September 23, 2016 12:05 AM NPT
By: Aditi Sharma
Now that the holidays are just around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. There are so many parties to attend, relatives and friends to meet, and yes, shopping to do that you just might find yourself unable to make time for the gym or your regular exercise class.
September 16, 2016 12:05 AM NPT
By: Aditi Sharma
You’ve probably heard that cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is responsible for excess abdominal fat, but that’s only part of the story. Your body produces cortisol in response to stress – physical, mental, or emotional. This may include extremely low-calorie diets (fasting or starvation), infection, lack of quality sleep, emotional trauma, or intense exercise, as well as other stressful conditions such as job pressure, relationship trouble and financial woes.
September 1, 2016 11:00 PM NPT
By: Aditi Sharma
The primary concern women have when it comes to weight training is, ‘I don’t want to get big or bulky.’ In the past couple of articles, we discussed why women simply don’t run that risk. So with the hope that I have convinced you to take up weight training, I’m back with some pointers on how you can make the best of it.
Want to take up a strength training program, but don’t know where to start? Let me help you with some basic things to get you started on your weight loss journey. With my trainer’s help, I have been doing some serious weight lifting these past few weeks and the results have been worth it.
The weight you put on during your holidays tend to stick around for longer than you intended because, quite simply, many of us have trouble getting back into our earlier plans. However, there are some things I swear by to tackle the repercussions of your holiday dietary indulgences.
I have discovered that no matter how hard weight loss might be, it can seem a lot easier if you don’t stress about it so much. You need to give yourself some credit for thinking about weight loss and healthy living in the first place.
A lot of people tell me that they exercise so much, sometimes even putting in two hours per day at the gym in addition to home workouts, but they are still unable to lose weight. I always tell them to look into their diet. It doesn’t matter how much you exercise if you don’t pay attention to your meals. After all, weight loss is 70% diet and 30% exercise. You could be hitting the gym every day in addition to walking to work, but all that will be wasted effort if you don’t change the way you eat.
I’m not a fitness expert. I’m just someone who lost oodles of weight – almost 30 kilos – wanting to share my experiences hoping it will help others who are struggling with weight loss. If I could do it, so can you.
I was wondering how much you weigh, said a relative to my mother who promptly replied that she didn’t know because she hadn’t weighed herself in over a year. She told her that the only time she probably took her weight was when the nurse asked her to step on the weighing scale..
Is walking or running better for weight loss? What should we eat post workout? What are some foods we should avoid while trying to lose weight? Is it okay to drink? – These are some common questions I have been asked over the last few weeks by people who know me or read my column.
I have a friend who lost seven kilos in the first three weeks of eating right by doing just that and nothing else except walking to work every single day. In the next two weeks that followed, he lost an additional four kilos. In total, he lost 11 kilos in just five weeks.
If anyone ever says losing weight and following a healthy lifestyle are easy, they are lying. These are perhaps that two most difficult thing one could ever face in life (even raising a kid seems like a breeze in comparison). This is because discipline is hard, and you’ll need a lot of that to keep yourself in shape, and also because it’s not a one-time thing but a continuous, never-ending process.
We all make plans to go to the gym, start swimming, or take dance lessons to get a good workout but after a few weeks or so, the enthusiasm fades and we skip a day here and a day there.
Unlike we initially planned – which was to exercise four to five times a week – we are down to twice or, at the best, thrice a week. This definitely wrecks havoc on your fitness plans and all your hard work to lose weight yields no results.