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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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  • 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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  • Breathe well, live well

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Life begins when we start breathing and ends with our last breathe. Yet most of us do not know the beneficial effects of breathing well for health and vitality. It is surprising how we give importance to everything be it diet, exercise but something as important as breathing goes unnoticed by many of us as the major contributor to one’s good health. Most people hold their breath or have constricted breathing unknowingly which impacts the health in a poor way. That is the reason why most of us feel tired, fatigued and lethargic due to lack of oxygen supply to the brain and tissues. Once you focus of proper breathing and consciously do it, you can experience amazing health benefits: Proper breathinghelps to release accumulated toxinsin the organs preventing them from C02 overload and illness. Thus helping to detoxify the body. Improves digestionby supplying more oxygen to the stomach cells. Makes you alert, active and refreshed as the brain and nervous system get their dose of oxygen to perform well. Makes your skin healthier, smoother and glowing by supplying oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Improves lung strength and stamina. Reduces chances of heart diseases by making the heart stronger and healthier. Reduces stress and tension by elevating your mood and keeping anger, frustration, irritation and sadness at bay. Relaxes the mind and body from physical and mental tensions helping you think better with clarity. Reduces muscle cramps after exercises by improving oxygen supply to the muscles. Reduces pains and aches in the body especially headaches. Increases metabolism and improves immunity protecting your from infections. Helps in weight control by aiding in fat burning process.   Method of breathing: The best way to breathe is to hold your breath for few seconds in your lungs to cleanse all the impurities and strengthen the lungs. The breathing should be deep, slow, rhythmic and through the nose and not the mouth.   1. First exhale all the air out of your system to make sure your lungs are empty. 2. Inhale through your nose, filling your abdomen and then the lungs slowly. Count 5. 3. Slowly exhale from your mouth till your lungs completely empty again.   Just as you schedule your business meetings, schedule your breathing sessions for 10 minutes 2 times a day. Make sure you breather in the purest air early morning or anytime of the day. Make this a family activity asking everyone to sit and do it together so that no one missed it out. Take time out for your breathing activity in your busy schedule and you will see a new healthier, energetic and happy self.

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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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  • Your nutrition questions answered!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Internet is full of information. Ever wondered if it’s a boon or a bane? It can be a problem many times because of untrue facts and random tips on important topics. This is true even in the case of fitness. That is why dumbelled.com is here to provide expert answers to all your queries.   Here, Neha Chandna, Nutritionist of celebrities like Kunal Khemu and Nakuul Mehta clears your doubts on diet and nutrition.    1. People confuse  Nutrition planning with Starving! What according to you is the difference? What’s the importance of a nutritionist?   Nutrition planning means planning your meals throughout the day as per your likes, dislikes, requirements etc. It does not mean starving, in fact it means eating small meals every 2-3 hours to increase your metabolism and avoid fat storage. There are many diets available online, but only a nutritionist can determine your requirements and help you to meet your needs accurately. 2. Please tell us the components of balanced diet and how many grams of each should be consumed each day?   A balanced diet includes cereals, pulses, fruits, veggies, milk and milk products etc unlike any fad diet available online which asks you to eat only fruits or juices or any other drastic unmanageable food which you dislike or which can harm your body in excess. Each person has a unique need of nutrients. You need to in general include 60% of carbs, 18% protein and 22% fat in your daily diet plan. Eg if you are consuming a 1200 kcal diet then, 60% of 1200/4= 180 gms of carbs, 18% of 1200/4= 54 gms of protein, 22% of 1200/9= 29 gms of fats. 3. Is BMI a fair measure and are BMI calculators accurate?   BMI calculators are accurate, but BMI is not an exact measure of your weight.   It doesn’t take into account muscle and bone mass, so one can easily mistake themselves as fat even when they have a higher muscle mass or bone mass.   4. Is it better to get vitamins and minerals from food or from supplements?   Nothing can replace food, but lets face the fact that these days neither the food is pure nor our digestion power is perfect to absorb all the nutrients. High levels of stress, pollution, fat and a hectic life affects our absorption greatly. Hence even after taking in appropriate food, we need supplements to meet our needs.   5. How do one get protein on a vegan diet? A vegan can get protein from soyamilk, dals, pulses, quinoa, oats etc. You can also supplement your diet with whey protein without lactose.

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  • Sin and win with Chocolates!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    The word chocolate itself is so tempting that the thought of it can take you to a heavenly world. Most of the people who go on diets ask their dieticians, ‘hope you will allow me to eat a piece of chocolate sometime?’ Yes that’s because it is a mood elevating food. Till now we have just heard the negative things about chocolates like high calorie food, causes cavities etc. But not many people know how actually can chocolate be beneficial for you. Chocolates are made from cocoa beans and there are various types of chocolates like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, unsweetened chocolate etc. Benefits of Chocolate  Chocolate though high in fat does not increase cholesterol as it has good amount of MUFA and PUFA (good fats). • Dark chocolate has high level of cell protecting antioxidant compounds like epicatechin and catechin which enhances blood flow, healthy cholesterol levels and reduces blood pressure. The antioxidants in dark chocolate and cocoa called flavanols which are present in concentrated form. Flavanols have also been shown to stimulate the production of nitric oxide, a key gas inside artery walls that relaxes and widens arteries, allowing for the easy flow of blood and reduced blood pressure.  â€¢ Chocolate may prevent build up of plaque in the arteries and have anti clotting effects thereby protecting the heart. • Despite of being sweet, chocolate has a low glycemic index. Flavanols in chocolate trigger the production of nitric oxide which widens the cells and allows them to accept sugar. It may possibly increase insulin and glucose sensitivity. • Dark chocolate has high amount of magnesium which is important for people with hypertension, diabetes and heart problems. • Chocolate is rich in copper which is necessary for a healthy heart. • It is rich in potassium which reduces blood pressure. • Milk chocolate is rich in calcium which is good for bones and teeth. • They are also rich in iron which prevents anemia, weakness, irritability, headache etc. • Chocolate is a concentrated source of theobromine which is a mild nervous system stimulant making you slightly alert. • Chocolate is also rich in phenylethylamine which is responsible for some pleasurable feeling one gets after eating it as it releases endorphins in your brain. So even if chocolate is high in fat and calories, if eaten in moderation, it can easily fit in your daily balanced diet.

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  • Snack on the go!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    With such a crazy, hectic life that we lead, where does one have time to even think about snacking in between? Sparing sometime for our main meals only becomes such a challenge. But do you know eating 3-4 small snacks in between your meals helps you give you energy and increase your metabolism helping you to reduce weight and burn fat. WAIT!! here is the catch. When we say snacking in between we mean healthy snacks which are high in fiber and protein. Not junk like samosas, vadas, chaat, pizzas etc. It is not that difficult if you make up your mind to eat healthy snacks and carry them with you so that you really do not have to look out for unhealthy tempting options which may affect your health adversely. Let’s look at some of the healthy options which are easy to carry as well Fruit and nuts: Fruits are sacred foods on earth with natural vitamins and minerals giving you energy on the go. They are easy to carry and eat even when you are travelling or setting out for a blink of a wink break. Nuts on the other hand have good fats and are filling which are can be easily kept in your pocket to be munched on even during an important meeting.  Apples, pear, oranges, walnuts, almonds 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 go with some healthy protein, fiber 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: 150kcal Boiled eggs: High in protein and vitamin A, they are excellent, filling snacks which help your muscles and cell to repair themselves. If you are weight conscious, you can opt for egg whites instead of the yellow. The only thing you need to do it is, peel it when you want to eat them so that they remain fresh. Calories: less than 100kcal Muesli: These are fairly new snack options available in a variety in the market. You can buy the sweet or savory version 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 on to the nutrition value. calories: 100kcal Nutrichoice oats/ragi biscuits: These are healthy, tasty and easy to carry. 1-2 biscuits during a tiny break, will give you the fiber and energy your body needs. Ragi is also an excellent source of calcium. calories: less than 80kcal 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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  • Pre-wedding stress – NO more!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

      It’s understood that marriage and stress go hand in hand. The day that you have been waiting for all your life is just around the corner and so much to do to make that day just perfect. Stress is bound to set in. But excess stress can actually ruin your health, hormones and the fun aspect of your most awaited day.  You cannot avoid stress but you can definitely find ways to cope with it to help you unwind and face all the challenges with ease. Basically you need to spare some time for yourself from all the chaos to disconnect with the world and help your mind and body relax. Here are a few simple tips to help you collect yourself to enjoy every moment of your wedding Focus on your breath: Be it in the train, car, office or anywhere, all you need do is just focus on breathing and let the thoughts come and go. Do not focus or ponder on any thought. Do it for 15 minutes and see how relaxed you feel. Listen to music: Listen to whatever you feel like be it some melodious track, any instrumental music, or any romantic number which takes you to a dreamland and helps you to forget all your worries. Enjoy your tea/ coffee/ green tea: Rather than just gulping your drink down, stand at your balcony or terrace , look at the tress and slowly roll your drink over your tongue. Enjoy the alone act and live in the moment. Go for a long drive: Just drive alone with some of your favorite music and let yourself lose, enjoy and go where the road takes you. Take a walk: Walk along the beach or on some green grass, chant om or any or mantra to purify your mind and soul. Feel the breeze move through your body and let the negativity move out along with it. Create art: Set aside sometime from your busy schedule to create some form of art. Paint, draw, craft, stitch or anything of your choice to actually feel the happiness flow through you. Cook: The most relaxing thing you can do for yourself is cook a dish which you can very well. Put all your heart into it and let your family members feel your love for them. Go for a massage: The best way to unwind your mind and body is to go for a good deep tissue massage to remove every ache and pain from your body and rejuvenate you. Make sure you choose any 3 things atleast daily to bounce back each day with all your vigor and energy. Happy wedding!!

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  • Top 5 foods for a flat belly!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Every one dreams to be rich!! But everyone also dreams about something else, that is having a flat tummy without too much effort. The biggest misconception people are smitten by is that doing a lot of ab exercises helps you lose the tummy flab and achieve a table top flat belly. But that’s not the truth. The fact is that you can never lose you tummy fat only with exercise. Diet plays a major role in shaping up your abs. What you eat decides whether you a get a flat tummy or you develop tyres. The food you eat helps to crash or increase your metabolism to burn the fat around your waist. It truly depends on the choices you make. Here are top 5 foods for losing your belly fat. Almonds Most people think of nuts to be fattening and foods to be avoided when on a weight loss diet. But the fact is that almonds are high in fiber which makes a great mid meal snack and best part is that a few of them are enough to make you feel full. They also contain good fats which help to reduce bad fats in the blood and improve overall health. Avoid salted almonds and nibble on few raw ones along with their skin. Oats It’s only been a few years since this grain has gained a great deal of popularity but it surely has a long way to go. Oats has high amount of fiber, 40gm uncooked oats has 4 gm fiber which is good enough for one meal. It contains both soluble fiber known as beta-glucan and insoluble fiber which acts as a savior for people suffering from constipation by absorbing water, making the stools softer and speeding its elimination. It slows down digestion, making you feel fuller for a longer time so that you tend to eat less, promoting weight loss. Most importantly, they are gluten-free which can be readily replaced by wheat in a celiac or gluten sensitive patient’s diet as they are more prone to bloating due to wheat. Nothing better than waking up to a hot bowl of oats made in porridge or savory form to kick start your metabolism and reduces hunger pangs in the latter half of the day. You can also add oats to your soup, dals, dips, shakes, cutlets, etc. So go and grab a pack of this super healthy food today! Mushroom Not only loved for its characteristic UMAMI (meaty or savory), but also has a host of nutrients important for good health. They are neither a fruit nor a vegetable, but a fungi which the non-vegetarians turning into vegans are more than happily substituting their meat with. They are a great source of B vitamins which provides energy by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like selenium and ergothioneine which protect body cells from damage, preventing heart attacks, boost immunity and helping you age gracefully. They are quite filling and very low in calories which are a lucrative food for obese people, making complete sense to replace red meat with them helping you shed excess weight. They contain good amount of vitamin D which work wonders to burn your belly fat. Add to your soup/ stir fry or some brown rice. Broccoli Luscious green vegetable which is extremely low on calories and an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. This means small portion of it can help you to feel fuller for a longer time reducing your cravings for the wrong foods and helping you burn your stubborn belly fat. A broccoli stir fry or pasta is a treat for your palette. Low fat yoghurt White sacred food used from time immemorial. It is rich in protein which increases metabolism and helps you burn your fat easily. It also contains good bacteria that fight against the bad ones in your stomach that leave you feeling bloated and uneasy. This helps to reduce your belly size and make you feel light and active. Have it in the form of raita, buttermilk, smoothie or fruit yogurt.

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  • How to choose your juice wisely?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Juices have been an all time favorite for everyone, be it young or old, ill or healthy, thin or fat. Lots of people live on juices especially during the hot season. Many enjoy drinking juices along with meals. Most people drink canned/ tinned juices. Some even keep the juice for hours before consuming it. All these practices are extremely wrong as juices are meant to be consumed within 2-5 minutes after extraction. Canned juices are loads of sugar and preservatives which add on the weight issues. Drinking juice later than 5-10 minutes after squeezing it results in loss of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, B- complex, and other minerals as well. Who should have juices?  Juices are good for people who do not like fruits/vegetables, who cannot chew fruits/vegetables like toddlers, elders, critically ill patients etc. Juices help them to get the nutrients in a more simple and easy to absorb manner which otherwise is difficult for them. Who shouldn’t have juices? People who are constipated, on weight loss diet, diabetics etc should avoid juices as it is devoid of fiber and increases the sugar levels in the blood. It also increases sugar cravings because since the sugar in juice causes a spike in the blood sugar levels and a sudden drop, you are left with more and more sugar cravings. Specially people with poor digestion and constipation should try and eat fruits/vegetables raw as it helps in clearing the bowel more easily making them feel light and relaxed. Juices for good health • Avoid fruit juices as they contain natural sugar and juicing the fruits remove the fiber leaving you only with sugar water. • Try and opt for more of vegetable juices like carrot-beet-spinach-tomato/ dhoodi-cucumber/ spinach-pudina-coriander etc. Do not strain these juices. Just blend them in a blender, add a dash of lemon and drink it immediately. • The best time to drink vegetable juice is early morning to help you absorb the nutrients in it better on empty stomach. • Avoid taking juices with any other food to avoid any hindrance in the nutrient absorption. • Wheat grass juice is a great liver detoxifier and helps to fight diseases like cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol etc since it is rich in antioxidants and chlorophyll which cleanses the body. Benefits of vegetable juices • Clears your bowels • Improves hair luster • Clears complexion • Helps reduce weight • Lowers cholesterol • Reduces chances of cancer So choose your juice options wisely considering your health and other minor issues so that it gives you maximum benefits.

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  • A bony affair

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Bones, that part of the body because of which you can stand, sit, run, jog, dance, bend, twist, stretch and so on. Ever since childhood we do a host of activities, thanks to our bones. Every living being needs food to fuel the body to grow and regenerate, so do the bones. Calcium is the most important nutrient for bone development and maintenance. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, your body pulls out calcium from your bones increasing the chances of osteoporosis and risk of fractures. So from where do you get calcium in the food: Cereals like ragi, and jowar are great sources of calcium. You can easily replace wheat with them. You can start your day with oats in any form.  Pulses and beans like soya, moong, chana, rajmah and their sprouted variants are good sources of calcium. You can have them as veggies or add them in salads as well.  Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, cashews etc are rich in calcium. A few of them as snacks can help in a great way. Seeds like sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds etc can also be added in salads. Dairy products like milk, curd, cheese, paneer have the highest amount of calcium which is easily absorbed by the body. You can have 2-3 serving of any of these products daily but make sure to choose the low fat options to avoid cholesterol development. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi, lettuce, celery, broccoli, cabbage etc are fair sources of calcium. Fish like salmon, tuna etc are excellent sources of calcium and also have other health benefits. Steamed fish 3 times/week can contribute to bone health. How can you avoid drainage of calcium from your bones? Caffeine: drinking excess of tea/ coffee can lead to calcium loss. Avoid more than 2 cups.  Animal protein: excess of chicken, meat, pork etc can increase calcium loss by increasing acid in the body which is neutralized by calcium from the bones.  Alcohol: it hinders calcium absorption and can affect body’s calcium balance. Limit the intake not more than 7 drinks/week and not more than 2 drinks at a time.  Soft drinks: to balance the phosphates in the drink, the body releases calcium from the bones which get excreted. Drink lime juice, jaljeera, fresh juices instead.  Iron: avoid iron supplements along with calcium supplements or calcium rich foods as they compete for absorption and the body doesn’t get enough calcium. You can also take calcium supplement of 500mg-1000mg day depending on your diet. But do not take more than 500mg at one time as it may not get absorbed in excess. When it comes to your bones, calcium alone is not enough. There are other vital nutrients that help your body absorb and make use of the calcium you consume. The most important of these are magnesium and vitamin D. Magnesium helps to absorb and retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis and build strong bones. Magnesium is found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, seafood, legumes, tofu, and many vegetables. Vitamin D is another important nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium and regulates calcium in the blood. Your body synthesizes vitamin D when exposed to the sun. However, a large percentage of people are vitamin D deficient—even those living in sunny climates. If you don’t spend at least 15 minutes outside in the sun each day you may need an extra vitamin D boost. Good food sources of vitamin D include: Eggs Cheese Fish Butter Cream Oysters Fortified milk and cereals You can also take a vitamin D supplement of 1000 IU- 2000 IU/day. Exercise: for lifelong bong health, exercise is a key component. Especially weight bearing exercises help in better calcium absorption i thereby strengthening your bones. Studies have shown that the risk of fractures and osteoporosis was lower in people who did weight bearing exercises atleast 3 times in a week. Exercise also improves muscle strength and co-ordination which prevents injuries. Different forms of weight bearing exercises are: Walking Jogging Stair climbing Skipping Squats Lunges Weight lifting Dancing Choose a form of exercise that you like and enjoy so that it is fun and do it regularly.

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  • Lose the mummy tummy

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    us through a lot of physical changes and a roller coaster of emotions. The new joys of 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 harmful. Be realistic about your weight loss goals. You haven’t put on all those kilos in a day, so Reducing you caloric intake drastically can just leave you exhausted affecting your milk supply. extra fat as it helps you to lose good amount of calories and also strengthens your gift you can ever give him/her.  Eat, Eat, Eat: Never starve yourself when lactating as this can reduce your milk production and leave next meals gaining more weight instead of losing it. Starving also reduces muscle mass Eating 5-6 six meals with small snacks rather than 3 large meals helps you lose weight Small meals help to up your metabolism baby need to kick start your day and keep you energetic enough to do all the running Proteins are extremely important for the wear and tear and recovery from the delivery products like slim milk, curds and paneer to stock on proteins without the unwanted fat. oils like ricebran and sunflower/ safflower mixed oils. Avoid saturated fats like butter, contain trans fat which can increase your cholesterol levels. Omega 3 fatty acids your overall health as well. Consuming fish 2-3 times/week or 2-3 tbsp of powdered Omit processed, sugary and salty foods, artificial sweeteners and any other food with through your milk. jowat, ragi, bajra etc, fruits and raw vegetables to prevent constipation and give you Galatogauges like methi seeds, fennel (saunf), alfalfa seeds etc help in increasing milk Early days of motherhood can be quite taxing causing lot of water loss due to can opt for lemonade, buttermilk, jaljeera, green tea etc. Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol as pounds. Six weeks after normal delivery and 8 weeks after C-section is when you can for 10-20minutes/day and slowly increase your exercise time to 30-45 minutes/day. An up the baby takes away all her time. That is when she has to take extra efforts to take care of and planning your day in the morning so that you don’t miss out on the important things for 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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  • Your house is the best gym

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Some people are fitness freaks while some run away from the word fitness. Some go to the gym daily whereas some look for excuses to avoid going to the gym. But did you know your house could be the best gym area for you. If you are wondering how, then yes it is the fact. Most of your household stuff like tables, chairs, stools, bottles etc and many other can actually help give you a good workout. This actually leaves you with very little scope to escape your daily dose of workout. The exercises are very easy which can be done in short spans like TV commercial breaks or between your cooking and cleaning sessions. So below are few exercises which can be done at home with the stuff around: Foot stools can be used to do step ups. You can 50 step ups in 1 minute and repeat it 2-3 times as per your capacity. Water bottles(1-2 litres) Can be used to do bicep and triceps curls by filling them full or half with water as per your strength. Do 20 reps and 2-3 sets of this. You can do overhead press 20 reps 2-3 sets with bottles. Carry bottle over your shoulders and do squats 20 reps and 2 sets. Carry bottles in your hand and do lunges 10 rep each leg and 2 sets. Take old pair of socks and fill them with pebbles or beans and Velcro both the ends to together and use them as ankle weights while working in the house or you can also dance, skip or spot jog with them for atleast 20 minutes. You can also do 50-100 leg raises with ankle weights on. Medium weight or Heavy books can be used to do bicep/triceps curl and crunches as well. Just lie down with knees bent and the book on your chest. Try to lift your shoulder off the ground with arms behind the head. Do 50 reps and 3 sets of this. Use a towel to stretch. Lie down on the floor with one leg raises, loop the towel around the ankle and bring the towel and led towards the chest. Hold for 10 seconds. Place couple of firm pillows on the couch and do an inclined chest press with bottles in the hand. Do atleast 20 reps and 3 sets. Sit on a low seated couch and so triceps dip 20 reps, 2 sets. Place both your hands shoulder width apart on a table or wall and do push ups 20 reps, 2 sets. For a good workout, try to choose any 6-8 workouts from above daily and then increase your sets as your strength increases. Calorie expenditure during house work: Makin bed for 30 minutes= 160cal Dusting for 30 minutes=70 cal Mopping floor for 30 minutes=120cal Cleaning windows for 30 minutes= 122cal Ironing for 30 minutes= 61cal Cooking for 30 minutes= 72cal Washing dishes for 30 minutes= 65cal Washing car for 30 minutes= 122cal Cleaning washrooms= 144cal Sorting out groceries for 30 minutes=72cal The values are for a person weighing 60 kgs. The amount of calories burned will go up if the person weighs more and will be lesser if the person weighs less.

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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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  • Diet- its true meaning

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    The word ‘dieting’ has gained much importance in the past few years. Everyone around is following some or the other diet which is famous or fad because dieting is in fashion. Very few of us realise that the word “DIET” has a much deeper meaning than just weight loss. Diet means attaining and maintaining health in order to carry out your day to day activities without getting fatigue or famished. It means feeling energetic, active, focused and happy. It means eating balanced nutritious meals in small quantities and often to pump up your BMR and helping you burn you fat, and not melt it. (There is nothing called as melting fat). It’s as simple as eating the right thing at the right time in the right quantity. Most of the people pick up one of the fad diets available on the net and start believing that it is the best diet to lose weight because some of their friends/ colleagues have told them about it. But that is absolutely incorrect because there is no authenticity to it. Also these diets are very extreme like rice diet, soup diet, cabbage diet etc which are not holistic and do not help you meet your daily nutrient requirements. For example, rice is rich in carbohydrates and some B-complex vitamins but what about your protein, good fats, calcium, iron etc. Another vast sector of society thinks that starving or skipping meals will help them get trimmer. This is again wrong because when you starve your BASAL METABOLIC RATE crashes down and your body stores whatever you eat next as fat. So you initially lose water weight but when you go back to your routine diet, you are richer with greater fat stores than before. This is called the YO-YO effect (losing weight and gaining back double of it in no time). I had a male businessman client who came to me with 109 kgs, with the most unacceptable eating habits and desperate to lose weight and get healthy. In 3 months, he was down to 93 kgs with 8 inches less on his waist. All he had to say is “Neha I am very happy, but I had to spend double my money because of you”, I asked surprisingly,” why?” He said,” I had to redo my entire wardrobe again”, and I laughed with joy. Similarly, another young female client had a Polycystic ovarian syndrome at the age of 16 and weighed 78kgs because of wrong eating habits and inactive lifestyle. In 2.5 months she lost 9 kgs and had got rid of her PCOS problem completely just with the right food and moderate exercise. So friends it is really not a rocket science to maintain health and weight together. It is just slightly tweaking your lifestyle for the better. What better than eating enough and achieving your goals?

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  • Myths and facts about DIABETES

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    Most of the people consider diabetes as a minor disease and frame notions about it in their mind. But the fact is very different from all the myths that go around the place. Myth 1: diabetes is not a deadly disease Fact: Diabetes causes 6 million deaths/year and is a serious disease Myth 2: eating too much sugar causes diabetes Fact: no it does no. Eating too much sugar causes obesity, which in turn increases the risk of Diabetes Myth 3: you can get diabetes from others Fact: diabetes is more based on genetic and lifestyle factors. It is not contagious Myth 4: fruits is healthy and you can eat as much as you want Fact: yes fruit is healthy but it also contains carbohydrates which can cause spike in the sugar levels. Hence the dietician has to decide the amount and type of fruit a patient can eat. Myth 5: only overweight people get diabetes Fact: this is not always true as skinny people also develop diabetes due to stress, genetics or other lifestyle factors Myth 6: people with diabetes should not exercise Fact: this is exactly opposite. People with diabetes need to exercise regularly as it helps to lower the blood sugar levels, need for insulin and helps to maintain weight. Myth 7: nothing can prevent diabetes complications: Fact: diabetes complications can be prevented with a good exercise and diet program and regular health checkups. Myth 8: diabetics should avoid carbohydrates completely. Fact: carbohydrates are very important source of fuel to the body. Diabetics have to avoid simple carbs like sugar but can eat complex carbs like whole grains, cereals, pulses etc.

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  • Healthy Substitutes to unhealthy foods

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    With increase in health consciousness, people are now looking out for healthy food stuff everywhere. But rarely people realize that by changing a few ingredients and substituting them with healthy ones, you can actually make your food healthy and add nutritional value to it. Here are some healthy substitutes: White sugar: this has absolutely no nutritional value. It can be substituted with honey/ jaggery which contain a few vitamins and minerals. White rice: has most of its B complex vitamins damaged during processing. It can be substituted with brown rice which is rich in fiber and B complex vitamins. Buffalo milk: is rich in nutrition but has a very high fat content. It can be substitued with cow’s milk/ slim milk which is low in fat and reduces chances of heart problems. White bread: is made of maida which leads to digestion problems later. It can be substitued with multigrain bread made of whole wheat and 7 grains which is more healhy and tasty. Ghee: these days is not 1005 pure and can lead to heart problems. it can be substitued  with olive oil/ rice bran oil which are more heart friendly.

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  • Midnight binging –its side effects

    In Expert Diet Tips On 19 December 2014

    With increase in social activities, parties, get togethers, outings etc eating late at night it’s a common practice today. Many people also work till late nights, students study, youngsters overnights etc are common reasons to binge and snack at late hours. But this can be extremely damaging to one health. It ill effects are: Weight gain- as at night BMR (metabolic rate) reduces and overeating or eating at odd hours can convert food to fat. Digestion problems- our body is meant to rest at that time. By binging we tax our digestive system to do more work which ultimately leads to problems like constipation, burping, acidity, ulcers etc. Sleep issues- due to poor digestion and uneasy feeling, many people face insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns.  Skin problems- eating oily, junk and sweet foods at late nights can cause acne, pimples and poor skin texture. Lethargy- midnight snacking can cause tiredness and lethargic feeling on waking up in the morning and can reduce your concentration/focus levels at work. Hence it is best to avoid unhealthy binging. Rather opt for healthy things like fruit, milk, yoghurt, soya milk etc to feel fit and healthy.

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  • The fast and effective way to reduce bloating just in time for your summer vacationDiet

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Wow, finally it’s the time of year, when you want to actually shed all your clothes, soak up some sun and get ready for some fun. Its summer time! And yes what better than a lovely vacation with your loved ones to break the monotony. The only problem that’s arises is a bloated body which does not allow you to wear the skimpy clothes that you were dreaming of wearing on your holiday. Besides that bloating also makes you feel so heavy and unsexy just like you have swallowed a basket ball. It ruins your mood and the romance in your life as well. But there is nothing to be disheartened as you can easily reduce your bloating with some quick easy ways given below: 1, Drink plenty of water: Most of the people think that drinking water can add to your bloating issue but actually it is the opposite. Dehydration can force your body to pull and save water instead of excreting it. Hence sipping on water constantly helps you feel lighter. You can add some lemon juice to it help you cleanse your system and improve digestion. 2, Chew on greens: Try chewing on or drinking some juice of celery or parsley which aid in digestion, reduce gas and act as a diuretic which reduce fluid retention making you feel light and rids the body of toxins leaving your glowing and gleaming. 3, Get some potassium: Include foods like banana, papaya, kiwi, oranges, spinach, mango, tomato etc in your diet to help you balance the water in your body. Potassium has a diuretic effect which flushes excess fluid in your body. 4, Probiotics work: Probiotics are stomach saviours. Make sure you add yogurt to diet as it contains the good bacteria which improve stomach health, digestion, prevents gas and relieves bloating. It also helps to fight infections by improving immunity. 5, Concoctions: Sip on some peppermint tea/ chamomile tea or fennel seeds boiled in water. These have a great impact on gas and bloating. They help to release all the toxins from the system keeping you light and easy to breathe. 6, Basil seeds: Add a spoonful of basil seeds in a glass of water and keep sipping throughout the day. These seeds have a super calming effect on the stomach relieving you from bloating, acidity and body heat. 7, Ginger: Chew a piece of ginger after your meals or just add a tbsp of ginger juice to yout water or juices and drink to feel the relief from gas and bloating. A few lifestyle changes can also help you keep the bloat away. - Eat small meals when hungry instead of stuffing a lot at a time. - Chew your food well instead of gulping it down. - Do not lie down right after eating food. - Avoid chewing gum, drinking with a straw and talking while eating as these cause excess air swallowing which can cause bloating. - Avoid the intake of carbonated beverages and alcohol completely to feel light and reduce all the bloating. - Restrain from adding excess salt to your food as it causes water retention and puffiness. Also limit the intake of processed foods like biscuits, packaged food, frozen meats etc as they are loaded with sodium. - Try to get good sleep as it helps to recover from the stress and normalizes hormones helping you to feel fresh and relaxed. - Make sure you get your 30 minutes of activity daily as it improves blood circulation, releases excess water from the body and also helps to release the gas and bloat.. Embrace a beautiful and charming you.

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  • The truth about low carb low fat dietsDiet

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    In today’s glamour driven world, everyone’s dream is to look like their favorite celebrity. The rat race to reach your dream figure, shed weight and to look better than your peer, forces you to try to all the unwanted, undesirable sort of approaches, one and most common of them being the LOW CARB LOW FAT diet. At first it sounds interesting and a definite solution to lose those extra pounds. But in the long run, a low carb low fat diet limits your food choices drastically, leaving you forever hungry and frustrated. That’s not all, read further to know more about such a diet: The truth unfolds A low carb low fat diet is one which limits your food options and deprives you of all high carb foods like cereals, fruits, potato, honey, breads, biscuits etc and high fat foods like bakery products, whole milk, butter, cheese, oils, nuts etc. Up to 60% of your total daily calories should come from carbs and 22-25 % from fats, leaving the rest for proteins. Going too low on carbs and fats leaves you with very few exciting food options and all you have to depend on is protein rich foods like egg whites, chicken, fish, soya and low carb veggies. Since carbs are the main fuel for the cells of our body, depriving them of carbs affects their functioning in many ways. Cells also need fat for protection and metabolism. This diet surely helps you to lose weight, but it also impacts your body in many negative ways. Negative impact of a low carb low fat diet - Low on energy Carbs are broken down to glucose, which is absorbed in the blood stream and used up by the cells for energy. A low carb diet fails to provide energy and all it leaves you with is physical fatigue and tiredness. - Muscle loss The body starts using the muscles for energy when it does not get carbs from foods. This leads weakness and loss of body strength. - Mild depression Low carb diets reduce the secretion of serotonin- a neurotransmitter which makes you happy leaving you depressed, sometimes even cranky and angry. - Constipation Limiting foods like fruits, grains, vegetables and focusing on protein rich foods can leave your body deprived of the fiber it needs for a healthy digestive system. This can make passing stools an unpleasant experience. - Ketosis Long term deprivation of carbs can lead to ketosis – a condition in which the body uses stored fat as a source of energy, releasing a byproduct called ketones, which build up in the body affecting mental performance, organ functioning and leaving the body highly acidic. - Deficiencies Lack of fruits, veggies, oils and grains in your diet can make you deficient of nutrients like vitamin A (good for skin and eyes), Vitamin C (great for immunity), Vitamin E ( super anti oxidant), B-complex vitamins (to keep your energy levels high) and many micronutrients required by the body for working at its best. - Cold feet Fat is important to regulate body temperature. Going too low on carbs and fat can actually use up the protective fat layer below your skin, making you vulnerable to even slight weather changes, leaving you cold most of the times. - Poor brain health Fat is needed by the cells membranes of the brain and nerve fibers to help them pass messages quickly. Low fat diets can affect the brain functioning in several ways. - Lack of hormones Fats are required for the production of sex hormones in men and women. Low fat diet can affect your sexual life severely. - Acidity High protein food are acidic in nature, which can affect the ph levels in the stomach causing serve acidity, ulcerative colitis and other stomach issues. - Osteoporosis High protein diets can actually increase the calcium excretion from your body, making your bones weak and porous. - Kidney stones problems High protein diets can increase the calcium excretion in the urine increasing the chances of developing kidney stones. A word on good fats A low fat diet does not mean eliminating fat completely from your diet, but reducing its direct intake. The focus should be on choosing good fats wisely like omega 3 from walnuts, fish- salmon, tuna, flaxseeds and omega 6 from foods like avocado, olive oil, blend oils etc. in your diet as it helps to reduce bad cholesterol, protects the heart and improves brain functioning. The judgment Low carb low fat diets help you to lose weight for a short period of time, but once you go to back to your normal diet pattern, they add to your weight again (yo- yo effect). They are not sustainable for a long time and can have serious health effects as mentioned above if followed for longer periods. The best way to do it is to eat in moderation, select complex carbs like oats, whole grains, fruits, nuts, salads, low fat milk and milk products, fish, lean meats etc. and eat in portion control to help you burn calories, instead of adding to them.

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  • What is the DASH diet? Is it useful for Indians? (Diet query of the day)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    I have heard about DASH diet but I do not know what exactly it is. Is it a healthy diet to follow or a mere fad? Also, can Indians follow this diet? Answered with inputs from nutritionist Neha Chandna. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It is a form of diet which is not only meant for existing patients of hypertension but also for people who have a family history or high chances of developing it. This diet is also great for people who want to lose weight as it contains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, etc. According to the DASH diet, salt intake of 1500-2300 mg is allowed depending on the person’s age, race, activity, health problems, genetics, etc. It also recommends cutting back on processed foods, cured and smoked meats.  It increases potassium intake which helps lower blood pressure through foods like potato, sweet potato, dals, coconut water, banana, etc.  DASH diet is a great option for Indians whose diets are high in fats and processed foods as it not only helps in controlling blood pressure but also weight and other lifestyle issues like diabetes. People with diabetes can follow this sample diet plan too.  According US News and World Report magazine’s health and wellness editor, Angela Haupt, ‘DASH diet was designed to treat hypertension but it’s also effective for weight loss, adding that it’s a smart, sensible plan that’s safe and nutritious and helps control diabetes in addition to supporting heart health.’ Here is a weight loss diet by expert dietician. Basic eating plan of a DASH diet Sodium – 1500- 300 mg per day More of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy Fish, poultry, nuts, whole grains in moderation Less amounts of sweets, red meat and fats Alcohol limits – Men can have two or fewer drinks and women can have one drink per day

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  • Skinny no more – A healthy weight gain diet

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    While it’s true more people want to lose weight than gain it, putting on weight is not as easy as it looks; in fact it’s more difficult to put it on. Nutritionist Neha Chandna agrees, ‘Weight loss is easier at times as it requires portion control, but weight gain is a slower process – you can lose up to 1 kg/week but adding 1 kg/week may be tedious.’ You have two options â€“ either gain weight by munching on unhealthy foods like fries, chips and other junk, a sure shot way to create future health problems like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes or you can gain weight in a healthy controlled manner. According to experts, gradual weight gain is always advisable and an increase in 500 kcal per day can result in a 0.5 kg per week increase in one’s body weight. Neha recommends the following basic principles to keep in mind if you wish to gain weight in a healthy way:  Increase your appetite by eating more to gain weight. But do it step-by-step and not by stuffing yourself too much at one go. Add one extra chapatti or more rice than you normally consume, or you even start with fruits by eating an extra one every day. Carbs are needed to gain weight but include healthier options like banana, potato, mango, whole grains, rice, etc. instead of sugar-rich foods, chocolates and other junk foods. In order to increase your muscle mass, it is essential to do weight training 4-5 times a week for an hour. You can vary the intensity depending on your capacity. Consume protein-rich foods after you workout to increase muscle mass and eat good fats like nuts and seeds in your diet. Eating a handful of pumpkin or flaxseeds is a good way to give your body the fat intake it needs. Though junk foods like vada pav or burgers are loaded with calories, they only increase body fat and not muscle mass which is not the right way to go about. Here is a healthy weight gain diet plan which includes the right foods one should consume to put on kilos in a healthy manner. But along with this, you also need to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day. It is also essential to have at least 6-8 glasses of water to flush out toxins from the body. One should follow this diet till the time their ideal weight is achieved.  So follow these tips and meal plan to put on weight and look your best. Say goodbye to your skinny self and welcome a healthy and fit you! Diet plan provided by HealthifyMe, the world’s first Indian nutrition tracker.

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  • Summer diet tips and sample plan

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Mercury levels are rising and summer is at its peak, and the scorching sun gives us enough reasons to constantly hunt for soothing foods which can comfort us in the heat. You can get dehydrated easily due to excess sweat and perspiration and that’s the time when you feel like reaching out for something cold like sodas, beverages or even cold water. This is where we go wrong because anything extremely low in temperature can constrict our blood vessels affecting the heat loss process from our body. Our expert Neha Chandna, a well-known nutritionist gives a few pointers to keep in mind during summer. Increase your water intake. In high humidity, you do not sweat adequately due to which you cannot release heat efficiently from your body. That is the reason why you need to drink enough water at regular intervals even if you are not thirsty, to cool your system. Eat lot of fresh fruits, raw salads and lightly spiced foods. Fruits and veggies are easy to digest and high in water content which helps in hydration. Avoid fried and junk foods as they take time to digest and require a lot of water. Spicy foods can also increase body heat. Drink naturally cooling beverages like coconut water, lemon juice, buttermilk, sugarcane juice, etc. rather than aerated soft drinks, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they contain sugar and other preservatives which act as diuretics (increase the flow of urine) and can cause loss of water from the body. You can add sabja (tulsi/basil seeds) to drinks as it has a cooling effect on the body. Curd is excellent for summers as it increases friendly bacteria in the gut and improves digestion and boosts immunity. Add veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, beet, etc to add to increase the water content in your body. Avoid heavy meals at one time as it can cause acidity and affect digestion. Rather, eat small meals to feel light and keep your system active. Raw mango is a special fruit in the summer season and is extremely good to prevent sunstroke and weakness. Raw mango juice also known as aam panna can help balance electrolytes in the body. You can also have raw mango in any form like adding it inbhel, salads or making a dish out of it. Here’s a sample summer diet that you can follow: Breakfast: Eat 2-3 fresh fruits as they can help neutralise your stomach acids and make you feel light and active. They are natural sources of energy. Mid-morning: Have a glass of buttermilk/ coconut water to refresh you. Lunch: Have a bowl of salad with 1-2 rotis, veggies and thin dals(You can add or subtract the rotisas per your appetite and requirement). Evening: Have fruit yoghurt/fruit smoothie. They are filling, nourishing and very cooling. Dinner: Always have a light dinner, especially during summers. Here are a few options –  stir fried veggies/ chilled soups + grilled chicken/ steamed fish/ low fat paneer/ tofu + jaljeera/ lemon juice. The above mentioned diet is low in fat, medium in protein and high in good complex carbs which help control obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and many other ailments. So this summer, stay healthy and cool by eating right. 

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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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  • Anti aging- antioxidants!!

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Neha Chanda dietitian and nutritionist tells us about anti ageing-antioxidants its sources and requirement of antioxidant nutrients Anti aging- antioxidants!! Antioxidants are substances which can counteract the damaging effects of the normal process of oxidation in the body.  They are nutrients like vitamins and minerals which play an important role in preventing chronic diseases likecancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer\'s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts. Free radicals are produced within our body due to normal processes like metabolism, respiration, pollution, sunlight, smoking, alcohol and strenuous exercise but it poses stress on the body when excessive free radicals are produced beyond the body’s capacity to fight against it. Free radicals are unstable molecules and attack various cells in our body in order to become stable thereby damaging our organs. Antioxidants stabilize these free radicals without undergoing damage and hence protecting us from health problems. Sources and requirement of antioxidant nutrients  Vitamin E also known as anti-aging vitamin found in walnuts, peanuts, almonds, whole grains, vegetable oils etc.  Vitamin C improves immunity and works in combination with vitamin E. It is found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, amla, guava, tomatoes etc.  Beta-carotene (form on vitamin A) helps to protect vision and skin texture. It is found in red, orange vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, papaya, mangoes, bell peppers, green leafy-vegetables, pumpkin etc. There are no specific requirements for beta-carotene. Selenium is a trace mineral found in wheat, corn, rice, nuts, soybeans, chicken, egg, fish etc. In a nut shell, eat more of fruits, vegetables and nuts, abstain from smoking and alcohol, exercise regularly, do some yoga exercises and relax and be happy to prevent aging and damage to your body.

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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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  • Seeds for health

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Neha Chandna tells us about healthy seeds. Seeds are tiny but power packed foods stuff. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Each seed has its own benefit. You can add them in food, salads, trail mixes, or just garnish desserts with it. You must have noticed, these days lot of processed foods have seeds added to them for example multigrain bread, chikki, chivdas etc to add on the nutritional and fiber value of these foods. Let’s talk about the health benefits of some seeds 1.      Sunflower seeds: It is rich in vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. It prevents the heart and skin from damage by free radicals thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes It is a great source of magnesium which reduces asthma and blood pressure and also acts as a muscle relaxant. Due to its high fiber and physterol(cholesterol identical compound in plants) it reduces bad cholesterol. Filled with folate which is responsible for synthesis of DNA and RNA. If taken by pregnant women, it can prevent neural tube defects in the baby. They have anti inflammatory properties and reduce the pain in arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Excellent source of selenium- a powerful antioxidant which prevents the risk ofcancers like breast, stomach, prostrate etc in humans.   2.      Flaxseeds: Very high in fiber which helps prevent constipation and acts as a natural laxative. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids hence a valuable source for vegetarians. It helps to reduce blood pressure and many other inflammatory problems in the body. Rich in lignans and omega 3 fatty acids which reduce cholesterol and prevent heart problems by unclogging arteries. Due to its high fiber, it helps to control blood sugar levels and keep diabetes under check. 2 tbsp of flaxseeds/ day in powdered form is great and can be added to soups, salads, veggies, buttermilk, curd etc. It had an ability to regulate estrogen in the body and hence prevents breast cancers in women and pre menstrual syndrome (PMS). It may also prevent prostate cancer and prostate enlargement in men. Additionally it helps in improving the quality of nails, skin and hair.   3.      Pumpkin seeds: It is rich in tryptophan which can reduce depression. Rich in iron hence prevents anemia and improves energy Due to its high content of magnesium, it improves concentration and brain function in children. It improves prostate health in men. Manganese in pumpkin seeds help antioxidants work better hence reduce chances of infectious diseases. They are rich in MUFA hence reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. It is rich in zinc which helps to prevent osteoporosis especially in men. &nbs

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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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  • Monsoon workout

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Rains bring a sense of relief after the scorching sunny heat. But for walk/jog lovers it can be a great disappointment when they see heavy showers pouring down especially when they are all geared up for their workout. The gloomy weather adds to the laziness forcing you to miss your gym and get into your quilt. So does this mean you have to give a toss to your workout regime? Ofcourse not. All you have to do it shift your outdoor workouts indoor. So how can you go about it? Check it: Always do a 45 minutes – 1 hour workout: Warm up: you can start your warm up with basic stretches of the neck, head, shoulder, arms and legs  followed by 5 minutes spot jogging, Cardio: after warm up you can do 15 minutes of rigorous cardio to get your heart beat up and start your fat burning process. You can opt for skipping, stair climbing, hopping, jumping jacks etc. You can do any 1 or choose a combination of any of the above. Strength: after a good cardio spree, you need to strengthen your muscles for toning the body and preventing joints from injury. You can do a combination of 20 squats + 20 lunges( each leg)+ 20 push ups. You repeat this set 2-4 times as per your capacity. Abs: start with a plank position for 30 seconds and repeat it again. Then lie down on your back and do 20 crunches + 20 reverse crunches + 20 alternate leg raises. Repeat this set 2 times. Cool down: do 5 minutes of full body stretches and relax. This kind of regime gives an overall body workout including all the components like strength, cardio, stretches. If you want to do a fun workout, you can just play music and dance like no one is watching you. You can also purchase workout DVD’s available in the market to assist you with aerobics, dance, zumba very much at your home. So now the rains cannot damper your exercising spirit!!!

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  • Plan a Smart Kitchen Health

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    Healthy eating is all about changing your shopping habits before bringing a change in your eating habits. We are well aware of the brain storming behind it, so we thought; why not make the entire process time & money saving for you. This is how you begin..... Set a fixed monthly budget to be spent on food items & commodities as per the number of members in your family. From that budget, set apart a certain amount to be spent on dry stuff like sugar, oil, cereals, pulses etc. Divide the remaining budget into 4 for each week, to purchase all the perishable items such as fruits, veggies, dry snacks etc. Every week, before setting out for shopping, make a list of all the food stuff required for that week depending on your weekly schedule for example guests coming over or dining out etc. Avoid visiting a very fancy super mart, as it may tempt you to pick up unnecessary expensive & calorie loaded stuff such as chips, cakes, cookies etc. Always buy perishable food like fruits & vegetables in amounts just enough to last for the entire week or else it would be a waste of money for fancy garbage. Do not stock your kitchen with chocolates, sweets, cream biscuits, butter cookies as it could urge you to munch on, instead buy roasted snacks like soya nuts, granola bars etc. Eating leftovers is not a very healthy idea, so avoid cooking in excess. Do not buy frozen, pre- made meals as they are loaded with salt, sugar, chemicals & fat. Avoid taking your kids with you for shopping as you may land up spending a major chunk of your budget on unnecessary items like candies, sweets, chocolates etc.

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  • Heal Your Gut

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    People say, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. But actually, it is not only the way to the heart but, an ultimate route to a person’s health. Your gut (gastrointestinal tract) is a dynamic organ and if not taken good care of, it can lead to a volley of health problems. Imagine your body as a car, your stomach as a petrol tank of your car and the food you eat as the petrol. If you refill your tank with low quality or adulterated petrol, your car is bound to give you problems. So below given are 5 foods which can help keep your stomach and body healthy and fit: Yoghurt: It is an excellent source of probiotics which are friendly bacteria that strengthen your immune system, protect against disease causing bacteria and infections and help in proper digestion and absorption of food thereby relieving gas and bloating. Yoghurt can be relished with fruits, in the form of raita or buttermilk.  Oats: It is rich in soluble fiber which is fermented in the large intestine to produce beneficial bacteria and reduce the levels of harmful ones. This helps to resist infections and improve overall well being. The soluble fiber in oats also helps to reduce cholesterol levels. You can add oats to your soup, idli, dosa to add to the fiber in your diet. Chicken and fish: They contain very high amount of an important amino acid GLUTAMINE. Glutamine is the preferred fuel source for cells lining the small intestine. It prevents the absorption of harmful molecules and helps in the production of antioxidants that protect all the organs of the body. Enjoy them in steamed, roasted or grilled form to gain maximum health benefits. Whole grains: Such as whole wheat, jowar, ragi, brown rice etc have good amount of insoluble fiber which increases your fecal bulk and reduces constipation, gas and bloating. Add wheat bran to your whole grains for additional fiber.   Aloevera juice: It is an amazing de-toxifier. It prevents heartburn and acidity, soothes the digestive system, helps in irritable bowel syndrome, and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Consume 100 ml aloevera juice empty stomach early morning for its best effects.

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  • Vegan diet – good or bad for health?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

     A vegan diet is one which does not include dairy and meat products. Many people around the world follow this diet for various reasons ranging from ethical, health and environmental concerns. But how healthy is it? What are its ill effects? Can one turn vegan from a meat eater? Nutritionist Neha Chandna answer some FAQs about following a vegan diet. What are the health benefits of following a vegan diet? Neha: A vegan diet is generally low in fat, and full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. This helps reduce the risk of obesity, cancer,diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart attacks. Apart from this, it also helps to prolong the degeneration process of aging. What are the substitutes for dairy and meat products? Neha: Dairy products and meat essentially provide calcium and protein to our body. So when you follow a vegan diet, you need to get your calcium and protein intake from vegan sources like soya, soya milk, lentils, chickpeas (chana), red kidney beans (rajma), sprouts, tofu, peas, almonds and walnuts. Are there any ill effects of a vegan diet? Neha: Though there are no ill effects as such, opting for a vegan diet can make you fell ‘less full’. If you were regular with meat and dairy products in your diet and suddenly decided to turn vegan you might feel the need to increase the quantity of your food as meat and dairy products have fats and proteins which give you a full feeling. When you omit them try increasing the quantity of dals, veggies, and salads to avoid hunger pangs. What can go wrong if you do not follow a proper diet plan? Neha: If you do not eat the required portions, your body will react to it in the form of excess weight loss, loss of muscle mass causing weakness, lack of strength and stamina, hair fall due to lack of protein and biotin, accelerated aging due to lack of nutrients. Do vegans suffer from any serious ailments because of their dietary habits? Neha: Vegans might suffer from some ailments if nutrition planning is not done correctly: Calcium deficiency: Due to omission of milk and milk products, there may be increased risk of  bone mass loss, bone fracture and osteoporosis if calcium rich foods mentioned above are not included in the diet or if proper calcium supplementation is not given. Vitamin D deficiency: There is small amount of vitamin D in milk and meat but in vegan diet, you need to emphasise on sunlight exposure for 15 minutes daily to avoid deficiency which can lead to poor calcium absorption and bone problems. Vitamin B12 deficiency: Vitamin B12 is mainly found in animal foods, hence it is important to include vitamin B12 fortified foods or supplements to avoid deficiency which can lead to weakness, confusion, tingling sensation in the feet, anemia, nerve and brain damage as well. Is it feasible to be a vegan for your entire lifetime? Neha: Yes, you can follow a vegan diet for lifetime as long as it is nutritionally well planned by a dietician to make sure you get all the nutrients in the right amount and prevent deficiencies. Here’s a sample vegan diet plan by Neha Chandna Breakfast: 2 fruits + nuts + green tea Mid-morning: veggie juice/coconut water/ 1 cup soya milk Lunch: raw salad + 2 jowar/ragi rotis/ 1 cup brown rice + veggies +dal Evening: 1 bowl sprouts salad/moong bhel/ chana chaat Dinner: soup + salad / tofu stir fry + veggies +1-2 rotis Bedtime: 1 cup soyamilk/groundnut milk

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  • Is your cooking oil making you unhealthy?

    In Expert Diet Tips On 20 December 2014

    The first and the most inevitable ingredient of any dish is the oil that you cook it in. It is used in almost all your daily meals, even in salads. But do you pay fine attention to find out which one will make you unhealthy and which one is best for you? If not, it is time to start right away. Here’s a guide to pick the right cooking oil. Oil basics Oils contain three types of fatty acids — saturated (SFA), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Saturated fats remain solid at room temperature and can therefore tolerate high temperatures. Poly- and mono- saturated fats on the other hand, are liquid at room temperature and oxidise easily. Every oil has a smoke point i.e. the temperature at which it starts to burn, producing harmful chemicals. Depending on the type of cooking one has to do, they should select an oil with a low or high smoke point. Another important thing is the omega-6 and omega-3 ratio in your oil as some omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. According to researchers, the ideal ratio should be between 2:1 to 4:1. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) an ideal oil is one which has SFA:MUFA:PUFA ratio of 27-33%:33-40%:27-33%. How to choose your oil? Says dietician and nutritionist Neha Chandna,‘While choosing a cooking oil, make sure you check the label behind to ensure that the oil has low saturated fats (less than 2g for every 10g), zero trans fats and higher amount of MUFA and PUFA — but PUFA should be lesser than MUFA. This is because MUFA and PUFA increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol whereas saturated and trans fats increase bad cholesterol thereby increasing chances of heart attacks.’ Monosaturated fats increase the HDL and decrease LDL and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oils that contain high amount of polysaturated fats are unstable and should be avoided. If you plan to stir fry, sear, deep fry or do high-heat baking, then choose a cooking oil which can withstand it, an oil with a high smoke point. An oil with a low smoke point can be used for steaming, stewing and as a salad dressing.  What’s good for cooking Indian cuisine? According to Neha, since Indian food is generally cooked at high tempreture hence the oil should have a high smoke point so that it does not breakdown easily and give bad odour. ‘Oils with higher smoke point are sunflower, safflower, soybean, rice bran, peanut, sesame, mustard and canola oil. Olive oil has a medium smoke point hence cannot be used to very high temperature cooking. It is best for sautéing and salads,’ adds Neha. She suggests using a blend of oils to get all the essential fatty acids. Rice bran + olive oil or rice bran + sunflower/safflower oil are a few combinations. You can choose any brand which has ready blends or use two oils separately or rotate the oils every two months. Myths about cooking oil Neha busts is that one should choose a vegetable oil low on cholesterol. The fact is vegetable oils are made from plants which do not contain cholesterol. Hence marketing vegetable oil as low cholesterol is a mere gimmick. Know your cooking oils Vegetable oil â€“ It is the most commonly used cooking oil and is good for frying. It is a mix of different types of oils like sunflower, soybean, etc. Sunflower oil – This oil is low in saturated fat and has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 39.4:1. It is also a good source of vitamin E. Rice bran oil â€“ It has a high smoke point. It contains a component called gamma oryzanol which has cholesterol lowering properties by decreasing cholesterol absorption and increasing cholesterol elimination.  Olive oil â€“ It has different varieties like extra virgin, virgin, refined, etc. Extra virgin is very healthy as its 70% fats are MUFA but it has a low smoke point and a strong flavour. Two very important compounds that promote heart health – Omega 3 and oryzanol – are present in Saffola Active Oil. Made with rice bran and soyabean oil, it also contains vitamin E. Both these oils are good for cooking and lower cardiovascular risk factors along with other several health benefits.

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  • Expert diet and exercise tips to manage diabetes (World Diabetes Day 2013)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 26 May 2015

    November 14 is World Diabetes Day. 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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  • 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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  • Vital Vitamins

    In Expert Diet Tips On 01 August 2015

    Like other nutrients, vitamins are also very important for normal functioning of the body but the only difference is that they are needed in smaller quantities than other major nutrients. They play many crucial roles in our body and help to optimally perform all our daily chores.  There are a host of important vitamins that are highlighted below:     Vitamin A: is required for normal vision, good skin texture, prevent acne and pimples, normal growth and repair of the body. Sources: Orange, ripe yellow/red fruits papaya, watermelon, tomato, mango etc, leafy vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, liver and other organ meats. Vitamin B-complex: This includes a group of vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid which are required for utilizing carbohydrates and providing energy to the body, regulate fat metabolism, helps in Red blood cells production, prevent mouth ulcers etc. Sources: Grains, vegetables, milk and milk products, eggs and meat. Vitamin C: is required for the protection of teeth, gums and bones. It is strengthens the immune system and prevents the body from infections like common cold and flu. It also helps to form collagen which is important part of joints and bones. Sources: Amla, guava, citrus fruits, capsicum and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin D: This is needed for the normal calcium absorption in the bones to prevent osteoporosis and other bone deformities. Sources: Fortified milk, fish oil, egg yolk, liver etc Vitamin E: is an antioxidant vitamin which fights against free radicals and slows the process of aging. It also helps to heal wounds and plays an important role in reproduction. Sources: Almonds, walnuts, vegetable oils, wheat germ, whole grains, peanuts etc.

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Dietitian Neha Chandna (Ranglani) has 8 years of experience in the field. Food and Health is the matter of interest for most of the people today and realizing the need to create awareness and spread the right information to the society, Neha decided to extensively educate herself in the field of nutrition. As a known fact that diet and exercise go hand in hand, She went a step ahead to certify herself as a REEBOK Aerobic instructor. One of the Most Famous & Online Nutritionists Dietitians in Mumbai (Khar west). Neha Chandna, a dietitian in Mumbai, is a university topper in Dietetics from S.V.T. She has worked as a nutritionist for reputed gyms and fitness trainers and as a consultant with doctors and physiotherapists. She deals with sportsmen, individuals who are obese or victims of lifestyle issues- to name a few- diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis, PCOS etc. and active/exercising sector of society. She educates and conducts seminar/workshops for corporates like banks (HDFC & Standard Chartered Bank), BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living. She also takes workshops on Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation. Neha Chandna also writes articles for magazines and newspapers like New Woman, Beauty and salon, Hello Mumbai, the afternoon etc. She has also done a couple of interviews for TV9 channel. She is an online consultant for a health social networking website www.ihealthu.com. Dietician Neha Chandna is one of the Best Dietician / nutritionist in Khar west , Mumbai. Neha Chandna is a Famous Nutritionist in Khar west & a famous nutritionist in Mumbai for weight loss diet chart and for other diet plan services. Popular dietcian in Mumbai. Consult her for best online Diet charts in Mumbai. 
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