Posts Tagged ‘calories’

Want to loose weight? Start skipping breakfast

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Skipping breakfast may help you loose weight in a healthy way, a new study has revealed.

Researchers at Cornell University conducted two experiments on about 25 participants who routinely ate or skipped breakfast to see how either habit would affect weight gain.

In the first experiment, researchers gave participants either no breakfast, a 335-calorie breakfast high in carbohydrates or a high fibre breakfast measuring 360 calories.

As a contradiction to previous studies, researchers found that neither eating breakfast nor the kind of breakfast eaten had any effect on the participants’ calorie intakes during lunchtime.

The second experiment in the study involved people who ate a large breakfast of more than 624 calories, measuring their caloric intake at other points throughout the day.

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Stay full longer with these foods!

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Eating healthy need not mean depriving yourself. You just have to learn to watch and balance what you eat. We know how it feels when your stomach grumbles at all inopportune times, especially when you are trying to lose or manage weight.

Let us assure you that eating healthy need not be an ordeal, it can be fun. Here are a few foods that make you feel full and cut calories at the same time:

Water

Drink two glasses of water just before your meal. It will make you feel full, and you will even be able to trim up to 60 calories during every meal.

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Menu labeling lowers caloric intake

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

According to new research, menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has some people reducing their intake.

The study evaluated the effects of new requirements for chain restaurants to label their menu items with their corresponding calorie content by following restaurant patrons 18 months after implementation of the law—a longer period than previously published studies.

The researchers looked at various types of chain restaurants, including burger restaurants, sandwich shops and coffee shops.

“Most people have no idea how many calories are found in restaurant meals,” said lead study author James Krieger, M.D., M.P.H., of the public health department of Seattle and King County in Washington.

The study found that after the regulations were put in place, more people reported being aware of posted calorie information. After 18 months, customers of taco restaurants consumed fewer overall calories and customers of coffee establishments consumed fewer calories from beverages.

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Gardening – Your double dose of health

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Discover the blissful effects of gardening, and how it helps keep you flashing those pearly whites. Read on

It wasn’t a long time back when a shovel and a bag of seeds were enough to make you sustainable and happy. But now, with all the gizmos and gadgets piling up, mankind has resorted to finding relaxation in playing a video game or downloading new apps. With all the hustle and bustle around, the today’s man is under more stress than the man of yesterday. And that’s exactly when gardening comes into play.

Studies show that spending a few quiet minutes in a ‘green’ area could make you feel calmer, relaxed and get you into a better frame of mind.

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The chefs are watching your calories

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Going to a five-star hotel for a meal usually does not bode well for your diet. And business travellers, who eat there often, end up getting the worst of it. Now, however, things are changing, as hotel chefs become more cognizant of the health needs of the urban Indian.

The active food movement

Not too long ago, all-day restaurants in star hotels were about heavy-duty breakfasts, buffet spreads stacked with malai kofta and dal makhni, burgers-and-fries at midnight and an array of rich desserts. That is changing now, and restaurants have begun to include healthy eating options on their menus. While it may only be a small segment at some places, others are making it a selling point. Which explains the introduction of the ‘active foods’ concept at the Gateway hotels by the Taj group.

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Wanna lose weight? Eat negative calorie foods

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Some foods require more energy to be digested when compared to what they provide; such foods are called negative calorie foods. So fill your tummy with some negative calorie foods to prevent overeating.

These are best when snack time hits.

What are negative calorie foods?

Negative calorie foods are foods that burn more calories in the process of chewing and digestion when compared to the number of calories it provides the body. Eating such foods creates a calorie-deficit in the system, which can aid weight loss. The term ‘negative calories’, however, can be misleading as it might suggest that such foods have no calories at all, which is not true.

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Consumers underestimate calories in fast-food meals

Monday, May 27th, 2013

People eating at fast food restaurants are consuming significantly more calories than they realize, according to a new study.

Previous research has shown that adults and children underestimate calorie content often by large amounts. However, these studies did not monitor consumer choices at restaurants or focused on a narrow range of fast food restaurants or individuals.

Researchers therefore carried out a large cross sectional study of repeated visits to fast food restaurant chains in 89 restaurants across the New England region of America: McDonald”s, Burger King, Wendy”s, KFC, Subway and Dunkin” Donuts. At the time of data collection, none of the chains routinely printed calorie content on menus.

Researchers enrolled a diverse group of adults (>18 years old), adolescents (aged 11-20) and school age children (3-15 years old). They collected receipts from participants to calculate the calorie content of their meals, and they administered a short questionnaire which included a question asking participants to estimate the calorie content of their meal. Parents provided answers for the school age children. The final sample size was 1877 adults, 1178 adolescents and 330 school age children.

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Tips to get flatter stomach revealed

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Getting rid of belly fat is simpler than you might have thought.

With the right plan, it’s actually easier to lose that stubborn lower-body fat or the seemingly impossible to tone back-of-the-arm flab.

Stick to a healthy diet and exercise guidelines, and you’ll be slimmer and healthier by summer.

Obviously, you want to keep your calories in a healthy range and avoid meals that are high in saturated fat.

But research has also shown that eating more of certain foods can help you burn excess visceral fat and pave the way to a smaller middle, the Huffington Post reported.

In addition to helping maintain heart health and keep inflammation levels under control, monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, may stop belly fat before it starts.

Research in the journal Diabetes Care found that people who got roughly 25 percent of their total daily calories from MUFAs gained no visceral fat over the course of the study, while those who ate less MUFAs and more carbs added fat to their midsections.

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Simple tips to lower your blood pressure

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Hypertension, also called the ‘silent killer’ can be managed and prevented by making some low-cost lifestyle changes.

Hypertension or high Blood Pressure, as it is commonly called, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated.

With each heartbeat, heart pumps blood through the arteries to the body. Blood pressure is the pressure or force with which blood is pushed against the walls of the blood vessels.

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Food and exercise tips for summer slim down

Monday, May 13th, 2013

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) exercise and nutrition experts have offered tips for those in search of a summer slim down.

EatRight by UAB Weight Management Services Clinical Dietitian Lindsey Lee R.D., said nutrition is necessary to support weight loss efforts.

“Incorporate good nutrition habits — eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and lean protein sources — to get the calories you need to maintain an exercise program,” Lee said.

“If you restrict calories too much, you could start to feel burn out,” Lee stated.

To bolster the burn, Lee suggested: Fill up on lower calorie fruits and vegetables, choose water over high calorie sodas and decrease high calorie, high fat options.

The expert suggests switching up food preparation: Instead of steaming vegetables, grill them or toss unique vegetables like skewered okra or fresh asparagus on the grill.

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