Are you tired of not seeing any results in your fat loss journey even after putting in tons of effort? The journey to losing weight is a lengthy process and requires strong determination. However, it's not just a strong mindset and intention that will help you achieve your goal. Following a strict diet, restraining yourself from tempting food, and working out extensively, are all part of it, but even then you may not see the desired results.
You may be wondering why? And the answer is that there are some very simple mistakes that can totally ruin your fat loss journey. Unknowingly, we tend to make simple, stupid mistakes that make our weight loss journey a long and tiring one.
Nutritionist Nicky Sagar breaks down simple mistakes that can ruin your fat loss journey:
One thing that we always ignore is sleeping enough. Sleeping less has severe impacts on our weight loss journey. From sleep, your body gets the required energy and helps you in your workout and productivity. But when you sleep less, your body does not have the energy to work out. Also, not sleeping enough leads to the consumption of unhealthy snacks which in turn store fat in your body. Sleeping for 6-8 hours is helpful if you wish to quicken your fat loss journey.
Definitely, exercising is an integral part of your weight loss journey. But one common mistake is exercising extensively and not following a healthy lifestyle. Your healthy lifestyle will include mindful eating, cutting down on packaged foods, and sleeping adequately. Only working out for hours and hours will not fetch you any positive outcome.
Skipping on Meals
People have a misconception that if you don't eat, you will lose more weight. This is a total myth. When you are skipping meals, you are keeping yourself hungry and deprived of the necessary nutrients. This will not just affect your overall health but you will end up munching mindlessly on snacks as you will be always hungry. Eating consistently and in the right portion is the correct way to follow in your fat loss journey.
Low Water Intake
Drinking enough water actually aids in speeding up your weight loss process. If you keep your body water-deprived, you will be inclined to eat more food automatically. Simple because your body requires a certain amount of water every day to ensure the smooth function of all organs. Besides, water helps in boosting your energy levels, builds muscle strength, and aids in increasing the rate of metabolism.
Munching on Packaged Foods
Packaged foods is quite harmful if we wish to cut down on fat from our bodies. Most packaged food has a lot of preservatives and contain added sugar, high levels of salt, and other ingredients which you are not even aware of. So, instead of snaking on these packaged foods, carry an apple or a banana, or a box of dry fruits to munch on whenever you feel hungry.
So, stop stressing now, correct these mistakes in your fat loss journey and see the healthier version of yourself. (N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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The rainy monsoon season is all about hot tea, relaxing on the balcony, and watching the rain. But the temperature comes with it its fair share of colds, coughs, and sneezes. How can avoid falling sick? Well, herbs can come to your rescue!
Tea is one of our favourite beverages, adding the power of herbs can do wonders. To boost wellness throughout the rainy season, these wonder plants are simple to combine with our beloved cup of tea.
Here are a few herbs that add taste to tea and also look after your body:
When it starts to rain, turmeric, which contains the strength of curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin, and bis-desmethoxycurcumin, can fortify the inner core of our bodies. Due of the herb's antibacterial characteristics, it can treat numerous infections that arise during the monsoon season. Turmeric tea has additional advantages for our weight loss programme.
In the realm of therapeutic herbs, Tulsi is a legendary rockstar. One cup of Tulsi blended tea will alleviate chest congestion, unclog our noses, and put an end to the illness. Vitamin A, D, iron, fibre, and other components found in tulsi help destroy bacteria and improve immunity. Additionally, tulsi is a fantastic herb for maintaining good oral and dental health.
Mosquito population growth and malaria threat are both exacerbated by monsoon. The ancient Sataparna tree is a potent herbal weapon in the fight against this illness. This herb, also referred to as white cheesewood, has potent antimalarial properties. The antipyretic effects of it can lower a fever. Additionally, it can strengthen the body's overall resistance to malaria. Last but not least, it can aid in the relief of numerous skin issues as well as gastrointestinal pain.
While eating on the street during the rain may be highly attractive, the allure comes with a terrible case of stomach pain. Because of this, adding ginger to our tea is a fantastic idea! Ginger is a herb that enhances digestion and metabolism, which helps our gut function. It is also a great beverage for controlling nausea brought on by motion sickness or morning sickness.
Hibiscus is a crucial ingredient to include in tea, especially when it rains, as it is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and anthocyanin. The herb keeps our internal immune system in equilibrium, thwarting the emergence of an unwelcome illness or infection.
Additionally, it contains a lot of antioxidant and antibacterial effects. (Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea)
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Amid hectic work schedules, tentative vacay plans, and the never-ending to-do list that's lingering on us, you'd agree that we are all doing the best we can to live the fullest and stay fit in our small but unique way. And days like, June 21, which is celebrated every year as International Yoga Day, act as a gentle reminder to embrace health and wellness.
According to the Ministry of AYUSH, yoga is key to improving flexibility, strength, balance, and attaining harmony. And its popularity across the globe is proof enough.
What is important to remember here, however, is the fact that this ancient practice alone can't help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Yoga and a nutritious, balanced diet go hand in hand, and eating the right foods ensure your body gets the essential nutrients it requires for optimal health - not just body but also minds.
"Adding a handful of walnuts to your daily diet can set you off to a great start and fuel your brain and body", shares Naaznin Husein, Nutritionist, Yoga Consultant, and founder of Freedom Wellness Management, "By a handful, approx. 28g of walnuts that contain 4g protein, 2g fiber, and 2.5g plant-based omega-3 ALA. All these beneficial nutrients are known to support the health of our heart, brain, and gut."
Did you know that California walnuts are produced under stringent quality controls that exceed California inspection standards, reputed to be the world's toughest? It's a long road from planting a walnut orchard to delivering fresh, delicious walnuts to our local markets. Not only this, these wonderful crunchy and mildly sweet wonder nuts, when added to our daily diet, can help in overall wellness, shows research:
Say Hello to A Healthy Heart: Loaded with good fats (plant-based omega-3 ALA), walnuts, as part of a nutritious and balanced diet, may decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. They help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and decrease blood pressure, two of the major risk factors for heart disease.
Focus on Immunity: Walnuts are a good source of plant-based vitamin B, zinc, and selenium the trio that boasts of the potential to ensure normal functioning of our immune system as per FSSAI's Eat Right During Covid 19 guidelines.
Weight Maintenance: Most of us exercise to lose weight and get into the perfect shape. While walnuts may not make you shed those extra calories, they sure help along the way. Research shows walnuts' potential role in influencing appetite hormones that make you feel full for longer. Which, in turn, avoids unnecessary cravings.
Reduce The Risk of Diabetes: One of India's most common and concerning diseases is diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. It has been discovered that walnuts, as part of a healthy diet, may help manage diabetes and metabolic syndrome. A study representing more than 34,000 American adults suggests those who consume walnuts may have about half the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to adults who do not eat nuts.6
Here are some quick hacks Nutrition and Yoga expert, NaazninHusein recommends adding walnuts into the daily diet regime :
Blend it into your pre-workout/post-workout smoothie to keep yourself energized.
Toss it into your salad or trail mix to transform them into an omega-3-rich meal/snack.
Add them to your curries and tikkas, and you can say goodbye to the cream for good.
Coat your meat and seafood with chopped walnuts for that extra crunch and nutrition quotient.
Indulge in a handful of walnuts to fix your mid-meal hunger pangs. (N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe )
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Pollution, stress, smoke, and inadequate nutrition through diet can all cause many skincare problems and can make the skin age faster. It is a constant task to manage skin care problems like acne, dullness, uneven skin tone, and absence of a healthy glow. Also, it is so tough to figure out what products would work well and give one a happy healthy skin. The answer to this is very simple, one thing that you can't go wrong with and will take care of all skin woes is Vitamin E.
One might have heard numerous times that Vitamin E is good for the skin. So it is a good idea to adopt Vitamin E-enriched face wash, moisturizers, creams, serums, etc.
Rachit Gupta, CEO, and MD, OxyGlow Cosmetics tells IANSlife why and how Vitamin E is really good for the skin and how does it help:
Vitamin E helps prevent signs of aging: Pollution, smoke, and impurities destroy collagen in your skin and this leads to the formation of wrinkles, early aging, and dullness. Hence it is important to search for a good Vitamin E cream to help protect your skin. Vitamin E protects the skin from damage from external factors.
It absorbs UVB light: Vitamin E forms a protective layer on the skin thereby preventing skin from harsh UVB light that causes aging of the skin. The combination of Vitamins C and E together work wonders with your SPF and gives an excellent effect on your skin.
It moisturizes: Vitamin E is a great moisturizer, it helps skin maintain its health by keeping it repaired and rejuvenated. Vitamin E in moisturizers has antioxidants and helps to fight inflammation.
Works on visibly reducing scars: Pollution and stress make it harder for scars to heal. Protecting from pollution and impurities Vitamin E doubles up by helping with the process of healing scars.
It helps in reducing acne: One must find the right formula of ingredients that helps with acne problems. A lightweight Vitamin E cream is recommended to keep acne at bay.
It can help with skin brightening and even tone: A combination of Vitamin C and E is like a powerhouse that can not only prevent signs of aging but can also brighten skin by boosting collagen production. Its use also helps in making the skin tone even. One can add a serum to the moisturizer one is using in the morning to help protect the skin as one head out.
From where does the skin get a good dose of Vitamin E?
Rachit: Many ingredients that are recommended for skin care, such as Aloe Vera, Almond, Sunflower, Papaya, etc. are good sources of Vitamin E. There are a lot of options for sunscreens, moisturizers, and serums available. One would need to check the ingredients and choose the product that has a good potency of Vitamin E in it.
Also, look for products that are chemical-free and made with natural ingredients, this reduces the chance of damaging the skin and will result in a long-lasting effect.
Vitamin E has the power to protect your skin from aging and from free radicals, but one must find the product that suits your skin the best. One might need to opt for different products and compositions according to varied weather conditions as the skin reacts differently to a change in weather. Get happy skin with the boost of Vitamin E. (Agency)
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Most of us today, idolise the ones working on 3 to 4 hours of sleep. It's all cool but I'm sure you remember the sweet taste of sleep? Oh no, I'm not tempting you to sleep for long hours and forget all your responsibilities. I know we're living in a fleet-footed world and 24 hours just don't seem enough.
When you don't have something in adequate amounts you should always try and optimise it rather than disrupting everything, especially your sleep. Let me explain with an example - when you leave for a trip, you pack your stuff in a nice and organised manner but when you start packing for your return journey, what happens? You know that very well!
When your responsibilities seem to overpower you, stop, take a deep breath and make those 24 hours your slave.
How Can You Do That?
First of all, find out what works for you. People need a different amount of sleeping hours to boost their energy levels. You need to find your optimum level. After that, start scheduling your work and leisure timings accordingly.
Do you feel sleepy but still keep tossing around even after getting in bed at the right time?
If yes, this is probably because of your environment and poor pre-sleep discipline. To have the sleep that you are looking for, you need to work hard. Create an environment, which works best for you.
Keeping all the distractions aside mentally and physically, dim the lights and start preparing for your bed. This will allow your mind to know it's time to sleep and till the time you get to bed, your head would be light as a feather.
Set Your Bedroom Temperature
Body and bedroom temperature can profoundly impact sleep quality. Studies reveal that high or low temperatures in the sleeping area can deteriorate sleep quality. Depending on your body's preferences, you need to find what suits your body for a good and comfortable sleep. In most cases, the bedroom should be cool (between 60 and 67 degrees) for optimal sleep.
Take A Relaxing Shower
A relaxing warm shower is another popular way to sleep better. According to studies, a hot bath before bed improves sleep quality and helps people get more sound sleep. Alternatively speaking, if you don't want to take a bath at night, simply dip your feet in lukewarm water for relaxation for improved sleep.
Invest in A Comfortable Bed, Mattress, And Pillow
Some people wonder why they always sleep better in the hotel. Apart from having a relaxed environment, bed quality can also affect your sleep. The best mattress and bedding is extremely subjective. If you plan on upgrading your bedding, base your choice on personal preferences.
Sleep Hygiene is Important
Blue light from cell phones, TV screens, and laptops can make it difficult for you to fall asleep, so make sure you turn them off at least half an hour before you sleep. Even the bright light from a lamp or the window can affect your pattern; consider using blackout curtains, eye-masks, white noise machines, and other accessories for a good night's sleep.
The Bottom Line
Sleep plays a crucial role when it comes to our health. Common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can cause sleep loss; people with sleep apnea characteristically make periodic gasping or snorting noises, momentarily interrupting their sleep. These obstructions during sleep can pose serious complications and should be sought from a medical professional.
Also, sleep loss and sleep disorders are linked with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, obesity, mental distress, and adverse health behaviors such as cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, and heavy drinking.
Additionally, sleep medicines aren't the solution and even lead to addiction. If you are interested in optimal health and wellbeing, then you should make sleep your topmost priority and start incorporating some of the tips above. (Dr. Sonia Lal Gupta, MD, MBA, FACP, Sr Consultant Neurologist)
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Pain and discomfort are often considered a part of menstruation. 80 per cent of women experience pain during menstruation at some point in their lives. However, for some of them, it could last from the beginning of their periods to menopause.
For most women, period pain can be managed through some lifestyle change. Speaking to IANSlife Aastha Sharma, Co-founder, of Imbue Natural shares tips that can help you ease period pain and manage it efficiently:
Switch to Healthy Snacking: Your diet plays an important role in maintaining healthy uterine upkeep. The hormonal imbalance during periods often leads to unhealthy food cravings. While you give in to your food cravings, make sure that you also eat snacks that are healthy and will provide you with essential nutrients. Make sure to include healthy fatty acids such as Omega 3 in your diet. Foods high in fibre such as green vegetables, legumes, and whole grains have been known to reduce cramping during periods.
Exercise: Indulging in physical activities has also proven to reduce period pain. Walking, running, swimming or yoga can help you relieve pain. Exercise releases hormones like endorphins and serotonin that act as natural pain-killers.
Stay Hydrated: Period cramps will feel more painful if you're dehydrated. Make sure that you drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water in a day. You can also include fruit juices in your diet that will nourish your body while keeping it hydrated.
Heat Therapy: Pampering your body while on your period can not only reduce pain but also help your body relax. Women often use hot water bags to reduce cramping and comfort the abdominal region, however, a hot water bag can prove tedious when it comes to managing the temperature and finding instant comfort.
An alternative to this is using period pain relief oils. Imbue's Rosa Period Pain Oil is one such alternative that is made with the goodness of pressed cinnamon, yarrow, and vetiver oil. The self-warming properties of this oil help in reducing period cramps and elevates mood by relieving stress.
Take a break, stop working through it: Women are often taught to keep menstruation a private affair, and talking about periods is often stigmatised. We are expected to endure the pain and work through it. Stress from work and domestic life can add to the physical discomfort. You must listen to your body and give it a break as and when it needs. (Agency)
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