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Does Early Dinner Help in Weight Loss

Many diet plans, nutritionist and people recommend eating dinner at 6-7 and eat nothing after that. Is it practical and how long can an average person stick to this routine to lose weight? How much weight can you really lose from this? What happens when you get back to eating at 9 :00 pm?

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Broadly metabolism gets affected by three things: quality of food that we eat, how much gap do we give between meals and how much physical activity do you manage to get in your daily routine. A light snack can take you 2 hours to digest and a large meal can take upto 4 hrs to digest. At night our physical activeness reduces and  therefore might make the metabolism dip slightly.

We know that metabolism is the rate at which the body burns the food to produce calories for energy and digestion. This rate of metabolism can be accelerated or slowed down with the help of food and exercise. When our body gets food at regular interval it fastens the metabolism as it gets into the mode of sufficient food and digests food faster. The metabolism slows down when the body doesn’t get food when it’s hungry and slows the rate at which calories burn. Also more muscles in the body increase the metabolic rate and exercising and other activities also burn calories which revs up metabolism.

In India where our lifestyle is different along with meal timings, so would dinner at 7 pm work best for us? Usually evening time we like to snack and then eventually have dinner by 8-9 pm. But some people who have early dinner don’t eat the evening snack. To understand the scenario better what if one eats dinner at 7 pm. Then ideally they should sleep by 9-10 pm. This also means the next meal will be at 8-9 am next morning. Eating dinner so early causes a gap of 12-14 hrs between the two meals. This gap results in slowing down the metabolism which essentially makes you start storing calories than actually burning them.

When you are planning your meal for dinner keep it light and simple. Eat less or avoid starchy foods. Eat less of carbs and add protein rich food like eggs, meat, beans, legumes etc. Have your meal 2 hrs before sleeping and avoid mid night munching. Also exercising is important to lose weight. By watching what you eat and exercising you could lose 1 kg a week!


— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Indian Diet for Weight Loss

Indian cuisine is rich, diverse and balanced. From the spices that are used to cook it to the different vegetables available through the year not only makes the diet packed with essential nutrition but also provides huge variety.

Unlike American or European where large part of their meals consist of pre-packaged cereals or breads an average Indian household is brimming with wide variety of delicious food options like cheela, dalia, poha, upma, stuffed roti and many more options.

As you enjoy the wide variety of Indian food available here are some quick options that can be easily made, are very healthy and can help you lose weight.

Some healthy Indian Diet Options for weight Loss

Khicdi: Dal(Split Pulses) and rice cooked together and generally  eaten with a combination of curd. This indian diet is simple with least spices except salt, turmeric and some herbs for aroma. It contains protein from dal, carbohydrates from rice and is easy to digest and light for the stomach.

Besan ka cheela made of gram flour is usually eaten in combination with curd is a instant, nutritious, low calorie, protein rich recipe ideal for breakfast and snack time . Cheela can be a part of weight loss diet since it is low in calories and also a part of muscle building diet since it is high in protein. Make sure its made in minimal oil and cooked on a non-stick. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Brown Fat- makes you burn more fat!

Ever heard of ‘brown fat’. Latest research says that brown fat is the money fat!

The fat that’s not good for you is the white fat. But the good news is that this brown fat keeps bodies warm as a built in heater, burning fuel and raising body temperature. Basically, its metabolically active and it burns calories for you- which is how anyone can lose weight! We know it sounds too good to be true, but it is.

Are you wondering, how do you get this brown fat? Well, right now you can’t just ‘get’ this fat. There is some bad news on that front. It is primarily found in rodents.

Don’t worry all is not lost. Three studies in the New Engaland Journal of Medicine show that in humans, its found in minute quantities around the upper back and neck area. Its found in higher quantities in human babies, who use this as a natural mechanism to keep themselves warm, and metabolically active.

Preliminary research also shows that Green tea extract, EGCG might stimulate brown fat. We’ve already told you how green tea burns more calories. It also helps with healthy hair. And now, it might also stimulate brown fat! That’s enough reason to start drinking the green stuff!

Drug companies are working on figuring out how to stimulate this brown fat & make it active, but a solution to that is still a long time away. So, for now, if you want to burn the fat, start getting some exercise and watch your diet to get your metabolism kicking.

As difficult as it sounds, exercising is very easy, and so is dieting. Also, dieting does not mean eating steamed, bland food. Its about managing the quantity and quality of calories.

As for exercising, if you’re not getting any exercise, start with some simple exercising. The key is to make sure that you’re challenging your body.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Are Frooti drinkers fat and unhealthy?

Have you seen the new frooti ad? (watch below) It is full on unhealthy looking people. Most of them are really out of shape. Is Frooti trying to imply that its drinkers get unhealthy like that? Mango is healthy, but mango flavoured drinks like these are loaded with sugar, and we all know that Sugar Makes you Fat. If you keep drinking sugar loaded drinks consistently, you will promote fat storage in your body, and become unhealthy.

Indians are a higher risk of diabetes and hypertension- India is projected to be the diabetes capital of the world by 2050. Obesity is also on the rise in India. Indians already lead such sedentary lives, that its important for us to ensure we stay healthy and fit.

If the video doesn’t work, view it here- YouTube Frooti New Ad. On a side note, we think its an interesting ad film :)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo