Friday, June 22, 2012

Looking thin is as important!!!

Most of us have fat in areas that is just stubborn and doesn't go......instead of surgery I suggest you wear clothes that flatter your nicer areas,

As soon as you see some clothing is making you look thin buy it .....its priceless.

When you go shopping check your body type first,

Apple shaped
Pear shaped
Banana shaped
Hourglass shaped

Apple shaped people have bigger waistline and thinner legs, so enhance legs more and cover that tummy with loose uppers, go with shorts or smaller skirts, dresses with pencil taper.

Big no no: do not wear body hugging uppers or t-shirts,

Dietary advice: Eat a breakfast with eggs and cheese and tomatoes, and take conjugated linoleic acid supplements,avocado, beans, whole wheat.

Pear shaped: These people have a bigger hip and upper thigh area, and a thinner upper body, they should enhance their waist line with skimpy tops, A shaped dresses.

Big no no : do not wear skinny jeans or tight tapering trousers, try boot cut or flare,

Dietary advice: Try only protein shake for lunch and have kidney bean extract and red clover leaf tea.Sit on hard bottom when possible.Eat only whole wheat, avoid white rice.

Banana shaped: These people hardly have a waistline and are same in top and as well as bottom,
try to wear shoulder enhancing puff sleeves. Can try hip pads for enhancing the bottom under jeans or dresses. Also wear push up bras when possible.

Big no no: fitted dresses.

Dietary advice: To get a bigger butt or more upper body mass, try nut butters on bread, healthier than eating fried stuff.

Hourglass shaped: They are voluptuous and have a fine waist, they should try to clinch it when possible and wear flowy dresses.They look great in a 2 piece bikini.

Big no no: straight dresses without waist enhancement will make them look fat.

Dietary advice: Do what you are doing since this is a figure to die for.

Big arms: wear full length sleeves or 3/4 sleeves, do not dare to bare. some things look beautiful under wraps.

Big Calves: avoid high heels they will enhance your calves.

Big breasts: Go shop for a bra that down sizes your treasure.

Try out body shaping undergarments instead of liposuction!!!

Last of all: consult your trainer for focused workouts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Indian summer seasonal vegetables for weight loss.

Summer in India is quite hot, essential part of the diet is salads and vegetable that will keep you cool and fit.

Cucumber: Love it love it, its a skinned salad, safe from pesticides and extremely loaded with water, high fibre. Eat it alone or combine with tomatoes,sprouts and cilantro/parsley leaves or mint raita. Best part its very economical. Extremely low calorie, potassium, beta carotene,vitamin C, antioxidant, slightly diuretic,vitamin K( can be unsafe in people taking blood thinners like coumadin). Medicinal benefits are: delayed Alzheimer's disease, gout relief, constipation relief.

Tomatoes: beautiful organic vine tomatoes available at almost each vegetable vendor outlet, combine with sprouts, cucumber, parsley,cilantro and chat masala. They contain loads of lycopene which is a great antioxidant.

Kakri: also same family as cucumber,known as cucumis melo var. Same qualities as cucumber, if you will refer above.

Melons: full of antioxidants and water rich, many types, easily available everywhere, catch them before monsoon hits the Indian subcontinent.

Lettuce: not easily available, usually imported, pesticides scare and short shelf life works against it, but nevertheless it  makes a lovely base for the continental style salads, should be eaten with extra-virgin olive oil.

Lauki: also known as doodhi: not tasteless if cooked in combination of curries with chicken or soy, contain, vitamins B and C and fibre, iron, potassium, sodium.

Pumpkin:Or petha: rich in carotene's and vitamin A,C,E and magnesium for muscles, iron for hemoglobin, niacin and dietary fibre.

Turai:Great for diabetics, rich in Vitamin C,thiamine, riboflavin,iron and magnesium. Good source of fibre and water and an excellent weight loss aid.

I may be missing some would love my readers to add more......

Friday, June 15, 2012

surviving summer holidays

Easier said than done.
Going on a holiday means upset schedule and no exercise and fast foods. It’s really hard to resist the temptations of eating the wrong food at wrong times.
During some holidays you end up consuming alcohol along with high calorie food.

Allow yourself a break from your boring routine of always sticking to the DIET.

Here are some examples you can easily relate to:

·      You are out and the only place to eat is a pizzeria? Grab the most thin crust slice with vegetables or grilled chicken on top of the slice.
·      You are with friends and peer pressure makes you have extremely rich desserts? Grab a bite and share it with someone. Desserts are not meant to make you feel full. They are supposed to only change the taste of your tongue and feel nice.
·      You will not be able to exercise since there is not gym or weather doesn’t allow you to walk/run outside? All you need is 6ft x 6ft space and there are ample exercises that can be done by using your own body weight or resistance band or jump rope to keep the metabolism revved up by during the holidays.(refer to the exercises below at the end.
·      You are on the go and there are no healthy snacks available for you? Pack some protein bars and nuts before you leave for your holiday, they will surely come in handy.
·      Stay hydrated: Water not only elevates your mood also suppresses hunger since our hypothalamus cannot differentiate between hunger and thirst. And it’s a great natural diuretic after high sodium meals.
·      Take your vitamins like calcium and vit D with you, as holiday is no excuse for not taking them.
·      You have a hangover: easiest and cheapest thing to do is hydrate well in between drinks and also the following morning and have a decent carbohydrate intake in the morning since alcohol is known to cause hypoglycemia adding to the hangover. Eat alkaline foods like green vegetables, red and green peppers, asparagus, wheat germ, lemon, melons like honeydew and watermelon through out the day.
·      Keep your herbal tea intake up so carry green tea or herbal tea bags with you as hot water is always easy to find, stay away from too much caffeine or high fat dairy.
·      Always pack a pair of running shoes: they are easy to walk around and you never know when your mind changes to go out for a run.
·      Visiting your parents who always think you are losing weight: Its normal for most parents to overfeed their kids even when they have grown up. Best way to keep them happy and yourself fit is to eat a little of what they want to feed you (especially if it’s a high fat and high carb stuff) and keep adding un sweetened beverages like water or soup or herbal teas to fill your stomach.

Holiday Check list
1.     Vitamins and supplements
2.     Healthy snacks
3.     Resistance band
4.     Jump rope
5.     Protein bars
6.     Sugar free gum
7.     Green tea/herbal bags
8.     Running shoes just in case you want to run along the beach or in the jungle trails.

Push ups 3 sets of 20 each add to it by lifting one leg when you push down.
Tricep bench dips
Leg raises as if you are kicking high.
Stomach crunches atleast 40-60
Burpees atleast 30
Surya namaskar 25-30
Plain squats 50-70
Leaning your back against a wall while you squat and hold for 30- 40 seconds each time.
Jump rope imaginary or with a real rope to about 100-200 times.

All these don’t take much space or time and you will feel good at the same time you will be able to keep your metabolism quite high.

In the end if you do gain some pounds you know how to lose ‘em.