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Feb 26, 2013

What's your rule #1


H2O workout. Want a perfect body? Just add water.

It’s not just your heart and muscles that stand to benefit from an aquafit class. Working out in water is also fantastic for your internal organs and lymphatic system. “Hydrostatic pressure, turbulence and buoyancy assist in venous return [the flow of blood back to the heart] and lymphatic drainage,” says Kopansky. These extra benefits help explain why participants feel so good after a class the body is refreshed rather than exhausted.


The biggest problem with pickles is the sodium. That can cause water retention and raise your blood pressure

Feb 23, 2013

The Dukan Diet 4 Phases

The Dukan Diet 4 Phases

Most diets help you lose weight. But 95% of people who diet gain all the weight back... and more when they return to their old eating habits.

The Dukan Diet will redesign your eating habits and help you permanently stabilize your weight..

The Dukan Diet Method is a high protein, low fat, low carb diet - a healthy eating plan based on proteins and vegetables, 100 foods in total. And what's best, it's "EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE."

The distinct Dukan Diet 4 Phases will help you Lose and Stabilize your Weight

The Dukan Diet does not guarantee extreme results in record time.  Instead it promises that if you follow the instructions you will be able to reach your True Weight, a realistic weight that you can attain & maintain for the rest of your life.

    Phase 1 - ATTACK

The Attack phase consists of pure protein and creates a kick-start to the diet. During this phase, you can eat 68 high-protein foods that produce immediate and noticeable weight loss.

    Phase 2 - CRUISE

The Cruise phase adds 32 vegetables and will take you to your True Weight. You will gradually but steadily lose weight by alternating Pure Protein days and Protein + Vegetables days. The average length of this phase is based on a schedule of 3 days for each pound you want to lose.


During this time you are at your most vulnerable, as the body has a tendency to quickly regain lost pounds. The Consolidation Phase is designed to prevent the rebound effect by gradually returning previously forbidden foods and allowing for two “celebration" meals per week. This phase follows a strict timeline – 5 days per every pound lost in Cruise Phase.


This phase is the rest of your life! You have learned how to eat healthily in the previous phases and have developed a pattern to follow.  In addition, to keep your new slim body, you must follow these three simple but non-negotiable rules:

  1. Consume 3 Tablespoons of oat bran per day.
  2. Choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
  3. Have a pure-protein Thursday, i.e. Attack Phase menu.


    Feb 22, 2013

    1 pound = 0.453 kg

    1 pound of fat contains approximately 3500 calories, so to lose 1 pound a  week, we should consume approximately 3500 fewer calories per week .


    157 Calories

    Feb 20, 2013

    About how many calories are in 1 slice of pizza !

    1 slice of pizza has about 280 for thin crusts and 390 for pan pizza (or thick crust).

    Feb 19, 2013

    What does fat look like !

    5 lbs = 2.267 kg

    Does peanut butter need to be kept in the fridge once opened?

    The answer is NO!

    Leading manufacturers say that peanut butter does NOT need to be refrigerated. Peanut butter’s consistency may change when it is in cold temperatures, making it thicker than if left in the pantry.

    Feb 18, 2013

    Eat egg yolk or no?

    Eat the whole Eggs, including the yolk (not just egg whites)
    Most people know that eggs are one of the highest quality sources of protein. However, most people don't know that the egg yolks are the healthiest part of the egg... that's where almost all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (such as lutein) are found in eggs.

    The egg yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg.

    The yolks contain ALL of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids. Also, the protein of whole eggs is more bio-available than egg whites alone due to a more balanced amino acid profile that the yolks help to build.
    Just make sure to choose free-range organic eggs instead of normal grocery store eggs. Similar to the grass-fed beef, the nutrient content of the eggs and the balance between healthy omega-3 fatty acids and inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (in excess) is controlled by the diet of the hens. Chickens that are allowed to roam free outside and eat a more natural diet will give you healthier, more nutrient-rich eggs with a healthier fat balance compared with your typical grocery store eggs (that came from chickens fed nothing but soy and corn and crowded inside "egg factories" all day long).

    Feb 15, 2013

    Does talking burn calories?

    If you talk long enough and fast enough.

    My cousin never shuts up and is thin.

    Preventing our kids to be OVERWEIGHT

    The good news is that with some planning and strategy, you can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy living now. Here are 10 ways.

    1. Start during pregnancy.
    Studies show that excessive weight gain during pregnancy can actually put your baby at risk for being overweight as a child. And teaching healthy habits before your child even starts kindergarten will encourage a lifetime of healthy living. 

    2. Be a role model.
    Forcing children to eat vegetables isn’t going to make them want to do it. Instead, model the healthy habits you want for your children, like eating breakfast every morning and they’ll be more likely to follow suite.

    3. Eat more fiber.
    Although eating fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables are low-calorie, nutritious options that can keep your child feeling full longer .

    4. Give technology a break.
    All that time spent texting, on Facebook, or listening to the iPod is a major risk factor for obesity so limit the tech time and get your kids moving.  

    5. Get creative.
    Got a picky eater? Variety is the spice of life when it comes to getting your child to eat fruits and vegetables. Try different ways to cook veggies like roasted, grilled or dehydrated. 

    6. Find opportunities to move.
    It’s recommended that children get an hour of physical activity every day, but between working long hours, after-school activities, and safety concerns, finding time can be challenging but there are ways to make it work.

    7. Get them involved.
    When children participate in meal preparation, they’re much more likely to make better choices.  Devise the food shopping list together or let your children pick out new vegetables they want to try.

    8. Exercise together.
    If you’re not active, it’s unlikely your children will want to be.  “For kids, exercise doesn’t need to be anything complicated.

    9. Snack smart.
    Instead of grazing all day on pretzels and chips, snacks should be an opportunity for your child to fill in the gaps with nutrients she lacked at other meals. Emphasize fruits and vegetables with some protein or a carbohydrate and keep it small so she’s still hungry for dinner.  

    10. Eat meals together.
    According to a recent study  children and teens who ate family meals together 3 or more times a week were 12 percent less likely to be overweight. 

    Feb 14, 2013


    Working out with consistency is important for achieving fitness results. Creating a workout plan will help you to achieve greater consistency. The patience and the commitment to a regular workout regimen will increase your fitness level, improve your health and generate a greater sense of mental well being .

    How to pick your wedding planner !

    I'm your wedding planner for today !

    Feb 11, 2013

    What hours of the day are gyms the LEAST full/busy?

    Best time would be early morning...most ppl are lazy and hate to come at that time. Besides its best for your body to workout at that time. cardio workouts and weight reducing workouts give max benefit at that time. Evening are the time when gyms are jam-packed.
    And two free advice.

    Good food, good rest and persistent exercise.
    Don't over do and push yourself too hard. It will only damage your body.
    Schedule your workout so that you exercise a muscle only twice a week. For example, if you are adopting a 6 day workout one day rest routine, exercise your biceps only on day 1 and day 4. Rest of the days the muscle is given time to recover and rebuild.

    Are you getting enough iron?

    • Do you realise that the following symptoms: tiredness, lethargy, looking pale, feeling faint and breathlessness are associated with a shortage of iron?
    • Do you know that not including enough iron in your diet could lead to serious health problems?
    • Do you make an effort to include foods that are rich in iron in your diet?
    • When they're feeling run down lots of people think of cutting back on the late nights. But would you think about changing your diet?
    If you answered 'Yes' to all these questions, well done! You know your iron facts. If not, then you'd better read on and get your iron know-how up to speed.

      When you're short of iron - known as iron deficiency - it isn't pleasant. The symptoms can include:

    • tiredness and lethargy
    • difficulty concentrating and shortened attention span - not good news if you're trying to revise
    • looking pale and feeling faint
    • breathlessness
    You can easily pump up your iron stores, but first you need to know which foods are rich in iron:

    • roast beef and other red meat (beef, lamb, pork, offal) are rich in iron that is easy for the body to absorb. The darker the meat, the more iron it contains
    • chicken contains some iron - choose leg meat rather than breast meat if you want to get more iron
    • baked beans
    • boiled eggs
    • canned sardines or other oily fish and mussels
    • breakfast cereals with added vitamins and minerals
    • green leafy vegetables, such as watercress, kale, spring greens and broccoli
    • dried fruit such as raisins, figs, apricots and prunes
    • wholemeal bread
    • lentils, beans and peas
    • nuts such as peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds and brazils
    • seeds such as sesame and sunflower
    Here are a couple of iron tips:
    • Try cutting down on tea and coffee as this could help to improve iron levels in the body. This is because tea and coffee contains a substance which can bind with iron making it harder for the body to absorb it.
    • Eating fresh fruit or salad vegetables (including tomatoes) or drinking fruit juice (all of which contain vitamin C) with meals might help the body absorb the iron in food.

    Feb 10, 2013

    What is gluten and why is gluten-free important?

    Gluten is a protein found in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat.

    Why Gluten-free Is Important:
    Celiac Disease is a rare disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia.
    It is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon and for this reason may be more prevalent than currently diagnosed. FDA estimates that between 40,000 to 60,000 people are diagnosed with this disorder, although 1.5 to 3 million people may not be aware they are intolerant to gluten.
    While tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage, sometimes a tea or an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. 

    Feb 9, 2013

    Foods and Drinks Best for Your Teeth

    Mouth-Healthy Foods and Drinks
    The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

    Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

    Poor food choices include candy -- such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints -- cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay because they continuously coat the teeth with sugar.

    The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks -- day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.

    Feb 8, 2013

    How many calories in Greasy Cheese Garlic Bread?

    About 175 calories a piece

    How can you make your boobs grow bigger?

    The easiest way is to gain weight.

    A word to the wise - there is no magic pill. Marketers make money from our insecurites and pop culture media has sent messages to men and women that they are somehow deficient in their appearance to the opposite sex.
    You can strengthen and tone your deltoids (muscles across your chest) to appear more toned and built up. I suggest you ask an expert at a gym and get an actual demonstration.
    There are exercises that help your posture. Keeping your shoulders back and chest lifted gives the appearance of confidence and beauty.
    If you are a mature woman or not finished growing, remember that a woman has a hormone called estrogen that gives fat pads in her breasts, to fill them out. You must daily eat healthy omega 3 fatty acids in your foods that stimulate the pads in the right places and keep your weight in check. The best palce to get this is in salmon, fax seed, sesame seed, olive oil and nuts. Eat this with raw green veggies and berries to support your muscle tone and quality muscle tissue and skin cells (which breasts need). This fact is known by marketers who to sell it to you in a cream or pill, so save your money. You become what you eat.

    A healthy self-esteem can help many of smaller chested women feel that the size we have is sexy enough and it projects! Wear clothes that fit properly, make you feel beautiful and womanly. Put your shoulders back.

    Who said anorexic people are healthy !

    Feb 4, 2013

    How fattening are macarons?

    Macaroons are mostly sugar and egg white, so they are quite fattening. There is no fat in them to slow down the sugars. 225 calories in a generic one.

    Feb 3, 2013

    What do you do to effectively fight a migraine?

    Drink coffee or tea. Or something with caffeine. Stay really hydrated
    Try and 'de-stress' this may prevent some migraines . A hot bath would help too .

     Hope you feel better soon!!

    Feb 2, 2013

    9 health benefits of sauna use


    1.Relieves Stress The number #1 most cited benefit of sauna bathers. Medical studies clearly show stress in our daily lives affects our health. In fact, the vast majority of disease is stress  related


    2.Relaxes Muscles and Soothes Pains in Muscles and Joints 

     Under high heat, the body releases endorphins—the body’s naturally produced pain relieving chemical. Endorphins can have a mild and enjoyable tranquilizing effect and the ability to quell the pain of arthritis (and muscle soreness from an intense physical workout). 

    3.Flushes Toxins In today’s lifestyles, many of us don’t actively sweat on a daily basis. Deep sweating has multiple health benefits. Regular sauna bathing provides the benefits derived from a deep sweat

    4.Cleanses Skin Saunas are one of the oldest and most famous beauty and health treatments for the skin. When deep sweating occurs, the skin is cleansed and dead skin cells are replaced, keeping your skin in good working condition.

    5.Induces a Deeper sleep Research shows a deeper sleep can result from sauna use. In addition to the release of endorphins, when body temperature is raises in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep.  

    6.Improves Cardiovascular Performance  
    In the heat of a sauna, skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to the heat, the blood vessels near the skin dilate and cardiac output increases. Medical research shows the heart   rate can rise from 60-70/min. to 110-120/min.

    7.Burns Calories Saunas are promoted as a weight loss tool. While some individuals may experience high amounts of calories burned initially particularly those individuals in poor shape over the long term, saunas are simply treated as another tool in our arsenal to burn additional calories.

    8.Fights Illness  German sauna medical research shows saunas significantly reduced the incidence of colds and influenza. As the body is exposed to a sauna’s heat and steam (traditional), it produces white blood cells more rapidlywhich in turn help fight illness and help kill viruses.

    9.Feels Good A sauna not only feels good, it’s good for you. Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur in the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calm,