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Weight Loss: 5 Morning Habits That Are Making You Gain Weight And Belly Fat

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What you do in the morning plays a huge impact on your weight loss regime. When you are trying to lose weight, your morning rituals are extremely important. And you have to be even more careful in case you want to shed belly fat – it is a tad bit difficult to shed weight from this part of the body! At times, you might be going right in every aspect. You might be eating healthy, exercising regularly and sleeping well. But there are some basic habits which can ruin all of your hard work. However, you are not alone in this. Many people remain in a state of confusion as to why they are unable lose weight despite all efforts.
When you are not able to achieve your desired outcomes, there are definitely some places where you are going wrong. Most blunders are made when people begin their day with the wrong practices.
Read below to know some morning habits and rituals which are making you gain weight and belly fat:
1. Not exercising
Studies say that exercising in the morning helps you burn more calories and prevents gain in weight. Morning exercise on an empty stomach can help in burning more body fat and contributes to weight loss in a more efficient way. Waking up early in the morning and taking out time for exercising gives you a very different and refreshing feeling altogether. Plus, this doesn’t mean that you have to specifically go to the gym and workout rigorously. You can include a variety of exercises to your workout regime like brisk walking, jogging, cycling, running, skipping, etc. At times, even half an hour of workout is enough to make you feel refreshed and energised and help you in weight loss more efficiently.
2. Not drinking water
Dietitians, nutritionists and fitness experts all over the world have recommended drinking lots of water for both staying healthy as well as losing weight. Sufficient water intake helps in flushing out toxins from the body and gives a boost to the metabolism. And drinking a glass or two of warm water in the morning can help you in losing weight and belly fat. It will help in cleansing your system. Drinking water reduces appetite and calorie intake and helps in maintaining hydration levels in the body.
3. Not getting enough morning sunlight
Yes, being exposed to some sunlight can help you in your weight loss regime. Studies say that ultraviolet rays of the sun in the morning are healthy for your body. They can make you feel more energetic and increase your metabolic activity. Some exposure to sunlight in the morning can bring down your BMI and improve health.
4. Eating processed foods for breakfast
Being in rushed state every morning can make you inclined towards having quick and easy to make options for breakfast. Today, markets are flooded with processed and packaged foods. And no matter how healthy a choice you make from these processed foods, the preservatives and added flavours in them will have an adverse impact on your health. Moreover, having these junk and fast foods for breakfast can be one of the worst things you can do for your health. Preservatives and sugar content in processed foods can increase your cravings and ultimately lead to overeating. Breakfast should be wholesome and healthy and must include natural foods such as fruits, nuts, oat meals, fruit juices, etc. And this is irrespective of the fitness and diet regime that you are following.
5. Skipping breakfast
On most days, you are in a hurry and do all your morning chores rushing here and there. The most convenient option seems to be grabbing a quick or sandwich along with a cup of coffee, or even worse, skipping breakfast. There is a reason why breakfast is hailed as the most important meal of the day. It is the first meal of the day which gives a kickstart to your energy levels. On days when you skip breakfast, your metabolism messes up. Skipping up breakfast slows down body’s fat burning process. Also, on days when you skip breakfast, you are more likely to make poor food habits throughout the day. Eating a healthy breakfast during the day helps in reducing cravings and prevents excessive hunger in later part of the day.


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How eating veggies, fish can keep your heart healthy, lower heart disease risk

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Your diet should be high in fresh vegetables, fish, and seafood in order to keep your heart at its healthiest.

If you are suffering from high blood pressure, consuming fish, seafood and a primarily vegetarian diet may help reduce hypertension-related heart disease symptoms, a study suggests.

Intake of fish, seafood and vegetarian food increases levels of a compound called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), known to boost heart health, said researchers from the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland. The study showed that low-dose treatment with TMAO reduced heart thickening (cardiac fibrosis) and markers of heart failure in an animal model of hypertension. “Our study provides new evidence for a potential beneficial effect of a moderate increase in plasma TMAO on pressure-overloaded heart,” the researchers said.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, researchers analysed the effect of TMAO on rats, which have a genetic tendency to develop high blood pressure. One group of hypertensive rats were given low-dose TMAO supplements in their drinking water, and another group received plain water. They were given the TMAO therapy for either 12 weeks or 56 weeks and were assessed for heart and kidney damage as well as high blood pressure.

It seems that a fish-rich and vegetarian diet, is associated with a significantly higher plasma TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) than red meat-and egg-rich diets, considered to increase the cardiovascular risk.

The results showed that TMAO treatment did not affect the development of high blood pressure in any of the spontaneously hypertensive rats. However, condition of the animals given the compound was better than expected, even after more than a year of low-dose TMAO treatment. In addition, four- to five-fold increase in plasma TMAO does not exert negative effects on the circulatory system. This is in contrast to the previous research that showed TMAO blood plasma levels — and heart disease risk — rise after the consumption of red meat and eggs, the researchers said.

“It seems that a fish-rich and vegetarian diet, is associated with a significantly higher plasma TMAO than red meat-and egg-rich diets, considered to increase the cardiovascular risk,” the researchers noted.

“However, further study is needed to assess the effect of TMAO and TMA on the circulatory system.”

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5 skin care rules for men this winter

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Men nowadays have become equally conscious and cognisant of their skin. However, it is important to take steps wisely. Karan Gupta, Director and Men’s Grooming Expert of Qraa Men, and Dilip Kundlia, Director and Skin Care Expert at Oshea Herbals, have shared tips for men to look prim and proper in winter.

* Never step out of your house before applying sunscreen on your skin. Sunscreen is an essential product and something most men often tend to ignore and neglect.

Therefore, men must incorporate sunscreens that have high moisture content in them to have dual benefits on their skin.

* Men are usually very protective and insecure about their beard and take exceptional care of it. The beard of a man enhances his mystique thereby making him look more attractive and charismatic. Beard vitalizers, beard conditioning spa and beard oils shall be their saviour this winter.

* It is time to get into some serious skin care business and indulge in some charcoal face washes, scrubs and face packs. The presence of activated charcoal sucks out the impurities and detoxifies the skin while soothing it.

* For your skin to be smooth and supple throughout the winters, go in for handmade cleansing bars which are rich in shea butter, neem extracts, blackberry extracts, charcoal and papaya. These handmade bars reinstate the natural moisture content in the skin.

* For healthy skin, it is important to give up on all the bad habits like drinking and smoking. Such habits have a direct impression and control over looks of a person. Instead, start drinking more water to stay hydrated.

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Social jet lag and it’s dangerous consequences

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Results show that Social Jet lag which occurs when you go to bed and wake up later on weekends than during the week, is associated with poorer health worse mood and increased sleepiness and fatigue. Each hour of Social Jet Lag also is associated with an 11 percent increase in the likelihood of heart disease. These effects are independent of sleep duration and insomnia symptoms, which are related to both Social Jet Lag and health.

We know that sleep deprivation has consequences such as poorer performance and furthermore we know that chronic Social Jet Lag leads to unhealthy patterns of Nicotine, Caffeine, and alcohol consumption and to an increased BMI.

In this project we are seeking to understand how can we adjust the biological clock do that it is closer to the Social one. If we push the internal clock to an earlier time then the mismatch will be less. Leading to less sleep deprivation. We are implementing new devices of data collection and are using light and the timing of light exposures as our main tools for shifting internal time.

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