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Why Just Will Power Is Not Enough For Weight Loss?

Why Just Will Power Is Not Enough For Weight Loss?

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Most often people blame their inability to lose weight on the lack of will power. Sad as it may seem, relying on your will power alone to lose weight is not practical and not even sustainable.

Your ‘will’ alone cannot help you reach your weight loss goal. Just will power is not enough for weight loss. For lasting weight loss, you need sustainable behaviour changes and a relationship with food that is healthy. These two things are simply nonnegotiable if you are looking for a way to reach your ‘happy weight’.

With will power alone, you may initially lose weight but if you don’t adopt a sustainable behaviour and a good relationship with food, you will simply gain back all the weight you lost. This way you will end up being sad!

Motivation and will power will help in kick-starting your health journey but it won’t take you too far. We are humans after all and we need a realistic plan in order to keep going.

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Here is what you should be doing for lasting results!

1) Don’t fall for weight loss gimmicks

You should avoid products or diet plans that say that you can slim down in 5 days by drinking just a juice or buy completely shunning carbs. Anything that is super extreme is far away from a balanced diet and is just a quick fix. Any weight lost with the help of shortcuts is regained in no time. The bottom line is that you won’t get lasting results with these gimmicks.

2) Eat foods that are healthy as well as fun!

Pizza, ice-cream, creamy cold coffee and other yummy foods are often off the list when you are on a weight loss diet. However, this is not the best strategy for a long lasting loss of weight. Doing so will lead to lots of cravings or probably binge eating. Instead of avoiding them as plague, you can allow yourself to have a little bit of them once in a blue moon!

3) Your weight goals must be achievable

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You cannot lose weight overnight or in a few days. If someone is offering you rapid weight loss, just turn around and run away. Weight loss of more than half  to 1 kilo a week is not sustainable for many. Make sure that your goals are achievable. You need to measure things and keep re-evaluating your goal every week to stay on track.

4) Learn to differentiate hunger and fullness

Half of your weight loss battle is won when you know what, when and how much you should eat. The great news is that you can use the internal hunger and fullness cues of the body as a guide. Those who are able to keep weight off without dieting have already mastered this tool.

5) Have an answer to your ‘why’

Are you aware of the reason behind your urge to lose weight and get fit? You need to turn your motivations into something more than just will power. You have to turn them into purpose. You must write this down to give your goals more meaning.

The next time if you have trouble reaching your goals, or feel as if you have failed, take the actions that are sustainable and long lasting as above mentioned.

Now do you feel that Just Will Power Is Not Enough For Weight Loss?

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3 Prebiotic Foods To Keep Your Gut Healthy!

Prebiotic Foods To Keep Your Gut Healthy!

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You must have heard a lot about probiotics. They are the good bacteria for your GI tract. However, do you know anything about prebiotics? Most of you would say NO! This post lists prebiotic foods to keep your gut healthy, so stay tuned!

Probiotics are the good bacteria that aid digestion and there has been a lot of ongoing research to find out the connection between probiotics and several ailments. You can easily get probiotics in the form of a capsule, a drink or by eating more of probiotic rich foods like yogurt, idli, dosa, kimchi and kefir.

Now let is talk about prebiotics. Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics.

Prebiotics are the non-digestive fibre present in the large intestine that help in stimulating and enhancing the growth of probiotics. When the good bacteria break down the prebiotic fibre-rich foods, the by-product obtained is called butyric acid. This makes it less likely for the bad bacteria to survive and colonize in the colon. Thus, for your GI tract to stay healthy you need both probiotics and prebiotics.

Your gut will work fine when the probiotics inside have adequate prebiotic-rich food. You will also be healthier as your gut bacteria are well fed and happy! A big reason to include prebiotics in your diet!

Prebiotic fibre has been known to be helpful with weight management and is said to encourage weight loss. You should ensure that you consume at least 5 g of prebiotic food in a day. You can also take additional inulin prebiotics supplements but it is always better to get your nutrition from the food you eat.

Here is a list of common prebiotic foods that you have been eating all this while. Eat more of them to feed the good bacteria and keep your gut working optimally.

Garlic

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Garlic is a common spice in Indian cooking. The fibre present in it is a great prebiotic that promotes the healthy growth of the good gut bacteria and wards off the unhealthy bacteria in the gut.

Garlic has a compound in it called allicin that has been known to possess several medicinal properties. It is a great antibacterial, antiviral as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is great for cardiovascular health and for improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Your immune system will also be improved. So, include garlic in your diet.

Onions

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Onions are another staple in Indian cuisine. However, it is advised that you consume raw onions as they have sulphur compounds that have lots of vital nutrients and cooking can kill that sulphur. Raw onions have fibre that helps in improving the good bacteria in the gut as well as the your immunity. This is because it is rich in vitamin C.

Onions contain a compound called quercetin. It is considered to be anti-inflammatory and is great for improving allergies. You should be careful while removing the outside peel of the onion as it is said to be the most nutritious part with the maximum number of antioxidants.

Apples

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As the old adage goes- An apple a day keeps the doctor away! This one is actually true! Apples have a chockfull of fibre and pectin that stimulate prebiotics. This fibre is totally loved by the gut bacteria. Apples are very beneficial. They have polyphenols and antioxidants in them that are perfect for fighting free radicals.

Include these prebiotic foods in your diet and see the difference.

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6 Remedies To Get Rid Of Foot Odour

Remedies To Get Rid Of Foot Odour

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Are you suffering from an embarrassing problem called ‘foot odour’? The moment you take off your shoes, there is a terrible stench that spreads all over the room. Well, this post is for helping you out and getting rid of foot odour!

Why do you have foot odour?

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Before jumping on to the remedies, let us first know the causes of foot odour.

The chief cause of foot odour is too much of sweating. When the skin’s moisture level increases, the feet turn into an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and fungi. The microbes multiply and release a pungent odour.

Not changing your socks regularly can also be also make bacteria breed on your feet. Other reasons include hair on feet and medical conditions like hyperhidrosis.

Remedies to fight foot odour

Keep reading to find some really easy home remedies for smelly feet!

1) Essential oils

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You can use essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree oil or lavender as they kill odour causing bacteria. Add 8 to 10 drops of essential oil to half a bucket of warm water and soak in your feet for 20 mins. Do this twice a day for a few days. The fragrant smell of the oil will hide the odour of the feet till you get rid of it totally.

2) Tea foot soak

Take a tub of hot water and dip 4 to 5 tea bags. Allow them to steep for a few minutes. Remove the bags and enjoy a good foot soak for 10 to 15 mins. Do this twice a day.

3) Salt water

To 8 cups of hot water add half a cup of salt. Stir for a while so that the salt dissolves. Soak in for a good 20 minutes. Do this twice daily for a few days. The salt is said to absorb excess moisture off your feet and reduce the growth of bacteria.

4) Sodium Bicarbonate

Add 2 table spoons of sodium bicarbonate to 8 cups of water. Allow it to dissolve and soak your feet in the hot water tub for 15 mins. Do this twice a day. Sodium bicarbonate is said to neutralize foul odour.

5) Coconut oil

Wash your feet and pat them dry. Add 5 drops of cedarwood oil to 1 to 2 tablespoons if coconut oil. Massage this well on your feet so that it gets absorbed by the skin. Do this every day till your feet stop stinking.

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Coconut oil kills bacteria and cedarwood essential oil has antifungal properties.

6) Epsom salt

Add half a cup of Epsom salt to a small tub of hot water. Stir it well and soak in your feet for 20 to 30 mins. Do this for a few days. The magnesium present in Epsom salt is said to absorb excess moisture from your feet.

So, those were the easy home remedies.

Ways to prevent foot odour:

a) Wash feet after removing shoes and dry them.

b) Wear socks of breathable material

c) Change socks every day

d) Exfoliate feet

Just remember one important thing- Keep your feet clean and dry!

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Rice Flour – Is It Healthy?

Rice Flour – Is It Really Healthy?

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Do you like eating rice or roti? Your preference will change with your geographical location. Rice is a common grain in India and it is enjoyed by all. However, the Southern states of India simply can’t live without rice as it is a staple food. They use rice flour too in numerous recipes!  Are you wondering why it is used so much? This post will answer your questions as it is all about the health benefits of rice flour.

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Rice flour is gluten free

Another flour to join the gluten-free bandwagon! Rice flour is gaining popularity in the Western world as many people are developing gluten intolerance and are on a look out for alternatives. Gluten, as you must be aware of, is a protein present in grains such as wheat and rye. You need to avoid it if you suffer from celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Those who have this condition need to strictly remove gluten from their diet because it damages the small intestine.

Research is being carried out on the effect of gluten on those suffering from autism. The results are inconsistent but some people have removed gluten from the diets of their autistic kids just as a precaution.

If you are on a gluten-free diet, wheat flour can be replaced with rice flour. It is a suitable and healthy replacement.

Protein

Rice flour is said to be high in protein content. The flour from brown rice has a higher amount of B vitamins. You must be wondering about the difference between brown and white rice. The basic difference between the two is the husk. When the husk is removed during milling, you get white rice. In brown rice, the husk is left intact. This makes brown rice a better selection. It has more amount of fibre, minerals (zinc and calcium) and vitamins. You want to know more about brown rice?  Click here!

Fibre

Dietary fibre is an extremely essential part of every diet plan. Rice is said to contain insoluble fibre in it and that is the substance that helps in removing waste stuff out of the intestines. Experts say that a diet high in fibre helps in lowering cholesterol and improving levels of blood sugar. It also promotes regular bowel movements.

Brown rice is known to have more fibre than white rice and it is all because of the husk. You can actually think of replacing wheat with brown rice if you want to lose weight. A fibre rich diet helps you feel full for longer and reduces your hunger pangs. The additional fibre that you get from rice flour can help in lowering the risk of diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, diverticular disease and colon disease.

Choose brown rice over white rice

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It would better to go in for brown rice flour instead of white rice flour. Fibre, as mentioned above, is one reason and the other reason is that white rice is stripped of the essential nutrients due to milling and polishing. Do you know that the procedures destroy 67 percent of the vitamin B3, 80 percent of vitamin B1, 90 percent of vitamin B6, half of the manganese and phosphorus, 60 percent of the iron and whole of the dietary fibre and fats?

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