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Quinoa
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Considered as the “mother of all grains” by the Incas Empire four thousand years ago, quinoa was believed to be sacred as it increased the stamina of the warriors. Quinoa is packed with protein, minerals, fiber and it is gluten-free.Quinoa is a grain crop, which is grown for its seeds that are edible – it is not a cereal grain. However, it is a pseudo- grain which means although it is a seed; it is prepared and consumed like any other grain.People in South America have been eating it for thousands of years, but it became popular as a superfood only a few years ago.High in fiber and proteinQuinoa can be found in three main types, white, black and red. It is incredibly rich in fiber and has a good amount of soluble fiber in it as well.Studies show that soluble fiber help lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and sugar cravings. It also increases your feeling of fullness and satiation and helps with weight loss.In addition, it comprises of all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Essential amino acids cannot be made in the human body and should thus, be taken from your diet.Many foods aren’t complete protein sources and do not contain all essential amino acids like lysine. Quinoa, however, is rich in all essential amino acids and is, therefore, an excellent protein source. It contains far more protein than most grains. Its fiber content beats many other grains too.One cup of cooked quinoa will give you 8 grams of protein, making it an excellent vegetarian protein source for vegans and vegetarians who cannot consume animal protein.Low glycemic indexThe Glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how fast the food you consume can raise your blood sugar levels. It is especially useful for diabetics who have to keep track of the sugar content of foods they eat.However, non-diabetics can benefit from knowing the GI of certain foods too. Foods that have a high glycemic index stimulate hunger which can cause weight gain and obesity. High GI foods are therefore, major contributors to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.Quinoa has a very low glycemic index and since it is high in fiber, it is super filling and you won’t need much of it during your meals.High mineral contentThe modern diet does not provide people with enough minerals, especially magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron. Quinoa has all of these minerals and its magnesium content is about 30 percent of your recommended daily intake.Make sure you soak or sprout your quinoa before cooking as this will reduce the phytic acid content in it. Phytic acid binds with the minerals in quinoa making them less bioavailable....

COCONUT SUGAR IS IT A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO SUGAR
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Coconut sugar also known coco sap sugar or coconut palm sugar, is not produced from coconuts. It is a product of the coconut tree, or more specifically the sap obtained from coconut tree’s flower buds. Coconut sugar is prepared by boiling and dehydrating the sap of coconut palm. The granules are brownish and larger in comparison to the standard table sugar. The question which generally arises in the minds of weight watchers is that whether this type of sugar is actually healthier in comparison to its alternatives or is it just another pretty name for a sweetener? The answer is very clear that coconut sugar offers the same amount of carbohydrates and calories as the standard table sugar (about 15 calories and 4 gms of carbohydrate per tsp), but the added benefits of coconut sugar are responsible to make it a hot commodity in the health food world. Some of the major benefits of coconut sugar which differentiate it from regular table sugar are stated as under-1. Coconut sugar isn’t a nutritional superfood, but it does offer a good amount of vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. It contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Along with this, coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidin, and antioxidants. Apart from this, it also contains vitamin B inositol, often used as a mood booster.2. It contains very less amount of fructose, which is a type of sugar human body converts to fat quickly. Only your liver can break down fructose, and one of the results of this breakdown is triglyceride, which is again a form of fat. Additional consumption of fructose must be avoided for better health. Coconut sugar has 45% fructose which is very less in comparison to other sweeteners.3. The main role of glycemic index is to measure the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Foods that have high glycemic index result in a spike in blood sugar level which is the main cause of sugar rush and subsequent crash. Not only this, the fast spikes also result in soared insulin levels that ultimately have some serious consequences for diabetics. Coconut sugar ranks just 35 on this index while regular table sugar ranks between 60 and 75.4.Coconut sugar has 78% of actual sugar while nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals constitute the remaining 22% which makes it a better alternative in comparison to regular table sugar which is 100% sugar!5. Regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients and, therefore, are a source of “empty” calories. Coconut sugar owing to its source of origin does retain quite a bit of the nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that also provide additional health benefits.6. In 2014, The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization classified coconut palm sugar as the most sustainable sweetener in the world. It’s source of origin, i.e. coconut tree use minimal amounts of water, especially compared to sugar cane production. It has no artificial ingredients and is not chemically altered in any way, which makes this product environment-friendly.Overall this discussion can be summed up by highlighting that there isn’t much difference between white table sugar and coconut sugar in terms of calories, but the nutritional content and other associated benefits definitely make it a better choice....

WHITE RICE VS BROWN RICE WHICH IS BETTER
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Brown rice comprises of the bran and side hull, unlike in the case of white rice, which is refined and polished. White rice, although popular, isn’t the most nutritious food you can find. In fact, it is so processed that it consists of very little nutritional value. It is stripped of magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins, a high amount of fiber and other nutrients, even if it is labeled “enriched.” Although it is fortified, white rice doesn’t reach the minimum requirements per serving as specified by the FDA. Fortunately, brown rice does. Read on to find out more on its benefits –1. Packed with fiberWhole grains such as brown rice are linked to lowered levels of colon cancer, probably because of their high fiber content. Fiber adheres to cancer-causing toxic waste and microorganisms and takes them along with it out of the body. Brown rice helps stabilize digestion, prevents constipation and diarrhea and helps promote bowel movements.2. Promotes weight lossSince it is rich in fiber and helps improve bowel function, brown rice boosts weight loss by improving metabolic function. The fiber gives you a higher feeling of satiation and fullness compared to white rice thus, preventing overeating.3. Rich in manganese & seleniumJust one cup of brown rice will comprise of 80 percent of your manganese requirement for the day. Manganese helps in the production of important fatty acids that form good cholesterol and improve nervous and reproductive functioning. In addition, it is also rich in the trace mineral selenium which reduces your risk of many illnesses.4. Reduces cholesterolBrown rice is rich in good cholesterol or HDL which helps in lowering LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the blood.5. Packed with antioxidantsBrown rice is a great source of antioxidants which help combat free radical damage and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses and premature aging.6. Contains slow-release sugarWhite rice is highly processed therefore it is quickly digested and assimilated in the body, causing blood sugar spikes. However, brown rice stabilizes blood sugar levels and is digested slowly. This curbs your cravings and helps you lose weight. In addition, it is a great choice for people with diabetes as compared to white rice which is a major no-no in their diet due to its high glycemic index.Asia consists of a large population with type2 diabetes due to the consumption of white rice. According to research people who consume at least two servings of brown rice every week may lower their risk of type 2 diabetes by 11 percent....

SMART CHOICES WHEN DINING OUT
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As the weekend is here for many people, eating out is a way to relax and socialize. Any type of social hangout like going out for movie, dinner, coffee, date with loved ones, etc. is incomplete without FOOD. But if you are watching your weight or just are concerned with healthy eating, dining out can be a challenge. The good news is that usually there are healthier options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. By following some simple guidelines, you can enjoy eating out and still have a healthy diet. So here are few of the smart choices that I make to avoid being antisocial and at the same time keep my weight loss practices on the right path:1. CafeIf you are going for a coffee with your friend or colleague, you can make it worthy and harmless for your diet regime. Sometimes you feel that it’s just a coffee and it’s absolutely ok to take it, but NO. A cappuccino/frappe may be as heavy as a meal as they are loaded with added sugar and fats and hence it becomes important to make a healthier choice:– Order a black coffee or a green tea instead of a latte or a whole fat cappuccino. If you want to use a creamer, then ask for almond milk or soy milk rather than taking a whole fat creamer.– If you like to have something cold, have an iced coffee with stevia or treat yourself with a mocha without sugar.– If you want to munch on something, avoid high fat muffins/cakes/biscotti’s and opt for nuts!2. MovieIf you are a movie buff and like to catch up on movies often with your friends or family, then go ahead with that but know how to stay healthy and avoid unnecessary calories coming from that junk food being served at the theaters:– If you prefer popcorn, then the ideal quantity is 2 handful as it is loaded with butter.– Instead of nachos and cheese, get yourself something else like a low-fat frozen yogurt (if there is any healthy option).– Avoid hot dogs and go for no cheese/butter sandwiches.– Avoid empty calories present in sugar loaded cola drinks; instead opt for plain water.3. Dining out at a RestaurantNow this is the most tricky place where all your week’s effort can go in vain in minutes. So let me highlight some healthier options, which could be a great help to save your weight loss efforts:a) DrinksUsually the evening or the afternoon starts with drinks. So make sure your drinks are not loaded with sodas or any type of sugar syrups. Instead have a sparkling water or a fresh lime with soda.b) Appetizers– At a Chinese restaurant, order a clear soup (vegetables/chicken) with no MSG or order some steamed veggies. Also, if you like dim sum, relish their taste as well but keep the quantity in mind (have 2 pieces).– At a Japanese restaurant, order yourself a miso soup and some sushi. It will make you so full that you can jump straight to the desserts and skip the main course.– At a Mexican restaurant, have a soup and some guacamole with chips (have 4-5).– At an Italian restaurant, have some nice broth soup as it has few calories in comparison to the other creamy soups. You can have some crostino with no cheese or a salad with dressing on the side.– At an Indian restaurant, have a dal soup/chicken tikka/paneer tikka. Avoid the kebabs as they are loaded with fats.c) SidesSome of the super healthy and extremely delicious options for the sides are as under:– Instead of fries, go for saute veggies.– Ask for steamed broccoli seasoned with salt and pepper as they are yummy.– Order jacket potato with some salsa.d) Main Course– Chinese/Thai main course choices – steamed brown rice/white rice with veggies or chicken. Avoid lamb!– Japanese main course can be again some rice & veggies.– Mexican cuisine healthier choices can include burrito without cheese.– Italian food lovers can enjoy pizza with less cheese and lots of veggies, no sauce pasta with vegetables/olive oil. Avoid high cheese and cream main course options like lasagne.– Indian main course choices can include dal tadka with some rice or a chicken gravy without ghee or cream. Another option that can be opted is a tandoori roti with some low fat palak paneer.Go light on the main course options as desserts are yet to come!e) DessertsOne should never curb the desire for desserts while going as you have a wide number of healthy choices available. Don’t forget to follow the sharing rule while enjoying desserts- have a spoon or two rather than having the whole portion. Here are few safe choices:– A plate of fresh fruits.– Low-fat yogurt topped with fruits.– Granita or sorbets.Hence by opting these choices, you can effectively balance your health and social lifestyles. Don’t forget that weight loss is easy if you have your way outs. So be smart and create an inspiration around for other as well. Remember that cheating with your diet once a while is definitely OKAY but if you make some lifestyle changes, the journey of weight loss become easier and fun. Cheers!...

AVOCADO THE SUPERFOOD
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The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America. It is one of the staple ingredients in diets around the world. It is an essential ingredient in sinful and rich dip for chips, salads, and sweets. It is a nutritious food that provides essential nutrients like fats, fiber, potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese, as well as most of the B vitamins and vitamins C, E and K. It is a boon for everyone: vegan, vegetarians, and anyone who enjoys fresh, tasty foods. Along with this, it is of great help to the weight watchers too as it boosts the weight loss process. With its proven health benefits like – lowering cholesterol, quelling hunger pangs and reducing the belly fat, the avocado is arguably a perfect dietary option for weight watchers. Here are major reasons why:1. Kills your hungerNutrition journal in its study highlighted that people who ate fresh avocado for lunch had 40% reduced desire to eat for hours afterward. The freshly made guacamole (avocado-based dip) is the best hunger killer known to man till date.With only 60 calories, guacamole provides a high level of satiety value and keeps you away from food & unnecessary calories for hours. Just keep in mind that you make guacamole at home as many of the ones that are available in jars at stores are made without the real fruit!2. Low caloriesAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the effects of a three-week diet high in palmitic acid (saturated fat) to an equi-caloric diet high in oleic acid (monounsaturated fats) to evaluate their impact. The result of the study highlighted that physical activity of people following high oleic acid diet was 13.5% higher as compared to the palmitic acid diet. This clearly means that eating this wonder fruit can provide you the same energy boost which you get from man-made pre-workout supplements. This makes you reduce the calorie consumption and get that extra boost naturally without any concern for the side effects.3. Regulate sugar metabolism & insulin sensitivityDiabetes Care in one of its study found that men and women whose vitamin K intake was among the highest, i.e. 25% of subjects showed a 19% lower risk of developing diabetes over the course of 10 years as compared to people who have low vitamin K intake. An avocado provides nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients essential for healthy weight management, including 14g of satiating fiber and 66% (60 mg) of your daily need for vitamin K.4. Complete body fuelNutrition Journal in one of its study found that eating a half sized avocado daily contributes in improving the overall diet quality and also reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome by 50%. Along with this, it further expands that an avocado eater has a lower body mass index and smaller waist circumference. This makes it very clear that this wonder fruit opens the best gateway to a better, leaner and healthier lifestyle for all individuals.5. Rich in antioxidantsAntioxidants from fruits and vegetables help in neutralizing the impact of free radicals (destructive rogue oxygen molecules which are natural byproducts of metabolism) in our body. As highlighted earlier, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and a study in Mexico has highlighted that these avocados help in effectively handling the impact of these free radicals and boost up the working of metabolism.6. Targets your bellyResearchers are of a viewpoint that if you replace the basic vegetable cooking and finishing oils for varieties like avocado oil that are rich in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids can majorly contribute in reducing the abdominal fat, which ultimately also lowers the risk for metabolic syndrome. Penn State in one of its study found out that people who consume about 3 tbsp of monounsaturated fats on a daily basis for a month lowered their belly fat by 1.6% compared to those who consumed a flax/safflower oil.7. Keeps cholesterol at bayAs a result of some studies that have been conducted, researchers have opted avocado the best natural fruit available to not only keep doctors away but also keep cholesterol and the related problems at bay! The studies have attributed the level of monounsaturated fat content available in avocado to play an important part in lowering elevated cholesterol — a factor in insulin resistance, excess weight, and obesity.8. Nutritional infoIn 1 small Californian avocado, there are about 227 calories, 2.7g of protein, 21 g of fats and 11.8g of carbs. The major content of carbohydrates is in the form of fiber, i.e. around 9.2g which is a great contribution to daily fiber intake. Along with this, in the fats there are only 2.9g saturated fat and the rest is healthy monounsaturated input. Also the avocados from Florida are larger in size and hence have more calories- 365 calories and 30.5g of fatSo, don’t forget to make this wonder fruit an essential element for a healthier & happier day and also use it as a key to boost your weight loss efforts....

FATS HOW MUCH IN A DAY
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Our body needs all the nutrients like fats, carbs, proteins and fibers but in right proportion. Fat is an important source of energy for your body and is also required by the body for the healthy development of hair, skin, and brain. However, consuming too much fat can result in obesity. Certain types of fat, if consumed in excess, increases your risk for heart disease and hence should be taken in moderation.We at MEVOLIFE love to talk about weight loss and fat is one of the biggest contributors to make the weight loss journey successful. Now how much fat you need in a day depends on how many calories you consume in a day during your weight loss regime. So before you jump into this, know how much calories you require as per your body weight and height in order to lose weight. If you have a daily allowance of 1200 calories, then you need approximately 20-35% of it i.e. 330 calories and 1 gram of fat equals to 9 calories. And hence you can consume 36-40 grams of fats in order to lose weight out of which only 7% should come from saturated fats. You can also look into the below chart to have a detailed vision of the relation between calories and fat:Fat is available in many forms – some are good, some are bad and some are worse. So what fats are you actually supposed to eat and what to avoid?THE GOOD FATa) Monounsaturated FatsOf all the fats, these get the most acceptance in medical and nutrition communities today. Monounsaturated fats are found in varying levels in oils like olive, sunflower, sesame, flax, peanut, safflower, etc. These oils are not entirely made of monounsaturated fats but also have some levels of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats, known as MUFAs, raise the good HDL cholesterol and lower the bad LDL cholesterol. Along with this, they also protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Not only this, studies have also shown that they help to prevent belly fat. Monounsaturated fat is mostly found in food items likea) Olives and olive oilb) Canola oilc) Almondsd) Cashewse) Peanutsf) Peanut butterg) Sesame seedsh) Avocadosb) Polyunsaturated fatsPolyunsaturated fats are the must have fat and they are required for normal body functions but your body can’t make them. So you must get them from food. Polyunsaturated fats are used to build cell membranes and the covering of nerves. Along with this, they are also essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation. A polyunsaturated fat usually has 2 bonds in its carbon chain. There are two main types of polyunsaturated fats: omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids and both types offer health benefits. You can easily find this type of fat in –a) Fishb) Flaxseedc) Chia seedsd) Walnutse) Canola oilf) Tofug) Cornh) Safflower oilTHE BAD FATSaturated Fats consists of triglycerides containing saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids don’t have a double bond between the individual carbon atoms of the fatty acid chain. That is, the chain of carbon atoms is fully “saturated” with hydrogen atoms. These are usually those fats, which are available in the processed form. In addition, many baked goods and fried foods can contain high levels of saturated fats. Some plant-based oils, such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, also contain primarily saturated fats, but do not contain cholesterol. Saturated Fats have had a bad impression in increasing your triglycerides levels and eventually harming your cardiac health. The trick is not to avoid eating them completely but you can have them in moderation that will help you not have any impact on your health. You can limit the intake of following food items:a) Fatty beefb) Lambc) Porkd) Poultry with skine) Beef fat (tallow)f) Lard and creamg) Butterh) Cheese andi) Other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk.THE WORSE FATTrans fats are made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation. By partially hydrogenating oils, they become easier to cook with and less likely to spoil than do naturally occurring oils. Research studies show that these partially hydrogenated trans fats can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and hence should not be consumed at all. Also, if you are looking for weight loss then the trans fat play a very major role in being the road blocker. Numerous studies have linked trans fat to heart disease, infertility, cancer, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, and obesity. Trans fats raise bad LDL and lower good HDL, increasing inflammation throughout the body. Dr. Gerbstadt said that, “ They 100 percent promote heart disease”.A weight-control study in animals found that even with the exact same number of calories and identical amounts of fat, animals fed trans fat gained four times more weight and 30% more belly fat. A Brandeis University study found that subjects who consumed products made with hydrogenated oil experienced a drop in their “good” HDL cholesterol a significant rise in blood sugar—about 20%, in just four weeks. Isn’t that dangerous? Well it surely is but you can try the below tips:– Check the food label and see if there is any oil or hydrogenated oil/ partially hydrogenated oils mentioned in the label– Try eating more vegetables & fruits– Avoid deep fried foods– Go easy with high fat dairy products– Say big no to margarine, doughnuts, french fries, and processed foods such as crackers, cookies, chips, and cakes.So be smart in you choices with fat but don’t avoid it completely for healthy life. Enjoy!...

CUMIN WATER METABOLISM BOOSTER
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Cumin seeds/Jeera is the dried seed of the herb Cuminum cyminum, a member of Apiaceae family commonly known as the celery, carrot or parsley family, a family of mostly aromatic plants with hollow stems. Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive flavor and aroma. It is globally popular and an essential flavoring in many cuisines, particularly South Asian, Northern African and Latin American cuisines. These seeds are very famous for their medicinal benefits having spicy flavour and slightly bitter taste. It has lots of pharmacological effects on the human body health because of its medicinal properties including anti-tumour, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, immunologic, antimicrobial and etc activities. Let’s explore some of the major benefits of including cumin seeds in your daily food intake in detail –1.Fastens the weight loss processDaily intake of cumin water helps to aid the strategy of weight loss. It helps to do so by stimulating the appetite and also removing the toxins from the body. It treats various digestive disorders like bloating and gas, which are also a hindrance to effective weight loss strategy!2. Boosts metabolism levelsWant to boost your metabolism levels, which are responsible for faster weight loss? Cumin is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism rate higher and more efficient!3. Improves the working of digestive systemThe presence of thymol and other essential oils in cumin seeds stimulate the salivary glands thereby helping in the better digestion of food. Apart from this, it strengthens a sluggish digestive system. Hence, if you suffer from indigestion/constipation problems try to include timely intake of cumin water to improvise it.4. Detoxifies your bodyDetoxification of the body is also very important for a healthy living. Cumin seeds are full of dietary fibers, which remove the toxic materials in the body and also cleanse the skin to make it clean, fresh and rejuvenate.5. Promotes better sleepCan’t sleep? Cumin seeds are here at your savior. Regular intake of cumin water helps in treating the sleep disorder and enhances the sound sleep, which is also a requirement of an effective weight loss regime. So have a glass of cumin water to ensure healthy sleep patterns!6. Regulates blood pressure & heart rateCumin seeds have a high level of potassium, which owns the responsibility of maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body. This mineral not only helps in the regulation cell production but also helps maintain your blood pressure and heart rate. The regulatory properties of cumin make it a must have for patients who have heart disease to keep it under control and others as it helps to prevent such diseases as well.7. Targets whole bodyCumin is rich in the flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants like zea-xanthin, carotenes and lutein which have lots of beneficial effects on the body – reduces swellings, relieves breathing difficulties, improved bowel movements, relief joint infections, treat umbilical hernia, treat intestinal diseases, eyes problems and toothache!To ensure that you don’t miss your daily intake of this super seed, have a glass of cumin water in the morning. It is very simple to make it, just follow the simple steps: –IngredientsCumin seeds 1 tspWater 250 mlMethodFIRST1. In a glass, soak the cumin seeds overnight.2. In the morning, strain it into your cup and enjoy.SECOND1. Take a pan and add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds to it.2. Heat it a little on low flame for about 5 seconds.3. Now pour water into it and let it boil.4. After boiling, let it be covered and kept aside for about 4-5 mins.5. Strain it into your cup and enjoy it warm.6. You can add honey or a pinch of salt into it as per your requirements!TipDon’t forget to take this in the morning to boost your metabolism and eventually lose weight faster!...

GOING VEGAN WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
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As per the reports published by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 65% of Americans adults are overweight. There are many types of diets and meal plans available to help obese people lose weight and become fit namely – low carbs diet, high protein diet, atkins diet, keratin diet, etc. Scientists have now found a new way to lose weight faster which is – GO VEGAN and eliminate all types of animal food from your diet. Ru-Ti Huang, of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan, explicated that the scientists derived this conclusion after studying the results of 12 different diet trials! Along with this, studies have also shown that a vegan diet is bound to result in weight loss, even without changes to exercise or limits on portion size, calories, or carbohydrates. The scientific reason behind this is that when you consume vegetarian meals the calorie burnout rate is faster as opposed to omnivorous meals! Along with this, vegetarians are leaner because their diets are low in saturated fat and focus on intake of food items which have lesser calories like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.Even if you follow plant-based diets there are some factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to make it contributory towards weight loss. Let’s discuss them in detail –1. Eat quality food In order to contribute towards weight loss, a vegan should increase the intake of vegetables. fruits, lentils, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and healthy plant-based fats e.g: avocado. There are many fatty processed food options available for vegan diet followers also. The key to weight loss via being vegan is not only lowering the intake of animal-based food but also increases consumption of nutrient rich food options.2. Don’t forget to exercise Exercise is one of the most influential role player in the process of weight loss. Becoming a vegan and saying no to animal products is not the only factor which will help you lose weight, to do so you will have to MOVE & EXERCISE. In addition to eating a balanced, nutritional meal it is very important to make sure that fitness is part of your weight loss plan too!3. Be disciplined Even when you are following a vegan diet, you need to stick to basic fundas of self-discipline, sacrifice and attention towards calorie details. Some important aspects in this content are – avoid eating out regularly, pay attention towards portion, meal planning, etc. Along with this remember to avoid fried foods and rely on baking, steaming, boiling or grilling.4. Don’t forget proteins Protein is a key role player in the weight loss process. It helps to lose weight faster as it boosts satiety, preserves muscle and boosts up metabolism. When you plan to opt for vegan diets don’t forget to pay attention towards the protein intake. There are many vegan food items which are high in protein content like:1 Cup Quinoa (cooked) – 8gms1 Cup Lentils(cooked) – 17gmsFirm organic tofu – 9-11gms1 oz almonds – 6gms5. Avoid fruit juices & smoothies It is commonly observed that people tend to prefer the intake of drinks that combine green veggies and fruit. The juices contain far more number of calories and are comparatively less filling than the whole product. So when on a vegan diet forget the juices and say yes to whole fruits and veggies!So it is the right time that you switch to being vegan and follow these tips to make your diet plan a hit!...

7 EATING HABITS OF SLIM PEOPLE
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Have you ever looked at someone with a svelte figure or rock solid abs and felt a twinge of envy? Do you have that one friend who eats like there’s no tomorrow and still doesn’t gain an ounce of weight? After spending your entire adult life struggling with your weight, are you left wondering what you’re doing wrong? Here are 7 eating habits slim people embrace – the secrets to their staying healthy, feeling fit and looking like a million bucks.1. They’re smart about eating out. Slim people eat out as an indulgence, not a habit. They choose restaurants that offer healthy options (salads, low-calorie variations). They avoid buffets like anathema (the temptation to sample all the dishes can mean thousands of calories). They choose dishes that are grilled, baked, boiled, or roasted as opposed to pan fried or deep fried. They order a salad to fill up on a healthy starter and share their main dish with a companion. They choose clear soups and cold soups over thick and creamy ones.2. They choose wisely when it comes to sides and extras. Reaching for the complimentary bread basket and slathering on some butter means you’ve consumed a chunk of calories before your meal has even been served. Slim people skip extras like cheese, French fries, and sauces loaded with calories. Instead, they opt for healthier sides like coleslaw or bean salads but go easy on salad dressings which can be packed with calories.3. When they snack, they snack healthy (think whole grain, low-fat variants). Fruits are packed with healthy nutrients and are incredibly filling due to their fiber content. Slim people tend to enjoy seasonal fruits as a snack rather than reaching for that bar of chocolate.4. They eat slowly, relishing the food. Wolfing down your food does not give your body time to send signals to your brain that you are satiated. Slim people pace their meal and allow their brain to register a sense of fullness (usually 20 minutes) so they don’t overeat.5. They exercise portion control. Eating one slice of pizza isn’t nearly as bad as downing a beer and four slices of pizza. Slim people tend to eat small portions, especially when they’re indulging in high-calorie foods.6. They avoid empty calories (e.g. cola drinks) which contain no nutrients whatsoever and are calorie rich. Slim people make it a habit to drink water – the elixir of life – it’s calorie-free, it’s good for your skin, it keeps you hydrated – the benefits are many. If they must drink something besides water for the sake of flavour, they choose low-calorie options like lemon water, buttermilk, or coconut water.7. They read labels when they go grocery shopping and avoid buying food labeled rich or creamy. Slim people buy healthy food so they’ll eat healthy food. Next time you go grocery shopping, make note of a slim woman’s cart – more often than not it will be filled with fruits and vegetables rather than processed or canned foods.Make these eating habits a lifestyle choice and you are sure to notice a difference. Combine them with exercise and the results will be sensational! It will be others who’ll be looking at you with envy....

DO POTATOES MAKE YOU FAT
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In the past few years, a disturbing trend has developed where, for some people, there is a fear around eating carbohydrates. High carb foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes have got a really bad rap as being weight-gain monster foods when in reality this is a myth.Carbohydrates, including those which come from the humble potato, are actually high-energy foods that our body needs to be able to survive. If we don’t have enough carbohydrates to meet our energy needs, then our body’s metabolism actually slows down as it goes into starvation mode to preserve energy reserves, and that can lead to weight gain. With all high carb foods, it is not the carbohydrate itself that will make you fat, but the quantity, type and amount of activity a person does that are the most important factors.Eating potatoes in their simple form will not cause weight gain. However, what potatoes are eaten with, and how they are prepared, is what makes them fattening foods. Often potatoes are fried in oil, or served with butter or sour cream or high-calorie sauces. Eating large quantities of potatoes prepared this way could cause weight gain and fat stores, especially accompanied by inactivity. When you are not burning the energy from carbohydrates effectively by doing exercise or some other form of movement, then your body will store the excess energy as fat.This is the case with any carb-rich food- you need to burn the energy you are consuming by eating that food. If you eat more energy-whether that be in the form of carbs or other foods- than what your body is exerting, then you will put on weight.As it is, the energy consumed from eating a high-carbohydrate food such as the potato is less likely to lead to weight gain than eating a high-fat food, because carbohydrates contain about half the amount of energy compared with fat. Choosing high carb over high-fat foods is definitely better if you are watching your weight.Other factors to consider are the glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of how quickly a food converts to glucose, and the glycemic load (GL) which measures how much a food converts to glucose. If gaining fat is a concern, it is best to avoid foods with high GI and/or GL. However, despite people fearing potatoes as a high GI/GL food, in reality, they are on-par with other high carb foods such as bananas and lentils.So, at the end of the day, when potatoes are eaten along with lean protein, healthy fats and other high fibre fruits and vegetables, they will very unlikely cause you to gain fat. Most healthy and active people can eat potatoes and sweet potatoes without worrying about their weight.If eating potatoes, or any carbohydrate, choose complex forms such as brown grains and whole grain cereals for example. Sweet potatoes are also an alternative to regular white potatoes, and may be slightly better in terms of GI and GL- though only marginally. At the end of the day, do not stress about eating potatoes in moderation. Like all vegetables, they are healthy, delicious foods when eaten in their most natural form and they can also be very satisfying. Eaten in moderation in combination with exercise or an active life, potatoes are good for you and will not make you fat....

DEHYDRATED FRUITS GOOD OR BAD
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Dried fruits are really a convenient snack, a quick way to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings, and people also assume that they get the exact amount of nutritional benefits like they get from fresh fruits. The truth is “not really”! There are many studies that have been conducted to evaluate the nutrients of dried fruit and it has been indicated that they are really rich in fiber, vitamins, magnesium, potassium and calcium but before you actually fill your kitchen cupboards with them here are some facts that must be considered:-1. You eat more than you thinkIn all the dried fruits, water is removed and they carry less volume than the fresh ones. For example: you would not eat 10-12 fresh apricots in one sitting, but you are likely to have a bag full of dried stuff of the same. Even though a dried apricot is a fraction of the size of a fresh one, the two contain the same number of calories and sugar. This ultimately results in overeating and ultimately disturbing the overall weight loss targets!2. Sugar crashTo make them more palatable, dried fruits are normally loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugar—cranberries and pineapple are two of the biggest offenders. This is the major reason for making these fruits taste like a candy. The presence of this element makes them an unlikely choice for weight conscious people. To cut out added sugars, dried fruits should contain only one ingredient: FRUIT!3. Blasting with calories and carbsA small portion of dried fruits can make a deep impact on your daily calorie intake. Consuming an extra 250 calories per day from these dried fruits could contribute to as much as 2 pounds of weight gain in a one-month time frame. Due to the presence of excessive calories and carbs presence the consumption of dried fruits unnecessary delays the weight loss plan!4. Gastrointestinal problemsDried fruits are high in fiber, which is an essential nutrient to improve the regularity and promote bowel health, but too much fiber bothers your gut, especially if you do not normally consume high-fiber foods. These foods are responsible for problems like gas, abdominal cramping, bloating, constipations, and even diarrhea. Simply avoid these negative effects by restricting the intake of dried fruits to minimalistic.5. Processing & package practices are at faultThe preservatives and packages that are used to increase the shelf life of these dried products are also very harmful from health perspectives. Sulfur dioxide, which is commonly used as a preservative in these products, has been commonly held responsible for stomach upset, allergic reactions, and even asthma attacks. Along with this, the glossy look of these fruits is accredited to an oil coating. Though it may reduce clumping during processing, the oil increases the likelihood of spoiling from oxidation.The final judgment to the discussion can be put forward that even if these products are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber but the added drawbacks quickly offset any nutritional benefits dried fruits provide. The best time to have these hydrogenated fruits is before the workout as they high in carbs and act as a great source of energy. Check the nutrition facts before you actually decide to have these dried fruits (go for those brands that do not add any added sugars or sweeteners) and in case of doubt simply go for fresh alternatives, as they are always the best!...

HOW TO GET RID OF WATER RETENTION
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Everybody knows that 60% of the human body is made up of water. Your body is a complex system and if it lacks or gets too much of something, this system can actually breakdown. The imbalance can manifest itself in the form of Water Retention. Water retention is a big road block for weight conscious people as it hinders their long-term goals. In the vast majority of cases, you can get rid of water retention by making a few lifestyle changes, which isn’t always easy, but it is within your power. Check the following tips to get rid of unwanted water retention in your body:-1. Avoid too much saltKidneys are responsible for balancing the amount of sodium and water in the human body. If the sodium levels are high then the kidneys hold on the extra water to dilute it. If you regularly intake high amounts of salt it eventually results in water retention and high blood pressure. If you want to get rid of water retention the key is to stay away from products that are high in salt content like – processed foods, canned foods, processed meat, and frozen foods. The ideal intake of sodium in a day should be less than 1500 mg!2. Drink plenty of waterIt may seem contradictory, but increased intake of water is a sure shot way to cure water retention in the body. When your body is well hydrated it is less likely to hold on the excess water in an attempt to maintain sodium balance. The best way to calculate the ideal water amount you should have is to drink half your weight in ounces each day. Like if your weight is 140 pounds, you should drink 70 oz of water per day.3. Sweat it outSweating is a mechanism adopted by the body to regulate its temperature. If you are sweating it automatically indicates high metabolism levels and its efficient working. Along with this, it is worth noticing that water retention is not only related to water but also the sodium that is trapped under the skin. Initially when you start sweating it tastes like salt but after a while it tastes like regular water. This simply indicates that you have sweat out most of the sodium that was being retained underneath your skin. Once again when sweating be sure to have handy water as you not only sweat water and sodium but some essential vitamins also!4. Eating healthy and balanced dietWater retention basically indicates that either your body is getting too much or too little of what it deserves. A healthy balanced diet mainly consists of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc. Potassium-rich foods like banana, berries, watermelon and spinach also play a key role in effectively managing the fluid levels in the body. Along with this, foods full of fiber like whole grains, greens, seeds, and fruits can also aid in reducing water retention. Further the high calcium products like milk, yogurt, buttermilk etc. also play an influential role in handling the water retention in problem. Aim to take in 1200-1350 mg of calcium, per day, to cure water retention.5. Sip on the herbal teaMany herbs are slightly diuretic. Parsley is the best known one. Take two teaspoons of dried leaves for each cup of boiling water and seep for ten minutes. Drink three cups a day.6. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcoholIf you want to get rid of water retention stay away from caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Drinking lots of alcohol or too many caffeinated drinks may lead to dehydration and cause fluid retention.If you follow the guidelines above, you will not only get rid of water retention, but you will also be able to lose weight faster, become a much healthier person, and get resistant to the plethora of other maladies that spring forth from the imbalance of unhealthy lifestyles!a...

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