Has this ever happened to you- you wake up ion the morning with a distinct puffiness where there wasn’t puffiness before…..a belly that may look rounder or a face that may look fuller, but you can’t figure out why? Or it’s the end of the day and you’ve come back from work and are about to change into your clothes for the night, and you do a double take. Did your shirt fit that snugly when you left? No, it didn’t. Something has changed. And it’s you. While bloating may be more common than you think,it’s also easier to get rid of than you think. There are two main kinds of bloating, and it depends on two things; what you did the day before, and what you did on the day itself….? YOU WAKE UP BLOATED If you wake up feeling bloated in the morning,it means your body is retaining water,and this could be usually due to something you did or didn’t do the day before,you drank too much coffee or aerated drinks,you drank alcohol , consumed excess salt or didn’t get enough water. Coffee or anything with caffeine, and alcohol,dehydrates your body as much as not drinking water does. When your body senses it’s not getting enough water, it panics and hangs on to whatever little you give it- thinking you’ve forgotten about hydrating it. Lack of sleep could also lead to bloating, as can PMS or being on your period. YOU SLEEP BLOATED This is the kind bloating that happens on the same day, and could be due to many reason like- Drinking tea with milk on an empty stomach first thing in the morning . Drinking aerated beverages . Eating pulse ,dairy products or grains that don’t suit you. Gorging on food packed with extra masalas /excess oils. Eating too much. This is the build-up that many associate with gas. It enters your bowels when bacteria in your large intestine try to break down undigested foods that it couldn’t in your small intestine. Certain foods are simply harder to breakdown. Avoid foods that you think make you gassy, drink anywhere between 8-12 glasses of water a day, get your eight hours of sleep ,and eat small frequent meals.
From a nutritional stand point, travel is a fantastic way to introduce variation in your diet and even local trips could mean another way of looking at your boring old bhaji. But it sometimes also opens up access to a world that makes no nutritional sense. on any type of trip to anywhere,we can notice madness over the “K-P0P DIETS”, – the diets followed by korean pop stars,madness being the operative word. PAPER CUP- Popularised by the k-pop group nine muses,the paper cut diet is one where all meals have to fit within three paper cups (˘the disposable kind you use for drinking water).while you can fill them with whatever you want to eat, and while this does promote the concept of protion control,there is good portion control and bad portion control.and this is definitely not good. Apart from making starvation or malnutrition into a high art form, this diet is guaranteed to encourage binge eating at its best and eating disorders at its worst. MORNING BANANA DIET- Also called the asa-banana diet, this is associated with k-pop idol seo-in-young and has gone viral in japan,south korea and taiwan. This diet asks us to eat one or two bananas with room temperature water for breakfast , anything you like for lunch and dinner with,may be, another banana in between. Other k-pop diets include incredibly dangerous liquid diets or eating only certain foods like sweet potatoes,chicken breasts and boiled eggs as followed by almost everyone,where people have reported to have been crying from hunger. While these are just some of the latest fads on offer, which provides us with rapid weight loss.
Not all episodes of eating are driven by hunger.ṣometimes it could be our emotions driving us towards food- which are seldom healthy. Hence knowing the difference between the two types of eating is necessary as it could be our answer to everything ranging from weight loss to gut health ,immunity,moods,relationship with food ,fear,anxiety and so much more. THE DIFFERENCE- In mindful eating,one finds a healthy and balanced meal very satisfying and fulfilling,whereas, in emotional eating,a bag of chips or bar of chocolate sounds more inviting. When one mindfully eats, it is easier for the personto stop when they start to feel full,hence portions are controlled. In emotional eaying one cannot identify signs of fullness. Mindful eating makes us feel nourished,healthy,satisfied,content,grateful after a meal,whereas emotional eating makes us feel guilty,sad,shameful.in extreme cases,emotional eating could also lead to purguing and other eating disorders. WHY DO WE EAT EMOTIONALLY? When we are under sttress,we start to deplete the feel-good neurotransmitters in our body,like endorphin,serotonin,dopamine,oxytocin.foods laden with sugar,salt,fat-when eaten during stress makes our body release the same chemicals making us feel good.People misinterpret this as ‘comfort food’.the fact ,however,is that exercise,lovemaking,sleep,a hug,meditation releases the same chemicals too,but we often fail to adopt these healthier ways and choose negative behaviours instead. Stress simplifies the reward centre of our brain- which is why we feel extremely good when we eat an ice cream on days we feel low.our brain then saves this feeling like a memory and reminds us to reach out for something sugary every time we feel this way. Stress cuts off the oxygen supply to our brain,which is why we feel extremely good when we eat an ice-cream on days we feel low..our brain then saves this feeling like a memory andreminds us to reach out for something sugary every time we feel this way. With sttress comes lack of sleep ,fatigue,grogginess making it easier for us to reach out for quick fixes like sugar,salt,caffeine and alcohol. Chronic stress is also known to cause gut dysbiosis,meaning an imbalance in the good and bad microbes in our gut. More the bad microbes , more our body craves for sugar- as these bad bacteria need sugar as fuel to survive.
Everyone reaches a point where their diet stops working towards their desired goals..its called a plateau and that’s how the body functions. The initial results are quick because its more like a shock for the body, but after a while the body tends to establish a comfort level and hits stagnancy. Now,there are multiple reasons on why our body stops responding to the things we do, it could be nutrition,workout,hormones or even our mindset. Its important to figure out what might be the obstacle and work towards tweaking it. When it comes to nutrition,here area few aspects that need to be looked at for progress. FAD DIETING- Fad diet helps you lose the first two to three kilos and after that either you put it all back or just plateau.we need to understand that any fad diet that’s deficient in a macronutrient cripples your metabolism is the most important thing when it comes to burning fat.also,fad diets or diet plans always ask to eat the same meals over and over again for an extended period of time. EAT MORE,BURN MORE- One needs to be mindful about their activity levels and how they are complementing it with nutrition..most people,in a bid to lose weight , undergo intense exercise programmes and eat skimpy meals. Now that approach is detrimental to our health,weight and metabolism. We start to look older ,shed hair, change skin quality and start ageing rapidly. Good nutrition and good dieting is about enhancing our nutrition not cutting it. The idea is what more can do one add to their diet to support billions of cells and metabolic rate to burn fat and weight. The answer lies in eating more and exercising more.and on days when you cannot exercise, eat less and eercise less. DON’T OVERDO PROTEINS- When you start consuming more protein, a lot of that never gets utilised by the human body and it converts into fat and slows down your metabolism. This is why a lot of people who consume protein also bloat up. So choose a protein heavy diet if you are into that athlete level of training ,else, start cutting down your intake of protein supplements.
Judging by its name, the Velocity Diet sounds like a dream come true for those looking to lose weight quickly. The Velocity Diet, or “V-diet” for short, is marketed as a “rapid body transformation program.” It promises to give you a lean and muscular body more quickly than a typical diet plan, but only to those who commit to 28 days of intense dieting and workouts. The V-diet is a low-calorie, high-protein diet. It’s designed to help you control your eating habits and lose fat. People who’ve completed the program…