables, coconut water, bananas, soups, tomatoes, dals and pulses etc Chloride: helps in regulating fluid balance in the cells long with sodium and potassium. Sources: table salt Sulphur: is essential to form proteins in the body and helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Sources: meat, fish, chicken, beans and pulses. Micro minerals Iron: is required for the production of hemoglobin and myoglobin, the component of blood cells that transports oxygen around the body. Iron can prevent fatigue, protect against illness and disease and helps in absorption of vitamin C. Sources: meat, liver, kidney, chicken, beans, peas, green leafy vegetables, garden cress seeds etc. Manganese: is required for a healthy immune system. Also helps in normal metabolism and digestion. Sources: whole grains, pulses, nuts etc. Copper: Copper helps to form collagen, which is essential for healthy bones and connective tissue, production of red blood cells and is needed to absorb iron more easily, to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure and that it protects against damage from free radicals and the development of cancer. Sources: fish, shellfish, whole grains, nuts, potatoes, garlic, bananas, mushrooms, tomatoes, prunes and soya products. Iodine: is essential for the manufacture of certain hormones by the thyroid gland, that are responsible for regulating metabolism, converting fats into energy and stabilizing blood cholesterol levels. Sources: table salt, salt water fish. Zinc: is needed by every cell in the body, healthy hair, nails and skin, also for maintaining healthy immune system and reproduction system and promote growth. Sources: red meat, poultry, eggs, shellfish, cheese, nuts, sunflower seeds, beans and wheat germ. Chromium: it improves insulin sensitivity and helps in controlling blood sugar levels. It also helps to breakdown fat and lower bad cholesterol. Sources: Shellfish, red meat, liver, egg yolks, cheese, mushrooms and whole wheat bread. Fluoride: is important for healthy bones and teeth and protects teeth against tooth decay. Sources: drinking water, toothpaste Molybdenum: is required for DNA production and acts as an antioxidant. Sources: Liver, whole grains, yeast, pulses, leafy green vegetables.

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  • Ragi - Many names, many benefits

    In Expert Diet Tips On 07 August 2015

    Ragi has always been known as a highly nutritious foodgrain, rich in calcium. You might notice the power of ragi when you visit the Maharashtrian countryside. Known colloquially as \'nachni\', a staple diet of these \'naachni bhaakris\' and \'pitla\' has been the main reason behind generations of lean yet robust kids. Finger millet is the English equivalent of ragi. Also, predominantly, used in South India, it is also a rich source of protein, fiber, iron and other minerals.  It is more nutritious than other cereals and has a host of health benefits.   Weight loss Ragi is very high on fiber. Hence, it digests slowly, keeping you full for a longer time and helps you avoid excessive food consumption. This helps you shed kilos and keeps you fit. Laxative  The high fiber in ragi helps to clear bowels smoothly everyday and prevents constipation.   Diabetes  Due to its slow digestion rate, ragi helps lower blood sugar levels. Hence, diabetics can enjoy ragi rotis/pancakes without the fear of affecting their sugar levels.   Bone strength  Ragi is very rich in calcium. It can be easily substituted for milk (in case of lactose intolerance) to get your daily calcium dose. You can also have ragi flour kanji as a great source of calcium. Ragi porridge can be given to growing children for bone development and to elders to avoid osteoporosis. Gluten free  Ragi is free of gluten which is found in wheat and its products. Hence ragi can be easily taken by gluten sensitive people.   Cholesterol control  Highly fibrous, ragi helps control and lower bad cholesterol levels.   Anemia  Ragi is also rich in iron and hence can be beneficial for people with anemia. Ragi mixed with milk works wonders for infants. For the elder kids, naachni khakrashighlight the health-conscious man\'s snack section during tea breaks. There is a huge list of South Indian dishes which feature several ragi permutations and combinations (eg. ragi idlis, ragi dosas, ragi rasam,etc.)  All in all, in the company of ragi, you have no choice but to stay healthy!

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