The “Appearance Attraction”

Recently I met a few people – and as always they are obsessed about dropping ‘x’ kilos by such and such date to fit into ‘that’ dress or just appear a certain way. And to achieve their targets – they don’t really care about the approach – they could starve, skip meals, count calories, workout like crazies, anything but eating sensibly – they just want results! So I asked – would you put your child or someone you love on the same diet – I got a unanimous reply – NO WAY! Then why put yourself through it!?

What I don’t understand is that why is there so much attention on a certain number or appearance and at the same time so much disregard towards physiological and psychological parameters? Why do we forget that our body works as a whole unit – and anything we do or don’t impacts US – our body, mind and energy too at the same time.

An absolute focus only on Weight loss, with an indifferent or unaware approach to Fat loss – is simply Careless and even dangerous. How can we overlook the benefits that exercise and eating right have upon US – our body, mind and energy. The overall insulin sensitivity improves, fat burning is maximized. Strength-stamina-endurance gets better. We are better attuned to our Hunger cues and satiety signals. Heart, liver, kidney function better. We are more happier. We feel lighter. We look better (isn’t this the whole reason why most people want to ‘lose weight’?!) 😉

So I repeat myself – throw your scale – focus on living a disciplined life – be FIT. A good lifestyle ensures that you are not at risk of any lifestyle related disease – which are on high rise today. Get over the “Appearance Attraction” and get Sensible 🙂

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Dump your Weighing Scale

Muscle is Dense than Fat.. So the Scales are not always the Best way to measure Fat Loss #dumpyourscale #merakiwellbeing #SpectacularSaturday #khushboothakker  

The Evening Hunger time Snack

Most of us get hungry and want something Yummy around 5-6pm. A good snack planned and eaten around this time can be a Key Factor in yourFat Loss & Fitness Journey. So what are you eating for your 6pm snack? Choose Well! Choose Yum! Eat what you Love! #merakiwellbeing  

 

BEING TOO BUSY, CAN MAKE YOU FAT

“I was too busy at work, I just dint get time to eat.” Is this not the story of the most hardworking and busy people? So just let me clear a few things – this is not a sign of some righteous, honorable act, it’s a classical sign that you’re neglecting yourself, choosing work over health and going into a fat storage mode. Had you taken out 5 minutes to grab a quick bite, you have moved to fat burning mode. We all know the value of time – time lost can never be got back. Same applies to eating at the right time too.

So the obvious question is – what is the right time to eat? Eat through the day.  Yes, the quantity varies with each meal, changes every season, changes with your mood – but the act of eating consistently through the day remains.

Today we are aware and know that we need to eat before and after exercise – because our body needs the fuel. Like exercise is to physical body, mental activity or work is for the brain. The brain needs its fuel too. Your duration of exercise is restricted to an hour or max 2. Does this apply to work too? We work through the day say 9-5 or 11-7 – our brain; our eyes staring at the laptop are working. They need fuel. By not eating when busy or simply having tea/coffee to mask hunger signals, not only are you compromising on productivity, impairing your analytical skills but you are now charging towards weight gain, higher fat percentage and landing up closer to diabetes, heart disease.

To make this worse, when you are done with work, and you now realize you are hungry you end up having that fried yumminess outside work or buy a big bar of chocolate or have a pastry. And if not this, you end up overeating at home over dinner – because you are hungry! This leads to bloating, heaviness post dinner which leads to difficulty in falling sleep, so next day you wake up tired.

So break the cycle – EAT! Eat small frequent meals through the day, this practice not only keeps you satisfied, it also stabilizes your blood sugar, keeps you more alert, more productive – so in short your performance at work improves, your sleep cycle will get better – you will feel fresh and young.

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The High Protein Myth

Every other person, who starts hitting the gym, suddenly wants to go on an-all protein or a high protein diet! Now scientifically speaking – proteins are a fab part of our meals as they help us achieve that lean bod and burn fat. The scientific reason why most trainers insist on high protein is because during any form of intense exercise – where the body undergoes wear and tear, it leads to loss of muscle tissue. The amino acids (building blocks of protein) help repair our tissues and recover from the stress the exercise places on our body.

But most people instead of adopting a balanced, sensible approach towards protein intake, jump to consume excessive proteins. What they forget or rather not realize is that for proteins to really work to our advantage we need adequate supply of carbohydrates and fats in our diets too. If our diets do not include these – you just wasted those extra proteins and your money you spent on buying the expensive proteins.

So just because you are consuming a high protein does not mean that your body is reaping its benefits. Most people forget that our body is way too smart – when we feel we have done a smart thing by consuming higher protein and low carb, low fat meal – our body becomes extra shaana (smart 😉 ) – it does not store the protein for future use, it instead converts it to FAT by a process a deamination. This process takes place in the liver, where your protein just got broken down to glucose. There goes your plan of consuming High protein!

So when you consume your proteins, even if it is meat, it is always sensible to eat it as a part of the meal along with rice or roti and veggies and NEVER by itself. This way we ensure ideal absorption and assimilation of amino acids.

So, when it comes to eating – like I always insist, it is so much better to adopt a sensible plan instead of trying anything extreme 🙂

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