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

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

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

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  • Top 5 foods to prevent hair loss

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 December 2014

    Who does not wish for long, strong, healthy, shiny and gorgeous hair? It is every woman’s dream to have thick and bouncy hair whereas men dream of luscious and healthy hair without the half moon on their head. Thick lush hair symbolizes your body’s well being. But in the whole rigmarole of having good hair and using all sorts of treatments, shampoos, fancy oils, exotic serums etc we forget the simplest ingredient for great hair, that is good food and ultimately end up losing the remaining hair we have. Just as every cell of your body needs nutrients to perform well, every cell of your tresses also needs the same. What you actually decided the health of your hair. Let us see top 5 foods to prevent hair loss and help hair growth. 1. Fish:  Apart from being rich in protein and vitamin D, fish contains the much needed omega 3 fatty acids by every cell of your hair which your body cannot produce and you need to get it from the diet. It is important for scalp health and a part of the natural oils preventing your hair from getting dull, lifeless and drying out. If you are a vegetarian or cannot get your hands on fish, try having some flaxseeds everyday to get your dose of omega 3.   2. Eggs:  We often hear people telling us to consume enough protein, mainly for cells wear and tear. Just like your muscles, your hair is also made up of protein. So it makes sense to eat enough protein through sources like chicken, fish, beans etc for improving hair growth and quality. But eggs top the list as they contain zinc, selenium which helps strengthening hair follicle and iron which helps to provide oxygen to the hair cells. Most importantly it contains biotin which is extremely important for hair growth.   3. Nuts and seeds:  like almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds etc are great sources of vitamin E and much needed omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin E Is a great antioxidant and protects hair from harmful sun rays acting as a natural sunscreen for your hair. Being rich in zinc they also act as hair loss preventer. Walnuts also contain copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous.   4. Pulses and lentils: These are rich in folic acid apart from being rich in protein which helps in RBC formation and supplying oxygen and nutrients to your scalp and tresses. It also iron and biotin which add to your hair health. If you wish for great hair, do not miss out on your pulses and lentils.   5. Green leafy vegetables:  These are a great source of iron, vitamin C-helps to absorb iron and vitamin A-helps to produce sebum by your hair follicles, natural hair conditioner. They help to prevent breakage and brittleness of hair helping you towards your goal of health hair.   Tips: Drink plenty of water to retain hair moisture and keep them shiny. Water is the main ingredient to good hair. Avoid drastic weight loss measures which only make your hair weak and cause more hair fall. Exercise everyday for 45 minutes to improve blood circulation and release happy hormones which show the happiness in your hair. Avoid artificial chemicals and heat treatments on your hair to save them from trauma.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What should I eat during periods to avoid weakness and pain? (Diet Query)

    In Expert Diet Tips On 13 March 2015

    I am a 22-year-old girl and I feel extremely fatigued and weak during my periods. I lose my appetite and do not eat much. I also have cramps during my menstrual cycle. Can you suggest the right diet for me so that I can survive those days of the month better? Please help. Weakness during periods is not uncommon especially during the first and second days. Many women find themselves feeling fatigued very soon and this is mostly due to the hormonal change and loss of blood. It is important to go easy on these days but the right foods can certainly give you more energy and nutrition to your body. Here?%u20AC%u2122s what dietician Neha Chandna suggests. The best way to keep your energy levels up during periods is to eat foods which give you natural sugars such as bananas, dates, grapes, mangoes, etc. Apart from these foods, whole grains like oats, jowar, ragi, brown rice also help provide a great deal of energy. Sprouts and salads should also be a part of your diet. Foods to beat menstrual pain and cramps Foods which increase the alkalinity in the body are the best to keep the pain away. Include foods like fruits, lemons, dried fruits like anjeer, raisins, prunes, nuts, salads, veggies and veg juices/coconut water. Also try these yoga asanas to beat pain. Sample diet during periods Morning:              fruits dried fruits Mid morning:       brown rice poha/oats upma/idli/dosa Lunch:                 salads 1 jowar/ragi roti/ 1 cup brown rice veggies  dal Mid noon:            nuts Evening:              sprouts/chana chaat Dinner:                 soup salad veggies Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. Water also helps relieve pain.

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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.