Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Healthy Weight Loss

The key words involved in weight loss are ‘smart eating’ and ‘physical exercise’. Can you lose weight by just starving yourself? You surely can, but a rigorous, fad diet will leave you feeling sick and the weight will come back soon. Could you lose weight bust by rigorous exercise? The answer is yes, but it will take much longer.

The best way of reaching your ideal weight is to give up the obsession with losing weight and to get passionate about healthy living.

Setting weight loss goals

The reason people flounder when they set out to lose weight is that they do not set specific goals. They are vague about what is healthy weight loss or not realistic enough.

Set yourself achievable goals. If you have to lose 10 kg, give yourself three to six months to lose the first five kgs.. This will help you ease yourself into a healthy eating and exercising routine. A gradual loss of weight is more sustainable. If you want to lose half a kg per week, you need to cut 500 calories per day through both diet and exercise.

Healthy eating

Do not regard healthy eating as a terrible chore which will leave you starving. Healthy eating involves avoiding food that is harmful to you and switching to food that is good for you. Most importantly, eat small quantities frequently. This way you can eat most of your favorite foods.

Work out three days a week

This is not negotiable. If you do not exercise vigorously at least three days a week, you will find it hard to keep the weight off.

The rule of twos

Eat small quantities at short intervals. This will leave you feeling comfortable without feeling deprived.

Eat something soon after you wake up. In the morning, your blood sugar levels are very low. A fruit or a glass of milk will bring your sugar levels up. This way you will not be ravenously hungry when you eat breakfast.

Breakfast can be your usual idlis or dosas or whole wheat toast-but stop at two. If you are having upma, have two small katories.

Eat small quantities after that every two hours. It can be a handful of nuts, a cup of curds, a bowl of sprouts, bhelpuri made with just puffed rice, dry khakra, a chapathi with vegetables or egg, a cup of sundal, a slice of cheese, a handful of peanuts. The choices are there-you have to make an effort to look for them.

Lunch can be two small katories of rice with vegetables or dhal or sambhar.

Dinner can be one or two chapathis with a small cup of curds or vegetables or dhal.

Drink two glasses of water just before your main meals or along with them.

Confine yourself to two spoons of sugar per day. Do not indulge in soft drinks, sweets, chocolates and cakes.

Have your last meal two hours before you go to bed. Brushing your teeth soon after you have had the last meal for the day will prevent you from being tempted to have a bedtime snack.

The author Ms. Gita Arjun is an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Chennai and has written the book ‘Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy’.


News courtesy: "THE HINDU"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011





Gram Flour 1 cup
Ghee 1 1/2 cups
Sugar 2 cups

Take a bottom thick kadai, add half of the ghee and gram flour into it. Fry till it comes to brown colour. Keep it aside. Take sugar in the same kadai and add sufficient water (1 cup). Boil it till the pearl consistency comes. Then add the fried gram flour into the sugar liquid. Add the balance ghee and stir it well. It becomes thick and comes without touching the sides of the pan. Pour into ghee coated plate and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Make diamond slices with a sharp edged knife.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunday, August 1, 2010



Vermicelli 1 cup
Basin flour 2 table spoons
Rice flour 1 table spoon
Baked and smashed potato 1
Onion (cut lengthwise) 3
Green chili (cur lengthwise) 4
Ginger and garlic paste ½ tea spoon
Salt To taste
Mint leaves 2 table spoons
Cashew nut 2 table spoons
Coriander leaves (cut finely) 1 table spoon
Oil and ghee

Put ghee in a frying pan, fry vermicelli till it becomes golden brown in colour. Add little warm water and boil it. Then add cool water into it and filter it nicely. Add potato, green chili, onion etc to vermicelli. Make thick dough without water. Then deep fry the pakoras in oil. Serve hot with sauce or chutney.