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“Lose 10 kilos in 10 days!” “How to lose weight in 7 days!” “Get rid of belly fat in 2 weeks!” Aren’t these claims a little too familiar? Haven't we all heard or read them and been tempted by the quick results they offer? A slimmer look in no time is guaranteed by fad diets and weight loss products. What classifies as drastic weight loss? Rapid and extreme weight loss occurs when you lose more than 0.5 to 1 kg weekly. It has a lot of appeals. But alas, it could increase your likelihood of developing a host of illnesses. To lose weight quickly, some adhere to particular eating plans referred to as "crash diets." It entails consuming fewer than 800 calories daily which are potentially quite harmful. A healthy adult needs 1200–1300 calories daily at the very least. Our bodies need enough energy to carry out daily tasks without becoming exhausted. We also require it to keep our metabolism steady. 800 calories or fewer is not enough to provide the body with the energy it needs. Remember, People who lose weight too quickly frequently struggle to keep it off. Dangers of Sudden Weight Loss You may begin lacking important nutrients and develop chronic illnesses!! Your body is deprived of the vital nutrients it needs for proper function when you lose a lot of weight quickly. Additionally, lacking essential minerals like vitamin D or calcium might increase your chance of contracting certain illnesses or make you more vulnerable to damage. For instance, Anaemia, which is characterised by sensations of weakness and fainting spells and can happen when you don't get enough iron, can be developed due to nutritional deficiencies. If that doesn't scare you away from fad diets, then we have one that is scarier! You may develop painful Gallstones. They develop in 12% to 25% of individuals who lose a significant amount of weight over time. Gallstones develop when due to a lack of food to digest, the gallbladder's secretions are held in. Once inside the gallbladder, these liquids solidify and block the opening, resulting in indigestion and more pain and suffering. You may end up dehydrating yourself… On fad diets which promote low or no-carb foods, you tend to lose a lot of water weight.  Watch Out For Rapid water loss can result in dehydration and a host of unpleasant side effects, including dampened spirits, fatigue, low energy, headache, stomach issues, and muscular cramps. Don’t forget to drink enough water even if your diet does not include juicing or cleansing. Keep an eye out for dehydration symptoms, especially in the first few weeks of starting a diet. Weight loss addiction may also be a mental health side effect of drastic diets. It can also be seen as a love for starvation. When you restrict your diet to an extreme level, you begin to lose weight fast and that can often become a source of happiness for many. However, as soon as you start eating normally the weight comes back. So many times people tend to form a loving relationship with starvation, convince themselves that they don't feel hungry anymore and develop various eating disorders. The bottom line remains that Crash diets can rarely assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Most people quickly regain their lost weight. It is important to remember your real goal of becoming a healthy person rather than getting trapped in the vicious trap of quick weight loss.

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Self Care

Self-care is an important aspect of weight loss, as it can reduce stress and improve overall well-being. This can include activities such as getting enough sleep, practising mindfulness, and engaging in hobbies

Drastic weight loss and its dangers

“Lose 10 kilos in 10 days!” “How to lose weight in 7 days!” “Get rid of belly fat in 2 weeks!” Aren’t these claims a little too familiar? Haven't we all heard or read them and been tempted by the quick results they offer? A slimmer look in no time is guaranteed by fad diets and weight loss products. What classifies as drastic weight loss? Rapid and extreme weight loss occurs when you lose more than 0.5 to 1 kg…

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Understanding Metabolism

The term metabolism is often used when talking about weight gain or weight loss. Many people blame weight gain or inability to lose weight on their body’s metabolism rate. Haven’t you looked at a fit person eating a hearty meal and praised their metabolism for being fast? Similarly, haven’t you blamed your slow metabolic rate when you’re not able to put off your weight? But what does metabolism mean? Can it be increased? In simple terms, metabolism refers to the…

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High BP

Fitness for People with High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a chronic health condition that can be severe in the long term, however, the good news is that the symptoms can be managed with proper nutrition and exercise. Read on to know how exercise can help reduce or maintain your blood pressure. What is High BP? High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure readings are consistently above 120/80 mmHg. Blood pressure is measured by determining how much force your blood exerts…

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Multivitamins

What Do Multivitamin Tablets Actually Contain?

As the world moves to quick commerce and quick answers, it’s not uncommon to look for quick solutions to solve nutritional deficiencies. The popularity of multivitamin tablets points to the same. Between 2000 and 2017, retail sales of nutritional vitamins have more than doubled from $17 billion to over $36 billion. 52% of Americans state now that they take a form of dietary supplement, with over 65% of the UK public saying the same thing. The first one-a-day multivitamin appeared…

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Sore Muscles

Muscle Soreness after a Workout And How To Ease It

Muscle soreness after a workout, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is a type of muscle pain that occurs after physical activity. It is caused by small tears in the muscle fibres, which can occur as a result of unfamiliar or intense exercise, or a change in your workout routine. DOMS is a normal response to exercise, but it can be uncomfortable and may last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Symptoms of Muscle Soreness Symptoms of DOMS…

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Mindful Eating: Tips and Tricks

Trying to transform your relationship with food? Want to be more aware of what you’re eating? Turn to mindful eating! Mindful eating is a concept founded on the Buddhist idea of mindfulness. Being mindful implies paying attention to the here and now while recognizing and embracing your feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations. Practising mindful eating works on the same foundation. Mindful eating entails paying more attention to both your food and your feelings towards it. It also includes the influence…

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Maintaining A Food Journal

Trying to become healthy? Want to change your lifestyle? Thinking of shedding weight? The easiest way to incorporate changes in your life and monitor them is by maintaining a food journal. Just like your diary contains your little secrets and provides you with a sense of satisfaction at the end of your day, A food journal helps you feel emotionally stable concerning food and motivates you to keep up your new dietary achievements by adopting healthier eating choices each day.…

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Maintaining Weight Loss 101

“Maintaining your weight is much more difficult than losing it” Have you accomplished your weight loss goals? Congratulations! We are proud of you. Does the thought of gaining it all back terrify you? Are you confused by the hundreds of weight maintenance advisories out there? Fret not, we are here to give you tips without beating around the bush! Unfortunately, an estimated 80% to 95% of people regain the weight they lost after dieting. Weight maintenance is a different ball…

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Combatting Emotional Eating

Do you often find yourself heading for the fridge when stressed? Is bingeing tasty junk food your mood lifter? Do you crave a bar of chocolate after having a tough day at work? You are not alone. Emotional ups and downs have been associated with a change in eating patterns in many people. Food consumed under emotional duress is usually unhealthy and damaging to health. So how to counter it? Don't worry! We’ve got you covered. Read ahead and find…

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Diet

Diet plays a crucial role in weight loss, as it directly impacts the number of calories consumed. A balanced, low-calorie diet can help individuals achieve weight loss goals

The Rainbow Diet: Weight Loss With Colour

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the connection between nutrition and weight loss. The idea of following a specific diet to lose weight is not new, but the Rainbow Diet takes a different approach, focusing on consuming a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. This approach not only helps with weight loss but also promotes overall health and wellbeing. What is the Rainbow Diet? The Rainbow Diet is a simple concept that involves incorporating a variety…

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Calorie Deficit

The Truth About Being Irritable on a Calorie Deficit

It’s no surprise that what we eat affects our mood along with other functions of the body and if you’ve suddenly reduced your calorie intake for the purpose of weight loss, there is a fair chance that you’ll find yourself grumpy, snappy or even lethargic. Mood swings on a diet are fairly common, and many people are dissuaded by weight loss and diet programs simply because of the detrimental effects they will have on their mood. While the irritability caused…

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The Dash Diet

Tired of the fad diets floating around in the market? Fed up with hearing different methods of weight loss being advertised without any health significance? Looking for a sustainable diet to lose weight and also become a healthy and satisfied person? You’ve come to the right place! We are here with one of the most popular and nutritious diets. But don’t let us convince you! Read about its benefits and decide for yourself. What is the Dash Diet? Dietary Approaches…

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Understanding The Paleo Diet

Have you ever wondered how the hunter-gatherers had so much energy to live in all extreme conditions and thrive? Do you want to experience the benefits of the diet they consumed before modern farming emerged? The paleo diet, as it is called in the nutrition zone, consists of foods that individuals could obtain by hunting and gathering in the past. What is the Paleo Diet? The Paleo diet is essentially a keto diet but packed with all the benefits that…

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Healthy Foods For Weight Loss

Do you believe that health and taste are at opposite poles? Have you ever wished that healthy food was as tasty as junk fast food? Do you want to lose weight without compromising on nutrition and flavour? If the answer is yes, then we have the best food guide for you. The mantra is: Cut down calories, Not flavour! Effective weight loss is possible when you eat fewer calories than you burn. However, sometimes this can be taken to an…

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Pescatarian Diet

Are you a fan of seafood? Is healthy weight loss your goal? Looking for a non-phoney sustainable diet that is flexible? If yes, then the Pescatarian diet is right up your alley. What is The Pescatarian Diet? Pescetarianism is a vegetarian diet with an inclusion of fish and other seafood. This diet stresses fish and seafood as the main sources of protein while the remaining snacks and meals reflect a plant-based diet that is characteristic of the Mediterranean diet. There…

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Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential for weight loss, as it can help individuals feel full and satisfied while providing the necessary nutrients for optimal health. A balanced diet rich in whole foods, lean protein, and healthy fats is recommended

The Rainbow Diet: Weight Loss With Colour

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the connection between nutrition and weight loss. The idea of following a specific diet to lose weight is not new, but the Rainbow Diet takes a different approach, focusing on consuming a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. This approach not only helps with weight loss but also promotes overall health and wellbeing. What is the Rainbow Diet? The Rainbow Diet is a simple concept that involves incorporating a variety…

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Plant based diet

Going the plant-based diet route? Here are the deficiencies to watch out for

Bookmark this blog for the supplements to take and deficiencies to watch out for when you go Vegan!Research shows that plant-based diets are naturally high in fibre, low in saturated fat, and rich in phytochemicals that help prevent a number of serious diseases. The results of an international study even revealed that vegetarians are a whopping 40% less likely to develop cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. However, a vegan diet comes with its own set of drawbacks, the number one…

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Multivitamins

What Do Multivitamin Tablets Actually Contain?

As the world moves to quick commerce and quick answers, it’s not uncommon to look for quick solutions to solve nutritional deficiencies. The popularity of multivitamin tablets points to the same. Between 2000 and 2017, retail sales of nutritional vitamins have more than doubled from $17 billion to over $36 billion. 52% of Americans state now that they take a form of dietary supplement, with over 65% of the UK public saying the same thing. The first one-a-day multivitamin appeared…

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Calorie Deficit

The Truth About Being Irritable on a Calorie Deficit

It’s no surprise that what we eat affects our mood along with other functions of the body and if you’ve suddenly reduced your calorie intake for the purpose of weight loss, there is a fair chance that you’ll find yourself grumpy, snappy or even lethargic. Mood swings on a diet are fairly common, and many people are dissuaded by weight loss and diet programs simply because of the detrimental effects they will have on their mood. While the irritability caused…

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Sore Muscles

Muscle Soreness after a Workout And How To Ease It

Muscle soreness after a workout, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is a type of muscle pain that occurs after physical activity. It is caused by small tears in the muscle fibres, which can occur as a result of unfamiliar or intense exercise, or a change in your workout routine. DOMS is a normal response to exercise, but it can be uncomfortable and may last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Symptoms of Muscle Soreness Symptoms of DOMS…

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27 Apr 2023

The Dash Diet

Tired of the fad diets floating around in the market? Fed up with hearing different methods of weight loss being advertised without any health significance? Looking for a sustainable diet to lose weight and also become a healthy and satisfied person? You’ve come to the right place! We are here with one of the most popular and nutritious diets. But don’t let us convince you! Read about its benefits and decide for yourself. What is the Dash Diet? Dietary Approaches…

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Exercise

Exercise can aid in weight loss by increasing calorie burn and building muscle mass. This can include activities such as cardio, strength training, and high-intensity interval training

High BP

Fitness for People with High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a chronic health condition that can be severe in the long term, however, the good news is that the symptoms can be managed with proper nutrition and exercise. Read on to know how exercise can help reduce or maintain your blood pressure. What is High BP? High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is when your blood pressure readings are consistently above 120/80 mmHg. Blood pressure is measured by determining how much force your blood exerts…

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27 Apr 2023

Sore Muscles

Muscle Soreness after a Workout And How To Ease It

Muscle soreness after a workout, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is a type of muscle pain that occurs after physical activity. It is caused by small tears in the muscle fibres, which can occur as a result of unfamiliar or intense exercise, or a change in your workout routine. DOMS is a normal response to exercise, but it can be uncomfortable and may last anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Symptoms of Muscle Soreness Symptoms of DOMS…

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Best Exercises for Weight Loss

Exercise is an essential part of any weight loss plan, as it helps to burn calories and build lean muscle mass. However, not all exercises are created equal when it comes to weight loss. In this article, we will discuss some of the best exercises for weight loss. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a type of exercise that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. HIIT has been shown…

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Myth Busting

Myth busting is important for weight loss, as many individuals may have misconceptions about what constitutes healthy weight loss. For example, fad diets and extreme calorie restriction are not sustainable or healthy ways to achieve weight loss

Plant based diet

Going the plant-based diet route? Here are the deficiencies to watch out for

Bookmark this blog for the supplements to take and deficiencies to watch out for when you go Vegan!Research shows that plant-based diets are naturally high in fibre, low in saturated fat, and rich in phytochemicals that help prevent a number of serious diseases. The results of an international study even revealed that vegetarians are a whopping 40% less likely to develop cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. However, a vegan diet comes with its own set of drawbacks, the number one…

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29 Apr 2023

Multivitamins

What Do Multivitamin Tablets Actually Contain?

As the world moves to quick commerce and quick answers, it’s not uncommon to look for quick solutions to solve nutritional deficiencies. The popularity of multivitamin tablets points to the same. Between 2000 and 2017, retail sales of nutritional vitamins have more than doubled from $17 billion to over $36 billion. 52% of Americans state now that they take a form of dietary supplement, with over 65% of the UK public saying the same thing. The first one-a-day multivitamin appeared…

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Busting Common Weightloss Myths

The Carb Dillema What is the first thing that pops into your head when you want to shed a few kilos? Is it a complete removal of carbs from your diet? No bread, No pasta and most definitely no potatoes. The misinformation circulating in the market about carbs (among other things) has made it the scapegoat for all our weight loss woes. What one doesn't realise is that carbs, like all nutrient groups, exist in many healthy foods and occur…

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