Showing posts with label weight loss. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weight loss. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

मोटापा कम करने के प्राकृतिक उपचार



आज हर कोई मोटापे (Obesity) से परेशान है।आधुनिक समय में यह एक बीमारी के रूप में तेजी से फैल रहा है। मोटापा वह स्थिति है जब अत्यधिक शारीरिक वसा शरीर के भागों में चर्बी के रूप में एकत्र हो जाती है व स्वास्थ्य पर हानिकारक प्रभाव डालने लगती है।



मोटापे के कई कारण हो सकते है। इनमें से प्रमुख है अधिक चर्बीयुक्त आहार का सेवन, व्यायाम न करना, मानसिक तनाव व हाइपोथाइरॉयडिज़्म।

मोटे व्यक्ति को अधिकांशतः मधुमेह, उच्च रक्तचाप, दिल की बीमारी, जोड़ों का दर्द, गठिया,घुटनों में दर्द, कब्ज और अन्य कई विकारों की संभावना भी अधिक होतीहै। कुछ प्राकृतिक घरेलू उपचारों का उपयोग करके तथा जीवनशैली में परिवर्तन करके आपमोटापे की समस्या से छुटकारा पा सकते है।

मोटापा कम करने के प्राकृतिक उपचार
  • अपने दिन की शुरुआत नींबू पानी से करें। हर रोज सुबह गुनगुने पानी में नींबू का रस और थोड़ा सा नमक मिला कर सेवन करने से वजन कम करने में मदद मिलती है।
  • त्रिफला (१० ग्राम) चूर्ण को एक गिलास पानी में दस मिनट तक उबालें। इस मिश्रण को छानकर रोज सुबह इसका सेवन करें।
  • रोज सुबह करेले के रस में नींबू रस मिलाकर पीने से भी शरीर की चर्बी कम होती है।
  • सुबह उठकर १-२ टमाटर खाने से भी मोटापा नियंत्रित होता है।
  • दिन मे दो बार गुग्गुल गोंद को हल्का गुनगुना करके सेवन करना मोटापा नियंत्रित करने में सहायक है।
  • कच्चा या पकाया हुआ पत्तागोभी खाना मोटापे को कम करने में आश्चर्यजनक रूप से सहायक है।
  • रोज़ाना ग्रीन टी का सेवन करना न सिर्फ वज़न नियंत्रित करता है, बल्कि शरीर के लिये भी फायदेमंद है। उत्तम गुणवत्ता की ग्रीन टी की पत्तियों को उबले पानी में डालकर ५ -१० मिनट ढककर रखें। इसे दिन में २-३ बार पीयें।
  • बराबर मात्रा में आंवले व हल्दी का चूर्ण छाछ के साथ पीने से पेट की अतिरिक्त चर्बी कम होती है।
  • रोज सुबह छोटी पीपल का चूर्ण (३ ग्राम) छाछ के साथ सेवन करने से वजन कम करने में मदद मिलती है।
  • छाछ मे काला नमक व अजवाइन मिला कर दोपहर के भोजन के बाद पीये।
  • आधा चम्मच सौंफ को एक कप उबलते पानी में डालें व १० मिनिट तक इसे ढककर रखें। ठंडा होने पर इस पानी को पिएं।
  • दिन भर में ३-४ लीटर पानी पीने से शरीर के विषैले तत्व बाहर निकलते है व पेट की चर्बी भी कम होती है।
ध्यान रखें-

भारी, गरिष्ठ, तले, चटपटे खाद्य पदार्थ ना खायें। अपने आहार में खूब फल और हरी सब्जियां शामिल करें। रेशेदार खाद्य पदार्थ का सेवन अधिक से अधिक करें। कम चर्बी वाले दूध का सेवन करें। नमक व शक्कर का सेवन कम करे। जल्दबाजी में कभी भोजन ना करें। शरीर के वजन को संतुलित रखने के लिए सुबह नियमित रूप से घूमने जाये। एरोबिक्स, जॉगिंग, साइकिलिंग, योगासन, रस्सी कूदना, आदि व्यायाम भी वजन संतुलित रखने में सहायक है

सबसे ज़रूरी बात - हमेशा खुश रहिए, मुस्कुराते रहिए J

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eat Almonds to Lose Weight


Obesity is a perennial issue that is affecting people of all age groups. A study published in the ‘Journal of Obesity’ reveals the benefits of eating almonds for weight loss. People who try to cut down on their food intake, search for snack alternatives other than nuts because of their high fat and calorie content. Almonds, being an exception, are a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.

Studies conducted by a group of researchers show that almonds being dense in nutrients can help in weight loss. Oleic acid is the primary monounsaturated fat in almonds and it has been associated with a reduction in unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart disease.

Almonds also contain good levels of minerals such as manganese, copper and magnesium as well as B vitamins like riboflavin, niacin and biotin. These nutrients are integral to the cellular processes that activate energy production within the body. Anything that helps you to feel more active and energetic can only be a good thing for losing weight.

Almonds can effectively help suppress the cravings. These nuts also contain fiber which contributes to minimizing hunger pangs by preventing fats and calories to be absorbed by the body. Fiber binds the fat thus preventing it from reaching the intestinal wall and instead will be flushed out.

Another nutritional factor that makes almonds so good for reducing body fat is their high levels of protein. Raising the levels of protein and healthy fats in your diet while diminishing processed carbohydrates will help trigger the process of weight loss.

Research studies from the ‘International Journal of Obesity’ have revealed that people eating a restricted diet with added almonds lose considerably more weight than those who consume restricted diet with the same calories of added complex carbohydrates.

A handful of almonds is not only better for you and will fill you up for longer than grain-based foods, they seem to have a more pronounced effect on weight loss, even when calories are measured by scientists to be identical.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lose Weight to Increase your Metabolism

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There are countless reasons for losing weight. this not only keeps your body fit and healthy, but also increases the metabolic rate. Losing just about any amount of weight can have a positive impact on health. Even if you are not currently experiencing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or other elevated risk factors, the chances that you will are greatly increased over time. You may be able to prevent further medical problems by losing weight now. 

Eat a Balanced Diet
Lose Weight to Increase your Metabolism
A balanced diet and any form of exercise plays a vital role in reducing as well as maintaining a normal weight. One should eat a diet good in green vegetables and fresh fruits. Some of the fat burning spices such as black pepper, long pepper, mustard, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne should be added to the meals or used in preparations. 

Fish like tuna & salmonare high in Lectin, a protein, which helps improve metabolism and aids fat loss. Reduce the intake of salt & carbohydrate rich, high calorie foods (eg. rice, potatoes). Having vegetable soup or eating papaya at dinner time is helpful in reducing weight. Eating a cabbage salad also helps reduce weight as tartaric acid, an ingredient in the vegetable is known to inhibit conversion of dietary sugar to fat.

Follow any Form of Exercise Regularly
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Along with diet, regular exercise is quite beneficial. Brisk walk, skipping a rope, jogging, aerobics, yoga and pranayam (yogic breathing exercises) are among few exercises that can be of help to attain a healthy weight. Also, one should eat slowly as it satisfies hunger with less food, thereby reducing calorie intake. Drink plenty of water (3-4 litres/ day) as it has no calories and reduces hunger.

Natural Remedies for Weight Loss
Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, do try some of these natural herbal remedies for controlling weight in a healthy manner, that too, without any side effects.
  • Take ½ tsp of guggal powder, a tsp of ginger rhizome powder and mix in honey to make it into a paste. Administer it once a day to lose weight.
  • To keep a check on weight, soak a few leaves of Indian plum/ Jamun overnight. Discard the leaves & drink water in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Squeeze a lemon in a glass of bitter gourd juice and have it every morning.
  • Boil about 10 gm of triphala (a combination of equal amount of Amla, Harra & Beheda powder in a glass of water for 10 minutes. Consume it warm in the morning.
  • Consuming 2 cups of Green tea is also believed to shed excess fat.
  • Mix in a glass of lukewarm water, a tsp of honey with ½ tsp lemon juice. Drink it every morning and evening to lose weight.
  • Pound a ginger rhizome & boil the same in water. Add to it, ½ tsp lemon juice and 1/4th tsp black pepper powder. Have it when hot.
  • Having a tomato or two in morning is said to be beneficial in reducing weight.

Remember Folks, losing weight isn't a mysterious process… it’s a matter of burning more calories than we eat! So get going! All the best!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Chew 32 Times to Lose Weight

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Chew 32 Times to Lose Weight
It is a now a well established fact that eating a balanced diet, reducing calorie intake and engaging in regular exercise helps lose weight and keeps one healthy. Let me tell you about another effective weight loss technique (that you are already know or have heard about but usually forget), that is, to chew food slowly and thoroughly.

The chewing process, also known as mastication, serves as the first step in the digestive process. When you eat quickly, you tend to overeat and the food is not digested properly. This inadequately digested food in turn, promotes intestinal bacteria causing flatulence, bloating, constipation, stomach ache, cramps, diarrhea and surely, Weight gain.

For effective weight loss, even while you eat, it is good to chew your food approximately 32 times after you have taken a bite of it. Efficient chewing allows thorough breakdown of food by the enzymes present in the saliva, easy lubrication and digestion in the stomach and the intestines.

Slowing down when you eat is a weight loss strategy based upon the fact that the brain registers fullness about 20 minutes after the stomach. This lag time causes overeating and ultimately, weight gain! By making a few easy changes to eating habits, you can slow down swallowing and allow your brain to catch up with your belly. This would result in consuming fewer calories without feeling any less satisfied.

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Taking a small sip of water in between bites would be perfectly fine. While water doesn’t reduce appetite, it does slow down your eating process and is certainly healthy for you.

When you try chewing food for this long the first time it will seem very odd and unnecessary. As time goes on, however, you will notice the difference that this weigh loss eating tip makes in terms of taste and satisfaction. This technique would not only help lose weight, but would let you enjoy your favorite foods at a less risk of overindulging.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lemon For Weight Loss!

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Lemon (Citrus limon) is a short, bushy, aromatic shrub rich in culinary as well as medicinal properties. It is an effective remedy against various health ailments such as high blood pressure, varicose veins, inflammation, hemorrhoids, kidney stones, indigestion, weight loss, and many more. Lemon is a rich source carbohydrates (11 g), proteins (1 g), fats, (0.9 g), vitamin C (39 mg), magnesium (373 mg), potassium (270 mg), calcium (70 mg), phosphorus (10 mg) and fibers (1.7 g).

Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion, treats heartburn and stimulates bile production. Since lemon juice helps to improve treat indigestion, aids in removal of toxins, and increases our energy levels, this all combines together to help lose body fat as well through improving the hormonal balance of the body. In the morning, drinking a glass of lukewarm water with a few drops of lemon juice aids digestion and improves bowel movement.

Weight Loss
Lemon can be used as an effective remedy for weight loss. Add to a warm glass of water, a tsp of honey & lemon juice each. Take this preparation on an empty stomach early in the morning. Another remedy for weight loss is to mix a tsp of lemon juice with 1/4th tsp of ginger juice in a glass of warm water. Take this formulation early in the morning. These remedies not only aid weight loss, but are also helpful for those suffering from constipation and indigestion.


There are yet other reasons to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine.  Lemon has the detoxifying and the alkalizing effect which can boost up the energy levels through removal of toxins from the body. Also, it is said to improve your mood by reducing stress and anxiety.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

10 Tips for Fast Weight Loss

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  • Do not skip breakfast! This will help you curb your snack attacks a lot better and help stop unhealthy cravings. Eating breakfast helps stabilize your hormones and keeps potential overeating at bay.
  • Slow down you eating! Because slow eating and chewing food properly gives ample time to the body for appetite-related hormones to activate, slow eaters munch through nearly 70% less calories per meal. Evidence shows that this way you'll end up eating less.
  • Eat more ‘small’ meals! It is fine to have several snacks or small meals during the day, if you are eating healthy. Keeping hunger at bay prevents mindless cravings to binge on food at the very sight of it.
  • Out of sight is out of mind! Keep snacks out of sight! Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits, salads, oats and corn flakes instead!
  • Cut the salt!  Do you know that sodium holds up to 50 times its weight in water!! Eating more than 1 tablespoon of salt daily will cause you to retain water and gain weight. The urge to drink water is an indicator of the fact that sodium intake in your diet is too high. Consuming salty snacks like potato chips, salted peanuts, etc can add more of salt into your body system.
  • Avoid eating straight from a multi-serve packet! The basic or natural tendency to keep reaching for the food is given a huge blow if you serve yourself from a small bowl or cup. Pour out the amount you intend to eat, and give it a stop when it's over.
  • Walk after every 4 hours! Sitting down or being virtually inactive for longer than 4 hours slows down your metabolism making it easier for you to store fat so to prevent this from happening try standing up for at least 10 minutes within every 4 hours.
  • Time for some workout! Weight loss would be more effective with a good exercise routine & mixing with cardio would be the best way! Any workout that stresses on muscle tone and enhanced heart rate is helpful in losing weight and keeping it off.  This would make your body burn more fat to help you slim down.
  • Combat stress & anxietyStress and anxiety always harms our body and mind and leads to weight gain in the long run. Nurture your hobbies and spend quality time with your loved ones and friends. Try practicing yoga and deep breathing exercises to combat stress.
  • Drink plenty of water! Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn't have any calories. Water is great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we're hungry, we're actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Speed Up Weight Loss with Fruits and Vegetables!

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Speed Up Weight Loss with
Fruits and Vegetables
While some of us find our waistlines expanding with each year, there are others who stay slim & slender throughout their lives!  Are these ‘born-slim’ folks genetically gifted, or whether they were in possession of a magic secret resembling the fountain of youth?? The study found that getting a large part of nutrition from fruits and vegetables played a big part in keeping these people trim and youthful.

Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, high in volume, and high in critically important nutrients. They provide the feeling of satiety that goes with fullness. When the stomach is filled with high volume foods that are not high in calories, there is less room to pack in more calorie dense foods.

Weight lossEating fruits and vegetables can turn off cravings for other types of foods and short circuit the food addiction cycle, helping to provide a boost to weight loss efforts.Nature has built into each of us the desire to eat because eating provides the body with the nutrition to function and maintain itself. If people choose to eat foods that do not contain the nutrients needed, the body will continue to send the signal that more eating is needed. 

Fruits and vegetables are nutrition powerhouses containing the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, antioxidants and protein needed for good health and avoidance of disease. When they are eaten, the body is satisfied and the signal to continue eating is extinguished.

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Eating Fruits and Vegetables Lowers the
Energy Density of the Diet
Various studies have shown that reducing the energy density of the diet by the addition of fruits and vegetables was associated with substantial weight loss. Since people tend to eat a consistent weight of food, when the energy density of the food is reduced, energy intake is also reduced. 

Substituting beans and lentils for meat is a great way to lower the energy density of a meal. The calories are about the same, but beans and lentils are high in fiber. Beans and lentils are more filling than meat because a quarter pound of beans has a greater volume than a quarter pound of meat.

To get real impact on weight and health, intake of fruits and vegetables must be drastically increased. People increasing their fruit and vegetable intake while lowering the intake of foods deficient in nutrients will begin to see a difference in their weight and their energy levels. The extra energy you have may even increase your interest in exercise. Replacing many meat and dairy products with fruits and vegetables will help you quickly lose any unwanted pounds.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Walk for Weight Loss!

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Morning walk is the best exercise for your body, mind and spirit. It rejuvenates and revitalizes the body's cells, releasing muscular tension and relishing our energy levels. Walking decreases stress hormones, helps elevate the mood and increase the sense of well being. This simple exercise supplies you with the much needed fresh oxygen required for the many bodily functions including the working of lungs.

Morning walk also helps to lose weight. It burns calories, increases the metabolism of the body & strengthens joints and bones. Muscles of the limbs are toned up as they get an extra workout in walking include the entire back of the leg, shoulders, calves, hamstrings, and gluteus. Walking four times a week, 35 - 45 minutes each time, the average person can lose 15-18 pounds in a year with no change in diet.


Walking can help you trim fat as well as tone your muscles. It also helps to control your appetite. Walking is a form of low-impact exercise, which puts less strain on bones and tissues and prevents dangers associated with other types of exercise. A regular walk with a balanced diet can give good results in weight loss.
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Also, walking reduces blood pressure and the risk of stroke, type-2 diabetes & cancer, reduces cholesterol, improves blood circulation and treats insomnia. It boosts the immune system, improves brain power & gives mental clarity. It works to build fitness, slimness and cardiovascular health.


Morning walk is perhaps the most overlooked form of exercise because it looks easy! And for the same reason, most of us prefer to sign up for expensive gyms or aerobics classes. Walking costs nothing, requires no partner or expensive gadgets, and would burn nearly the same calories as jogging does! The most important thing is to do it regularly. Walking as exercise will restore your peace of mind, and control your appetite. It is better than any weight loss pills invented by mankind!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How to Lose Belly Fat- Tips for a Flat Tummy!


Tips for flat tummyWe all want a toned flat stomach, but the question that comes to our mind is how to lose belly fat? Before we start, let us first find out the culprits that cause the accumulation of fat and lead to weight gain! Yes, it is your desk bound lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, and stress and anxiety that further worsens the situation! 
So how do you shape up? Incorporate these suggestions below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!
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Cut Down on Sugars!

Cut down your sugar intake! Reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with sprouts and fruit salads. Include vitamin C rich fruits like kiwi, oranges and lemon in your diet chart as these not only help in slicing off fat but also help encounter the stress and anxiety that causes ‘stress eating’.

 

Load Up on Greens!


Not only are vegetables like lettuce, broccoli and kale practically calorie- free, they are also rich in vitamins and are super filling! Munching on these at lunch time or for snacks will make you less likely to eat junk.


Hydrate Your Body!


To regulating your metabolic rate and consequently, your body's fat-burning mechanisms, drink your recommended 3-4 liters of water daily to help body run more efficiently. This would make your workouts and healthy eating efforts way more effective.

Take a Deep Breath!
Lose Belly FatWhen you are feeling worked up, close your eyes and take long deep breaths for about 5 minutes. Stopping work and taking conscious breaths can calm your mind and give you a rejuvenating time out. Don’t let stress creep up and leave you feeling frazzled by the end of the day, that way may lead to comfort eating.   

Sleep Affects your Weight! 

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Do you know, you require 6-8 hours of sleep every night? By getting the right amount of sleep, your body and metabolism will stay regulated, keeping you and your tummy on-point.  


Time to Stretch Your Body!

Schedule a stretching break and do simple exercises from the comfort of your office chair or while you are at home! try pulling in your tummy when you are sitting or standing for a minute to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Stand up straight, pull shoulders back and walk tall!

Abdominal Crunches to Lose Belly Fat!
1. Lie on your back with knees bent and hands behind your head.  Now, lift your shoulders off the floor and curl legs towards your rib-cage  simultaneously. Slowly, return to the starting position.

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2. Lie on your back, lift and bend your knees at 90-degrees. Contract your abs to stabilize torso, and bring hips and knees towards your chest. Slowly return to the starting position.

3. Lie on your back with legs extended & arms behind head to support your neck. Contract abs & lift shoulders off the floor. Use your oblique muscles by attempting to bring the left shoulder towards the right knee and the right shoulder toward the left knee.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Herbal Remedies for Weight Loss


These days, Weight gain is becoming a matter of concern among the people worldwide. An unhealthy, chaotic lifestyle can have a poor impact on our health which may lead to increase in body weight or obesity. Natural herbal remedies are safe and promising in reducing weight. Let's try some of such formulations for controlling weight in a healthy manner, without any side effects-

  • Pound a ginger rhizome & boil the same in water. Add to it, ½ tsp lemon juice and 1/4th tsp black pepper powder. Have it when hot.
  • Take ½ tsp of guggal powder, a tsp of ginger rhizome powder and mix in honey to make it into a paste. Administer it once a day to lose weight.
  • Squeeze a lemon in a glass of bitter gourd juice and have it every morning.
  • Consuming 2 cups of Green tea is also believed to shed excess fat.
  • To keep a check on weight, soak a few leaves of Indian plum/ Jamun overnight. Discard the leaves & drink water in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Boil about 10 gm of triphala (a combination of equal amount of Amla, Harra & Beheda powder in a glass of water for 10 minutes. Consume it warm in the morning.
  • Having a tomato or two in morning is said to be beneficial in reducing weight.
  • Mix in a glass of lukewarm water, a tsp of honey with ½ tsp lemon juice. Drink it every morning and evening to lose weight.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fat Burning Spices for Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a lot easier if you spice up your food. Spices not only make your food taste good, they are also known to aid fat burning, boost metabolism, help you stay healthy and fight off other health risks. Spices help stabilize blood sugar by controlling insulin levels in the body. When blood sugar is stable, you are more likely to burn fat and not store calories as excess weight.

Spices are the best antioxidants and have powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. For all the good reasons for health, why not add these top five fat-burning spices to our diet and ramp up weight loss as well. In the following post, learn about the spices that have been known to help in weight loss and get you to your goal in a healthy and happy way.

Cinnamon: This ancient spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. A study published in Diabetes care (2003) showed that 1/4th  tsp to 1 tsp daily of cinnamon helps metabolize sugar up to 20 times better than without cinnamon, hence boosting the body’s weight loss ability as well as controlling diabetes! Because cinnamon balances blood sugar levels it has the added advantage of stabilizing mood and energy levels as well as lowering LDL and triglyceride levels. (but remember, cinnamin contains coumarin, a chemical which can lead to liver damage if consumed in large amounts). 

Cloves: Cloves are another one of the spices that have been appreciated for their help in speeding up metabolism and increasing weight loss. Clove consumption is said to increase glucose metabolism, thus lowering blood glucose levels, helping the body regulate insulin levels & in turn keeps diabetes at bay. Also, cloves have antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. 
The active compounds in cloves, eugenol and isoeugenol, possess both anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties.  Furthermore, cloves help maintain cardiovascular health, improve blood circulation, relieves flatulence and indigestion. These are also known to boost energy level and relieve stress.

Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the popular spices of the Indian kitchens. It contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps protect liver from free radical damage, while helping body metabolize fats by decreasing the fat storage rate in liver cells. 
Studies suggest that Curcumin, a yellow-orange pigment found in turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps protect the brain against damage, slows down the development of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease and prevents heart diseases.

Ginger: Research studies suggest that ginger has fat burning and metabolism accelerating properties which can burn the body fat. Also, this fat burning spice has been found to contain satiating properties that helps keep a check on over-eating! Ginger tends to increase the pH value of stomach acids, thus reducing the rates of gastric secretions and accelerating the activity of the enzymes necessary for digestion. 
Furthermore, ginger reduces triglyceride and cholesterol levels and thus helps in improving cardiovascular health. It elevates the levels of high density lipoproteins and lowers the risks of stroke and heart attack by improving the blood circulation.

Black pepper: The main component of black pepper, piperine, is said to boost fat metabolism by inhibiting differentiation of fat cells in the body. studies suggest that piperine has anti-obese properties and reduces triglyceride, total cholesterol, VLDL and LDL levels, and increases HDL cholerterol. These results also show that piperine can help in weight loss and management. This kitchen ingredient is also beneficial in diseases like cholera, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems.

Chillies: Eating chillies can make you lose weight by stimulating the metabolism, improving circulation and warming the body. Chillies in moderate quantities induce 'Thermogenesis' that promote sweating, which is a cooling mechanism of the body to combat heat.
Capsaicin, a component found in chillies, is responsible for this effect as it stimulates certain receptors in the central nervous system to create the heat producing effect. Additionally, chillies help relieve nerve pain and boost energy levels as well.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Papaya: A solution for Weight Loss?

Papaya has been proven natural remedy for various health ailments. Fruits are spherical or pear-shaped having yellow skin when ripe. The flesh is bright orange, with small black seeds clustered in the center. The ripe fruit is juice and sweet that makes it delicious and extremely enjoyable! Though papaya is believed to be native to Southern Mexico and Central America, today it is cultivated extensively all over the tropical regions.

In traditional medicine, papaya seeds are anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and analgesic, and are used to treat stomachache and ringworm infections. The fruit is low in calories (39 calories/100 g) and contains no cholesterol; however, is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids, the B vitamins, folate, pantothenic acid, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and fiber. These nutrients also colon cancer, atherosclerosis, infections, colds and flu. The vitamin A, C and E content of papaya are said to offer protection against heart diseases.

Papaya is rich in nutrients and can benefit several different health concerns, including weight loss. Papaya is a low calorie fruit with high fiber content. Eating a bowl of ripe papaya as mid time snacks would help you feel full for a longer period of time. This keeps you satisfied, curbs the hunger cravings, and keeps you from overeating. 


Papaya fruit contains soft, easily digestible flesh with a good amount of soluble dietary fiber that helps to have normal bowel movements and cures constipation. The digestive enzymes papain and chymonpapain found in papaya are known to cleanse your digestive tract, further supporting fat loss. One can enjoy eating the ripe fruit or unripe papaya fruit can also be cooked and consumed.

Natural Weight Loss Tips!


In the era of commercialization, we find various weight loss pills, anti-cellulite products and expensive fitness gadgets popping up on the internet and television screens, but these can only cause frustration and may prove detrimental to our health. Natural herbal remedies are safe and promising in reducing weight.

Eat a Balanced Diet


A balanced diet and any form of exercise plays a vital role in reducing as well as maintaining a normal weight. One should eat a diet good in green vegetables and fresh fruits. Some of the fat burning spices such as black pepper, long pepper, mustard, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne should be added to the meals or used in preparations. 

Fish like tuna & salmonare high in Lectin, a protein, which helps improve metabolism and aids fat loss. Reduce the intake of salt & carbohydrate rich, high calorie foods (eg. rice, potatoes). Having vegetable soup or eating papaya at dinner time is helpful in reducing weight. Eating a cabbage salad also helps reduce weight as tartaric acid, an ingredient in the vegetable is known to inhibit conversion of dietary sugar to fat.

Follow any Form of Exercise Regularly

Along with diet, regular exercise is quite beneficial. Brisk walk, skipping a rope, jogging, aerobics, yoga and pranayam (yogic breathing exercises) are among few exercises that can be of help to attain a healthy weight. Also, one should eat slowly as it satisfies hunger with less food, thereby reducing calorie intake. Drink plenty of water (3-4 litres/ day) as it has no calories and reduces hunger.

Natural Remedies for Weight Loss

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, do try some of these natural herbal remedies for controlling weight in a healthy manner, that too, without any side effects.
  • Squeeze a lemon in a glass of bitter gourd juice and have it every morning.
  • Boil about 10 gm of triphala (a combination of equal amount of Amla, Harra & Beheda powder in a glass of water for 10 minutes. Consume it warm in the morning.
  • Consuming 2 cups of Green tea is also believed to shed excess fat.
  • To keep a check on weight, soak a few leaves of Indian plum/ Jamun overnight. Discard the leaves & drink water in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Take ½ tsp of guggal powder, a tsp of ginger rhizome powder and mix in honey to make it into a paste. Administer it once a day to lose weight.
  • Mix in a glass of lukewarm water, a tsp of honey with ½ tsp lemon juice. Drink it every morning and evening to lose weight.
  • Pound a ginger rhizome & boil the same in water. Add to it, ½ tsp lemon juice and 1/4th tsp black pepper powder. Have it when hot.
  • Having a tomato or two in morning is said to be beneficial in reducing weight.

Remember Folks, losing weight isn't a mysterious process… it’s a matter of burning more calories than we eat! 
So get going! All the best!