Saturday, 2 August 2014
Other than exercising, eating the right food at the right time is the key to a flat tummy. So, include those foods in your diet that are rich in proteins, help reduce water retention and speed up your metabolism. They will not only give you a flat abdomen, but will also improve your digestion. Here is list of a few food items you must include in your diet to get a flat stomach.
Tomatoes are one of the best foods to get rid of fat around your belly. They not only taste good, but are packed with antioxidants, too. Tomatoes reduce water retention in the body, and also help in the production of leptin( a type of protein), which is responsible for regulating your appetite as well as tour metabolism.
A watermelon contains almost 91 per cent of water. This makes it a great low-calorie option. Watermelon helps in removal of excess fluids from the body. It is these fuids which cause excess belly fat. The only remedy to cure water retention in the body is to increase fluid intake in your diet. And, this fruit is one of the the richest sources of water.
Mushrooms prevent us from snacking throughout the day. They leave you satisfied for a longer time, thus curbing your appetite. Other than this, the dietary fibre in mushrooms promotes good bowel movement.
Many people harbour the misconception that fats should be completely avoided when you are trying to lose some extra pounds. But, olive oil contains a chemical called oleic acid, which breaks down excessive fat in the body. Also, monounsaturated fats found in olive oil help in controlling your blood sugar levels.
A research conducted by University of Purdue has found that though almonds are rich in calories, they do not contribute to belly fat. They contain vitamin E, which is good for your skin. Also, they are high in fibre and protein content. As proteins are filling, they contribute in killing your untimely hunger pangs. And, fibre rich diet improves the digestion process, leading to a flat stomach.
When you talk about weight loss, most people would suggest you to avoid bananas as they are fattening. But, here is a twist. Bananas contain high levels of potassium that helps to reduce water retention in the body. They are also rich in fibre, which keeps you satiated for a longer time, thus curbing your cravings.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for its detoxifying properties. It aids digestion and kills the harmful bacteria in your intestine. It also reduces water retention in your stomach and flushes out toxins.
Eating oats is one of the best ways to kick start your day. Oats are not only filling, but they also provide your body with energy that is released slowly throughout the day. They make you feel full, contain very few calories, and lower your cholesterol too.
Thursday, 27 February 2014
The hectic office routine has taken a toll on everyone’s body. So much so that people do not even get time to hit the gym. The increasing body weight is the outcome of this time-crunched lifestyle. But, blaming this work pattern for not working out is not the solution. You do not need a trainer or professional equipment to lose that bulge. You can always burn calories at the comfort of your home. So, take a look at a few exercises which you can easily do at home and say goodbye to that extra flab.
1. Jumping jack
Jumping jack is something nearly everyone must have done at school during their PT classes. For this, what you need to do is just stand erect with your arms spread out on either side. Then jump while spreading your legs outwards and clapping your hands above your head. And, then land on the ground with legs wide open and hands joined over your head. Jump again to return back to the normal position. This warm up exercise actually improves your heart’s health and helps you to burn a lot of calories. Through this workout, you can burn at least 100 calories in 10 minutes.
If you have not picked up a skipping rope since childhood, it is time to 'skip' down the memory lane once again. So, whether with a skipping rope or without it, this exercise has lot many health benefits to offer. It helps you to lose up to 450 calories in around 30 minutes. It improves blood flow, thereby keeping your heart healthy. Moreover, it boosts the density of bones, keeping osteoporosis at bay. But make sure that you do not skip in a room crammed with furniture, or else you will end up hurting yourself.
Well if you think jogging in a park will do you more good (other than breathing fresh air), you are mistaken then. There is actually no difference between the two, as your muscles perform the same function and you burn equal amount of calories too. So, just put on a pair of shoes and start jogging at any spot you are comfortable in. Make sure you increase your speed at regular intervals, and hold on to something to give yourself some support. Besides burning your fat, this exercise tones your thighs, hips and calf muscles, leaving you with a slimmer body frame.
Well, fret not! You do not have to invest in dumbbells for weightlifting. All you need to do is fill a half liter bottle with sand or water, and use it in place of the dumbbells. You can increase the weight with time, but start off with something light. Lifting weight rigorously for an hour (without any break) can burn up to 400 calories. It helps in losing those love handles as well. Moreover, you can also flaunt your toned arms in a sleeveless t-shirt too.
This is one exercise that should be a part of everyone's daily routine. It is simple to perform squats and requires no gym equipment. For this, just stand erect with your feet slightly apart and your arms raised to your shoulder level. Then bend your knees forward (in a chair position) and get up without any support. Repeat it at least 3-5 times. If you find this exercise straining, you can use a chair for a few days. After a while, shift to the actual method. Besides burning fat, this workout helps in boosting your stamina (in case you are an athlete), and clears bowel movements as well. Also, it tones your buttocks, abs and legs.
Dancing will not only help you burn calories, but will cheer you up as well. This mood boosting exercise increases your heart rate and helps you to build lean muscle mass. A 10-minute intense dancing session can help you to burn around 65 calories. Well, you do not have to learn any specific dance to lose weight. Just play some peppy number and get started!
Most people avoid going to a gym during monsoons and then blame the rains for not exercising. If you are one of them, just pay attention to our suggestions and start exercising at home!