Is cheese a guilty pleasure or part of a healthy diet? This is a never ending debate and there have been both types of arguments on this – some praise the benefits of protein and calcium, others condemning high calories, saturated fat, and sodium. No matter on which side of argument you stand, you’re likely to be still nibbling it away! Today, we have got some tips, which will allow you to eat cheese effectively and make it contribute to your weight loss efforts –
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Berries are a super food for weight loss as they are extremely high in antioxidants, fiber, along with many other nutrients. Not only this, these nutritious fruits are low in “energy density,” or concentrated calories, which keep you full and satisfied for long. Check out some of the common types of berries available in the market along with their nutrient details, and the contribution they can make towards your weight loss and overall health goals:
1. Goji Berries
Deep red in color, goji berries also known as Chinese Wolfberry or Mede Berry are composed of 18 essential amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E, linoleic acid, selenium, germanium, and beta carotene. This potent berry has shown a positive impact on sexual vitality, happiness, longevity, and overall physical strength.
Blueberry is an antioxidant powerhouse. The deep blue color of this berry is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidin, which aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage in our cells. Further, this fruit reduces the risk for heart diseases, cataracts, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, glaucoma, and peptic ulcers.
3. Acai Berries
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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.
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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:
If 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:
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Eating frequently can help control your appetite, enhance your concentration and maintain or increase muscle mass. In order to lose weight, consider having your meals every two to three hours a day to keep your body’s energy level stable throughout the day.
Here’s more on eating frequently:
Controlled blood sugar levels
When your blood sugar levels go down, cortisol levels increase resulting in cravings for sugar, increased belly fat, decreased immunity and hormonal imbalances. This can affect how you feel about food and cause feeling of pleasure and sleepiness following a large meal. Although food should be enjoyed, you begin to reach for food more even when you’re not hungry, especially while you’re stressed or bored.
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