With the increasing incidence of obesity, weight loss is perhaps the one thing every person is aiming for. But not many know how that is supposed to be done (dieting and workouts are not the only way after all)! And surprisingly, the weight loss industry is full of myths. These myths are one of the reasons why some people are moving backwards in terms of their weight loss goals. However, there are some science-backed weight loss tips which can improve the efficiency of your efforts and speed up the process for you. Yes, some simple weight loss tips can help you reach your goal much faster and that too, the healthy way. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, surprisingly, it is not! Experts have come up with some simple yet effective weight loss tips which can help you shed those extra pounds the healthy way.
Here are 7 surprising weight loss tips which will help you speed up your way to weight loss, and that too, without compromising on your health.
1. Drink water before your meals
People say that water induces weight loss but do not know how to drink water for weight loss. Some people keep drinking water throughout the day thinking that it won’t add calories and will induce a sense of fullness as well. However, this results in bloating and water retention. This in turn can add water weight to your body. Water is a zero calorie drink which makes you feel full without adding any calories to your body. Therefore, you must drink a glass of water before your meals so that you eat lesser than how much you usually eat. This way your overall calorie intake is reduced and it induces weight loss.
2. Drink green tea after meals and black coffee before workouts
The weight-loss benefits of green tea are known to all but not many people know how beneficial black coffee is. Green tea boosts your metabolism and so does black coffee. Green tea prevents fat storage and black coffee boosts the rate at which the body burns fat. Therefore, green tea should be consumed after meals and black tea before workouts. Both these beverages contain caffeine, which again is known for its ability to burn fat.
3. Cook food in coconut oil
While most people prefer to cook food in vegetable oil or purified butter (ghee), the healthiest oil for weight loss is coconut oil. Coconut oil is considered as the healthiest variety of oils and for a good reason. The special fats in this oil are metabolized in a different way. They boost body metabolism by 120 calories each day and lower your appetite by 256 calories in a day. Keep in mind that it is not about adding coconut oil over your food; it is about cooking food in coconut oil.
4. Use smaller plates
This may sound inconvenient; you might end up spilling food around. But trust us, using smaller plates for eating food is a very effective way of cutting down on your calorie intake. When you use smaller plates, you will take less food on your plate. When you take lesser food on your plat, psychologically you avoid refilling your plate very often. Over time, this ritual will help you cut down on your calorie intake and eventually, you lose weight.
5. Keep healthy food in your pantry
Snacking is the one thing which contributes to weight gain. But there are ways of making this a healthy affair. Keep healthy foods in your pantry; avoid buying cookies for snacking. Instead go for peanuts, walnuts and almonds. These healthy snacks prevent you from bingeing on unhealthy snacks.
6. Chew your food slowly
Chewing slowly helps your mind register that you have eaten enough. Also, this helps your body produce the hormones linked to weight loss. This effect is more relevant if you opt for healthy foods.
7. Eat spicy foods
Research shows that spicy foods boost your metabolism. Capsaicin, a compound in cayenne pepper boosts your metabolism and curbs your appetite as well. Another good reason to add more pepper to your food!
Dermatologist Suggests Ways To Prevent Hair Damage In Monsoon
With monsoons comes a breather from the sultry hot summer, a unique liveliness in the aura which is certainly a favourite of many. We all love petrichor and the very calmness which is attached to monsoons. But what we really don’t like about monsoons is the unpleasant humidity and hair damage. Not only does excessive humidity make us sweat, it also causes unavoidable hair damage which is quite difficult to deal with. Hair gets extremely frizzy because of humidity in the air and at times, no shampoos or popular home remedies for damaged hair actually work.
Dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia explains that during monsoon, hair gets frizzy because there is a lot more moisture in the air. “Your hair picks up the moisture in the air and gets fluffed up. This is why hair gets frizzy. And to prevent hair from getting frizzy, it is important to provide enough moisture to your hair. The more moisture that there is in your hair, the less it will take from the air. You can apply conditioning serums or conditioners can prevent hair from getting frizzy during monsoon,” she says.
She goes on to add that you can even add your own conditioner on dry hair and apply on dry hair. “If you don’t have conditioners on you, you can even put body lotion on your hair. I personally have put body lotion on my hair to prevent hair from getting frizzy during monsoon,” says Dr Kiran.
Here are some more tips to prevent hair damage during monsoons:
1. Shampoo twice a week
In order to remove residue on your scalp because of rain water, use a mild and deep cleaning shampoo twice a week. Using a nice shampoo goes a long way when it terms of nourishing your tresses and preventing fungal and bacterial infections. Also, apply the shampoo with the right technique, which is applying it from root to tip.
2. Condition the right way
Conditioning hair with the right technique is as important as shampooing hair with the right technique. Make sure you apply conditioner only in the ends and lengths of hair. Also, avoid using too much hair conditioner.
3. Do not tie your hair tightly
When you tie your hair tightly during monsoons, it results in accumulation of rain water in your hair. This makes hair more frizzy and limp. During monsoons, make sure you tie your hair in lose ponytails and buns only.
4. Take regular oil massages
A good oil massage on your hair will help in reversing hair damage caused by monsoons. Hair oil massage gives a natural boost to moisture in your hair and revitalises the dry hair strands. It is also an effective and popular deep conditioning technique for hair. However, avoid using excessive hair oil as it will result in nothing but use of excessive shampoo, which is again harmful for your hair.
5. Use the right comb
During monsoons, it is the best to use a wide tooth comb. It helps in easy detangling of tresses and serves as a good conditioning comb.
6. Flaunt short hair
Monsoon is the best time cut your hair short. It reduces the hassle of maintaining them during monsoons.
7. Eat right
Healthy hair is a sign of good health. Good health is achieved by eating healthy and nutritious foods. If you aspire to strengthen your hair follicles, add more protein and iron rich foods in your diet. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, walnuts and curd are also good for hair health.
(Dr. Kiran Lohia Sethi is a dermatologist at Isya Aesthetics Pvt Ltd)
People with wrinkled eyes appear more sincere
Do you use anti-ageing creams? Besides hiding your wrinkles, they may also negatively impact people’s perception of your sincerity, say researchers. The findings showed that human brains are pre-wired to perceive wrinkles around the eyes as conveying more intense and more sincere emotions. This eye-wrinkle feature, called the Duchenne marker, occurs across multiple facial expressions, including smiles, expressions associated with pain, and expressions of sadness. When participants were shown images of faces grinning and frowning with and without eye wrinkles, the participants focused on which one their brain deemed most important.
They systematically ranked the Duchenne smiles and Duchenne sad expressions as more sincere and more intense than the non-Duchenne expressions, the researchers said. “The expressions involving the Duchenne marker were always dominant,” said Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Professor at Western University in Ontario, Canada.
“So if the emotion is more intense, your brain actually prefers to bring it into perceptual awareness for longer time.” The results, published in the journal Emotion, are a step toward understanding the more general questions of why facial expressions contain the specific facial actions they do, and how that contributes to our understanding of emotion, the researchers said.
“These findings provide evidence of a potential universal language for reading emotions. In other words, a given facial action may have a single role across multiple facial expressions — especially if that facial action shapes your social interactions,” said Nour Malek from the university. “My interest now is, what will be the results if we do this same test with people with autism spectrum disorder. “They often have trouble reading out emotions from other people, so we wonder if that might have to do with their ability to read this marker for sincerity,” he said.
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