Diet diary: A sweet potato for weight watchers and diabetics

DESPITE its name, sweet potato is not related to the potato family and is quite different nutritionally too. While the potato is a tuber or a thickened stem, the sweet potato is a storage root and loaded with nutrients, has made it to the list of top 10 diabetes super foods by the American Diabetes Association. Though its origin lies in Latin America, Asia is its largest producer. Its importance is growing and it is the sixth most important food crop after rice, wheat, potatoes, maize and cassava. High in…

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Five Military Diet myths busted

Military Diet, a three-day diet programme, helps to lose up to four to five kgs of weight within a week, say experts. But watch out for the myths. Mehar Rajput, dietician and nutritionist, FITPASS, an app for fitness enthusiasts, and Sonia Narang, dietician at New Delhi’s Sonia Narang’s Diet and Wellness clinic, have busted a few myths: Myth: You are on diet for only three days. Fact: This isn’t true. Though the diet plan is designed for three days, you continue observing your calorie intake for the remaining days of…

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4 Ways I Learned How to Adopt a Healthier Diet From a Woman Who Completely Transformed Her Body

Much attention is focused on the external signs of aging on our skin as we grow older. Although I’m just a couple years north of 30, my beauty regimen can rival that of someone a few decades older, thanks to work perks and the millennial obsession with “preventive anti-aging.” But as much cream as I slathered onto my face, certain pesky signs of aging kept rearing their ugly head—not exactly in the form of lines and wrinkles, but what felt like a subtle yet noticeable decline in wellness—a cough that…

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This Fat Fueled Diet Is Being Called Atkins 2.0

For years, we’ve been told to limit our fat intake. But this trendy diet instructs you to just the opposite, causing you to drop serious pounds—all while eating fats. Yes, you read that right. You may have heard about the ketogenic diet, which consists of healthy fats, lean protein and a small amount of vegetable-based carbs to turn the body into a fat-burning furnace. Nutritionist David Morin says that if you follow the diet, your energy levels will be through the roof and you’ll experience more mental clarity, less bloating and fewer headaches and cravings. “You can lose five to seven pounds in…

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Study Shows This Diet Change Could Help You Lose Twice As Much Weight As Cutting Calories

Going “vegetarian” has been a hot topic for years now, and experts continue to debate whether it is better for your skin, weight and overall health, among other things. Many vegetarians (at least most of the ones I know) love having a plethora of reasons to convince omnivores to give up meat and move into their world of eco-friendly eating. And thanks to the results of a new study, here’s yet another one veggie-only lovers can use to back up their case. Scientists from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine…

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The One Diet Change That Led to Charlize Theron’s Weight Gain–Induced Depression

Charlize Theron is no stranger to body transformations—the Oscar-winning actress completely altered her appearance for 2003’s Monster. Wearing prosthetic teeth and gaining 40 pounds, the actress went from beautiful Hollywood ingénue to a worn-down, unattractive serial killer. Now, 15 years later, the 41-year-old actress and producer says transforming her body for a role was not so easy this time around. In an interview with Variety, the star gets real about the challenges of putting on weight for a film (the upcoming Tully) and how it wasn’t as easy as it was in her 20s to get back…

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11 Ways to Get Enough Protein in Your Diet

The many benefits of protein have been well-researched and proven in medical studies. In fact, it is extremely essential to include adequate amount of protein throughout the day for your physical wellbeing, to repair muscles, manage blood sugar levels, to provide immunity and strength and help in weight loss. If you don’t consume enough protein on a day to day basis, it can lead to several health problems. Look for these symptoms as they are indicators of insufficient dietary protein: 1. Poor mental focus 2. Lethargy and Fatigue 3. Slow recovery from cold and…

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You are what you eat: Switching to a healthy diet may ensure a long, healthy life

It’s hard to eat right all the time, but making small improvements by choosing healthier foods now and then may significantly boost one’s chances of living longer, said a US study Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine is the first to show that improving diet quality over at least a dozen years is associated with lower total and cardiovascular mortality. Researchers at Harvard University tracked dietary changes in a population of nearly 74,000 health professionals who logged their eating habits every four years. Researchers used a system of diet-quality scores to…

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Man of steel: An iron-rich diet may help keep heart diseases at bay

A new study has found a link between low levels of iron and a higher risk of heart disease. After analysing genetic data, a team of researchers from Imperial College London and University College London have found that iron-rich foods could have a protective effect against coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) where clogged arteries reduce the amount of blood reaching the heart. The team looked at the impact of genetic variants on people’s iron status by gathering genomic data from 48,000 people in a public database. They focused on…

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Exercising as a child may help cut health risks of a high-fat diet in adulthood

Australian researchers have found that exercising as a child could potentially counteract the damage of a high-fat diet later in life. Carried out by a team from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, the animal study looked at the effect of different diets and exercise programs on rats’ bone health and metabolism, focusing on the activity of the genes in bone marrow. Rats were given either a high-fat diet and a wheel for extra exercise, a high-fat diet but no wheel, or a regular diet and no wheel. High-fat diets…

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