Top 5 Fitness Trends of 2016: Towards a Fitter India

Fitness is a dynamic industry. New techniques, variations and forms emerge every day. This borrows a great deal from our need to change our fitness regime periodically in order to stave off plateaus. The relentless want to keep oneself challenged and motivated gives rise to novel ideas. The world of fitness has received an overhaul – from some of the fanciest equipment to regimes which require no more but a mat – the contemporary domain of fitness has something to offer everyone. As we wrap up this year, it was…

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Bollywood’s biggest fashion bloopers of 2016

  From unflattering silhouettes to confusing drapes, here are the worst outfits of 2016: 1. Sonam Kapoor This year, even Sonam made it to the list. The box-y gown didn’t appeal us at all and the sheer patch revealed too much. The only thing we liked about this look, was her make-up. (Image courtesy: PTI) 2. Ranveer Singh This time Ranveer went too Befikre with his look. This difficult-to-explain outfit became a hot discussion on the internet and we’re still trying to figure it out. (Image courtesy: Twitter) 3. Deepika…

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Top 5 weight loss tips of 2016

Have you ever been a victim of bad dietary advice? You’re not alone. Weight loss tips change as frequently as the seasons; one month it’s cut out the carbs, and the next it’s eliminate the fat. It’s (understandably) hard to keep track of all the fluctuating weight loss information, and that’s why it’s better to set (most of) the nutritional stuff aside and focus on more pragmatic solutions to dropping a few sizes. The tips offered below don’t involve extreme diets or overemphasize exercise, but instead rely on strategies that…

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The 13 Biggest Nutrition Discoveries of 2016

The year in review: nutrition edition The truth about nutrition is always in flux. One day coffee is a carcinogen, the next it’s a potent antioxidant. Carbs used to be the devil, now (the right kinds) are the staple of a well-balanced diet. What’s healthy seems to change regularly, and 2016 was no exception, which is why we’re looking back at the biggest nutrition discoveries of the year. To recap: Remember how we all suffered from serious false hope when butter was said to be healthy? (That is, until another…

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The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that this holiday season is especially stressful. This year it’s not just about the crush of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling, but the whirl of emotions about getting together with friends and family, some of whom may disagree with you on matters more weighty than whose holiday sweater is ugliest. It may be the year to spike the eggnog. Better yet, it may be the year to try meditation. We spoke to Tara Brach, a psychologist, teacher and founder of the Insight…

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World warmer by 1.2 degrees, 2016 warmest year ever: WMO

The World Metrological Organisation (WMO) on Monday said the global temperature is 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level and will set a new high for the third year running. It also said 2016 is the hottest year on record, 2015 the second hottest and 2014 in the third place. “Another year. Another record,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas while releasing the report at the Marrakech climate change negotiations at COP22. He said the extra heat from powerful El Nino phenomenon has disappeared. The heat from global warming will…

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At BioFach India 2016, Our New Favourite Foods for Healthy Living

Biofach is India’s biggest exhibition to showcase the newest and best organic and natural foods. Packed with over 80 brands and co-operations for three days (10th to 12th November 2016), it was a great place to see and sample a wide assortment of products and trends for healthy living. To understand how quickly the market for organic food and health products is growing in India, just take a look around at your local superstore. You will find aisles and sections devoted to just healthy alternatives. From low calorie snacks and…

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World Diabetes Day 2016: Understanding the Glycaemic Index of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates present in food have a direct impact on your blood sugar levels. Every time you eat, carbohydrates are broken down to glucose molecules which pass into the blood stream from where they enter the cells and are used as fuel for different body functions. The excess glucose is converted into fat in some cells and stored for later use. Insulin, a hormone produced by our pancreas, is the key that opens the cell doors to allow glucose to enter. People who have diabetes are either completely missing this key…

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World Diabetes Day 2016: The Diabetes Diet, What to Eat and What to Avoid

The fact that diabetes is on the high is widely known by now. What we all need is a little change in lifestyle which could go a long way in controlling the condition. The symptoms of diabetes are polyuria, poly-dypsia, polyphagia and lowered immunity that lead to various infections (fungal and bacterial), including skin infections like acanthosis and diabetic dermopathy. Diabetics are also more likely to have an anxiety disorder or depression. Neglecting their diet, not monitoring glucose levels or leading unhealthy habits are hazardous to their health. A healthy…

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Diwali 2016 Special: 3 Breathing Exercises to Help You Deal With the Pollution this Diwali

  Diwali, the festival of lights, is here and we all are geared up with our favourite mithais, namkeens and other goodies. Diwali festivities are never devoid of firecrackers that cause a measurable spike in air pollution levels every year. Delhi Pollution Central Committee (DPCC) suggests the contamination levels in the capital city to have markedly skyrocketed before Diwali. This pollution majorly originates from the smoke emitted from firecrackers and adversely affects the health of a lot of people, especially those suffering from respiratory problems like asthma. According to the…

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