A CALORIE EATEN IS NOT A CALORIE EATEN !

‘Calories’ must be the most commonly used word by people who are trying to lose weight or make lifestyle changes! And why shouldn’t it be? Counting calories makes the whole dieting business a tad easier. It is simple math isn’t it ? Eat that last piece of left over cake > Check your calorie counting app for the calories in that piece of cake > Decide to walk extra next morning. Account settled !

Fresh healthy vegetables, water and measuring tape. Health, sport and diet concept

Partying tonight ? No problem. Run a few extra kms on your treadmill in the morning and earn the right to eat an entire pizza!

It is hard to not keep up with calorie counting rage these days. We are surrounded with tons of apps that track the calories eaten and calories expelled, we instinctively look at nutrition labels for calories in packaged foods and there is an information overload about how you need to just keep a check of the calorie content of food. But don’t be a blind sheep and join the bandwagon mindlessly.

Let me break the news for you: Calorie in and calorie out method won’t give you the rightful claim to eat whatever you love in excessive quantity and still think of losing weight!

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A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO HEALTHY EATING

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

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

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

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

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

Make peace with food

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

How to Indulge this monsoon ?

Samosa home cooked

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

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

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Look for these 5 signs of good health

Fat but healthy

“68 kgs! O gosh! My ideal weight is 65 kgs. I am 3 kgs overweight. Time to start dieting from tomorrow!”

Most of us must have been through the above mentioned situation and had the same obvious reaction. This is testimonial to the fact that we have gone extremely far with these numerics. Over the past few decades in our quest for that perfect body image, we have been trying to achieve an ideal body weight. Somewhere between ‘six pack abs’ and ‘size zero’ we have lost sight of why we needed to lose weight in the first place.

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