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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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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TOH KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE!!

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Have you eliminated yummy pedhas, delicious rasgullas, luscious jalebis from your life?  Do you find it difficult to resist scrummy desserts and pastries during parties? Have you substituted sugar with ‘sugar-free’?

If your answer for the above questions is ‘Yes’, here’s a last question for you –

Are you happy with such a restrictive attitude towards sweets?  Has it aided phenomenally in your weight loss journey?

And if your answer has now switched to ‘No’, you should definitely find out where you are going wrong!

Whenever we are trying to lose weight, sweets and desserts are the first things we stay away from. But do you know that a small serving of dessert everyday can really be beneficial for you? Yes, it’s true! If you have a small portion of sweets today, you won’t feel deprived and will be less tempted to hog on it tomorrow. Continue reading

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

The importance of mid-meals

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“Eating a proper breakfast is a challenge. Forget that mid-morning meal at 11!”
“I don’t feel like eating anything with my evening chai, but when I sit for dinner, I can’t resist that extra roti/helping of rice/ dessert.”
If you are someone who gets caught in similar situations on a regular basis, you are inviting acidity, bloating, deranged sugar levels and weight gain!
Surprised? It’s the long gaps between meals that are the root cause of this problem.
Just make a small tweak to your lifestyle by eating a small meal between your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you will reap innumerable benefits!

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11 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Have you ever wondered how your colleague stays so thin despite eating the amount of food he eats? You see him eating samosas for breakfast, half a dozen chapatis plus rice for lunch, jalebis for snack, and another three-course meal for dinner. And if ever you do the same, the result will be a bulgier you! Do you know what is helping your friend and showing a villainous approach towards you? Well, its METABOLISM!

Scientifically, it is the chemical process that occurs within a living organism in order to maintain life, and metabolic rate is the rate at which those basic processes and functions of the body occur. Now everyone has a different metabolic rate, the reason why you might put on kilos even after three cheat days, while that friend of yours who keeps hogging on chocolates, ice creams, fried chicken, and almost everything that he can lay his hands on, will continue to remain lean as ever.

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7 SMART HACKS TO HELP YOU TO EAT WHAT YOU LOVE

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As foodies, eating your favourite foods without any guilt is one of the biggest challenges you face! Thanks to the belief that in order to stay healthy, you need to refrain yourselves from consuming your favourite foods. So not fair, right? But, your eating woes do not get over here. The food items tagged as ‘healthy’ are not necessarily tasty, and that makes it worse if you intend to lose some weight.

Friends, time to put all your complaints behind! We at bon happetee are on a mission to end this impossible battle. We have discovered some smart hacks for eating what you love. With us, you can satisfy your taste buds without any worries.

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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 !

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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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Does nutrition information confuse you? Find calm in the chaos

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When it comes down to nutrition and fitness, everyone from experts, researchers, your grandmother, and the aunty next door to your maid; literally every single one seems to have the best approach to the key for healthy living. What, when and how much to eat is a topic that leads to many interesting debates and innovative ideas. And sometimes just ridiculous tips that we foodies get fed-up of.

There is an enormous pool of information about health, nutrition and fitness out there. Every blog and nutritional expert advice seems to shatter down age- old notions of staying fit and healthy. Even as an expert, I am baffled with the continuous evolving of nutrition science (for both, good and bad reasons). It can be strenuous to sift between health mantras that proclaim “Ditch the carbs!” ”Eat the good fats and stay away from saturated fats” “Drink that honey & lemon water to get rid of belly fat” “Eat less, move more” blah, blah blah… Phew! And between all that is said and all that is done, we end up demotivating ourselves and the dream of staying healthy goes right out of the window

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The biggest breakfast mistake is not having one at all

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‘Never skip your breakfast’ – your mom told you that and so did your nutritionist, but did you listen? If not, listen now and start eating a healthy wholesome breakfast every day. Breakfast has a multitude of benefits that last all day long.

‘I don’t have any time in the morning to sit and eat breakfast’, ‘I’m not hungry in the morning, coffee is enough’, or ‘I don’t feel like it’ are simply excuses we have all made at some point in time or still make to get out of forming a healthy habit of eating breakfast. You don’t need us to tell you; you already know what the solution is. Set the alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than what you set it for and don’t hit the snooze button until it is time to go.

Breakfast can be the most pampering meal of the day because it affords so much variety and includes foods from every food group in the food pyramid. The choices are endless. Continue reading