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How to Lose Weight If You Love Eating but Hate Exercising

Exercise is good for you. We know it, but find it difficult to follow. How do you still lose weight if you love eating but hate exercising? Losing weight is a combination of diet & exercise. If you can’t exercise the least you can do is watch what you eat. A good diet for weight loss needs to be centred on two principles: what you eat and how much you eat. If you eat smart you can lose weight without starving yourself. Here are some easy tips that can help you manage your diet better.

1. Eat on time

Getting a routine is the first step towards losing weight loss. If you have erratic meal timings it can come in the way of your weight loss efforts. Small regular intervals between your meals helps your body get the correct nourishment at the right time to ensure all body processes are running smoothly. This habit prevents your metabolism from slowing down and helps you lose weight gradually.

2. Eat unprocessed food

Natural or Unprocessed foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, etc. are high in fiber and vitamins and are much lower in calories than their processed counterparts. Unprocessed foods provide essential nutrients to the body and help you lose weight in a healthier and effective way. It helps you to feel full on fewer calories and also boosts your metabolism.

3.Stay away from sugar

Sugar or sugary foods provide empty calories to the body. Sugar is basically glucose or simple carbohydrates which when consumed gets immediately absorbed by the blood to give instant energy. Another reason why you should control your sugar consumption is because it gets converted directly to fat, if consumed in excess.

4. Avoid eating out

For weight-watchers, eating out in restaurants is not a good idea, as the restaurant meals do not provide foods based on satiety value, which is basically foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol with the absence of essential nutrients. But, if you must eat out, then be conscious and select from healthy options like clear soups, slightly sautéed vegetables tandoori items, steamed South Indian foods, etc.

5. Take it easy on alcohol

Even if researches say it’s okay to drink a glass a day, if you are looking to lose weight restrict this to two glasses once a week. When you consume alcohol your liver takes up to 2 days to process it. And while the liver is detoxing your body slows down your metabolism & all the food that gets consumed during this period gets stored as fat in your body. So it’s not only the weekend binge but a couple of days after that continue to cause havoc to your weight loss efforts.

6. Correct your portion size

key to weight control. Always be a smart selector while filling up your plate. Eat in small plates, chew slowly and stop eating once you feel full. Once you know what the adequate portion for you is, it will help you to manage your weight in the long run.

7. Keep yourself hydrated

Drinking water is good for general health. Water is also known to fill you up and keep you from overeating. Dehydration or not drinking enough water can be responsible for slowing down your metabolism. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water to help remove toxins from your body and boost your metabolism naturally.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Get a Lean and Muscular Body with Vegetables

Gone are the days of bulking up and looking like Arnold schwarzenegger. Now Edward Pattison’s (Star of the twilight Series) body is the new rage. Getting lean and having the definition is still not as easy as it sounds. In fact  it is still more difficult to get lean than bulk up. People and bodybuilders usally eat meats as protein sources to bulk up. Unfortunately there are very few natural ways of getting lean. One which is often forgotten due to the quest for a bigger body is the importance of vegetables in the diet. Vegetables are low in calories and full of vitamins and minerals and fiber for better digestion . Besides this they also help develop leaner and strong muscles due to the high quality nutrients present in them.

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Vegetables have very little fat in them which is crtical for reducing body fat to achieve the lean muscular look. Vegetables like cabbage, spinach and parsley are rich source of glutamine which is an amino acid which is the building block of protein and helps build more muscle mass, promoting digestion and tissue repair. The vitamins and minerals with antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body and boost immunity.

Vegetables also boosts muscle growth in older men also as the mitocondria activity in the cells provide more energy to the muscle to perform longer and with power. Doing adeqate resistance exercise with healthy diet will keep them stronger and in better shape reducing chances of injury.

A new study in the February issue of Cell Metabolism traces that improved performance to increased efficiency of the mitochondria that power our cells. The study suggests that foods that contain nitrates make your mitochondria work better and are known as power plants of the cells. Green vegetables are rich in nitrates that boost mitochondria activity giving us more energy during workouts for building leaner and bigger muscles. Good sources for green vegetables are spinach, parsley, kale, asparagus or other green leafy vegetables.

Add a bowl or two of vegetables for better metabolism of nutrients and higher level of energy for building lean muscles. Vegetables are fat free and low in calories reduce the fat percentage in the body giving you a ripped body. Fiber in vegetables keeps you fuller so that you don’t indulge in munching in between meals and avoiding eating extra calories for any storage.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Liposuction – Post Surgery Fat Gain

Rising signs of obesity are making people very conscious and prompting them to take not so healthy steps to deal with the extra fat.  People have a tendency to gravitate towards all the possible shortcuts to get what they want. Hence Liposuction is gaining popularity as the quickest mean to lose fat from the problem areas. Through this procedure fat is sucked from your problem areas and leaving it look deflated. Many men and women are readily going for liposuction which is the fastest way out without altering the lifestyle naturally and losing fat by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But is liposuction a healthy option for fat loss.

Researchers at University of Colorado found in a study on the effect of post surgery liposuction, that the fat suctioned out had returned on the body but at different places like arms, shoulders, back etc. The process of liposuction surgically destroys the fat cell web from that area but the body instead compensates it by growing it on other body areas later. The study said that people who underwent liposuction of a area gained that fat again a year later at a different part.

Whenever the body loses fat cells new one replace it. But during liposuction the fishnet of that area is removed and very less fat cells remain. If your lifestyle routine and habits are not managed in a healthy pattern then fat would increase on other parts of the body. So it is important to manage your eating habits and exercise religiously to maintain that fat loss otherwise it will reappear on your body at different parts. When large amounts of fat are removed it leaves dents and marks on the body. There are limitations to getting a liposuction done. A person has to be above 18 years and certain health conditions are required to undergo it. Also one cannot undergo a tummy and abdomen liposuction together due to the repercussions.

Losing the entire body fat is difficult with liposuction and the chances of regaining the fat is more with it especially at different body parts. But its possible to lose fat from all your problem areas at once and keep it off for a longer duration by just adjusting your lifestyle. The lifestyle shift is nothing but eating healthy and exercising enough. Even if you were to compare the price points its cheaper to consult a professional for diet & exercise programs than go to liposuction specialist. Liposuction is an invasive surgery where the person is required to be admitted for atleast 2-3 days for the procedure. Besides Liposuction comes with a lot of side effects like sagging skin, lack of shape on the body part operated and post recovery period.

Next time excess fat on the body is troubling you before you consider going under the knife consult a professional weight loss company. It can be the best decision you make for living a healthy life.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Why Do Some People Never Get Fat?

You surely know a few people around you who are extremely thin and eat much more than you do but never get fat. They eat all kinds of foods and never add an inch to their waistline. Well just to make you feel better its because there are certain enzymes in our bodies which regulate the body metabolism. When these enzymes are not present in the body it keeps a man thin says a study.

The enzyme MGAT2 is found in the intestines and determines the fate of our food by regulating how it is metabolized: It either makes fat go straight to your waistline, or converts it into energy. Scientists in California have discovered that when mice are missing the gene for MGAT2, they can eat whatever they want and never have to worry about getting fat.

Another common misconception amongst people is that thin people have (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Fire Up Your Metabolism

Firstly we need to understand what metabolism is and how it affects weight loss . Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain normal functioning. Whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, cleaning etc. your body is constantly burning calories to keep you going.

Metabolism is affected by your body composition i.e, the amount of muscle mass you have versus the amount of fat. Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself than fat. People who are more muscular (and have a lower percentage of body fat) are said to have a higher metabolism than those with less muscle mass. If you exercise on a regular basis with weights,coupled with aerobic exercises(and have a lower percentage of body fat), your metabolic rate will always be higher than someone who does not exercise at all. The reason is that even during rest, an individual with higher muscle mass to fat ratio will burn more calories that someone with a lower muscle mass to fat ration. 

As you begin to age, your metabolism has a natural tendency to start slowing down. There are some easy to follow, simple tricks that can help you eliminate body fat, improve your flab-burning metabolic process, and kick start your weight loss even before you start exercising.

Here are some easy tips to change you into a fat burning machine

Stop Dieting and Start Exercising

It isn’t about eating less, it’s about eating more nutrition-dense food, to keep you full all day long. Restricting food will kill your metabolism or slow it down. It makes our body think that its starving and puts it into famine or survival mode. The body responds by slowing down the metabolism in order to slowly spend the existing energy.
This means that your body starts to consume less calories and store more.

Build some Muscles

Rev up your metabolism by doing some resistance exercises like weightlifting, hand lifting etc. Also, decrease body fat by doing some aerobic exercises like swimming, cycling, jogging, dancing, walking. Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself than fat does, thus increasing metabolism or calorie burn.

Go to Bed Early

A research suggests that people who had insufficient sleep and were under more stress had more body fat than people who had sufficient sleep.

Eat Protein Rich Food

The faster your metabolism is, the more fat you burn and the slower your metabolism is, the more fat you will store. Eating protein is a good way to increase metabolism, especially since the body burns more calories to digest protein than it does digesting carbs or sugars.


Go Organic Whenever Possible

The accumulation of toxins in the body slows down the metabolism because the body has to work extra hard to eliminate these toxins on a daily basis. So going on a organic diet leads to less toxins in the body in the form of pesticides. Going the organic way is always a healthier option.

Get Up and Move a Little

Sitting or standing at work may play a big  role in your health and waistline. Researchers suggest that inactivity for 4 hours or more causes a slowdown in an enzyme that controls fat and cholesterol metabolism. Stand up from your desk and walk around the office, go up and down the stairs a few times. If you use these little bursts of energy throughout the day then your metabolism will stay revved up and you’ll keep burning more calories.

Drink Cold Water

Researchers found that drinking 1 liter of cold water a day can raise resting metabolism by about 50 calories daily. The increase may come from the work it takes to heat the water to body temperature. Start drinking cold water to accelerate your metabolism by up to 30%.

Eat Some Hot Food

Eating hot food can also fire up your metabolism. Eating red or green chilies boosts your body’s production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for our fight-or-flight response). If they’re hot enough they’ll rev your metabolism into higher levels and you’ll break a sweat!

Dont Skip Breakfast and have small meals through the day

Eating breakfast jump-starts metabolism and keeps energy high all day. Eat often because that will keep your metabolism pumping all day long, and when you eat many small meals through the day, it puts less burden on your digestive system and lets it work more efficiently.

Drink Coffee or Tea

Women metabolize caffeine about 25 percent faster than men. Metabolic rate remains highest during the first three hours post caffeine consumption. Caffeine is a stimulant that increases heart rate and mental acuity. While the blood pumps faster, the metabolic rate increases. According to research, tea can increase your metabolism by 12%. Researchers believe that the antioxidant catechins present in tea, provide the  boost.

Fight Fat with Fiber

Fiber can raise your fat burn by about 30 percent. Research has found that those who eat the more fiber gain the least weight over time. Aim for about  three servings each of fruits and vegetables every day. Fiber leads to lower calorie intake which lessens the calorie count.

Eat Iron-Rich Foods

Iron is essential for carrying the oxygen your muscles need to burn fat. Unless you consistently consume iron, you will have a slower metabolism. Lean meats, beans and spinach are excellent sources. Get this essential mineral in natural doses from real foods.


Drink Milk

There’s some evidence that calcium deficiency may slow metabolism. Research shows that consuming calcium in dairy foods such as fat-free milk and low-fat yogurt may also reduce fat absorption from other foods.

Dont Get Stressed

Research says that being stressed out creates high levels of a hormone called cortisol in your body, which leads to belly fat . Relax and let go off the extra kilos!

Stay Hydrated

All of our body’s basic reactions, including our metabolism, depend on water. If you are dehydrated, you may be burning less calories, according to researchers. In the study, those who drank more water everyday had higher metabolic rates than those who had drank less.

Eat metabolism boosting foods like Apple, spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, papaya, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, garlic, onions, mangoes, cucumber, cauliflower, carrots and avocados. These  fruits and vegetables belong to the negative calorie list of foods that will help you boost your metabolism.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Burn more fat from the same exercise

Do you workout or exercise before breakfast? If you’re trying to lose fat, turns out you might be doing the right thing. Recent research says that to burn fat more effectively, you should skip the pre-workout snack. European researchers found that cyclists who trained without eating burned significantly higher amount of fat than their counterparts who ate.

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— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo