25 fun and exciting ways to lose weight!

Many people who want to lose weight know that going to the gym and following a proper diet will help them reach their goals. Still, they do not do anything due to laziness, work pressure or lack of motivation. Even people who are determined and join a gym, often leave it after a few days citing tiredness, fatigue or distractions. In this mega guide, we give such people an overview of alternate methods they can use to shed those extra kilos.

Fun ways to exercise

The reason routines get boring is because, well they are routines! The moment you start feeling an obligation to do something, you don’t want to do it anymore. Same exercises, same music at the same time every day; exercising becomes an obligation that turns into a punishment. If you’ve tried gymming and failed, maybe it’s time to experiment with some fun workout routines. Here are a few options to get you started:

1. Hula Hoops

Would you believe that hula hooping can burn up to 600 calories an hour? Having said that, it’s difficult hula hooping for an hour but you get the idea – it’s fun, physically intensive and you can do it in the privacy of your room. Yes, it also helps you lose weight. If you are beginner, try a weighted hoop because it’s easier to rotate but as you get better switch to a lighter hoop which requires more effort from you to rotate and hence, helps burn more calories. And the elderly can try them too. Just put on some music and you are good to go.

2. Skating

Something we’ve all tried and enjoyed despite falling flat on our backsides or tripping over a bump. But here’s something you didn’t know – it can help you shed calories too. In fact, if you are over 70 kilos, you can possibly burn more than 500 calories an hour! Not only does it help muscles become stronger, it’s good for your heart as well. It’s cost-effective and has less impact than running. All you need is a smooth surface and an open area.

3. Frisbee

 Got a dog and a park nearby? Buy yourself a Frisbee and get cracking. You can get some friends along on a weekend and have a game too. Either way, all the throwing, catching and running helps your body. In fact, a 30 minute game can burn nearly 100 calories assuming you are 60 kilos. And it needn’t be a Frisbee – you could give volleyball a shot as well.

4. Badminton

One of the few games that you can play anywhere. And it’s seriously addictive. Although you can explore other options like tennis, cricket and even basketball – most of these need more space, more people or expensive equipment. For badminton, you don’t even need a net! Lots of energy, competition and running around – all of that does a ton of good to your stamina. In a nutshell, any form of sport is great.

5. Kickboxing

Most health centres or gyms also offer courses like boxing and kickboxing – both are great ways to blow off some steam after a hard day and a fun sport. An added benefit is that they sharpen your self-defence skills.

6. Trekking

This might sound too much hard work to be fun but it isn’t. Make a group of friends and take off for the hills every weekend for a few hours. You can climb your way up and have a picnic and play a few games. It’s not only a chance to exercise but to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nowadays, there are many adventure groups who organize bi-weekly camping or trekking trips. Before you know it, you’ll be addicted.

7. Swimming

You’ve probably heard this before: swimming is one of the best cardiovascular exercises for you. And who doesn’t like to splash around in cold water? How can you make it even more fun? If you get bored, you can always play some water volleyball or a game of catch.

8. Twerking

Teen icon Miley Cyrus has 27 million Youtube views, all thanks to Twerking. Say, what? Twerking involves twisting and jerking movements of the hips that improves lower body flexibility. This seductive workout is meant to tone your core, glutes, hips and thigh muscles. 

9. Bokwa 

Robbie Williams is now into Bokwa, which requires using your feet to draw letters or numbers while doing their cardio to music. It combines elements of African dance, capoeira, kickboxing, light boxing, and fancy step footwork to strengthen the feet and ankles. You not only burn around 1,200 calories but also tone your lower body muscles. Age no bar!  

10. Pole Dance 

Want to power up the passion in your bedroom? Sign up for a pole dance workout. This strength-based training which involves spinning, swinging, twirling, climbing and more, targets the whole body. It improves posture and increases upper body definition. Pregnant women and people with histories of heart disease, joint, back and knee problems, and should steer clear. 

11. Batuka  

A dance form that originated in Brazil, Batuka is an aerobic activity combined with martial art moves. It is meant to increase endurance levels and emphasizes positive thinking. A fun, high intensity dance workout, Batuka offers choreographed routines to globally inspired music.

13. Belly dance

Wondering how Katrina got her moves right in Sheila Ki Jawani? Belly dancing is a sure-fire way to burn belly fat and strengthen your abs. Dance away stress, improve blood circulation and body posture. This is a good pre-natal workout! 

14. Zumba

Zumba Fitness is a Latin-Inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness party and it works for weight loss, weight management, fat loss and body toning. It takes the basic steps from Latin dance styles like the merengue, cumbia, salsa, latin-pop, reggaetton, bachhata, calypsio, samba and many more and merges a fitness formula to it.

Zumba Fitness allows you to feel like you’re in a night club instead of an exercise class. It uses great spicy Latin music and Latin dance styles fusing it with fitness. In Zumba you work out from head to toe using muscles you never would have in a normal gym class. Its tagline Party Yourself into Shape’ explains its reason for popularity. You come out of a Zumba Fitness class with a lot more energy, with a bag full of stress out of your system and most importantly with a smile. If fitness is fun, you would stick to it and this explains its committed following and popularity.

15. Power yoga

Power yoga is a more dynamic version of traditional yoga – it’s faster, more intense and the focus is more on building strength and less on meditation or chanting. And while in yoga there’s a fixed set of asanas, in power yoga teachers have more flexibility in terms of arranging postures according to their preferences.

It’s believed the new technique was created by Beryl Bender Birch of New York and Bryan Kest based in Los Angeles to make yoga more interesting for westerners.

16. YOGAqua 

YOGAqua is an ancient fitness method that’s been in practice since centuries. But of late, many new variants have emerged which aim to intensify its fitness benefits in a shorter span of time. While some of these have been welcome with open arms, others are just plain whacky and it takes guts to try them out. One such variant is YOGAqua – yoga merged with Stand-up Paddle-Boarding (SUP). The idea behind this method is that since the asanas (postures) are done on a moving surface, it engages muscles that we normally don’t in other exercises. The best part of this workout is – it is done outdoors in the sea on calm waters. Students first learn to balance themselves on the stand-up paddle board and then begin doing various yoga poses. Even if you lose your balance, you just fall in the water. Sounds like a fun way to exercise while making a splash.

17.  AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga

Imagine hanging from a hammock made of cloth in mid-air in a yoga pose. That’s AntiGravity® Aerial yoga for you. A workout created by a gymnast who is also a professional dancer, it promises to increase physical agility and overall health while also having fun and being a bit creative. The fabric hammock is good for upper body workout and to strengthen one’s core. Enter a class, and you may find a bunch of students in an upside down meditation position dangling in air from the hammock or completely snuck inside it with only their feet visible, practising what is known as the cocoon pose. If you want to practise yogawhile defying gravity, then this workout is perfect for you.

18.  Backward running

Backward or retro running is nothing but running backwards without looking behind. A daily exercise for many in Europe and Japan, the thought of it sounds absurd but it apparently has a number of benefits, even more than traditional running say many.  So what are its benefits? The first one is that you can do it even if you are injured. Now no more waiting for the ankle sprain to heal, you can still run backwards. It’s also been observed that 100 steps backwards is the same as 1000 steps forward so you burn more calories with this workout. Since you are running backwards, you need to be alert to help yourself navigate the way. This heightens your senses and you also have fun doing this workout. Not so common here but there are various sprints and even marathons organised for backward running in Europe. So start running backwards to get forward in your fitness regimen.

19.  Cycle karaoke

Love singing out loud your favourite songs? Now you have the chance to sing and also get fit while doing it. Say hello to cycle karaoke! The concept behind this is that your singing is an indicator of your heart rate. If you can sing a song with the perfect notes whilst working out on the cycle, you are not working hard enough but if you are out of breath during a rendition, you are closer to achieving your fitness goal. Another reason to sing at the top of your voice while cycling in a gym is that is boosts everyone’s energy and you have more motivation and stamina than before. Making this a group activity will yield better results. So rehearse the lines of your favourite song and start singing it aloud the next time you hit the gym.

20. Doga

This clearly takes the cake when it comes to weird workouts. Doga is practising yoga with your pet dog. Yes, you read it right! Through this workout, masters can bond better with their pets while getting fitter than before. Even the dogs perform yoga asanas likechaturanga where the dogs sit with their front paws in the air with the support of their human partners and sun salutations where the dogs are lifted on their hind legs by the owners.  The dogs are also used as props by their masters as they perform yoga poses. Like in the warrior pose, where the dog is balanced on the thigh or the forward bends where the dog is wrapped around the neck. It sounds completely bizarre but many dog owners in the West are thrilled by this workout and enjoy it more than the traditional exercise regimens. Looks like the dog pose is getting literal after all!

21. Masala Bhangra Workout

 A combination of traditional bhangramoves with Bollywood steps, this workout gained mass acceptance in the West and has now made its way to India as well. Fun, peppy but physically draining, this regime mixes cardiovascular exercises with dance. It is devised by Sarina Jain and is fit to b done by people of all ages.

22. Hip hop abs

This workout promises to get you six-pack abs without doing a single crunch or sit-up. Another regimen by Shaun T, it claims to get you abs with its tilt, tuck and tighten’ technique. The regimen involves various dance moves on fast-paced songs to burn calories and sweat it out. There are four routines and a nutrition guide to help you sculpt your abs faster. 

23.  Strip aerobics

Now that’s a workout that stirs up quite a few images in your head. Move over the tried and tested aerobics and try out its racier version, strip aerobics. The exercises differ slightly than traditional aerobics and involve floor workouts, sexy moves and lots of sweat and fun. The participants don’t really strip down to their basics. They wear layers on top of their gym wear and take them off to the music while they workout. The idea is to learn moves similar to a striptease and get fit while doing it but not strip completely in the class. There are special women-only classes conducted by a few gyms where you can learn this sensuous workout. Or else, order a DVD at home and try it alone if you are too reticent to do it in public. Don’t be fooled by its name, it is still an intense programme and you will break a sweat.

24. Fitness video games

These are similar to video games that kids play but instead of controlling what’s going on just with your fingers, these are meant to engage your whole body in the activity just as you would do if playing in real life. For example, a running competition in a motion game will require you to actually run (just on the spot) in order for your player to move ahead and win the race – you can’t just make him run by pressing buttons on a remote. This benefits the person playing the game as it is fun and involves physical exercise. Gaming consoles like Xbox 360 Kinect Fitness and Nintendo Wii Fit Plus offer several games which have very interactive games that help you lose weight.

25. Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness regimen developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century that helps balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness. It builds endurance in the legs, abdomen, arms, hips and the back. The regimen of Pilates is based on six principles – concentration, control, centering, flow, breathing and precision. Concentration involves focussing on what you do thoroughly for smooth movement. The idea of pilates is based on muscle control so that you are in control of your body and not the other way round. Centering refers to the powerhouse of your body – the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks and inner thighs – all movements begin from here. Flow implies that the exercise movements are meant to flow into each other to build strength and stamina. Precision is of significance in pilates because one correct precise movement is better than many imprecise ones. And in breathing, pilates makes sure the person breathes out fully so as to inhale fully, thereby allowing maximum circulation of oxygen to the body.

10 tips for a happier, healthier life

1 Eat ‘primally’ Common sense dictates that the best diet is one based on foods we’ve been eating the longest in terms of our time on this planet. These are the foods that we’ve evolved to eat and are best adapted to. Studies show that a ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, fish and eggs, is best for weight control and improvement in risk markers for illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. This ‘go primal’ food philosophy will enable you to cut through the marketing hype and dietary misinformation, and allow you to make healthy food choices quickly and confidently.

2 Keep hydrated Water makes up two-thirds of the body and performs a plethora of functions, including acting as a solvent, carrier of nutrients, temperature regulator and body detoxifier. Maintaining hydration can have a profound influence on our vitality and energy levels, including mental alertness. Aim to drink enough water to keep your urine a pale yellow colour throughout the course of the day.

3 Eat mindfully In our fast-paced world, there can be a tendency to eat while distracted and shovel in more food than we need and, at the same time, miss out on culinary pleasure. Many of us will benefit from eating mindfully. Some things to think about here are avoiding eating when distracted, eating more slowly, and taking time to taste food properly. One particular thing to focus on is chewing your food thoroughly – not only does this help us savour food, it also assists the digestive process.

4 Get plenty of sunlight in the summer…Sunlight, and the vitamin D this can make in the skin, is associated with a wide spectrum of benefits for the body including a reduced risk of several forms of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as improved immune function. As a rule of thumb, vitamin D is made when our shadow is shorter than our body length, ie when the sun is high in the sky. While burning is to be avoided, get as much sunlight exposure as possible for optimal health.

5… and in the winter Low levels of sunlight in the winter can cause our mood to darken. Even when it’s cold outside, it pays to get some external light exposure in the winter, say during lunchtime. Another option is to invest in a sunlight-simulating device and use this daily from October through to March.

6 Get enough sleep Sleep has the ability to optimise mental and physical energy, and optimal levels of sleep (about eight hours a night) are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy that can help ensure you get optimal amounts of sleep is to go to bed earlier. Getting into bed by 10pm or 10.30pm is a potentially useful investment in terms of your short- and long-term health and wellbeing. Shutting down the computer or turning off the TV early in the evening is often all it takes to create the time and space for earlier sleep.

7 Walk regularly Aerobic exercise, including something as uncomplicated and low-impact as walking, is associated with a variety of benefits for the body and the brain, including a reduced risk of chronic diseases, anti-anxiety and mood-enhancing effects. Aim for a total of about 30 minutes of brisk walking every day.

8 Engage in some resistance exerciseResistance exercise helps to maintain muscle mass and strengthens the body. This has particular relevance as we age, as it reduces the risk of disability and falls. Many highly useful exercises can be done at home, such as press-ups, sit-ups and squats. Invest in a Dyna-Band or dumbbells to extend your home routine to other exercises, too.

9 Practise random acts of kindnessRandom acts of kindness are good for givers and receivers alike. It could be a quick call or text to someone you care about or have lost touch with, or showing a fellow motorist some consideration, or giving up your seat on a train or bus, or buying someone lunch or giving a spontaneous bunch of flowers.

10 Practise the art of appreciationModern-day living tends to be aspirational and we can easily find ourselves chasing an ever-growing list of goals, many of which can be material. Some of us could do with spending more focusing not on what we don’t have, but on what we do. Our mood can be lifted by giving thanks for anything from our friends and family to a beautiful landscape or sunset. 

7 Health Tips & Precautions To Take During The MonsoonThe monsoons are a welcome change from the sweltering summer heat, but they bring some very unwelcome guests which must be avoided at all costs.

We’ve all heard this before – to stay healthy and happy in the monsoons, we must take precautions during rainy season. And we’re not just talking about staying away from water logged areas or eating street food. We’re talking about overall health tips for rainy season which can make the weather even more enjoyable.

7 Essential Monsoon Health Tips To Safeguard You This Monsoon

1. Follow a healthy diet.

  • This is the season where the body and especially the digestive system are most prone to infections.
  • Diseases in the rainy season are mostly water-borne so make sure you only drink water that is filtered or boiled.
  • It is also important to maintain a healthy diet in rainy season, which means that your favourite chaat, juices, golas, kulfis and other street food are off the menu.
  • Preferably avoid raw vegetables and salads unless they are consumed at home where you can wash and clean them thoroughly.

2. Drink enough water, regardless of your activity levels.

  • Do not compensate your liquid intake with carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks and beverages as the preservatives and sugars in them act as diuretics. 
  • Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are a good idea.

3. Avoid walking in the rain. 

  • As much as it is tempting, walking in rain water makes you prone to a host of viral diseases such as leptospirosis and can also cause numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails.
  • Also, if your feet get wet, dry them immediately and do not stay in wet socks or shoes.
  • Diabetics especially must take extra care and avoid walking barefoot as the ground is rife with all kinds of germs.
  • If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC environment or change them immediately.
  • Keeping an extra pair of clothes and footwear in the office is a good idea.


 4. Keep clear of damp indoors: 

  • Damp walls are home to fungus growth and an absolute no-no if you suffer from asthma or any other breathing problems.

    5. Don’t leave home without a mosquito repellent:

    • Accumulated water is a breeding ground for insects and the monsoons are party time for malaria.
    • Always wear or carry a mosquito repellent.
    • The over cautious can take a dose of anti-malaria drugs.

    6. Bathe twice a day.

    • A shower as soon as you reach home in the evening will insulate you against infections caused by the build-up of sweat and dirt due to humidity.
    • Take Vitamin C to boost your immunity.

    7. Avoid touching your eyes:

    • Eye infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during the monsoons.
    • This can lead to blindness if ignored. Refrain from touching eyes especially with dirty hands. those who spend long hours in front of a screen – television or computer – may also experience redness, itching or irritation.
    • Consult a doctor immediately.

10 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don’t Medicate, Hydrate!

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins

Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion

Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity

Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System

A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You In A Good Mood

When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money!

Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

Daily exercise to stay fit

Just like ill maintenance of your power tools or your equipment can result in it being rusty and not functioning properly, the human also functions in a similar way. There is no possible way for you to steer clear from health complications and a long and healthy life until and unless you choose to live a healthy life style and incorporate exercise in your daily routine. In order for you to keep your internal machinery working and kicking even in the old age, all you have to do is give your body 15-20 minutes of exercise every day. Listed below are some daily exercises for people that are too lazy to hit the gym and want exercises they can do anytime and anywhere.

Basic Crunches

Basic crunches are for the Ab area and are effective for tucking away that beer belly. Be mindful of your posture when you do crunches, especially if you have lower back or neck pain. Lay on your back with the knees bent, put your hands behind your head, Pull your stomach inwards and curl up forward. In the beginning you can start with just ten to fifteen reps. Two to three sets are enough then you can increase your sets and reps as time passes by and your muscles start getting stiff. These daily crunches will keep your stomach flat and will never ensure a good physique and posture.

Push Up

Pushups are one of the most common and effective exercise proposed by trainers around the world. Simply doing 10 pushups a day can enhance your upper body strength and set you right on the path of fitness. Pushups build and fix your whole upper body posture including chest, arms, shoulders and wings. To do a push up in the right way, keep your legs stretched, back straight, push yourself up with your hands.

Leg up Crunch

Leg up crunch is an exercise for your lower abdomen and hips. You have to lie down keeping your back straight and raise both your legs at a 90 degree angle. Don’t worry, if you can’t raise both of them at once, you can start with raising one leg at a time. Gradually your muscles will open up and you can then raise both your legs after a few sessions.

Jumping Jacks

Jumping jack is called the queen of exercises – a basic exercise which is performed by almost everyone in their childhood. It is one of the most beneficial exercises which helps you increase your stamina and get a toned body. You can start with a two to three minute workout and work your way up to as many as you wish.

Squats

Squats are the most renowned basic exercise for keeping your whole body toned and in perfect shape. They are mostly used for shaping your lower body and hips. Stand straight, start bending your hips and knees, keep bending until your hips are below your knees and come back up in the same position. Be sure to keep your back straight at all times. Start out with ten to fifteen squats and then work your way up.

Planks

A fairly more difficult exercise, planks are for those that are already in the routine of exercising, it’s a bit demanding but also the most effective exercise of them all. Get into a press up position, bend your elbows in a way where your body forms a straight line and rest your body weight onto your forearms. Suck your belly inside and stay in the same position for a minute. Planks reduce your back pain, strengthen your core, reduce your belly fat, increase flexibility, and also help to increase your mental strength and wellbeing.

Chair Dips

For those of us who want add to the level of endurance our inner triceps can take, chair dips is the way to go. By making your body rest and then pump on your triceps, you provide them with the much needed impetus to grow in muscle and reduce flab.

Get a chair that is sturdy enough to support your weight and rest your palms on it while the rest of body leaning on the support of your triceps in a face forward orientation. Once set, take lunges by keeping your weight supported only by your hands. 10 reps per set is great for starters while you can up the ante as time progresses and your comfort level increases.

Lunges

Without exercise, one of the areas which weaken the most is the part around the knee and the thighs. They stop supporting weight or are not flexible enough, both of which allows unnecessary bulk to accumulate in the very area. Lunges are great for strengthening your knees and building strong thigh muscles.

What you need to do here is to stand upright, rest your arms on your hips and then put forward one foot while lowering your body on to it. At the start keep the bend to a 45 degree angle as the muscles are stiff at this point and once you get used to it, increase it to a 90 degree posture.

Chest and Leg raises

This one looks quite difficult but it sure works out great as it targets the whole area around the abs and strengthens the other core thigh and hip ligaments. Lying face down, raise your chest and legs in the air simultaneously without getting the support of your arms. Get the muscles involved pull up on them, these increases the propensity of the ligaments to develop strength and avoid straining.

The Abdominal Hold

Making your arm muscles able to sustain the weight of your body, not through bare strength but a balance created by a tough core, is one of the best exercises to cut down on visceral fat in the wrong places. Sitting on a chair, put your hands on the chair and raise your feet while slowly trying to upend your whole body on the arms. It will be difficult to maintain balance at first and the required posture wouldn’t last for more than 2-3 seconds, but daily practice will enable you to prolong those arm stays and get a great body that does not only look good but has the strength, endurance and core toughness to support and sustain it.

Before you move on the next level of exercise which might include aerobic yoga and probably weights, you need to make your body able to withstand the pressures it will encounter during those demanding physical routines. All great things require discipline which means sticking to one thing for period of time vigorously to prepare your body for the next level. Getting a great body is your goal, so you will have to work for it. An hour a day will make it around 350 hours of workout for the year, get going today to end up with that hourglass figure at the end of next year.

7 simple tips for eating healthy that anyone can follow

Cut back on carbs, but fill up on whole ones. Pour on the olive oil, but don’t pour too much into your pan because it’s full of calories. Get more veggies, but not too many starchy ones. Don’t pour white sugar into your coffee. But wait, don’t use artificial sweeteners, either.

For novice health nuts trying eat clean, reading up on nutrition advice usually imparts a sort of sinking “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” feeling. And confusion goes without saying. Massive feelings of overwhelm? You betcha.

And, while yes, there’s something to each of those mind-numbing eating tips, you don’t have to get caught up in the weeds to eat healthier. More importantly, even, you shouldn’t. If you’re going to eat healthy (without bashing your head against a plate), you’ve got to make things simple. Start with these seven foundational tips:

“Healthy eating” is not an all-or-nothing thing.

First things first. When integrating healthy eating into your new-and-improved lifestyle, do just that: integrate. 

“Focus on small changes that you hardly even notice,” Albert Matheny, a registered dietitian and trainer with SoHo Strength Lab in New York City, said by phone. “When you adapt to one, add another, focusing on things that you see yourself being able to do for a long time.”

“Don’t decide that there are good or bad foods.”

And that doesn’t include never having a gin and tonic or bite of fried cheese ever again. “Don’t decide that there are good or bad foods,” New York City registered dietitian nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet Keri Gans said over the phone. “There are simply foods that are better for you, and you should eat more of them. And there are foods that have less nutritional value, and you should eat less of them, but you don’t need to cut them out. That’s not sustainable.” 

Remember, it’s what you eat most of the time that determines your nutrition, not what you eat every now and then.

Keep healthy foods on hand.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” Gans said. “With healthy eating, it doesn’t get more direct than that.” To plan for all of those times you need to grab something fast (like always), Gans recommends having an array of healthy meals and snacks ready to go in your kitchen, your desk, your car, purse, man bag — everywhere.

The easiest, healthiest way to make that happen: prepping meals and snacks once every week (or however often is comfortable for you), packaging them up in single-serving containers and then munching on them for the week, she said. That way, you won’t have to cook an individual chicken breast every time you want chicken. Or hard-boil a single egg at a time when you now you go through several per week.

When it comes to meal prep, simple is always the best place to start. “You don’t need to be a gourmet cook,” Marie Spano, a sports nutritionist for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, said in an email. “Don’t get overwhelmed and try to follow what others do.” #InstagramFail, anyone? Instead, focus on assembling easy-to-prep foods into multiple, easy meals. 

“Start with your protein, add veggie or fruit sides, healthy grains or starchy carbs,” Spano said. And don’t fear frozen or canned fruits and veggies. They can save you a ton of time and still score you the nutrients you need.

Become a breakfast person.

“If you want to eat healthier, eat breakfast,” Gans said. It’s so simple, but it makes such a huge impact in your day — it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to improve your focus at work, lose weight or get in more of that vitamin D everyone says you need.

“Breakfast is a great opportunity to increase your intake of fiber, calcium, vitamin D and nutrients that you might not get much of at other meals,” Gans says. Think about what’s on the menu in the mornings: Greek yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, milk, maybe some chia seed pudding. They all pack nutrients in which a lot of people are lacking, she says.

Become a breakfast person.

If your stomach doesn’t handle breakfast very well, start small: Even a glass of milk or piece of toast with peanut butter is better than nothing. Give it time and, as your body adapts, you’ll be able to step it up until you’re eating a full breakfast that will boost your energy, quell cravings throughout the rest of the day and help you hit your nutritional goals, she said.

Drink more water — and pee more often.

Perhaps the most underrated of nutrients, water makes up the bulk of your body and is non-negotiable in any healthy eating plan. “So many people walk around chronically dehydrated, which impairs mental functioning, energy levels and can make you feel tired and grouchy,” Spano said. 

Plus, dehydration can increase your risk of heat stroke, make your workouts feel so much harder and increase blood pressure (the less water is in your blood, the thicker it is and the harder your heart has to work). On the flip side, drinking more water can actually make eating healthier foods all the more easier, according to Gans, who notes that people commonly confuse symptoms of dehydration for hunger.

To hydrate and fend off overeating in a single sip, try keeping a refillable water bottle with you at all times. And don’t get hung up trying to hit a number of ounces to water to drink per day; after all coffee, tea and even fruits, vegetables and other fluid-y foods count toward your overall intake. Make things simpler by gauging how often you have to pee, Spano said. If you regularly go longer than a few hours without needing to go number one, it’s time to work on that water bottle.

Eat whole carbs, protein and fat at every meal (and snack).

When you get right down to it, balanced eating involves three things: whole carbs, protein and fat — at every meal, Gans said. When eaten together, the three macronutrients (aka nutrients that your body needs in large amounts), carbs, protein and fat fuel your body with an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as balance your blood sugar levels, energy and hunger for hours after each meal or mini meal (aka snack).

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Plus, if you reach for whole carbs, meaning ones that haven’t been heavily processed, like quinoa, oats, spelt and whole wheat bread, you’ll get a healthy dose of fiber, which promotes satiety, improves digestion and is linked to improved heart health. 

Furthermore, most Americans only get about half of the fiber they need each day, Spano said. Another great source of both whole, unprocessed carbs and tons of fiber: fruits and veggies. At every meal, aim to fill half of your plate with produce. Yes, seriously.

Cut down on processed foods.

Eat food, not chemicals. This simple guideline will overhaul your health. Eating whole foods (like those whole carbs we just talked about) over heavily processed ones automatically results in eating less added sugar, sodium, chemical additives, fillers, and other unpronounceable, made-in-labs ingredients. Besides, when you don’t rely on processed foods, you make more room for fruits, veggies, lean meats, dairy, whole grains and other good-for-you foods, Matheny said.

And don’t be fooled by packaged foods sporting labels like “healthy,” “low fat,” “zero trans fat” and “natural,” he said. They are all marketing speak for money. And, whenever food manufacturers take something out of their food formula, be it fat, gluten, or anything else, they add in something else. Usually sugar, salt and more of those unpronounceable chemicals.

Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.

“The easiest way to eat healthier is to simply decrease your portion sizes by eating according to your true, physiological hunger,” Matheny said. After all, no matter how healthy the menu, most people overeat. They eat because they are bored, sad, celebrating, watching a movie (where’s the popcorn?), or just because food tastes good. After meals, “I’m stuffed” and “who wants to roll me home?” are common refrains.

“At some point, you need to realize that you don’t like feeling like that,” he said. Then, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” If you are, eat. If you aren’t don’t. It’s that simple. Ask yourself that question throughout the course of your meal, and put down your fork when you feel slightly satisfied, but not completely full, he said. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that it’s full.

Positive Thoughts You can Pass On to People Around You

Positive thoughts of a person can create a positive atmosphere in and around them because the positive and metal vibrations which are radiated from you affect the people who are in your proximity. If you bear a negative thought you will see negative all around you.

It is not only affecting you but also create an impact on others who are with you. Hence it is the very much responsibility of a person to pass positive thought on to people around them to create healthy and positive atmosphere.

You might sometimes notice that you feel unhappy, depresses when coming to contact with certain people. This could be because you are affected by the negative thought and emotional vibration transmitted from the person to you. That is why it is necessary that you should have more control over your mind with positive thoughts so that you will be less affected .Moreover you can transmit the positivity to all those around who have a negative attitude.

You can become a positive force to transform your positivity towards other people. There are many way how you can pass your positive thoughts. Some of them are:

Try to Focus you Mind on What You are Doing

You need to concentrate on your things and focus on how possible best possible you can make out of it.If you are thinking something else while doing other work. It will break your concentration. Hence it very much necessary not to deviate to other things while doing some work. This will help your mind to transmit more powerful vibrations.

Do Some Concentration Exercises

Exercising regularly makes a person healthy and a healthy body can have a healthy mind. You can think of positivity only when you have a relax mind. Exercise helps you to have a healthy body to build up a positive attitude and to transmit its radiation to others.

One of the Best Ways is Practicing Meditation

The more inner peace you will be able to develop, the more positive vibration you can transmit from yourself. Meditation helps a lot to make a person calm and to gain inner peace .People get easily attracted towards who meditate. It radiate a positive energy from your mind to others.

Try to Visualize What you Want to Really Happen


You should try to visualize what you want to really happen and concentrate on that nothing of you can hurt other people.


Try to Build a Positive Attitude

If you have a positive attitude, you notice positivity in everything though it is very difficult.

Try to a Bring smile on your Face and Others’

Laughing is always a best therapy to make you and surrounding people positive. Laughing makes a person happy and when a person is happy he hardly concentrates on negative things. Laughing purify the mind and helps to concentrate on positive things.

Believe in Yourself

Try to Focus you Mind on What You are Doing

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You need to concentrate on your things and focus on how possible best possible you can make out of it.If you are thinking something else while doing other work. It will break your concentration. Hence it very much necessary not to deviate to other things while doing some work. This will help your mind to transmit more powerful vibrations.

Do Some Concentration Exercises

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Exercising regularly makes a person healthy and a healthy body can have a healthy mind. You can think of positivity only when you have a relax mind. Exercise helps you to have a healthy body to build up a positive attitude and to transmit its radiation to others.

One of the Best Ways is Practicing Meditation

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The more inner peace you will be able to develop, the more positive vibration you can transmit from yourself. Meditation helps a lot to make a person calm and to gain inner peace .People get easily attracted towards who meditate. It radiate a positive energy from your mind to others.

Try to Visualize What you Want to Really Happen

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You should try to visualize what you want to really happen and concentrate on that nothing of you can hurt other people.

Try to Build a Positive Attitude

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If you have a positive attitude, you notice positivity in everything though it is very difficult.

Try to a Bring smile on your Face and Others’

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Laughing is always a best therapy to make you and surrounding people positive. Laughing makes a person happy and when a person is happy he hardly concentrates on negative things. Laughing purify the mind and helps to concentrate on positive things.

Believe in Yourself

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Build up your self esteem and keep the winning spirit high. These will radiate positivity from your mind.

We should remember that one single thought is not going to help you pass the positive thoughts to other people, but it should be a continuous process. There is no on off switch of your positive thinking even though you are god gifted with this. It is our moral duty to be positive. We cannot expect a peaceful without positive thoughts. We need to change ourselves first to change others.

Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular

Blogging with a purpose increases market share, consumer engagement, revenue growth, and ROI. Of course, you want to do that.

I mean, just look at this:

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But a lot of people I know are still stuck on the fundamental question:

What do we blog about?

For brands, the question is easy enough to answer.

You need to understand: 1) what you’re selling, 2) to whom you want to sell, and 3) what blog topics are relevant to both.

For individuals or other organizations who want to start a blog to monetize, the question can be a bit trickier

These are the types of articles, topics, and approaches that have demonstrated massive success in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

1. Listicles

Marketers have a love/hate relationship with listicles.

They’re among the most popular articles online, used by Buzzfeed, defended by the NY Times, and even discussed at this year’s SXSW tech conference.

Some people think listicles lack quality. And that could be true for some of them. Listicles, like any form of content marketing, have their pros and cons.

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But let’s face it, people love to read listicles. It’s not just a trend. It’s scientifically proven!

That’s why the article you’re reading right now is a listicle.

2. How-tos

People generally hate reading instruction manuals. When was the last time you snuggled up with a glass of wine and the instruction manual to your toaster?

How do people figure out how to do stuff?

They Google it.

WikiHow became insanely popular based on how-to articles alone.

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You might be surprised to see the kind of things people are Googling.

If you can find your niche audience, cater to their curiosities, and give them some helpful answers, you can’t help but create a popular blog.

3.Politics

Politics are popular during every election year. Whether national or local, find a political topic to discuss, and join this conversation.

Politics can be dicey, however. People tend to get really polarized around political topics, so be prepared to handle some controversy.

4. Bacon

Everyone loves bacon.

Huffington Post is one of the most popular blogs online, and it has an entire archive of bacon articles.

5. Recipes

Recipes are a great way to draw traffic to your blog.

There’s always a new diet fad, e.g., today’s Whole30 is yesterday’s Atkins, so there’s always new recipes to be discovered.

6. Beginner guides

Everyone has to start somewhere. Beginner guides are often the way bloggers build organic search traffic at the start, and they can even be done using infographics like this guide to Sharepoint.

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7. Ultimate guides

Subject matter experts, on the other hand, are always seeking out the most credible ultimate guides for their areas of expertise.

The term “ultimate guide,” however, is a bit overused. You can use some alternate terms if you want, such as these from Business Casual Copywriting:

  • Essential Guide
  • Complete Guide
  • Uncensored Guide
  • Last Guide to ____ You’ll Ever Need

If you’re an expert on something, creating an ultimate guide is an ultimately awesome way to do some ultimately popular blogging. 😉

8. Frequently asked questions

Be warned that posting answers to frequently asked questions online won’t stop people from asking anyway.

They do, however, serve as a resource for people, and they are often featured on e-commerce websites—but overlooked on blogs. FAQs are blogging gold in any age.

Google’s algorithm uses FAQs, questions, and other popular topics as part of its Knowledge Graph. If you’re lucky, you might score a top spot in this coveted place.

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9. Interviews

The best way to set yourself apart from the ocean of bloggers is to gain insight from industry experts.

Whether it’s with people on your team or from other companies in the industry, set up interviews on websites like helpareporter.com to gain valuable knowledge from a professional.

10. Personal stories

While personal stories may not be the keyword-filled anchor pieces you want, they’re still valuable additions to any blog.

Through sharing personal stories, you give readers a chance to relate to your business on a personal level, which helps build brand affinity.

11. Charity and activism

Any type of charitable actions, events, or activism you support should be blogged about.

Crowdfunding sites such as KickStarter, IndieGoGo, GoFundMe, and the like appeal to the good in people, and showing you’re active in these communities can build your readership. Even an occasional Change.org petition can help the brand image.

12. People features

Featuring select people—customers, professionals, authorities, leaders, etc.,—is a great way to add personality to your blog and create a sense of connection.

One of the most popular blogs doing this today is Humans of New York.

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Occasionally featuring a real person—including photos, quotes, and other personal information—is a great way to produce strong engagement with your audience.

13. Product reviews

Not only are product reviews a trusted resource online that will draw traffic, but they are also a revenue stream for bloggers.

If you want to monetize your blog instantly, this is a smart move.

By linking to product pages through affiliate links like Amazon Affiliates, you can monetize a blog almost entirely on product reviews. Make sure you go niche, since this provides the greatest platform for credibility and expertise.

14. Sourced news

A great way to get media attention is to report on any type of sourced news. Long before the Internet, newspapers ruled the roost, and sourced news is still appreciated by news junkies.

With the right type of curation, selection, and commentary, this is a niche you can dominate.

15. Gifs and memes

It wasn’t just listicles that made Buzzfeed so popular.

Memes and gifs are widely used on the site too.

Gifs give people the experience of a video and usually provide a ton of entertainment.

16. Myth-debunking

Every industry has facts and fiction, which is why shows like Mythbusters got so popular.

We love learning what we’ve been doing or thinking wrong this whole time, so popular bloggers debunk myths.

17. Virtual reality

VR is a growing industry that’s only going to continue getting larger as time goes on.

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Analysts predict it’ll reach $3 billion in investments by the end of 2016, so jumping on the bandwagon now could drive early adopter traffic.

18. Internet of things

Smart and connected devices are everywhere these days, and IoT experts blogging about IoT topics draw readers.

If you choose an IoT niche, you’ll have to prove your mastery of the subject matter. The niche is full of people who know what’s up.

19. Automation

For B2B businesses, automation is the buzzword of the day, so any posts regarding ways to automate something is Internet gold.

Automation, of course, is broad. You’ll need to select a type of automation in order to drive truly valuable traffic.

20. Troubleshooting guides

I’m always on the lookout for reliable troubleshooting tips.

Troubleshooting guides speak to the pain many content seekers are looking to eliminate. They want to solve a problem, which is exactly what a successful troubleshooting guide will do.

21. Contests

A great way to draw interest in a blog while rewarding readers is by holding a contest.

Contests once got a bad rap as being scammy or cheap, but they are on their way back as a valuable traffic-driving technique.

24. Advice

Both Lifehacker and Lifehack rose to prominence by featuring valuable advice to readers on just about every subject.

Life advice, regardless of the subject matter, is a valued commodity.

25. Productivity tips

People want to do more faster and are always on the lookout for tools, technology, or tips to help them get more done. Productivity tips are the bread and butter of many online blogs.

26. Travel

No matter how connected we get, travel will always be a popular topic for online searches.

With 126 million passports in circulation in the U.S. today, you know people are traveling—or at least they want to.

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We all want to travel somewhere exotic and new. Any advice on how to do it cheaply is always appreciated.

27. History

History lessons are a great way to fill a blog with useful information.

Long-time bloggers often get caught up on current events, so occasional forays into history help create consistent content.

28. Funny stories

There will always be a place for humor in this world.

Posts that make people laugh get shared on social networks. There’s a reason why Buzzfeed, The Onion, Clickhole, and BoredPanda are among the world’s most popular websites.

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29. Parenting tips

There will always be parents around, and any parenting tips are appreciated.

Blogging moms have conferences and conventions around the country, teaching people to follow in their footsteps and growing a sustainable industry.

Dad bloggers are also coming into their own as popular and respected places of information.

30. Upcoming events

You can always tell when an event is coming up by the buzz in the blogosphere. Whether it’s global events like the Olympics or local events like a concert or book-reading, events saturate many of the most popular online searches.

31. Internet stars

Partnering with and featuring the biggest Internet stars helps grow your following, so many content creators are partnering up in order to stay competitive. If you don’t know who PewDiePie and The Fine Bros are, it’s time to do some homework.

32. Tech support

Companies that offer technology services, hardware, or software will often include technical support within their blogs.

Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have extensive knowledge bases online, and they’re only growing along with everyone else’s.

33. Gift ideas

Right about now, blogs around the Internet are preparing holiday gift guides to help guide consumers to the right presents to buy for their colleagues, friends, and family during the holiday season.

Affiliate links can help create revenue for these cornerstone articles.

34. Best-ofs

The best ____ of 2016, the 2000s, this century, and of all time are all great articles to read.

WatchMojo built an entire business on top 10 lists, and many others are following suit. Including best-of lists focused on everything within your industry is a great way to draw reader attention.

35. Respond to readers

People have always been interested in getting advice from publications, whether it’s from old-school advice columnists such as Ann Landers or new-school ones such as Dan Savage.

Responding to readers makes you a real person having a real conversation and allows you to address individual concerns to prove you care.

Conclusion

Popular topics come and go.

You might pick a technique today only to find it went into disfavor the next day. That’s part of the excitement and drama of blogging. You’ll deal with it, pick up your traffic, and move on.

The topics, techniques, and tactics listed above are virtually guaranteed to make you the world’s most popular blogger.

Maybe you’ve got all the traffic you need. Maybe you have the audience you want. Maybe you’re content.

12 EASY TO MAKE INDIAN HEALTY BREAKFAST RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS.

No doubt that Oatmeal is one of the best breakfast foods to lose weight and I have explained you the reasons behind it . But eating the same dish as a breakfast day in day out sounds a little too monotonous. Doesn’t it? Well, here are your alternative healthy indian breakfast recipes for weight loss that will not only taste good but also benefit your health. Here you go 


Check Out This List Of India Breakfast Recipes For Weight Loss

  1. Muesli
  2. Mixed  Sprouts Poha
  3. Masala Cheese Toast
  4. Herbed Paneer Paratha
  5. Chana Dal
  6. Oats Mutter
  7. Oats Idli
  8. Cabbage Parathas
  9. Creamy Spinach Toast
  10. Grilled Corn and Capsicum
  11. Banana Apple Porridge
  12. Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and Mayonnaise

1. Muesli

Benefits:

  • One of the chief ingredients of Muesli is Oats which are packed with a special fiber known as beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is important to our health for a variety of reasons including a reduction in cholesterol levels and stabilizing blood sugar levels. Take a look at this article to know more about benefits (backed by studies) of oats and beta-glucan.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Rolled Oats – 120 grams
  • Low-fat Milk – 300 ml
  • Chopped Walnuts – 10 grams
  • Chopped Almonds – 10 grams
  • Raisins – 20 grams
  • Chopped apple – 40 grams
  • Chopped banana – 40 grams
  • Vanilla essence – 5 grams
  • Sugar – 2-3 tablespoon

How To Prepare Muesli:

  • Begin by mixing the oats, chopped almonds and walnuts in a container.
  • Transfer the contents to a non-stick pan and lightly roast it for 3-5 minutes. Don’t forget to stir the mixture continuously.
  • Empty the content in an airtight container. Allow it to cool for a while and add raisins and vanilla essence to it. Mix well.
  • Then take a serving bowl and transfer the previously prepared muesli mixture along with chopped bananas and apples. You can also add sugar for taste.
  • Now add milk to it and stir properly. Your breakfast is ready!
Nutrition Profile of Muesli
Calories 270
Protein 12 grams
Carbs 40 grams
Fat 5 grams

2. Mixed Sprouts Poha

Benefits:

  • Well, if you have been following a strict vegetarian diet for some time then there’s no way you don’t know about the benefits of Sprouts. Sprouts are not only good for our digestive health, but they are also equally important for maintaining healthy skin. Moreover, it may regulate blood sugar levels by increasing the activity of hydrolytic enzymes.
  • Poha or beaten rice is well off with carbs which mean you are less likely to feel lethargic during the day hours. Apart from carbs, Poha is also rich in Iron and fiber content.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Poha – 200 grams
  • Mixed Sprouts – 1oo grams
  • Chopped onions – 20 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 20 grams
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar – ½ tablespoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

How To Prepare Mixed Sprouts Poha:

  • Place poha/beaten rice in a sieve and wash it lightly. Drain the water and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  • Take a non-stick pan and heat oil on a medium flame. Add mustard seeds, chopped onions and green chilies. Sauté till onions turn light brown.
  • Then add mixed sprouts and sauté for another couple of minutes on a medium flame.
  • Add salt and sugar to the sauté and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Now add poha and a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. Cook it for 2-3 minutes while stirring it continuously to avoid overcooking.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with tea or coffee.
Nutrition Profile of Mixed Sprouts Poha
Calories 280
Protein 20 grams
Carbs 60 grams
Fat 4 grams

3. Masala Cheese Toast

Benefits:

  • With the goodness of whole wheat bread and mozzarella cheese, masala cheese toast is a perfect indian breakfast recipe to lose weight. It’s quick and easy to make and makes you feel full even in a single toast.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Whole wheat bread – 4 slices
  • Grated mozzarella cheese – 4 tablespoon
  • Finely chopped and boiled mix vegetables (green peas, capsicum, cauliflower, and cabbage) – 10 grams each
  • Mashed boiled potatoes – 40 grams
  • Chopped onions – 20 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 10 grams
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 10 grams
  • Oil – 2-3 tablespoon
  • Gram Masala – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Chili powder – ½ tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

How To Prepare Masala Cheese Toast:

  • Take a wide size non-stick pan and pour oil in it. Heat the oil and add chopped onion and green chilies. Sauté for 1 minute on a low flame.
  • Add all the mixed veggies, mashed potatoes, chili powder, garam masala, coriander leaves and salt to the pan. Mix well and cook it for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame.
  • When it’s cooked, divide the total content into four equal size toppings and allow it to cool.
  • Use a pop-up toaster to toast the whole wheat bread.
  • Spread each serving size of topping to toasted bread slices.
  • Top 1 tablespoon of grated cheese on each toast and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for 3-5 minutes.
  • And there you go Masala Cheese Toasts are ready to be eaten.
Nutrition Profile of Masala Cheese Toast (1 toast)
Calories 90
Protein 3 grams
Carbs 14 grams
Fats 4 grams

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4. Herbed Paneer Paratha

Benefits:

  • Paneer paratha is one of the finest breakfast choices for indian people on weight loss as it is very low in cholesterol and sugar level. Besides protein and calcium, paneer is an excellent source of conjugated linoleic acid – a fatty acid which aids fat burning process and thereby helps in losing weight.
    However, you should think twice before making it a daily breakfast choice due to its high saturated fat content.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Finely chopped Dill leaves – 30 grams
  • Finely chopped mint leaves – 30 grams
  • Finely chopped coriander – 30 grams
  • Finley chopped green chilies – 10 grams
  • Grated cottage cheese – 50 grams

Note – Mix the ingredients mentioned above to prepare herb stuffing.

  • Semi-cooked whole wheat chapatis – 4 chapatis
  • Cooking Oil – 2 tablespoon

How To Prepare Herbed Paneer Paratha:

  • Start by making herb stuffing using the ingredients listed above. Divide the stuffing in desired no. of portions depending upon how many parathas you are willing to make.
  • Take one semi-cooked chapati and spread one portion of the herb stuffing on half part of the chapati. Roll the other half over it to make it look like a semi-circle.
  • Take a medium-size nonstick pan and pour a tablespoon of oil in it. At medium flame, cook paratha for 2-3 minutes or until it turns brown on both the halves.
  • Serve hot with curd.
Nutrition Profile of Herbed Paneer Paratha (1 piece)
Calories 120
Protein 6 grams
Carbs 12 grams
Fat 5 grams

5. Chana Dal Pancakes

Benefits:

  • Due to its low glycemic index and its ability to utilize blood sugar effectively, Chana Dal pancake is a good choice for an early morning breakfast. You can also add vegetables to increase its nutrient content. Besides being healthy, Chana Dal can be used in many ways like roasting and powdering to make sattu or grind to make besan and all that with taste and keeping health a priority.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram) soaked and drained– 100 grams
  • Chopped Fenugreek – 100 grams
  • Chopped Spinach – 100 grams
  • Grated Carrots – 50 grams
  • Grated Ginger – 5 grams
  • Curd – 10 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 2
  • Curry leaves – 5 twigs
  • Cooking Oil – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

How To Prepare Chana Dal Pancakes:

  • You will have to first grind the soaked Chana dal to make a coarse paste.
  • Now add green chilies, grated ginger, carrots, spinach and fenugreek leaves along with a pinch of salt to the paste and mix thoroughly.
  • Divide the paste into desired no. of portions depending upon no. of pancakes, you are willing to make.
  • Take a non-stick pan and pour a tablespoon of cooking oil in it. Then add one portion of the paste and allow it to cook on a slow flame.
  • Flip the pancake once the base is firmly cooked.
  • Serve hot with pickle or curd.
Nutrition Profile of Chana Dal Pancakes (1 piece/50 grams approx.)
Calories 100
Protein 5 grams
Carbs 15 grams
Fat 3 grams

6. Oats Mutter Dosa

Benefits:

  • Oats mutter dosa makes your breakfast tasty besides healthy. All hail beta-glucan, the special fiber you get from oat bran. Moreover, the addition of boiled peas, split lentils and carrots enhance it nutritional values.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Cooking Oil – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tablespoon
  • Slit green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped onions – 30 grams
  • Grated carrots – 30 grams
  • Boiled green peas – 20 grams
  • Chat Masala – ½ tablespoon
  • Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

Note – Mix the above-mentioned ingredients to prepare the stuffing.

  • Rolled Oats – 200 grams
  • Urad Dal (split black lentils) – 40 grams
  • Cooking oil – 2-3 tablespoon

How To Prepare Oats Mutter Dosa:

Preparing dosa batter –

Mix the oats, urad dal and a pinch of salt in a container. Then transfer the contents to a mixture to blend it into a fine powder.

Add at least 1-2 cups of water and stir thoroughly to make the batter of pouring consistency. Cover the batter with a lid and keep it aside for 15 minutes.

Preparing the stuffing –

Take a large size non-stick pan and pour a 1-2 tablespoon of cooking oil in it. Turn the stove on medium flame and add mustard seeds and green chili.

Add chopped onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes or until onions turn brown.

Then add grated carrots and green peas. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

Now add chaat masala and chili powder. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minute.

Finally, add lemon juice to the pan and mix well. Turn off the stove. Mutter dosa stuffing is now ready.

Preparing the Dosa –

  • Grease a non-stick pan using cooking oil.
  • Pour a small amount of batter into the pan and spread it to make a round dosa. Make sure that edges are not very thick.
  • Allow it to cook on a medium flame till the color of dosa appears light brown.
  • Then take a portion of stuffing and spread it on the center of the dosa. Roll the edges over. You can use remaining batter to make more dosa.
  • Serve hot with sambhar or chutney.
Nutrition Profile of Mutter Dosa (1 piece)
Calories 100
Protein 5 grams
Carbohydrates 15 grams
Fat 4 gram

7. Oats Idli

Benefits Of Eating Oats Idli:

  • If you have been reading this article attentively since beginning, you would have probably understood the benefits of oats by now. So, moving on to the other main ingredient – Urad Dal.
  • Urad Dal aka Black Gram is rich in dietary fibers, vitamin, and minerals especially potassium, iron and magnesium. It also provides you with a wide range other benefits including – Treating inflammation of joints and muscle pain, strengthens the nervous system, improves digestive system and reduces hypertension.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Rolled Oats – 200 grams
  • Urad Dal (Split Black lentils) – 50 grams
  • Ginger-chilli paste – 2 tablespoon
  • Cooking Oil – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

How To Prepare Oats Idli:

  • Add rolled oats and urad dal in a mixer and blend it to a fine powder.
  • To make a batter of pouring consistency, add 1-2 cups of water along with ginger-chilli paste and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Cover it with an air tight lid and keep it aside for at least 30-45 minutes to ferment.
  • Now using a small amount of cooking oil, grease idli molds properly. And fill the molds with idli batter.
  • Steam cook idli steamer for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with sambhar or chutney.
Nutrition Profile of Oats Idli (1 piece)
Calories 30
Protein 2 grams
Carbs 4 grams
Fat 0.5 gram

8. Cabbage Parathas

Benefits:

  • If you are one such person who does not like to eat too much of veggies then cabbage might be a right choice for you. Not only it is low in calories, but it is also packed with fibers and vitamins. Besides, cabbage is also a good source of Vitamin C.

Ingredients You Will Need:

For making the dough – 

  • Whole wheat flour – 150 gram
  • Melted Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – As per taste

For making the paratha stuffing

  • Grated cabbage – 200 gramCrumbled cottage cheese (paneer) – 40 grams
  • Crumbled cottage cheese (paneer) – 40 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 10 grams
  • Chopped coriander – 10 grams
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Cooking Oil – 1-2 tablespoon

How To Prepare Cabbage Parathas:

  • Prepare the dough by combining all the whole wheat flour, melted ghee and salt in a container. Use water to make the dough soft. Once done, keep it aside.

To make stuffing follow the steps below:

  • Take grated cabbage in a bowl and sprinkle some salt on it. It will help to squeeze out water from the cabbage easily. Put it on a side for 10-12 minutes.
  • After removing excess of water from cabbage, add paneer, coriander, and green chilies. Mix well.
  • Now divide the stuffing into desired no. of portions depending upon how many parathas you are willing to make.

Making the paratha:

  • From the dough, roll out one portion. You can also use wheat flour for rolling.
  • Now spread the previously prepared stuffing on one-half of the circle and roll the other half over.
  • Then cook paratha in a non-stick pan on a medium flame.
  • Serve hot with pickle or curd.
Nutrition Profile of Cabbage Paratha (1 piece)
Calories 100
Protein 5 grams
Carbs 13 grams
Fat 4 grams

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9. Creamy Spinach Toast

Benefits:

  • If you grew up watching cartoons, the first thing that will come into your mind as soon as you hear Spinach is Popeye’s bulging biceps as he eats (read: gulped) a can of spinach. Beyond doubt, spinach is a super food. Besides being rich in dietary potassium (over 800 mg per cup cooked) and magnesium, spinach is loaded with fiber, Vitamins A, K and essential minerals.
  • Spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene which may prevent asthma. It also contains alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant shown to decrease glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity, thereby preventing oxidatively induced changes in diabetic patients.
  • Like other green veggies, Spinach contains chlorophyll which may reduce the risk of cancer by blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines produced due to grilling foods at high temperature.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Toasted whole wheat bread – 6 slices
  • Grate mozzarella cheese – 6 tablespoon
  • For the spinach topping –
  • Shredded Spinach – 250 gram
  • Low-fat butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Finely chopped onions – 30 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 10 grams
  • Cornflour – 10 grams
  • Low-fat Milk – 50 ml
  • Soda Bicarb – ½ tablespoon (Dissolve corn flour in low-fat milk)

How To Prepare Creamy Spinach Toast:

  • Take a non-stick pan and heat butter on a medium flame. Add chopped green chilies and onions and sauté for a couple of minutes or till onions turn translucent.
  • Then add a pinch of soda bi-carb and shredded spinach and allow it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in corn flour-milk mixture and a pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame. Stir continuously.
  • Turn off the stove and allow it cool. Divide the mixture in desired no. of portions.
  • Spread one portion of the spinach topping along with a tablespoon of grated cheese on a slice of toasted bread.
  • Bake it a pre-heated oven at 200 C for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • And that’s it. You have your breakfast ready.
Nutrition Profile of Creamy Cheese Toast (1 toast)
Calories 60
Protein  6 grams
Carbs 12 grams
Fat 2 grams

10. Grilled Corn And Capsicum Sandwich

Benefits:

  • Corn is basically a starchy vegetable which means it provides a good amount of carbohydrates necessary to fuel your morning hours. More importantly, they are complex carbs, meaning they get digested at a slow rate and give you sustained energy for a long duration. Corn is also rich in manganese – A trace mineral necessary for strengthening connective tissues. A medium size cup of corn contains over 10 percent of recommended daily intake of manganese.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Boiled sweet corn kernels – 60 grams
  • Finely chopped capsicum – 15 grams
    Whole wheat bread – 2 slices
  • Finely chopped onions – 10 grams
  • Chopped garlic – 5 grams
  • Chopped green chilies – 5 grams
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt/Black Pepper – As per taste

How To Prepare Grilled Corn And Capsicum Sandwich:

  • Start by heating butter in a non-stick pan on a medium flame. Add chopped onions, garlic, and green chilies. Sauté for just a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped capsicum, boiled sweet corn kernels, a pinch of salt and black pepper into the pan. Mix well and allow it to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Take a slice of bread and spread the mixture on its surface. Place the other slice over and apply a tablespoon of butter on the top.
  • Place the sandwich in the griller with a little butter on both of its sides. Cook till both sides are golden brown.
  • Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
Nutrition Profile of Grilled Corn and Capsicum Sandwich
Calorie 160
Protein 4 grams
Carbs 30 grams
Fat 2 grams

11. Banana Apple Porridge

Benefits:

  • Apart from being the easiest breakfast option on this list, Banana apple porridge is also loaded with fiber and vitamins.
  • Besides small amounts of Vitamin A, B, and E, bananas are very rich in potassium (over 400mg in a medium size banana). Potassium keeps our bones healthy and aids healthy blood pressure. Similarly, apples are well off with Vitamin A, C, and Soluble fiber.an apple a day keeps muscle losses away

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Broken Wheat (Dalia) – 30 grams
  • Rolled oats – 20 grams
  • Chopped apples – 40 grams
  • Chopped bananas – 40 grams
  • Low-fat milk – 250 ml
  • Low-fat butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon powder – ½ tablespoon
  • Powdered sugar – As per taste

How To Prepare Banana Apple Porridge:

  • Begin with lightly washing the broken wheat and draining the remaining water.
  • On a medium flame, heat butter in a pressure cooker along with broken wheat for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Then oats to the cooker and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  • Add milk and a cup of half of water to the pressure cooker and cook for two whistles.
  • Let the steam escape before you take off the lid.
  • Lastly, add sugar and cinnamon powder and stir thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate it for a while.
  • Add chopped apples and bananas to it and serve.
Nutrition Profile of Banana Apple Porridge
Calories 70
Protein 6 grams
Carbs 35 grams
Fat 2 grams

 

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12. Scrambled Eggs With Cheese And Mayonnaise

Benefits:

  • You can never go wrong with eggs as a breakfast. Be it scrambled or boiled, eggs provide you with not only quality protein but also boosts your choline and selenium intake.
  • Choline plays a major role in brain function, nerve function, and muscle movement while selenium helps in improving thyroid function and eliminating free radicals which may damage the cells.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Eggs – 3
  • Milk – 3 tablespoon
  • Grated cheese – 30 grams
  • Mayonnaise – 2 tablespoon
  • Mixed herbs – ½ tablespoon
  • Chili flakes – ½ tablespoon
  • Cooking oil – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Salt/Black Pepper – As per taste

How To Prepare Scrambled Eggs With Cheese And Mayonnaise:

  • Take a medium size bowl and mix all ingredients in it except the cooking oil. You can use a fork to mix ingredients properly.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan. Then add the previously prepared egg mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid overcooking.
  • Serve hot with toasted whole wheat bread.
Nutrition Profile of Scrambled Eggs
Calories 160
Protein 20 grams
Carbs 3 grams
Fat 15 grams

 

So, here ends the list of some healthy indian breakfast recipes to lose weight, if you still have any queries feel free to ask in the comment box below.