6 Factors that #kill your #diet #plans

So you have been dieting all this while and also keep a check on what you eat, still you feel you aren’t losing much weight. Or does it come back after sometime? We help you find out 6 evil factors that doom your diet.

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Don’t give your food power:
It’s all in your mind. Food can’t make you eat it. Some people talk as if a chocolate bar holds them down, forcing them to eat it. You have the power to say No to food.

Good versus bad food:
So you think there are good and bad foods? Incorrect. Food is food; it could be fatty, salty, sweet, and low in fat, high in fibre, high in protein. You have to find the right balance and ensure that your body is not deprived of food.

Dieting can’t go on forever:
You feel heavy today and you go on a diet plan. Once you lose the excess weight, you go off the diet. If you follow this pattern, you are most likely to regain all the weight. So eat well but eat right.

You can’t lose weight without exercise:
So you think you can lose weight without exercising. It isn’t impossible, but you would need to go on a controlled diet. But once you stop dieting, the weight will come back. It’s very important to follow some kind of a fitness routine. It can even be a brisk walk, or any kind of increased activity.

All fats are not bad
Some fats are healthy. Nuts and seeds have good oils in them, so you should not avoid those oils. Also, you should keep alternating food oils. Do not stick to one kind of oil. The trans fat in fast food and packaged foods is bad for you.

Don’t drink too many calories
If you are living in the misconception that soft drink is bad but juice and sports drink are good, think again. Juice has the same calories as soft drinks. And sports drinks are mostly full of sugar. It’s best to eat your fruit than drinking it. And drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.

#Diet according to #blood #type

Tired of different diets? Follow the blood type diet, favourite among Hollywood celebs!

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The blood group diet has long been the diet secret of many enviable Hollywood stars’ bodies — now Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy admits she is a fan too. “My mum told me about Eat Right For Your Type, which shows you what to eat and what to avoid depending on your blood type,” she said in a recent interview. “It’s made such a difference to my energy levels. Now I believe in it 100 per cent.”

Other followers swear it works when it comes to shedding fat, boosting energy and even preventing illness.

WHY BLOOD TYPE DIET?
Each blood type evolved at a different point in history so we should adopt diets similar to those our ancestors had when our blood group evolved. By eating foods that your personal blood type can easily digest, you will lose weight, feel healthier and be happier.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BE EATING?
Blood group O’s plan
O is the oldest blood group, so people with this type feel best and stay slimmest on a ‘hunter’ type diet like our ancestors. Os tend to be high achievers with lots of energy and are very organised.
Drop a dress size: Follow a high-protein diet — being vegetarian will mean you’re always hungry and snack on carbs, causing problems with blood sugar and metabolism.
Foods to eat freely: Lean meats, fish. Foods to avoid: Too much dairy or carbs.
Personal exercise plan: An hour of cardio a day and workout in the morning rather than the evening. Jogging, cycling, swimming or brisk walking are also perfect.

Blood group B’s plan
No blood type epitomises the ‘everything in moderation’ expression more than B. It evolved at a time when people travelled more, so meat, vegetables and grains were eaten in a more balanced way. You have a strong, healthy constitution and tend to be very downto-earth and practical.
Drop a dress size: Combining the O and A diet — a bit of everything. Lucky type Bs generally find it easiest to lose weight.
Foods to eat freely: Meat, fish, coffee, vegetables and wheat-free grains.
Foods to avoid: Processed foods.
Personal exercise plan: You’re drawn to moderate exercise, which uses your brain as well as your body. Team sports such as netball or dancing classes, two to three times a week are perfect.

Blood group A’s plan
This blood group evolved later than O, when people farmed more than hunted, so you need less protein and more grains. Group As tend to be highly creative, good problem-solvers and can be very sensitive.
Drop a dress size: Eat less meat and more vegetables, wholemeal carbs. Foods to eat freely: Nuts, seeds, cereals, pasta, fruit and vegetables.
Foods to avoid: Dairy if prone to allergies, too much meat.
Personal exercise plan: Group As are often less active than Os, needing just 30 minutes of gentle exercise a day. Yoga, Tai Chi, walking and an outdoor lifestyle suit As best.

Blood group AB’s plan
A combination of types A and B, you have dietary components of both and can eat just about anything. ABs have a canny knack of being creative, having a good head for business and getting on with people.
Drop a dress size: Avoid too much meat. Pack your diet with vegetarian foods and treat meat as a treat.
Foods to eat freely: Fish, vegetables, carbs and grains.
Foods to avoid: Too much meat.
Personal exercise plan: Mix it up by appealing to your calm side with yoga or Pilates once a week and a couple of sessions of something more intense such as light jogging.

Celeb following
These stars followed a blood group diet and got themselves in shape
Demi Moore, 47, the Charlie’s Angels actress found the weight stayed off when she switched to a blood type diet.

Liz Hurley, 45, and her former boyfriend Hugh Grant are said to share a fondness for the diet as a weight-loss strategy.

Courteney Cox-Arquette, 46, who shed pounds after the birth of her daughter is also said to be a fan.

12 #Indian #foods that cut #fat

You don’t have to acquire a taste for olive oil, seaweed or soya to maintain a low-fat, healthy diet. Indian cuisine can be healthy too, if it’s cooked with oil and ingredients that take care of your heart and health.

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Ayurveda suggests you include all tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent — in at least one meal each day, to help balance unnatural cravings. Here are 12 foods that can help you lose weight and gain health:

Turmeric: Curcumin, the active component of turmeric, is an object of research owing to its properties that suggest they may help to turn off certain genes that cause scarring and enlargement of the heart. Regular intake may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, increase blood circulation and prevent blood clotting, helping to prevent heart attack.

Cardamom: This is a thermogenic herb that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat. Cardamom is considered one of the best digestive aids and is believed to soothe the digestive system and help the body process other foods more efficiently.

Chillies: Foods containing chillies are said to be as foods that burn fat. Chillies contain capsaicin that helps in increasing the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, so it causes the body to burn calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chillies.

Curry leaves: Incorporating curry leaves into your daily diet can help you lose weight. These leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits that are stored in the body, as well as reducing bad cholesterol levels. If you are overweight, incorporate eight to 10 curry leaves into your diet daily. Chop them finely and mix them into a drink, or sprinkle them over a meal.

Garlic: An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulphur compound allicin which has anti-bacterial effects and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Mustard oil: This has low saturated fat compared to other cooking oils. It has fatty acid, oleic acid, erucic acid and linoleic acid. It contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol, which is good for the heart.

Cabbage: Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.

Moong dal: The bean sprouts are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and E and many minerals, such as calcium, iron and potassium. It is recommended as a food replacement in many slimming programmes, as it has a very low fat content. It is a rich source of protein and fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol level. The high fibre content yields complex carbohydrates, which aid digestion, are effective in stabilising blood sugar and prevent its rapid rise after meal consumption.

Honey: It is a home remedy for obesity. It mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body allowing it to be utilised as energy for normal functions. One should start with about 10 grams or a tablespoon, taken with hot water early in the morning.

Buttermilk: It is the somewhat sour, residual fluid that is left after butter is churned. The probiotic food contains just 2.2 grams of fat and about 99 calories, as compared to whole milk that contains 8.9 grams fat and 157 calories. Regular intake provides the body with all essential nutrients and does not add fats and calories to the body. It is thus helpful in weight loss.

Millets: Fibre-rich foods such as millets – jowar, bajra, ragi, etc – absorb cholesterol and help increase the secretion of the bile that emulsifies fats.
Cinnamon and cloves: Used extensively in Indian cooking, the spices have been found to improve the function of insulin and to lower glucose, total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes.

#Packaged #foods must list #nutritional facts!

Consumers will soon be able to figure out if a pack of biscuits, chips or juice is high in nutrients and low in fats. Labels of packaged foods must now compulsorily list nutritional facts per 100 gm or 100 ml or per serving.

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This has been spelt out by the new Prevention of Food Adulteration (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2008. The ministry of health and family welfare, which issued the notification on September 19, 2008, has given the industry six months to put the norms in place. So far, listing of nutritional profile on food product labels has been voluntary, although large manufacturers have been increasingly adopting the international practice.
Yet disturbingly, some popular products that have a presence in the developed world—where display of nutritional details on the package is a must—fail to do so in the Indian market. This should change by March 19, 2009.

The new rules stipulate that all ingredients in a packed product must be listed in a descending order in terms of both weight and volume. Significantly, the list must also include the nutritional profile of a product such as its energy value in kcal; the amount of protein, carbohydrates, including sugar, and fat in grams; and other vitamins and minerals in metric units.

The rules also lay down that a fruit juice, squash, beverage that does not contain a specified amount of fruit juice or pulp cannot be described as a fruit product. So, an item that is not a true fruit product can no longer pass off as one.

Consumer organisations welcome the much-awaited rules, with R Desikan of Chennai’s Concert saying they must be implemented without further delay. H Tripathi of Ahmedabad’s Consumer Education and Research Centre adds that nutritional labelling is important because it not just helps consumers calculate the nutrients present in a product, but also gives them an idea about what products to avoid.

Hypertension (blood pressure) sufferers, for instance, would now be able to avoid foods high in sodium. “Manufacturers are well aware about their products and the recipes and can easily mention the nutritive values,” insists Tripathi. Importantly, consumers would now be able to discern the presence, if any, of cholesterol and dangerous fatty acids such as transfat and saturated fats, which carry a heart risk. Transfat, as many are aware, is found in popular snack items made using hydrogenated oil. The unhealthy fat forms when liquid oils are converted into solid fats using hydrogen.

And a major source of transfat in our country is vanaspati. In an earlier discussion, Dr B Sesikeran, director at the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition, had said transfat damages the inner lining of blood vessels, thus causing inflammation. Once this happens, it increases the risk of clot formation.

The new rules mandate that foods using hydrogenated fats or bakery shortenings must specifically declare so on the label, and also mention that they contain transfat.

An official in the ministry of health says industry’s response to the notification has been largely positive. As Piruz Khambatta, CMD of Rasna International and chairman of the CII National Committee on Food Processing, says, “If I am diabetic, I must know how much sugar is there in a product… Industry must work (towards nutritional labelling) whole-heartedly. More than mandatory, it is consumer-friendly.”

Nutritional information, however, may not be necessary in raw agricultural commodities such as wheat, rice and spices; non-nutritive products such as soluble tea, coffee and packaged drinking water; fruits and vegetables; and single-ingredient products. As also, foods served for immediate consumption at hotels, hospitals and by vendors and halwais.