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Indian food that help Burn Fat

September 7, 2010 by  
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You don’t have to acquire a taste for olive oil, seaweed or soya to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet. Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it’s cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health. Ayurveda suggests you include all tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent – in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings. Here are 12 foods/ingredients that can help you lose weight and gain health:

Turmeric: Curcumin, which is the active component of turmeric, is now an object of research thanks to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake of curcumin may also help to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting thereby helping to prevent heart attack.

Cardamom: The Indian spice is known as a thermogenic herb, one that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. In Ayurveda, cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently.

Chillies: Foods containing chillies are considered to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermo-genic food, so it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

Curry leaves: Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can also help with your weight loss plan. These leaves are known to flush out fat and toxins, thereby reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal.

Garlic: One of the most effective fat-burning foods, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Mustard oil: The pungent-tasting oil has low saturated fat as compared to other cooking oils. It basically consists of fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It has antioxidant and cholesterol-reducing properties and is good for the heart. It is also loaded with essential vitamins.

Cabbage: Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.

Moong dal: The bean sprouts contain rich quantities of Vitamin A, B, C and E and are an excellent source of many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. The dal (lentils) is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programmes, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fiber content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilizing blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption.

Honey: It is a home remedy for obesity. Honey mobilizes the extra deposited fat in the body allowing it to be utilized as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.

Buttermilk: Leave cola, drink buttermilk. The traditional homemade buttermilk is the somewhat sour, residual fluid that is left after butter is churned. The pro-biotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories, as compared to whole milk that contains 8.9 grams fat and 157 calories. Regular intake of buttermilk provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add many fats and calories to the body. It is thus helpful in weight loss.

Millets: Fiber-rich foods such as millets – jowar, bajra, ragi, etc – absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.

Cinnamon and cloves: Used extensively in Indian cooking, the spices have been found to improve the function of insulin and to lower glucose, total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Little Goes A Long Way

December 19, 2009 by  
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Obese People

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.[2] Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused solely by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness. Evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited; on average obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

It’s is not easy for anyperson to lose weight quickly let alone an obese person, but a recent study proves that even those who lose little weight by portion control (essentially eat less) and exercising regularly better their cardiovascular health.

“Losing 20 or so pounds might seem daunting to some people, but we showed that even a more modest weight loss can yield heart and vascular benefits,” says study co-author Lisa de las Fuentes. “You don’t necessarily need to lose 50 pounds to improve your heart function,” added Fuentes, cardiologist at Washington University School of Medicine-St. Louis.

The researchers studied 60 moderately obese people, aged between 22 and 64 years. The subjects were instructed to eat low-calorie diets and to exercise for about three and a half hours per week, principally walking. On  an average, they lost weight for about six months, reaching a maximum loss of nine percent body weight or 22 pounds.

Maximum cardiovascular benefit lagged behind weight loss, with the greatest improvement coming six to 12 months after the study began.

Here are some facts about Obesity and how it affects our life:

  • Nearly two-thirds of men and one half of women are obese or overweight
  • Obesity is 2nd largest cause of cancer after smoking
  • Obese people on average live 9 years less

Additional Reading: F as in Fat 2009 – Trust for America’s Health

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Losing Weight is Real Easy…

February 25, 2009 by  
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feetonscaleYup, I said it – losing weight is really the easy part. Keeping it off? Now that’s a completely different kettle of ‘high omega-3’ fish! (What’s a kettle of fish anyway..?) So I started this year (again) with a goal to really LOSE weight and keep it off. Truth is, the last time I successful ‘dieted’ was many moons ago at age 25 for my wedding day. Alas, over the years, I’ve developed and discovered too many bad eating habits of really really good food (ice cream, fried chicken, chocolate, wine). So what’s going to be different this time and will I really succeed? Well only time will tell but here are 3 steps I’ve decided to follow:

  1. Track what I eat: I’m using this free online program and so far it’s working out really great. I find myself actually looking forward to planning my meals and enjoying them and eating healthier and eating less: http://caloriecount.about.com/
  2. Track what I do: Using the same free program it’s real easy. Put in your activities and calculate how many calories you burn. The goal of course is to burn more than you eat.
  3. Mix it up: Keep my body guessing by varying the types/length of activities, types/amount of food intake. So some days I meet my goals, some days I exceed (slightly) and some days I stay below. I found that doing the same things and eating the same foods was a) incredibly BORING and b)not really producing results after the first few weeks. So for me, mixing it up increases my chances of sticking to the program and HOPEFULLY will result in losing and keeping the weight off this time around.

We’ll see. I’ll post an update in a few months to let y’all know how I’m doing. For now, here’s to a long happy and healthy life!

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Simple Guide to Easy Weight Loss

February 20, 2009 by  
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Losing weight can be a daunting task if you are not sure how to go about it. It is important to develop a realistic weight loss plan which is geared for you. There is lot to gain by making minor changes to your daily diet intake and other nutrients, most people will see results in weeks without having to deprive themselves of food. The plan laid here is not only simple but a smart one.

Smart weight loss plans generally outline which foods are healthy and which ones should be avoided. It is essential to know just what kinds of foods are really hurting you.

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Here are some examples of the tips that smart weight loss plans have to offer:

  • Carbohydrates, as well as sugars, provide a certain amount of energy you have. However, restricting the amount of carbohydrates and sugars you consume will cause the body to resort to stored fat in order to supply energy. Limiting your refined carbohydrates intake will go long way to help from gaining additional fat.
  • Eat smaller meals but more often.You will find that by increasing on your meal frequency will give you more energy, boost your metabolic rate, and simply accelerate your fat burning beyond anything you’ve every experienced before. Read the footnote on Insulin for more details
  • Drink plenty of water: You’ve heard this one a million times. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water per day, not only keeps the body hydrated, but it also flushes out all of the toxins and waste that is stored in the body.
  • If you approach the diet with a mentality that it will work and you stay on track you will get results. Its only when people begin trying to rationalize cheating or that the diet wasn’t working anyway that they will fail completely. Start Your Diet Today! if you haven’t started one yet.
  • Exercise – This could be as simple as 10-15 minute walk in the hallway after every meal to a 30 minute cardio every other day.

These steps are what I call Easy and Smart weight loss plans, they are extremely effective when they are followed consistently. They are also some of the easiest diet plans to stick to, as they do not make you feel sick, tired, or hungry.

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Track your Calorie Consumption

February 19, 2009 by  
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Calorie ConsumptionThe amount of calories that you consume on a daily basis will determine whether you gain or lose weight and this is one of the most important aspects of any weight loss program that you decide to go on.

Studies have been taken where overweight people believed they were eating no more food than other people they associated with who were considerably slimmer than them.

The overweight people were under the false impression that the reason why they were heavier and gaining weight was due to their body’s metabolism.

When keeping a record of their food consumption over a specified period of time it was shown that they were actually consuming more calories and it had nothing to do with their metabolism but rather their choice of food and the quantities they were eating.

You only need to reduce your calorie intake by 100 calories per day to make a substantial effect on your weight over the period of the year.

This is a very manageable goal for almost everybody and it is not too difficult to cut back by that amount, however many of the weight loss programs are recommending considerably more reduction in calories making it very difficult to maintain and as a result of this many people are failing to achieve what they start out to do.

Now when you combine the fact that you only need to reduce calories by that much, with additional supplementation of vitamins and minerals that can help your overall health, you can see how you can stay nutritionally balanced throughout the whole weight loss process and not feel as though you are starving yourself.

For many people just knowing that the hurdle is not so great, and that there are suitable supplements to assist them, is enough to ensure that they can start and maintain a good weight loss program.

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