Have you struck the weight loss plateau?

I often hear my clients mention that they started of on the ‘diet-exercise’ regime quite well and managed to knock off a few kilos. However, after a certain time the pointer on the weighing scale just won’t budge. They are still doing all the right things and pushing even more – but all of a sudden it seems everything stops working!

If you are experiencing something similar, then I am here to inform you that you have struck the dreaded plateau!

Take heart. The weight loss plateau is a normal phenomenon and it strikes pretty much everyone on the weight loss bandwagon. Continue reading

Feeling bloated and gassy? Beat it to look and feel good!

We have all been there, jumping up and down, wriggling, sucking in our breath till that button pops shut, on our otherwise perfectly fitting trouser. Once it’s done, panic sets in! How would you explain it? Something that fit you just a week back now clearly doesn’t!

Well, before jumping to the obvious conclusion, i.e. weight gain, think about bloating! Yes, good old bloating caused by gases. Bloating not only makes you look out of shape, but is also accompanied with a lot of physical discomfort.  People normally mistake bloating for fat or water retention, but it’s just gasses causing temporary distension, that everybody faces from time to time.

Please remember that the stomach is not a place where fluids accumulate normally, unless it is a complication of any liver or kidney disorder.

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You Are What Your Friends Eat!

It is not just diet and exercise, the friends you hang out with affects your health too!

It is time we alter the overused saying “You are what you eat” to “You are what people you are around with, eat”. Imagine a situation when you are having a casual lunch with your friends and you decide to order the main course. Now you really want to have a healthy steamed salmon but your buddy on the right opts for a steak burger with double cheese and fries. You start salivating by just the picture of the steak burger and the cheese oozing out of it. Torn apart by the weight of this decision, you change your order to a steak burger with French fries and a soda to go with it. Haven’t we all gone through this?

The company you keep says a lot about you, they influence the way you think, act and EAT! It is said that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. To figure out how this is applicable to our daily habits, I was keen on considering the scientific facts.  Research proves that there are different areas where our peers affect our choices and I was baffled to know that our eating habits, the weight that we carry, the food choices we make and even our food buying is affected by our peers – surprised much?

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Salt – The Zero-Calorie Fattener

Guilty pleasures maybe a big temptation, but when it comes to weight loss, we strive to curb all our temptations, albeit with a heavy heart. But, the sight of a Diet Coke and the idea of zero-calories get you dreaming of the good old carefree days, doesn’t it? After all zero calories is equal to guilt free indulgence!

Similarly, salt is also zero calories, but you soon realize that it doesn’t equal guilt free indulgence! There is a limit for everything, even salt! Going overboard with it means, inviting flabby woes!

Surprised how this zero-cal salt is causing weighty woes?

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EAT A RAINBOW – THE SMART WAY OF EATING!

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Imagine eating only dal-rice for several days! The thought itself is horrifying, isn’t it?

Just like our tongue, our eyes, nose etc. also participate actively when we eat our food. Hence, it is highly important that the food should appeal to all our senses, especially eyes! Because, according to a popular adage, ‘We eat with our eyes first’! Our meal should be enticing enough for our eyes to feel hungry. And the easiest way to do is by making our plate look colourful. Different colours have different effects on our eyes and soon enough, we will be relishing our food. However, the effect of colourful food items is not only limited to our eyes!

When I was a kid, my mom always ensured that my platter was colourful and her reason was completely different from the one stated above! Eating different colours of food is not only a treat to our eyes but also to our body!

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Bye-bye deprivation diets- Why we should go ahead and eat that cookie

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I cringe every time I hear that someone is trying to lose weight through a deprivation diet. I wonder if it is the upshot of the foodie that I am or it is because as a trained professional I know what is exactly going to happen to your body. Of course you know someone who has transformed into a prima donna by going on a deprivation diet and you gear up to use the same strategy. How difficult can this be, right? It makes absolute sense that if you starve yourself then your body will use up the stored resources (a.k.a fat cells) to meet the daily requirements and that will burn all the mean accumulated fat cells and help you become a fabulous version of yourself.

Truth: It doesn’t work. If it did – not temporarily but permanently – weight loss would not be a 148-billion-dollar industry. Continue reading

WHAT OUR NUTRITIONISTS EAT?

You must have come across aunties in the garden who murmur among themselves, ‘she looks so young, wonder what she eats!’ And why just aunties, if we bump into our friends, whom we have not met since ages, and they look slimmer, our immediate question to them is, ‘What have you been eating that helped you lose so much of weight!’ And try to implement those ‘recommended diet tips’ into our lives, hoping for the same miracle! Isn’t it fascinating to see how much one human being can influence others?

Well, there is no harm in copying and learning from others but then we should also know the authenticity of the source of the knowledge. And when it comes to food, you can find no other better source than the nutritionists! Haven’t you all observed how we rely on the tips and suggestions of our nutritionists? Because they know the best! But most of us avoid approaching them because of the misconception that- their diet must be about boring foods! So, here is bon happetee at your disposal to clear all these fallacies. We present to you the food habits of our nutritionists.

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HEALTHY IS BORING, LET’S EAT SMART

A first of it’s kind foodie friendly meal planner for guilt free eating to help you lose weight naturally, get fit and stay fit. Stop counting calories, carbs, protein etc … this app scores your meals on a scale of 1-10 and that’s all you need to count. Play it like a game for 5 mins daily and lose weight by achieving scores of 8 and above.

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Biggest barriers to weight loss and how to overcome them!

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“My life is a constant battle between my love of food and not wanting to be fat!” It’s a common dilemma with every foodie who wants to lose weight since he gives up his favorite foods in a bid to attain a perfect physique. Most dieters who are unable to view any change on the weighing scale often wonder where they are going wrong despite diligently following every rule in the diet book. They often get bogged down by questions like: I am eating soup and salad for dinner, still my weight refuses to budge or I work out regularly still weigh the same.

Let’s be honest, it can get quite frustrating when you don’t see the expected results on the weighing machine. But, there is no need to worry because help is around the corner. Continue reading

Putting an end to a big, FAT debate..!!!

Does fat make you fat? Should you give up on meat if you want to keep heart diseases at bay? Is butter better than margarine? How many times have you tossed these questions into the universe and went bonkers thinking about ways you can cut off oils, butter and fats from your diet?

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Interestingly, we do not have a similar attitude towards other macro nutrients. While we may have a friendly approach towards carbs and proteins, when it comes to fats, it is totally different! We dread consuming fat and try to avoid it whenever possible. One of the prominent reasons why this notion is popular is that the word ‘fat’ is also used for the mass that accumulates in our body making us overweight! However, it’s a misconception. Continue reading