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Don’t Lose Your Mind – Lose Your Weight

Fantastic read! This book by Rujuta Diwakar, sports science and nutrition expert about losing weight without giving up the food you love to eat is worth a read. I have gone through books dealing on this issue by various authors but I simply fell in love with this one.
I would love to share few simple rules to eating right. What we need to change is not the food but our lifestyle. Eat what you want and shed those extra pounds….isn’t this cool! diet-quotes
Few things that need to be kept in mind are:
1 Always eat the moment you wake up: never start your day with tea or coffee.
Simple logic behind this is that the blood sugar level goes down when we sleep and if we have a fruit or something equivalent in the morning it helps to elevate the blood sugar levels. After a little gap you can have that cherished cup of coffee.

2 Eat every two to three hours a day.
In order to increase our metabolic rate eating a small portion from our daily diet is going to help tremendously. If the gap between the two meals is more, then it can be a cause of indigestion and acidity. What we need to do is split our large meal into small portions and have it after two hours gap. Not only will we be having all the nutrients but this also helps in burning the fat.

3 Eating should be directly proportionate to your activity levels.
Fair enough! If we are just lazing around  or are doing sedentary kind of work, then we can cut down on the heavy meals instead we can have something light but if we are mentally and physically involved in hectic work then the amount of food we have also needs to be in accordance. The golden rule is never let your stomach feel the hunger pang and also do not cross the line and over eat.

4 There should be a minimum gap of two hours between the last meal and bedtime.
Logically we should have our last meal around 7pm. After that our stomach slows down and wants to relax and proper justice is not done to the food we have. But practically if it is not possible then whatever is the last time for the meal, it would be better if we sleep after two hours of having it.

5 Don’t follow those fads of extreme diets – they are not sustainable and just don’t work.Anything which we cannot follow lifelong is wrong for the body.

6 All kinds of foods are good as long as you are eating the right quantity at the right time. Never go on a diet, what you need to do is modify your life style.
And last but not the least is that exercise is nonnegotiable. Unless you exercise don’t expect to see miracles, despite the good eating habits. Yoga, walking, swimming, dancing, aerobics any kind of exercise for two hours thrice a week is must.

7 Try having your meals on a dining table. Enough of it having slouched on a couch in front of television.

I am personally following these tips and have seen change in my body. Let’s enjoy our lives to the fullest by inculcating these valuable tips. Cheers!

Weight Issue – No Issue!

Few days back, i happen to bump into my childhood friend Augusta. We were neighbors once. Long back my parents shifted to this new locality and i had sort of lost touch with this friend. I remembered her as a smart , slim and carefree  girl which she was not any longer. Had she not called me by my name, i would have just passed by her as another stranger. After initial greetings, i asked her to do the catching up over a cup of coffee. Just around the corner we found one small coffee shop and after settling down on the chairs, first thing i asked her was, how and why had she put on so much weight?! Normally i would have restrained myself of asking such personal question, but somehow we can take liberty with the childhood friends…yeah?!

She was pretty amused by my query…” well what do you think could be the reason” asked she.

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I said ” maybe you were taken ill…some hormonal problem..what else??”

” Actually Clarissa, i eat a lot and please don’t ask me why…i just love eating. Whenever, i feel agitated or uneasy over something i rush to the kitchen and eat and that gives me a sense of peace.”

Well! i had read so much about this kind of syndrome and i knew that this was a kind of problem number of people suffered from. I wanted to help my friend and asked her to meet me again next week at the same place. Most of the times people do not accept their flaws and wrong lifestyles until someone points them out for them. I told my friend that what she was suffering from was a kind of disease and i plan to help her.  I managed to take out some time to visit a nutritionist and also went to few libraries and collected some write ups on eating disorders and how to get out of them.

During our next meeting we lounged comfortably on pouffe seats in one corner of the coffee shop and there i told her how she can get rid of her habit by following certain diet and exercise plans which included little meditation as well. Augusta was very cooperative throughout and appeared quite serious to take the challenge. I gave her all the collected literature and the diet chart and we made a pact of meeting once a month for one year and see how she is progressing in loosing the extra pounds. She was very happy by my concern over her health and i sort of had a feeling that she will definitely make a serious effort to get back to her original self.

I strongly believe that we become what we want to become. Loosing weight is not a big deal what matters is  strong determination and will!