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Weight Reduction Tips

Reducing weight is increasingly becoming popular across the world. Sedentary lifestyle and increasing number of lifestyle related therapeutic conditions are further propelling everyone towards wellness and fitness. The most common  lifestyle disorder symptom is weight gain. Fortunately it is also the easiest to control and manage provided slight changes are made in the current lifestyle. Weight reduction is possible with the right approach towards what we eat through out the day and the activities that we indulge in.

Here are a few weight reduction tips to lose weight.

Don’t starve yourself: The most common myth amongst people for weight reduction is a strict diet. Few go on yo-yo or crash diet, low calorie diets, atkins diet, banana diet etc. But they fail to reduce weight. Starving sends the message of not enough food and the body slows down the metabolism reducing the speed of calorie burn. Thus fat and the extra pounds burn much more  slower than before making weight reduction difficult.

Don’t skip breakfast: If you skip the nutrition at breakfast then there is seldom chance that you would make it later in the day. Skipping breakfast lowers the metabolism and lack of nutrition makes the body become weak and vulnerable to eating snacks and junk food later in the day. Eat healthy food for breakfast and you would feel fuller and eat less too.

Eat meals on time: Non timely meals disturb the body metabolic cycle making it difficult for the body to adapt to a schedule. Also eating meals late makes you tend to over eat because staying hungry for longer makes you feel hungrier psychology resulting in overeating. Hunger reduces the efficiency of the body reducing the metabolism, hence the weight reduction. Time your meals and watch the progress.

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— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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5 Meal ideas to Stay Fuller

Eating nutritious food is important, but how much and when to eat is vital too. Staying fit is easier than its perceived to be. Eating the right food at the right time will not only meet your daily nutrition requirement but keep you fuller through out the day keeping you away from all the junk and empty calories we binge on otherwise.

Eggs (Cr/freedigital)

Research shows than men who ate meals with higher amounts of protein than the average meal, when they were trying to lose weight felt fuller throughout the day; they also experienced a reduction in late-night desire to eat and had fewer thoughts of food. This is especially important with regard to the Indian vegetarian diet that can be extremely carbohydrate heavy, with little high quality protein, to ensure long term satiety that protein provides.

Proteins can make you feel fuller for a longer time but this doesn’t mean that you only consume protein. The body requires a balance of protein, carbohydrate and fats.

Few sources of protein for your diet:

Eggs: Eggs are highly satiable and makes you fuller for a longer time and proving vital minerals and vitamins with fat and provides the energy for basic functioning. It takes care of the calorie intake and is healthy for the body.

Fish: It is not only rich in omega fatty acids but provide ample amount of protein to make you feel longer. Some salmon in lunch or dinner or your desired meals will help you stay away from hunger and nourish the body as well.

Sprouts or Beans: For veggie lovers sprouts and beans can be a part of your diet. Eating sprouts in your diet will fill you up and keep irregular food cravings away.

Soy Products: Soy milk offers outstanding nutrition, along with their health benefits. They provide balanced nutrition of high-quality protein and carbohydrates, low in fat with no cholesterol and very low in saturated fat.

Dairy Products: Dairy Product vary to milk, cheese, cottage cheese, butter, cream, yogurtbuttermilk etc. Dairy products tend to be good sources of calcium, protein and healthy carbohydrates.

Meat & Poultry: Meat and poultry products rank one of the highest for proteins. They contain ample amount of protein and help keeping you feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Add some protein to your diet to keep you feeling a little fuller for a longer time. But ensure that you eat a balanced meal.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

5 Big Mistakes of Weight Loss

You have tried everything to keep your fat away. You have a healthy lifestyle and are doing everything right to stay fit. Yet the weighing machine doesn’t make you happy. Even after knowing and following everything about a healthy lifestyle by the book certain loopholes in our lifestyle can cause situations leading to the imbalance in the body which causes fat accumulation. We have a few tips on how you can easily overcome these shortfalls and get on track towards being a slimmer you.

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Unscheduled Meals: Quite a lot of people have the problem of untimely meals which is a big issue. With heavy work pressure, tight schedule, lifestyle and changing body psychology disturbs our eating cycle which slows down the metabolism (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

The Best Weight Loss Program

You have a good appetite and probably binge regularly to keep your cravings at bay. Constant urge to binge is the biggest problem that sets us back with weight loss. Eating less or portion control gives us the feeling of non-satisfaction. You might eat three slices of bread, but your body still makes you crave 2 more. This habit of eating more than our daily requirement makes us consume more calories than is required. This obviously results in weight gain and thus begins the quest for a quick solution in form of a fad diet to get rid of the extra weight fast.

Gift of Slimming

Research has shown that exerting too much self-control on food makes people more likely to behave aggressively toward others, and people on diets are known to be more irritable than otherwise. You become very sensitive to your diet over a period of time and sudden changes makes you react increasingly when you are not satisfied with your food. So, choosing the Weight Loss Program is very important.

Doing this can be a challenge if you go with a standard weight loss program that is not made according to your lifestyle, routines, habits and medical issues. It can make you stressed, angry, unsatisfied and irritated. Low satisfaction also results in decrease in efficiency levels.

Also, most often you don’t lose weight you maybe following a diet plan. Don’t blame yourself, since the body responds to what is right for it. Your not being able to lose weight is because it might your weight loss program might not be setup correctly. Here are tips to check when looking for the Best Weight Loss Program:

Diet + Exercise: Weight loss is most effective when the program consists of a combination of diet and exercise. Metabolizing the nutrition is important and is not possible with out workouts.

Lifestyle: There are multiple options for nutritious food but many of us are bound by our eating habits, availability of foods, choices etc. Diet and exercise plan made on our lifestyle will have best results and you will follow it easily as the nutrition suggested will be from your current diet.

Body Psychology: The body has its own psychology and takes time to adapt to new diet program. A good diet plan will gradually push you from your current diet to the best nutritious diet suitable for you. Body takes time to adjust especially if you seldom change your diet.

Medical Conditions: There are many medical conditions that can affect your weight. A good weight loss plan takes all those medical conditions into consideration. People with diabetes and hypothyroid weight loss have different diet requirements altogether. Similarly new mothers looking to lose weight after pregnancy or PCOS have different requirements. There are many other medical conditions that affect your diet and exercise… For best weight loss results, the right weight loss plan should cover your medical conditions in details

Personalized: You should have an expert health manager dedicated to understanding your needs and supporting you always. Support of a expert when on a weight loss program is what most programs lack. Look out for a diet program that offer dedicated, expert support till the time you are on the plan. This expert can help you inculcate the good habits while you lose weight and also answer all your queries and questions that will help you ease into a healthier lifestyle change smoothly.

Flexibility: Traveling, social obligations like weddings, parties, dinners, lunches etc always come in the way of progress. These situations are a part of everyone’s lifestyle and impossible to avoid. An effective weight loss program is flexible enough that travels with you and helps you stick to your program no matter what the social commitment is.

Easy & Adaptable: A good weight loss program should be easy to follow and you should be able to adapt it into your lifestyle easily.

Long Term Results: A good program because of the ease, adaptability & customization to your life, helps you lose weight while your on the program, as well as helps you keep the weight off!

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Easy Ways to Control Post Dinner Snacking

Do you eat at midnight ? A research suggests that snacking post dinner increases your weight and drags you towards being fat. Eating after dinner adds extra calories to your body at a time when it is not required. Late night munching is an acquired habit that one gets addicted to after sometime and gets into a cycle of  binging on high calorie food like ice-creams, junk food, chips, chocolates etc post dinner.

Dark Chocolates

Night time is also the time when our bodies are resting and eating food at this time leads to piling up of the calories. For many people midnight munching is a habit (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Caution: Child Obesity in India on the Rise

Pizza’s & Burgers  and junk food joints have become a hot spot for children now a days to fill their tiny stomach’s. Well, pizza’s & the burgers taste nice and exciting but are unable to provide the nutrition that is required for healthy living. Obesity in children has tripled in the past two decades and an alarming concern for us to take note of the fact. The rate of development of mind and body in children decreases with junk food due to the empty calories it provides. A regular pizza provides about 600-800 calories whereas a burger provides you with around 300 calories.

Obese Child

A research report written about a study on Prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents. According to that report 16 % children 6-19 year old are overweight or obese
“this is three times what it was before. In addition, this report brings out the fact that also during this same time period an additional 15% were “at risk of becoming overweight”.

Researchers also warn that children who are fed with junk food have lower IQ than their counterparts who ate nutritious food.  Junk food may fill the stomach but cant provide the quality of energy which nutritious foods provide. Junk foods are high in saturated fat and oil which leads to high cholesterol levels make you feel lazy and drowsy, resulting in lower concentration levels in children. Junk food decrease the efficiency which is important for children. Heart related diseases are growing with obesity and weight gain is normal for people on a junk food diet.

Once the habit is developed for junk food, it gets very difficult to get rid of the addiction. To ensure that kids do not make this unhealthy lifestyle a permanent part of their life one should start inculcating good nutritional habits from the beginning. Ensuring enough physical activities is an equally important aspect of every child’s growth. In case you need professional assistance to get you started on a healthier lifestyle for your family call us for a free consultancy and speak to our expert now.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo

Healthy Mid Day Snacks

Aiming to get fit or a new year resolution of weight loss. To lose weight, you must consume less than what your body burns. If you eat more than what your body needs, the excess is stored as fat. Counting calories is not easy, so to make it easier for you, we have a list of 100 calorie snacks!

Photo- Popcorn at the movies

But 100 calories itself is a dicey number. One can get 100 calories by having either one small scoop of ice-cream or half a cup of plain yogurt. So, here is a small list of healthy snacks between 100-200 calories that will be useful for dieters: (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo