Saturday, February 24, 2018

Easy tips and tricks to lose weight in 10 days without working out

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Easy tips and tricks to lose weight in just 10 days without working out

There will always be a reason why you still haven’t shed those few extra pounds. A couple of cookies here and a doughnut there and the next thing you know, is that the weighing machine displaying a panic-inducing number.
I won’t lie; losing weight is not that easy! But don’t worry. I am here to give you some simple tips and tricks that you can follow to lose weight without exercising and working out. However, I do stress that if possible; take some time out from your daily routine to work out. But till the time you are motivated enough to get up early for that morning jog, lets keep the weight in check 🙂 Diet plays 75-80% role in weight loss and the rest 20-25% is the workout. So, by just changing your diet here and there and eating healthy you can easily shed those pounds and feel much better about your body.

Healthy weight loss is a gradual process. However, incorporating small changes in your lifestyle can show really positive results, in as less as 10 days.

Here are few simple tips to lose weight in just 10 days:

1. Eat more fiber
The best way to reduce calorie intake is by incorporating more fiber into your diet. The recommended amount is about 30 grams a day, but most people don’t consume enough in their daily diet.

How is this Helpful?
Fiber is of two types, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber absorbs water and transforms into a gel during digestion. Insoluble fiber remains undigested as it passes through your system. Both types of fiber slow down the process of digestion, and help you feel fuller for longer.

2. Reduce the intake of carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are a staple in the diet of many. In fact, of all the food groups, the amount of carbs consumed is the highest. This poses a problem because every gram of carbohydrate contains four calories. And most foods that are rich in carbs barely possess any other nutrients.

How Is It Helpful?
Filling yourself up with carbs adds a lot of calories to your diet, which is why cutting back on carbs can be a great step towards weight loss.

3. Eat healthier fats
A common misconception is that fats are bad for losing weight. That isn’t entirely true. There are healthy fats (unsaturated fats) and there are the unhealthy ones (saturated). You just need to make sure that the fats you eat are good for your health.

How Is It Helpful?
Most junk foods contain saturated fats. They are the ones responsible for an array of diseases. But unsaturated fats, which is found in avocado, olive oil, and nuts, can help lower cholesterol and the risk for heart diseases when consumed in moderation.

4. Drink enough water
Drinking enough water is really important for your health. Insufficient water intake actually impacts how much you weigh.

How Is It Helpful?
Sometimes, thirst can be misinterpreted as hunger pangs by your brain. To gauge whether you are really hungry or not, try drinking a glass of water before eating anything.

5. Cut out empty calories
It is easy to lose track of everything you eat. Some of us even eat without registering it. How many times have you given a thought to your morning cappuccino, and the fact that it can contain over 120 calories?

How Is It Helpful?
We tend to consume a lot of things that are high in calories, but don’t even count as food. Carbonated drinks, coffee, and junk like chips are some examples. So it is important to register what you are eating, and keep track of them. You can cut back on a lot of calories just by avoiding foods that don’t fill you up.

6. Choose better snacks
Three meals a day can leave you feeling hungry in between. And that’s where most of us slip up. Even if we try eating meals that are healthy, we end up binging on snacks that are anything but. And this has a huge impact on our weight, so we should opt for better snack options.

How Is It Helpful?
The biggest culprit that causes weight gain is our habit of unhealthy snacking. Fries and chips and cookies add nothing by way of nutrients but add a lot of carbs, sugar, and fat. It is also difficult to stop at one or two because we still feel so hungry. So opt for snacks that have high fiber content.

7. Get rid of junk
Most of us find it difficult to let go of our favourite foods. Chips and cookies might be fattening and unhealthy, but we still end up having them. Which is why they should not be at home  Not buying junk food is a good step towards start losing weight.

How Is It Helpful?
The reason we eat so much junk is because we buy it, and keep it available and accessible. You know the saying, ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Purging your pantry and fridge of high-in-calories and low-in-nutrients food can help you cut back on unhealthy snacking.

8. Eat Smaller Portions
One of the main reasons we break from our diet plans is the fact that it is really difficult to resist temptation. A few days of green smoothies and salads, and then suddenly you find yourself gorging on every kind of junk imaginable. Most of us don’t have the will power to keep eating something we despise for a long period of time. This is why deprivation doesn’t work. The best way to eat what we want, and still not gain weight is by eating smaller portions.

How Is It Helpful?
The idea behind smaller portions comes from the fact that it takes your brain about 20 minutes to process what you eat. So, you may not even realize that your stomach is full and keep eating. It is necessary that you take breaks between servings to actually judge whether you are hungry anymore.
When you see more food on your plate, you tend to eat more. So it makes sense to serve yourself smaller portions. This way, you know you’re not overeating. And it can help you lose weight, and without you having to give up your favourite foods.

9. Cook Your Own Meals
With hundreds of tasks demanding our attention, cooking your own meals may seem too much of a chore. But if you are looking to lose weight, this is a great step you can take. It will not just help you go lighter but will also soothe your nerves 

How Is It Helpful?
The best way to determine if the meal you are eating is healthy for you is by making it yourself. That way, you get to experiment with what you like and what you don’t. You also get to try out low calorie alternatives of your favourite dishes. This helps you control your portions as well.

10. Don’t Give Up
There are times when temptation gets the better of us, and we end up binging on junk. Or we go to a party and end up eating way more than what we had planned.
There will always be instances where we fall off the wagon. And it can seem all too easy to give up on the whole notion of losing weight. But even if you slip once or twice (or a hundred times) go back to sticking to your diet.

How Is It Helpful?
Experts agree that going off your diet is bound to happen. But they also agree that you should go back to it if you want to keep off the weight that you had lost in the first place!

Do try out these simple tips and tricks and let me know if it worked for you 🙂
Love,
Harshmita

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Top 5 Yoga Inversion Poses for Beginners

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Top 5 Yoga Inversion Poses for Beginners

Hello everyone,

Beauty and fashion are the ornaments of a healthy body and mind. Our sedentary lifestyle requires us to take out time from our routine dedicated specifically for exercise. To help you in this endeavour, I am starting a new series on the blog, FITNESS. In this we will discuss everything from Yoga to Pilates, from PCOD to cramps. I urge you all to actively participate so that we can help each other in achieving fit bodies 

Kick-starting this series with the Baap of all, Yoga! Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health- Whatever you are maybe looking for, yoga has it all to offer. It not only helps you to get flexible body but also helps your mind and body to feel fresh. Many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities swear by yoga. Considered as one of the most fit actresses in Bollywood and fitness icon, Shilpa Shetty’s perfectly toned and curvy body is an envy for many thanks to yoga.

Stress and a hectic lifestyle are slowly eating away our lives that had once been a peaceful. But all is not dull and dreary! You can certainly lead a happy and healthy life even in the maddening rush that is the world today. With the inversion yoga, you can keep a tab on your stress levels, allowing your body and mind to stay calm and feel fit and good about yourself.

Why Inversion Yoga?
Ayurvedic philosophies suggest that our well-being lies in our lower abdomen, so if you have a lower abdomen that is clogged with impurities, then you will be prone to various medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiac disorders. It is perfect for beginners to start up their yoga with these inversion poses; as it will not only help you in calming your spirits but will also help women with menstrual cycle problems. Sculpted abs is an added bonus 😉
To make your journey easy, we have curated a list of 5 inversion yoga poses for beginners to practice:

1. Vipareeta Karani: Legs up the wall pose
This posture allows your head, throat, and neck to be supplied with blood in abundance. A gentle, restorative, and relaxing pose; it is also called the elixir of youth pose
Here is what Viparita Karani has to offer you:
• Helps to flush out stress and anxiety
• Eases lower back pain
• Assuages menstrual cramps, PMS, and menopausal symptoms
• Improves digestive power
• Rejuvenates tired legs

2. Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward facing dog pose
This is a mild inversion yoga pose, which is one of the 12 poses of Surya Namaskar. This pose is quite easy to practice and is perfect for newbies of yoga. Along with calming your nervous system, this pose helps with your menstrual cycle problems too.
Reap the following benefits of this asana with regular practice
• Elongates the spine, while relieving its tension
• Helps ease sciatica pain
• Eases back pain
• Helps you cope up with headaches and migraine
• Helps you relax and rejuvenate
• Frees you from sleeping troubles

3. Sirshasana: Head stand pose
In this asana, you will invert yourself completely, allowing the head to rest on the floor. While your arms support your head, the feet firmly in the air. Despite being a complicated pose, it is advised for beginners.
This is what you can expect from Sirshasana:
• Helps you beat stress and depression
• Strengthens your arms, neck, and shoulders
• Boosts your digestive power
• Helps women combat infertility issues
• Tones and sculpts your core and abdomen
• Strengthens lungs

4. Shashankasana: Hare pose
The Hare pose is an easy way to get comfortable with the inversion poses. It is not a 100% inversion, but is beneficial for improving your posture and easing chronic neck and back aches.
Here’s what Shashankasana has in store for you:
• Makes your spinal cord more elastic and flexible by stretching the back
• Strengthens and tones thigh muscles
• Improves blood supply to the head and boosts your energy levels

5. Ardha Pincha Mayurasana: Dolphin pose
Also called the puppy pose, it is a variation of Adho Mukha Svansana or the downward facing dog pose. It is a gentle inversion yoga pose ideal for beginners. The pose focuses on the core, upper back, and shoulders.
The forward bend Dolphin Pose can give you the following benefits:
• Strengthens your arms and shoulders
• Eases back pain
• Helps you calm down and relax
• Combats various sleep disorders
• Strengthens, tones, and sculpts the abs
• Can help treat asthma, hypertension, sciatica, and flat feet

While you can do inversion yoga poses at any point of the day, performing them early in the morning will keep you revitalized and refreshed throughout the day. All these yoga inversion poses for beginners can act as elixirs of life, provided they are practiced regularly in the right manner. Also, these poses will help you view your life from a different perspective quite literally 😉 🙂

Hope you like this new section on the blog! Do let me know if you have any specific fitness concerns that you would like to be addressed and also suggest what you would like to read. Will be waiting for your comments below 🙂

Thanks a lot for reading!
Love,
Shruti

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