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Post Lunch Dip – What Is It?

What Is Post Lunch Dip?

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Tell me honestly, do you feel like working at your desk after downing 2 aloo paranthas for lunch? All you would think is how great things would be if you could curl up in your own bed. Does this happen to you often? Do you feel guilty about it? Are your colleagues making you the laughing stock of office? Too many questions 😛

The good news is that it happens to almost everyone and the actual question is why does it happen? Is it due to over-eating or the types of foods we choose or due to something else?

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What is the post lunch dip?

According to most nutritionists and dieticians, it is quite normal to feel sluggish after lunch. This phenomenon is so commonplace that there exists a term for it called ‘post lunch dip’.

There exist a lot of factors that contribute to this slump. The most common of them all is the process of digestion itself. When the process of digestion is on, numerous chemical changes take place in the body and that causes a huge portion of energy to get diverted to help with digestion.

Since your digestive system works overtime to break down food consumed and many metabolic processes kick in, the other brain and bodily function turn slower. This slowing down can give an individual a lethargic feeling.

Feel good hormones also matter

Another reason why you feel like a slug post-lunch is the spike in insulin production. The insulin production is more when you consume fatty and sugary foods. The levels of hormones such as serotonin and melatonin get elevated as a result. The feel good hormones are said to have a calming effect on the brain and also play a vital role in regulation of sleep.

Studies also prove that some foods may increase your drowsiness and make you want to fall asleep. For example, foods rich in carbs and proteins trigger the release of hormones that make you sleepy.

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Sleeping patterns matter

Another reason for your post-lunch slump that can be quite surprising is your sleeping pattern. It is actually very natural for you to feel like going to sleep 7 hours after you have woken up. It is said that the internal rhythmic cycles of the body enter the resting phase at this time i.e. lunch time. Being coupled with other physiological processes, it marks the beginning of your craving to sleep.

What is advised?

If you don’t want to get into your boss’s bad books and improve your productivity at work, it would be wise enough to stop over-eating and avoid foods with too much of sugar or fats. It would be wise enough to have something comparatively lighter for lunch and definitely skip the rasmalai. You can have them when you are off during weekends so that nobody will stop you from napping.

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5 Plant-Based Protein Powders Worth Adding to Your Next Smoothie

One of the three macronutrients, along with fat and carbs, protein helps us feel full, achieve weight-loss goals and build muscle. However, most of us struggle to get enough in our diets, especially if we’re following a plant-based or vegan diet. An easy way to increase your daily protein intake is with protein powders because they are convenient and often inexpensive compared to high-protein, animal-based foods like meat, fish and dairy. Also, there are a variety of plant-based protein powders on the market that offer other health benefits, like fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Here are five plant-based protein powders worth tossing into your basket the next time you’re grocery shopping:

1. PEA PROTEIN

With 15 grams of protein per serving, pea protein is made from the yellow pea, a legume rich in fiber and micronutrients like B vitamins. Though it’s not a complete protein, pea protein is a good plant-based option for vegans and vegetarians. With an earthy flavor, pea protein is best used in recipes that have a lot of flavor, like this Ultimate Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl.  


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2. BROWN RICE PROTEIN

Though brown rice protein isn’t a complete protein, it’s rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber and has 24 grams protein per serving. It’s also easily digestible and well suited for people with food allergies. Bonus: It has a neutral flavor that doesn’t overpower — or compete with — other flavors so feel free to mix it into your smoothie along with coffee, matcha or mango.  

3. HEMP PROTEIN

Made with hemp seeds, hemp protein powder offers 15 grams of protein per serving and is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The upside is it’s one of the few plant-based proteins that is a complete protein source with 20 amino acids — making it especially good for vegans. One caveat: Because it’s high in fiber, hemp protein may be difficult to digest, especially if consumed before working out. With an earthy flavor, hemp pairs well with banana, unsweetened nut milk and a bit of honey in a smoothie.


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4. PUMPKIN SEED PROTEIN

Made from ground pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed protein powder delivers 19 grams of protein per serving and also contains essential omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids. This vegan protein option also packs a extra nutritional punch, containing micronutrients like vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and other minerals including zinc, iron and copper.

5. SOY PROTEIN

Soy protein powder is one of a few plant sources that offers all of the essential amino acids and about 20 grams of protein per serving. This protein powder is a rich source of arginine, an amino acid important for immunity and cardiovascular health. In addition, several years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for soy protein stating that “25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Tried and true in smoothies, these protein powders are an easy way to boost the protein quotient in bars and bites, too. With so many different options — whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free or anything in between, these plant-based protein powders are a convenient and nutritious way to increase your protein intake.

Share your favorite protein powder in the comments below!

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The 5 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Is Losing Weight

When someone in your life is in the process of losing weight, what should you do? Should you draw attention to the weight loss and applaud the person, or should you de-emphasize it and avoid talking about it? The knee-jerk reaction is often to compliment and praise people for how great they look and for all their hard work. But is hearing those things truly helpful?

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’ve worked with hundreds of people who have successfully shed pounds. To my surprise, many of them have related the same message: They don’t like it when people notice and talk about their weight loss. They don’t want to be complimented, praised or even have attention drawn to them. Instead of having every conversation revolve around their pants size, they want to talk about other things with their friends and loved ones.

For people on the sidelines wanting to show support and love, it can be hard to understand why someone wouldn’t want to hear words of encouragement. It can be challenging to put yourself in that position and understand how someone might misinterpret your well-intentioned comments.

There are people who love to get positive comments and feedback about their weight-loss progress. Not everyone is sensitive to words of encouragement, but it’s more common than you’d think to have a negative reaction.

Let’s dive into the top five things you probably shouldn’t say to someone who is losing weight.

1. “HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?”

This is problematic because it assumes they couldn’t possibly be happy with where they are now. Different people have different weights at which they are comfortable, so who are we to judge?

2. “YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO EAT THAT, RIGHT?”

Foods that are high in fat or sugar are often vilified. A person who is actively losing weight might have it built into their plan to enjoy or indulge in those foods occasionally. The last thing you want to do as a support in their life is increase food anxiety or induce guilt about eating certain things. Trust them, and don’t critique their food choices.


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3. “YOU LOOK SO MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE.”

This is clearly not the most helpful thing to say to someone, but it does occasionally slip out of our mouths. Avoid comparing their appearance from before and after. Chances are, they’re already doing enough of that in their own head. If they want your opinion, they can ask!

4. “YOU’RE JUST GOING TO GAIN IT BACK ANYWAY.”

This statement conveys a lack of confidence in your loved one’s ability to maintain weight loss and could be very discouraging to hear. It’s disheartening even if you meant it as a joke.

5. “WOW, YOU LOOK SO GOOD!”

This is the real kicker. People say this all the time and usually have nothing but good vibes they’re trying to send. This can be interpreted in many problematic ways, though. People often wonder what was wrong with them before or why everyone is noticing their body. This well-meaning statement can cause body-image issues to surface, which can — in the worst case — trigger an eating disorder.

I don’t think we should feel like we have to walk on eggshells around one another. I do think we can increase our awareness of others’ experiences and try to focus on people, not their bodies.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t talk about each other’s weight at all; you never really know what someone is going through. Someone could be losing weight due to secretly dealing with a cancer diagnosis, they could be struggling with an eating disorder or they could be going through an extremely difficult time with their mental health. People you’re trying to support can sometimes equate your compliments about their weight loss as an indicator that there was something wrong with them when they weighed more.

Even when someone enjoys and appreciates hearing the positive feedback from people around them, there’s a chance of developing problematic eating behaviors as a result of the affirmation. A straightforward effort for weight loss can lead to obsession, restriction and disordered eating, triggered by compliments that are twisted into motivation for unhealthy behaviors.

If you notice someone in your life has lost weight, ask them how they’re genuinely doing. Compliment them on how happy and confident they seem. Draw attention to their strengths as a human being, and convey unconditional love and support. Avoid conversations about food, weight and body image unless someone reaches out to you asking for help and support with those issues.

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Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You

Know About The Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You

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People take quite drastic measures to lose weight. They follow fad diets and try weird weight loss tricks. However, if you are someone who happens to follow common weight loss strategies (such as calorie counting) you should know that they can backfire. Most tricks can leave you irritable, moody or miserable.

Moreover, after you are done with a quick fix weight loss trick, you can gain all the lost weight or even pile on more! The only way you can shed weight and keep it off is by adopting long-term healthy habits.

Check out the Weight Loss Tricks That Harm You rather than doing any good:

Cutting out sugar completely

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Sugar has been demonized in the nutrition circle but we cannot disagree with that. After all staying away from added sugar is a healthy habit. However, some people overdo the restriction and as an after-effect they end up overeating forbidden sweets or completely lose out their interest in healthy eating.

Some people go so far with cutting back on sugar that they start to avoid fruits as they contain sugar (natural). Doing so deprives the body of vital nutrients. Apart from that, it can backfire your weight loss goals! According to studies, eating fruit is known to help you shed kilos. This is because fruit is packed with antioxidants and it is a good replacement for sweets and processed snacks. Coming back to sugar consumption, guidelines from AHA or American Heart Association says that you can have up to 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if you are a woman. This gives some room for healthy indulgences such as dark chocolate and is known to help curb cravings for sweet and salty foods. For most people, cutting out sugar completely is not realistic. So, you should eat fruits (not overdo it though) and plan your treats that you cannot live without. This way things are more sustainable.

Counting calories obsessively

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You should stop counting calories. It may seem out of the ordinary when it comes to weight loss but it is for your own good. First, quality is more important than quantity when you talk about calories. People lose weight even after increasing caloric intake. How? By swapping processed food for fresh and whole foods!

Research also says that not all calories are the same. Foods like almonds, pulses and avocado trigger burning of calories and make you feel satiated.

Studies prove that counting calories can lead to stress that can increase your weight! Still want to count them?

Extreme portion control

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One great diet strategy is to serve yourself healthy portions of food. However, this can also be taken too far such as eating with chopsticks alone or stopping your meal after a measly number of bites. This may help in weight loss but can you follow this forever? Apart from that, eating too little can have a lot of side effects like feeling too tired to workout, losing muscle mass and a weakening the immune system.

Do you know that there are a lot of foods that you can eat in larger portions and still lose kilos? For instance, veggies like mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, brinjal, cauliflower give you less than 30 calories a cup. Try to include them in your diet and don’t stay hungry!

Eating just one food

There are many diets that ask you to literally eat just one food. This restrictive approach can lead to weight loss but it will be temporary. It would be healthier to opt for a balanced meal that has the right amount of lean protein, healthy fat and carbs.

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