Starving Can Make you Gain Weight!!

No, that title is not a typo.

One of the things that makes people not get the weight loss results that they want is that they may occassionally be starving their bodies.

There are two basic ways that this can happen. One is for it to be done inadvertently—like when you just get busy and forget to eat.

Another is when you purpose deprive your body of food to try and “speed up” your results.

Regardless of how it happens, either scenario in this case is equally damaging. Although you will decrease the calories that you take in which may lead to some short-term weight loss, the kicker here is that you will be slowing down your metabolism.

What this means is that after the starving is over, your body will hold onto the next meal you eat for dear life, expecting be be starved again.

If you allow starvation to become a habit, you will actually be contributing to your own weight gain in the future.

Therefore, make sure that you are keeping your meals no more than 4 hours apart. As long as you do this, you will be supporting the healthy metabolism that you’ll need to lose the kind of weight that you’ve committed to.

Make sure you eat on time,know your hunger signals,drink water instead of packaged juices!!

Working Night Shifts & Balancing Your Health!

Studies show that non-day shift workers tend to have lower levels of “feel-good” hormones called serotonin. Researchers at the University of Buenos Aires led by Dr. Carlos J, Pirola studied 683 men and compared 437 day workers to 246 shift workers. The results, the shift workers’ serotonin levels, measured through blood tests were significantly lower than those on regular day schedules. In addition to reduced serotonin levels, shift workers were also found to have higher cholesterol, hip-to-waist ratios, increased blood pressure, and higher triglyceride levels.

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Because serotonin levels administer sleep patterns and other body functions, the University of Buenos Aires study suggested that shift work may also lead to a so-called Shift Work Sleep Disorder. People with this disorder tend to remain awake when they should be sleeping. These individuals can be very tired during waking hours. This disorder takes place because of a work schedule that takes place during the normal sleep period. Because of this, people who have difficulty getting sleep because their bodies are still programmed to be awake. The time of being asleep and being awake is different from what the body’s internal clock expects.

Other studies also found out that non-standard and night shift work may affect the cardiovascular and metabolic systems. These studies suggest that there is a possibility that shift work is directly responsible for high blood pressure and increased body fat, according the researchers of the Buenos Aires study. In addition to the disruption of sleep patterns, reduced levels of serotonin are also linked to other conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression.

Lifestyle changes can lead to improved serotonin levels. To make serotonin levels consistent, sleep patterns should be consistent and food regimens should include necessary vitamins and minerals to control the serotonin levels. Certain drugs and substances like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and antidepressants should be avoided because they may deplete serotonin production. Meditation,Yoga and Breathing techniques can help increase serotonin production.

Tips to Work in Night Shift

  • Work in a very Brightly lit room
  • Sleep in a very dark room without disturbance
  • Hydrate your self well
  • Avoid caffeine 3-4hrs before you go to bed
  • Change your eating patter based on your working hours
  • Avoid junk snacking when you are awake at night.

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Green Peas Corn Soup

 

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Ingredients

2 cups green peas
1 cup sweet corn kernels
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic , crushed
1 tsp oil
1/4 cup milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Method
  • Combine the green peas, corn, onion, garlic, salt and 3 cups of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes ,while stirring occasionally.
  • Cool completely, once cooled blend in a mixer till smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture back into the same pan, add the milk, salt and pepper, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.Serve Hot

Carrot Soup

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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 6 large carrots,Diced
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup Hung Curd
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce (use less for less spice)

Moong Sprouts Chat

 

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Ingredients

Whole Moong dal sprouts 1/2 cup

Hung curd 100gms

Tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped

Onion 1/2 cup Chopped

Red chilli Powder

Coriander paste

Salt to taste

Jeera Powder to taste

Dates paste.

 

Method

Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well together and Serve Chilled.

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Stir Fry Tofu

 

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Ingredients

Tofu 1/2cup

Onion 1 chopped

Tomato 1 chopped

Capsicum 1

Brocoli 5-6 florets

Baby corn 3-4

Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil

Oregano to taste

Chilli flakes

Method

Chop all the veggies into equivalent size.Heat 1 tsp of oil saute the chopped veggies and tofu for a couple of minutes oh high flame.Add salt, pepper,chilli powder and oregano as per taste and serve hot.

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Methi Dosa

 

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Ingredients

1 Bunch of Methi(fenugreek leaves) Chopped

Wheat Flour 2 tbsp

Bajra Flour 4 tbsp

Onion Medium 1 finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp

chilli paste 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 4 tsp

Method

Mix all ingredients in a bowl without the oil. Add water to make it  a batter or pouring consistency. Heat a Tawa and pour a ladle full of batter and speard it like a dosa. Add oil and cook on both the sides.( Can make 4 dosas)

Serve with pudina chutney.

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Green Dhokla

 

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Ingredients

Rava 2 Tbsp

Gram Flour 2 tbsp

Spinach washed and finely chopped

Green chilli paste to taste

Salt to taste

Oil 1tsp

Method

Mix all ingredients in a Bowl and add 1 tsp of hot oil.Add luke warm to make the batter of flowing consistency.Pour the mixture into a greased vessel and steam until done. Serve with tomato Chutney.

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Sprouts Chila

 

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Ingredients

Mixed Sprouts 1 cup

Ground oats 1 tbsp

Grated veggies-Carrot,bottlegourd,Pumpkin,Spinach,Coriander

Red chilli powder and salt to taste

Turmeric Powder 1/2tsp

Method

Grind the sprouts into a fine paste.Mix all the other ingredients with the ground mixture and add water to make a thin batter.

Heat a tawa and  when it is hot enoough pour a ladle of batter and spread it like dosa.Drizzle either cold pressed groundnut oil or ghee.

Cook on both the sides and serve hot with pudina chutney.

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Sprout Sandwich

 

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Ingredients

Mixed Sprouts

Multigrain Bread

Onion sliced

Tomato Sliced

Chilli powder

Chaat masala

salt

Vegetable Mayo

Method

Mixed all ingredients except Sliced vegetables.

Apply the Vegetable mayo on the bread slice and arrange the sliced veggies. Fill the above mixture and close with another slice and grill it. Serve hot.

 

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