Day: February 5, 2020

How to Create A Healthy Nutrition Plan for Weight Loss

Recent health statistics show that over 70% of all adults in the US are either overweight or obese. One of the main reasons for the spike in weight problems is unhealthy diet that is high in calories but low in nutrition.

Food has now become more about convenience and less about nutrition. This convenience culture is evident from the 170,000 fast food restaurants across the country!

What’s even worse is that we have super-sized all our servings, drastically increasing our calorie intake and making us pile on the pounds.

Most people think that they would need to consult a dietitian and follow a restrictive diet to lose weight, but this is far from the truth. There are several small dietary changes that you can make to create a nutrition plan that helps you reach your ideal body weight.

Creating a Healthy Nutrition Plan for Weight Loss

Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) are the foundation of any healthy nutrition plan. The acceptable macronutrient distribution ranges are 45–65% calories from carbs, 20–35% from fats, and 10–35% from protein. Tweaking this macronutrient ratio will help you create a healthy nutrition plan for weight loss.

Reduce your carb intake

From breakfast bagels and pancakes to lunchtime sodas and midnight snacks – there’s no denying that our daily carb intake is through the roof. Current research suggests that low-carbohydrate diets will not only help achieve weight loss but may also have a beneficial effect on triglyceride levels and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol).

When cutting back on carbs, get rid of unhealthy refined carbs such as refined grains, bakery products, and sugar-laden foods. Instead, your diet should contain small servings of healthy carb foods such as fruits and vegetables.

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Increase your protein intake

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A recent study compared the results of a high-protein diet with a low-protein diet for weight loss. Although both diet plans had the same number of total calories, the test participants who followed a high-protein diet lost more fat and gained more muscle as compared to the participants who followed a low-protein diet.

High-protein diets help to increase the secretion of satiety hormones while simultaneously improving blood sugar levels. There are several ways to add protein to your diet. You can start adding whey protein powder to your morning milkshake or simply snack on nuts throughout the day.

Don’t avoid all fats

Cutting all fats out of your diet can hurt your overall health and energy levels. Doing that will reduce your intake of vitamins A, D, E, and K as they are fat-soluble vitamins.

According to health experts, unsaturated fats such as olive oil and safflower oil are good for us as they can help reduce the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, the fat found in butter, lard and fatty cuts of beef and pork contain saturated fats that are unhealthy and can increase your risk of weight gain.

Get More Fiber

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Fiber does not contain any of the nutrients we require. Despite that, it plays an important role in diet and weight management.

The human body cannot digest fiber. It is left intact as it moves through the gastrointestinal tract. This means that the fiber in your diet will satiate your hunger without adding to your calorie intake.

A study on the effects of fiber on weight loss found that consuming an additional 14 grams of fiber for more than 2 days resulted in a 10% decrease in calorie intake. It also resulted in weight loss of over 4 pounds in 4 months.

Obese individuals will experience greater suppression of calorie intake and weight loss. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are some of the best sources of dietary fiber while meat, fish, and eggs do not contain any dietary fiber so plan your meals accordingly.

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Always opt for fresh produce over processed foods

A healthy nutrition plan for weight loss will help you reach a healthy body weight. Unfortunately, it is not easy to stick to a healthy diet plan which is why you should also work on building resilience.

Improving your resilience increases weight loss and decreases the chances of you falling off the weight loss wagon. There are also several exercises to burn fat that will help you lose weight faster and reach your ideal body weight.

In your eagerness to lose weight quickly, you might be tempted to go all out and overhaul your entire lifestyle. This rarely works as your enthusiasm will wane over time. You will just fall back to your old habits.

Instead, make small gradual changes to your diet and lifestyle. This gives you the chance to adjust to the changes. Follow a healthy diet and regular exercise plan even after you lose weight to maintain healthy body weight.

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Instamojo acquires Times Internet’s GetMeAShop to serve more small businesses in India

Instamojo, a Bangalore-based startup that helps merchants and small businesses accept digital payments, establish presence and sell on the web, has acquired Times Internet-owned Gurgaon-based startup GetMeAShop.

The deal is worth $5 million and includes conglomerate Times Internet making an investment in Instamojo, Sampad Swain, co-founder and chief executive of the Bangalore-based startup, told TechCrunch in an interview.

Hundreds of millions of people have come online in India in the last decade thanks to proliferation of low-cost Android smartphones and availability to some of the world’s cheapest mobile data plans. But most small businesses, especially neighbourhood stores and merchants, remain offline.

A wave of startups in the country today are trying to make it easier for these merchants and businesses to come online. GetMeAShop is one such startup. It runs a platform that allows businesses to set up their website, build an online store, and make it easier for merchants or individuals to engage with — and sell to — their customers through social apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook.

For Instamojo, this acquisition is not surprising. The seven-year-old startup began its journey as a payments provider for small businesses. Over the years, it has launched an online store, an app store, and a lending service to serve more needs of a business. “This acquisition will allow us to become a full-fledged operating system for businesses,” said Swain.

Instamojo has amassed 1.2 million merchants on its platform. “It took us seven years to get a million merchants on the platform. Now we are adding more than 2,000 a day. We are on track to hit 2 million merchants by the end of this year,” he said.

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Nancy Pelosi steals the show and rips up Trump’s State of the Union speech

Nancy Pelosi steals the show and rips up Trump's State of the Union speech

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made her feelings clear at the conclusion of President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

She ripped up a copy of the speech and tossed it aside just as the president concluded his remarks. 

Asked by the press why she ripped up the speech, Pelosi responded with a dig at the president. 

“It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives,” she said. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on why she ripped up President Trump’s speech: “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”

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