Macrobiotic Diet For Weight Loss



I hope you remember my GM diet experience. In case you have missed, you can read it here. GM diet can successfully work for some, but it was not so my types !

I searched a few diets, oops Lifestyle which I can adopt easily to live healthy and shed weight too. High protein low carbs lifestyle is always an option. While hunting a healthy lifestyle, I came across Macrobiotic diet. Let’s find out what Macrobiotic diet is all about !


Macrobiotic Diet For Weight Loss

Macro means ‘big’ or ‘huge’ , Bio means ‘Life’. This means that Macrobiotic diet is not merely a diet but a lifestyle. Macrobiotic Lifestyle is all about eating nutrient-rich foods that have balanced YIN/YANG properties. Do you think I am speaking Chinese 😛 ? Yes, you are correcto 🙂 !

YIN and YANG foods are the basis of Macrobiotic lifestyle. In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and reach a balance. Hence, it is advisable to eat foods that have balanced YIN/YANG properties and avoid extreme YIN/YANG foods. If you think it is difficult, I say – Not at all !

YIN foods include melons, cucumbers, watermelons, bananas, pears and broccoli. These foods are considered to cool the body

YANG foods include chilies, red and green peppers, coffee, garlic and onions. These foods have the capability to produce heat in the body.

If you eat whole, local and seasonal foods, we will get a balanced YIN and YANG. I will make it even simpler for you –

  • Consume whole, local and seasonal foods
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Moderate pleasure foods ( read your favorite ice cream 😛 )

Breakdown of a typical Macrobiotic Diet

  • Whole grains : 50%-60%. These can be brown rice, barley, millet, oats, corn, rye, whole wheat, and buckwheat. Brown rice is the best bet.
  • Fresh Vegetables (and seaweed): 25%-30%. The best ones are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, turnips, turnip greens, onion and pumpkin. I found Seaweed to be yukky when I tried in Singapore. I am not sure if its easily available in India.
  • Beans: 5%-10%. Beans can be dzuki beans, chickpeas, lentils, and tofu.
  • Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, miso/bean soup: 5%-20%
  • Soup (made from ingredients above)

The diet includes a few other principles like eating only when hungry, chewing food completely, and keeping the kitchen tidy.

Foods to avoid in Macrobiotic Diet

  • Sugar – white, brown, or any refined sugar
  • Artifficial sweeteners
  • Fruit juice
  • Dairy products like Milk, cheese, cream, butter, ghee, yogurt, and ice cream
  • Refined oils
  • Tea or Coffee . Basically avoid Caffeine ! Too much to ask 😉 ? You can moderate tea/coffee. You can have Dandellion tea.
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy use of spices
  • White rice and white flour
  • Foods containing chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and insecticides. In short, avoid processed foods.

Do you think you can adopt Macrobiotic Diet For Weight Loss ? If you need more help on Macrobiotic Diet , let me know ! Questions ? Ask !

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Lose Weight With Negative Calorie Foods


You might be thinking how can a food have not zero but negative calories ;). Lolz :P, ant food item can’t have negative calories.

What are Negative Calorie Foods?

The foods that burn more calories in the process of processing and digestion as compared to the number of calories that they contain – are termed as Negative Calorie Foods. Let me elucidate –


10-15% of the calories that we get from the foods we eat , are used in the process of digestion. The body needs energy to breakdown these foods and absorb nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals etc present in the food. Where does his energy come from? Simple answer -From the food we eat.

There are certain foods that require lots of energy(calories) to break down and get absorbed. If these foods contain low calories, from where would the body derive energy to digest them? In such case, the body is forced to use the stored fat for digestion of food.

If you eat negative calorie foods, a calorie-deficit is created which can help you lose weight. Does that mean you could burn more calories by eating a chocolate followed by a cucumber ? Not really. Its the other way round. Eat cucumber first so that there is minimum space for chocolate.

I knew only a few negative calorie foods but recently got to know many. These foods will help you make better choices what to include and avoid in your meal plans.

Negative Calorie Fruits

Negative Calorie Vegetables

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A girl next door who ignored her health for studies , now seeks a healthy life in a leaner body n shares her journey online.

Single mum loses 56kg and shares her tips on preventing loose skin and maintaining weight loss

The INCREDIBLE Cicily Goodwin has TRANSFORMED her health and body – and lost tummy fat using The Healthy Mummy weight loss plans and shares her tips below.


“I started The Healthy Mummy in July 2016. In the first few months I lost 20kgs by using The Healthy Mummy smoothies twice a day and The 28 day challenge meals. I then lost another 33kgs over the next year. I didn’t go to the gym, I haven’t had weight loss surgery or any tucks..

I just walked, used the Smoothies and ate the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Challenge recipes.

With a lot of weight to lose, I knew my skin would take a battering so I tried every way I could find to keep my skin tight. I drank a lot of water (over 3 litres) daily to keep my skin hydrated, I took collagen & garlic capsules to increase circulation and elasticity.

I exfoliated and dry rubbed my skin to encourage healthy skin cells. I also used the “core exercises” in the Challenge hub to help tone. (you can also see Cicily’s food diary here)


“Maintaining weight loss is a whole different ball game because the natural response to weight loss is weight gain..

So I won’t deny I’ve fluctuated a few kgs. Trolls would say to me “you’ll just gain it all back again and then some in a year”.. but an amazing thing about The Healthy Mummy is that you are not restricted to 1200 calories, I ate over 2000 calories a day to lose this weight!!

So, fortunately, my body didn’t enter that harsh starvation mode often associated with big weight loss.. In 2.5 years I’ve managed to stay pretty much the same size :)”


“I have not done this without the luxuries.. I like to live a very social life; travelling, going out with friends for breakfast.. lunch.. dinner.. I LOVE eating out with beautiful people! So for me, maintaining is about fitting the things I love into my life while staying healthy.

To maintain, I still try to eat healthy mummy meals regularly (about 5 days a week), but I won’t say no to a lunch date with the bestie or just resort to choosing a salad if I don’t want it! I now eat anything I feel like, I just choose to think about it rationally before I do, and do it moderately 🙂

Being a single mum, I love to use The Healthy Mummy Meals to You for lunch and dinner.

They are so easy and convenient when you’re too tired to cook yourself a healthy meal. I find it really easy to stay on track and keep motivated with the Meals to You. I also use the 28 Day Challenge recipes for breakfast and snacks, usually making big batches to last the whole week.”


“My biggest tip is to not aim too big.

Often we run in guns blazing thinking we’ll lose 2kgs in the first week.. I chose to slow it down, aiming for just 700grams a week! I’m telling you that’s ALL you need to aim for! It might not sound like much, but that equals over 35kgs in one year! It also means if you have a bad week you can catch back up the next by giving yourself an extra push.” (you can also see Cicily’s food diary here)


If you want to check The Healthy Mummy app and 28 Day Challenges out – have a look here


Try These Tea Time Snacks If You Are On A Diet


Even though tea is something we Pakistanis are super duper obsessed with, no matter what time of the day it is. But whenever you hear someone say shaam ki chaye, our brain can’t resist the urge to meander around pakoray, kachoriyan, aloo bharay samosay and of course, jalebiyan. Regardless of how absolutely scrumptious they may taste next to every sip of your evening tea, you definitely know how obstructive they can be to your weight reduction objectives, harming your glucose and cholesterol levels too in the way. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you influence your shaam ki chaye to time a cantankerous undertaking. Keep in mind, starvation wouldn’t help, but binge eating later is far more atrocious. Pondering what to do? Maybe try substituting the rich and oily tea time snacks with some healthy ones may work.



Ever head of bread not made with wheat? Well, today you for sure would because this badaam AKA almond bread has almond milk as its key ingredient. This formula is a superior choice for those who have run out of eggs at tea time. It is a truly extraordinary bite, which tastes incredible and is packed with great nutritional value as well. It’s absolutely rich in protein as well as free of gluten and this implies that even those with an intolerance can appreciate it.




Really not as simple as it sounds, this one is a must try. The benefits of carrot are something we’re already aware of; Tahini is taken as a staple food component in many parts of the world especially regions in the Middle East. A very good source of protein, it’s very easily found in tin packaging or jars at cash and carry stores, having a creamy consistency it’s made from sesame seeds. But it can be made at home as well.



Now you might be wondering if this is a food item from Mars, but really it isn’t that complicated. Zucchini is none other than the maaroo vegetable, ask your mother about it if you don’t already know. It tastes delicious! But slicing it down for chips and shallow fry it in olive oil and salt, now that is something taken to yet another level. Sprinkle some paprika on top of them and say goodbye to appetite, slow metabolism and high blood pressure. And oh, once you are done shallow frying them for a while, bake them for half an hour. Yummy crispiness!



Apple has the ability to keep you full for a longer period of time, so you wouldn’t find yourself craving for a meal after meal and one snack after the other if you chop up some apples with the skin and combine it with pieces of lettuce. Sprinkle some paprika, salt, lemon juice, pepper, brown sugar and drizzle some olive oil on top.



Even better in this almost-chilly weather, stuff your hoodie pockets with kaaju, moong phali, akhrot and roasted badaam altogether and let your body benefit from some antioxidants. They are likewise rich in strands that guide weight reduction. Apart from providing you with some good cholesterol, munching on a modest bunch of nuts can do some great things for your heart as these nuts have high measures of unsaturated fats.




What I Learned From Losing Weight Against My Will

Before I was ill, I took my health for granted. I was a vegan. I ate only organic. I avoided additives and preservatives and drank eight cups of water a day. I ate mostly raw mono meals, with hardly any salt or sugar. I compacted all the health dos and don’ts I had read or heard about into a very rigid lifestyle that centered on maintaining a “clean body.”  

I should’ve appreciated that my body never hurt and that I rarely got sick or needed to visit a doctor. Being healthy was like having electricity ― it was a luxury that I thought I would never be without. I honestly could not have imagined the nightmare that was waiting for me.

I have been sick now for over two years. On the journey to a diagnosis, I heard it all ― pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes. Even cancer was mentioned as a possibility. I have dealt with severe fatigue, recurring sore throats, low-grade fevers, body aches and chills, nausea, food intolerances, digestive distress, skin rashes, breakouts, irregular periods, brutal unworldly PMS and anxiety. Simple tasks like cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, sometimes even just getting dressed have been exhausting.

Finally, I tested positive for the Epstein-Barr virus, or mono. At first I was relieved to hear such a harmless-sounding diagnosis, but two years later, it seems the joke is on me.

Long-term mononucleosis, or chronic EBV, is linked to cancers and a slew of other autoimmune diseases. Some people catch the lesser EBV virus and dispel it within two to four weeks. I happen to be unlucky and developed a stronger strain. It’s rare, and there is no medicine for chronic EBV.  

Doctors have given me advice similar to what they would say if I had the flu. Rest, avoid stress, eat good food, drink fluids and “listen to your body.” They have warned me it could take months, maybe even years, for the virus to leave my system and for my body to heal. I have good days, when I am a ball of energy, and bad days, when all I want to do is rest.

I think understanding it is irrelevant at this point. I might never know why. What is important is recovering, both physically and mentally.

The first thing that went when I got sick was my digestive system. I developed viral irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) from the virus. Eating almost anything would cause crippling gas to build up in my lower intestines, as well as vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. I struggled to find foods I could tolerate.

I quickly went from a healthy 5 feet and 110 pounds to 88 pounds. I am ashamed to say that my very early initial impulse was to welcome the weight loss. I was certain it would eventually stop, at which point I could eat cookies to gain the weight back. It was a very naive thought that I quickly grew to regret.

When the scale didn’t stop declining, when I grew too thin to fit in my clothes and had to start buying children’s clothes, I began to panic. I was dangerously underweight, and looking in the mirror was scary. My clothes dripped off my body, my eyes and cheeks became sunken, my legs turned bow-like. I had been a daily jogger, but now I slept about 10 to 14 hours a day and I woke only to move from my bed to the couch.

But I didn’t truly realize the gravity of my situation until a chance run-in with an old boss on a busy New York City sidewalk. She looked right at me and didn’t acknowledge me. I stopped her, and when she finally recognized me, she held my elbow lightly, as if she was touching a tiny bird.

I had worn my most conservative dress, trying to cover the bones that protruded from my chest, but still she stared at me in shock as she asked me about my health. Her expression stayed with me long after the “goodbyes” and “take care of yourselfs.” It was the first time I had seen myself through someone else’s eyes.

Losing weight is usually a choice, one we make for different reasons. But to lose weight against your will is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I had friends joke that they wished they could catch a virus and lose a few pounds. It made me angry because I knew that they wouldn’t be wishing it if they could feel what I felt. If they could feel the fear, the uncertainty and loss of self-esteem that comes with involuntary weight loss.

Our body weight is more than our physicality; it is the mass that protects and blankets us. Having lost that completely, I felt naked and vulnerable. I was scared.

That said, at one point I hadn’t been so different from my friends who made those jokes. When you aren’t sick, maintaining your weight can feel like a constant battle ― having to choose between the chips at a party versus veggies or going to the gym versus seeing a movie. The idea of losing weight without having to work for it sounds like the easy way out. The real issue is a society where we feel so much pressure to be thin that even being sick to get there seems like a relief.


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On my honeymoon last summer, feeling better and back to my normal weight.

Currently, I’m back to weighing a healthy 125 pounds. The SIBO is controlled and the viral IBS is fading. As my body slowly fights off the virus. I am able to introduce and eat more foods.

Now, when my body craves carbs, sugars or salts, I don’t think twice about giving it what it wants. I will go for the organic, local, vegan if I can, but I don’t write anything off as too “unhealthy” anymore. I know what it is like to suddenly not be able to enjoy a bowl of ice cream, to lose the privilege of choice. I am enjoying what I can tolerate instead of putting limitations on myself.

My body is now muscular and fuller from lifting weights instead of doing cardio, which is a little too exhausting still. I can feel myself getting stronger every day, and I am loving it!

I recently ran into an old friend. The last time we’d seen each other, I was at my sickest. Being the blunt person she is, she did not hesitate to comment on my new, curvier self. I was unfazed. Even as she implied I looked fat, I am so happy that I just laughed it off and joked, “You mean I look phat?”

This experience forced me to change the way I think and the choices I make. I can’t stress enough how important it is to appreciate your health and the body you’re currently in. How important it is to reward it!  

If I could give the me of two years ago some advice, I would say, “Stop working so hard, concentrate on the things and the people you love, and the fact that you are healthy enough to enjoy them.”

That, and: “Eat the cookie! Eat all the cookies.”

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Here’s Why It Feels Like It’s Harder To Lose Weight In The Summer

The summer can have its downsides when it comes to your physical health. Not only does it seem like the temptations are stacked against you — looking at you, backyard cookouts, ice cream cones and happy hours — it may appear like you’re not making any fitness or weight loss progress. It turns out there may be a reason you feel that way.

According to Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian nutritionist based in California and owner of the blog The Plant-Powered Dietitian, your metabolism might slow down slightly when it no longer has to produce heat. This means it might be a little slower in the toastier months when your body is already warm, compared with the winter months.

“Think of our bodies like a furnace — we stoke it with fuel (food) to keep it warm,” she said. “When it’s colder, we have to add more fuel to compensate for the energy required to produce heat.”

Debra Sheats, an assistant professor in foods and nutrition at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, said that because the environmental temperature is so close to your body’s internal temperature (typically around 98.6 degrees), your metabolism slows down by about 10 percent. But that’s not the only thing that could be inhibiting your goals.

“When it is very hot and humid outdoors, we have a tendency to not go outside as much to walk, bike or jog,” Sheats said. “Instead, making the choice to stay inside with the cool air conditioning may mean more time spent at sedentary activities such as reading or activities involving screen time.”

And if you do decide to venture outdoors, the tool that keeps you cool, AKA drinking water, may also cause a little weight fluctuation. John Castellani, a researcher at the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division of the U.S. Army’s Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, found that a person’s body weight may increase by as much as several pounds in the summer due to increased water in the body.


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While a person’s daily water needs depend on how much time they’re spending outside and their level of activity, hotter and humid temperatures make you more likely to sweat. Since the clothes you wear make it hard for sweat to properly evaporate and cool you off, you end up requiring more water retention to lower your internal temperatures. This process is your body’s way of adapting to the negative effects of heat stress. It happens more in people who are engaging in regular physical activity outside than those who spend their time indoors in the A/C.

But don’t let this keep you from getting your daily H2O. Sloane Davis, a certified nutritionist, personal trainer and owner of the blog Pancakes & Pushups, said not drinking enough water can be just as bad and detrimental to your overall health.

“We sweat more during the summer months,” she said. “If you don’t drink enough water, the body becomes dehydrated, slowing it down and decreasing the metabolism.”

So, what can you do?

Hot weather may have a minor effect on your body in some cases, but there are ways to counteract these hurdles. Davis said one of the ways you can speed up on your metabolism on your own is through regular exercise in the summer months.

“Incorporate resistance training along with some low-intensity cardio four to five days a week,” she said. “Get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of water, preferably cold water.”

When it comes to exercising in the heat specifically, Sheat recommended working out early in the morning or late in the day when it’s cooler. Or, if you want to avoid the outdoors altogether, try doing at-home yoga or finding an online workout with weights. You can also go to fitness centers or workout studios to stay in the air conditioning.

No matter how you chose to exercise or maintain healthy habits, it’s crucial not to let small, external factors deter you from your goal.

“It’s important to keep in mind that there may be only small differences in metabolic rates during the year,” Palmer said. “Given our modern lifestyle with cushy air-conditioned and heated homes that keep them at a perfect 72 year-round, we may not really experience significant metabolic rate variations.”

Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Virginia and author of the book Prediabetes: A Complete Guide, said that weight loss is too complex for something like temperature to have a major effect on. As long as a person has the right mindset and is willing to focus on the process and not just the pounds, losing weight during the summer is totally possible.

“I think that sometimes people put an emphasis on teeny tiny things,” Weisenberger said. “It’s so much smarter to use your energy — which is a limited resource — on something that’s really important, like eating regular meals and getting a good night’s sleep… People measure their water and they worry about the temperature and it takes away the energy from things that really make a difference.”

In other words, if being healthy during the summer is your goal, then a little metabolic difference or slight change in your body ― or any time ― shouldn’t stop you.

Bizarre Ways To Diet That People Really Try (Part II)


If part I wasn’t shocking enough (or you didn’t read it yet), we at Nutright bring to you part II of bizarre diets that exist for real and these are really unusual, even for western standards. We Pakistani’s only resort to crash diet plans and surgery because by the time we realize that we are getting too big for our own good, paani sar ke upr se guzr chuka hota hai for which we resort to extreme measures. We’re certain that even you wouldn’t want to try these measures even if it’s your own damn wedding! (DISCLAIMER: DO NOT TRY AT HOME)

Also read: Bizarre Ways To Diet That People Really Try (Part I)


The Cotton Ball Diet


One of the most popular diets that have been roaming around for years in the western world is the Cotton Ball diet, models and obsessive weight loss seekers are said to use it. What happens in this is that you soak 5-6 cotton balls in orange juice and you suck on them in your mouth before swallowing them in an attempt to curb your hunger. That’s all it takes, just a few cotton balls, every day, till you lose weight until you choke on the inedible item you are eating and the surgery you might require after eating too much of it.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet


Sleeping, the best solution to everything in life. What you need for this diet is a bed, a doctor and a few shots of sedatives to knock you out for a good amount of time every day. So, goodbye education, employment, and living. The logic behind this diet is that when you’re asleep you don’t eat and when you don’t eat you don’t get fat and sleeping increases metabolism. What is a concern here is that firstly you do nothing in your life but sleep, so basically your life is over and you’re not getting any nutrition or exercise? In all honesty, anyone who dies during this will have “death by diet” written on their gravestone.

The Feeding Tube Diet


Just hearing the term feeding tube makes you think of a hospital bed with you on it with a gazillion strange stuff poking in and out of you. A feeding tube is attached to those people who otherwise cannot eat anything for some medical reason and they are put on a liquid diet so that they can get some nutrition. But the case here is just ridiculous, you have a feeding tube attached to you for 10 days where eat and drink nothing and voila; you lose weight. And even after these 10 days you still want to lose more, get hospitalized again after 10 days. Imagine walking around with your dinner attached to your nose for 10 days and what happens after you stop this diet eh?

The Tapeworm Diet


Saved the best for last. Yep, you know it, the tapeworm diet. And this is not a fancy name, it’s a literal tapeworm or its babies involved. The diet involves you having to eat capsules that have tapeworm eggs in them and what it does is that these parasites get into your system and eat on you giving you nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea and when you got nothing in your system, you don’t get fat! Oh, and not to mention that if these worms move from your intestines to other parts, you could get fever, infections, organ damage and eventual death or if you stay alive you’ll be an apartment to them for more or less 30 years or so and would need surgery.






The Blockchain Technology: What The Future Of Finance Is All About;

We are currently observing a fast development of blockchain-based innovative contributions all over the globe where thousands of cryptocurrencies are launching every day, a significant number of them in the healthcare spaces. But to begin with, what exactly is a blockchain and what really is the hype all about? More or less, blockchain is a log of exchanges that is reproduced and disseminated over different decentralized areas. As such, it offers a protected, highly trustworthy, and unbiased external system for comprehending what place is the data situated and accurately how is it changing after time to time. Not long after its advancement as the hidden engineering for Bitcoin, the idea of the blockchain was perceived as having more extensive incentive past empowering a decentralized elective type of cash. For instance, a few associations are starting to utilize blockchain to apply progressed investigation from disseminated sources without bargaining the protection of people. Blockchain is certainly not an enchantment slug that takes care of all data administration issues however couple of territories of data-sharing shout out more for enhancements in productivity and security as compared to the the data areas of healthcare as well as biotechnology systems.



Will Crypto Market Ever Impact Healhtcare Industry?



But Where Exactly Do The Healthcare Sector And Blockchain Intersect?

With regards to the healthcare business, we tend to think about our quick healthcare suppliers like our medical professionals, drug specialists, and healthcare facilities. Nonetheless, the healthcare business is to a great degree complex with numerous key partners, extending from government associations to protection suppliers, pharmaceutical organizations, and of course, clients like yourself. It’s a well-known fact that the interoperability between healthcare suppliers and clients is far behind. The hazy trade of data is something that influences the whole healthcare community.

This is where blockchain comes in for conveying entry to healthcare system data in regards to drugs, pharmaceuticals, and medical procedures to everybody included, in this way bringing straightforwardness all through the patient care life cycle. It additionally incorporates making the gathering, association, amendment, and confirmation of the data less demanding and time consuming. By utilizing blockchain innovation, the data in regards to healthcare like drug deals, health records, patient details, information with respect to medical techniques, hospital logs, and so on can be put away in a decentralized database in view of interconnected systems of personal computer systems. These computers can be utilized as terminals to get to, alter, and refresh this data, given that they have the correct accreditations and validation to carry it out.

Here’s Why Incorporation Of Blockchain Is Trending And Why It Should Be;         

The blockchain-based administrations in the healthcare field will likewise diminish overhead expenses and time as it can fundamentally lessen printed material being used, forward and backward interchanges with other specialist co-ops and insurance agencies. For instance, medical health professionals as of now have numerous regulatory assignments as a feature of their administration which can be lessened enabling them to invest greater quality energy with their patient or research. Furthermore, blockchain innovation can help advise research foundations and pharmaceutical organizations. These organizations will increase better access to data without trading off the security and protection of patients in the framework which will help with research. Leading research is as of now asset serious, requiring numerous prepared experts and regulatory formality. Approaching constant data empowers researchers to make a precise examination.

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Does Protein lead to Weight Gain?


I was a chubby kid for most of my childhood and later turned out to be a “healthy” teenager. I grew up learning that what goes into our body plays a very important role in shaping your overall well-being and health. And while as children we could live carefree, building healthy eating habits early on has definitely helped me come a long way.

Since my teenage years, I chose to be a vegetarian, while my family continues to be hardcore non-vegetarian. To the surprise, Paneer (cottage cheese), Cheese, Rajma (kidney beans), Chole (chickpeas), and soya bean were my favorites. This also helped me a great deal since I was and continue to ensure that I have enough protein in my meals through these sources. Additionally, topping my food with various foods such as; spinach inside a sandwich, paneer pieces on salads, ensuring to have a glass of milk or buttermilk on daily basis, and most importantly, making a batch of healthy desserts to calm my sweet cravings have kept me feeling fuller for longer hours and avoid junk eating.

One thing that always bothered me as a teenager was that my mother would always restrict me from consuming foods like cheese and peanut butter and claim that they were harmful to my health and the reason for my weight gain. Food misinformation is known to be one of the most under-debated subjects in India today. And due to the vast amount of information circulating in the digital space, misinformation and fake news about nutrition can spread like wildfire amongst people. And Protein is one of the few macronutrients which is subject to several misconceptions.

Right to Protein, a campaign that aims to create awareness and educate Indians about the natural sources of protein foods for everyday consumption, recently commissioned a nationwide survey of over 2000 mothers, to try and understand why protein continues to slip out of our Indian diets. The survey findings have been shocking and reflected on some of the misconceptions that most mothers still believe to be true. Through the survey, it was revealed that only 3 protein-rich foods items were correctly identified by mothers from a list of 11 ingredients. The survey further highlighted that 81% of Indian mothers with kids believed that Dal, Roti, and chawal are enough to meet one’s daily protein requirement.


Additionally, the survey also uncovered that more than 75% of mothers with kids feel that high protein intake leads to weight gain, and this belief is ultimately influencing our daily protein consumption habits to a very large extent.

Protein, which is known to be the building block of our life, helps build muscle, keeps one feeling fuller for longer hours, helps repair tissue, and much more. Besides that, eating enough protein helps to lose less muscle as you shed weight, which keeps your metabolism running. While the recommended daily protein intake stands at 60-90 grams, Indians usually consume only about 10-30 grams of protein each day through their meals. And this gap only continues to increase.

One habit that has personally worked in my favor to ensure my family is consuming enough protein, is by checking my family’s protein score using the Protein-O-Meter, a free online tool to measure your protein score. The tool will asks basic questions on an individual’s body profile, type of lifestyle, and kind of meals consumed at different times during the day and will calculate the average proteins required against the amount consumed on any given day.

I am a strong advocate for ensuring that my meals are balanced and protein sufficient, especially when the focus is to maintain a healthy body weight. Eating the right amount of protein does not lead to weight gain – and my journey to health has been the biggest teaching experience here. With so much information and resources available around protein, we must educate ourselves on the right ways to consume this important macronutrient to stay energized and keep off the pounds!

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6 Reasons Why Belly Fat Is Stubborn!


Struggling hard enough to tone your body but still can’t button your skinny jeans because the belly fat just won’t go? Everyone’s problem that’s hard to face! In the domain of weight reduction, nothing might be more slippery, or more wanted than a level stomach (particularly with well-defined abs). However, stomach fat can be among the most unshakable fat on your body. Many individuals locate that even after they’ve thinned down in their legs, arms, and hips, their tummy fat remains there.

More terrible yet, the more seasoned you get, the harder it can be to influence midsection to fat disappear. Truth is advised, you can’t “spot-treat” gut fat. Disposing of your gut swell is critical for something beyond vanity’s purpose. The best way to at last lose it is by losing muscle versus fat everywhere on your body. You can’t control where the fat falls off, to begin with, however in the end, if your muscle to fat ratio gets sufficiently low, you will get a tight and toned tummy.


Whatever anyone could say, the fat around the middle is the hardest to get rid of! The thing that adds to the worry is that you’re putting your extreme efforts, taking time out of your busy routine and still that “bulge” is there? Sighs. If you feel like you’ve been doing everything “right” to lose weight but your belly just won’t budge; Here are the 6 reasons why belly fat becomes stubborn as hell!

1. Your Workout isn’t challenging!

giphy.gifAny old exercise wouldn’t give you the fat-consuming outcomes many. A restful stroll around the square? Sit-ups and crunches? Indeed, even a moderate paced 30-minute run? None of these are perfect for consuming midsection fat. So what is? High-power practice preparing is more successful for lessening all out stomach fat, subcutaneous stomach fat, and stomach instinctive fat (the most unsafe kind) contrasted with bring downforce exercises.

2. You’re stressed out!


When you’re focused on your body is overwhelmed with stretch hormones like cortisol, which can really advance stockpiling of fat in your tummy. In the interim, stress may trigger yearnings for garbage nourishment while likewise adjusting your insulin reaction — a three-pronged formula for gut fat. The Chicago Dietetic Association clarified that incessantly elevated amounts of stress can adjust the principle fuel your body utilizes, transforming it into to a greater degree a sugar burner than a fat eliminator. It can likewise empower the development of instinctive or gut fat and increment the breakdown of muscle tissue. This is when hardheaded midsection fat is shaped. Hence in case, you’re focused on enough, whatever you do go squander!

3. You’re Eating processed foods!


Stomach fat is connected to irritation, and the more handled nourishments you eat, which are likewise exceptionally fiery, the harder it might be for you to shed the abundance pounds. Certain sustenance emphatically stars incendiary (sugar, liquor, trans-fats and many prepared nourishments), others, in the same way as other leafy foods, are mitigating. In the event that you need to lose stomach fat (and body weight), concentrate on sustenance that battles irritation, similar to broccoli, olive oil, and blueberries.

4. You’re skimping on sleep!


Keep in mind how the anxiety hormone cortisol advances stockpiling of fat in your paunch? When you don’t get enough rest, your body produces overabundance cortisol also that can, consequently, make your paunch greater. Also, stopping your rest, even by a minor 80 minutes one night, can influence you to eat almost 550 calories more than you usually would the following day — and that is not going to benefit your tummy in any way.

5. Your Age!


In case you’re in your initial or mid-20s, your age presumably has nothing to do with your gut fat. Be that as it may, in case you’re more established than this, it likely does. Circumstances within and outside the body changes in the late 20s and mid-30s (that’s actually sad!). Around this same time, you most likely discover you “can’t eat the way you used to,” and getting thinner turns out to be substantially harder. As your HGH decays, the greater part of the accompanying happens:

  • Your digestion backs off
  • You pack on fat tissue (FAT)
  • Your organs wilt
  • Your high-impact movement diminishes
  • Your muscles contract

6. You’re apple shaped!

1*2MLxtIVDVugqWt2g-veWTw.gifThat’s really of no offense! Is it? On the off chance that you tend to pack the pounds around your center instead of your hips and thighs, at that point you’re apple molded. This hereditary inclination implies freeing yourself of midsection fat will be harder. Accept this thing as: You are beautiful, just the way you are!