A new study has revealed that you are more likely to shed those extra pounds if you diet with a friend compared to doing it solo.
The survey was conducted on behalf of Seasonal Berries and found that a whopping 89 percent of 1750 men and women surveyed had lost weight when they took up the challenge with someone else, reports femalefirst.
Those who had chosen to diet using the buddy system had lost on average eight pounds in weight, compared to just six pounds for those who had tried to diet alone.
The survey also discovered that teaming up with a husband or wife was the top choice when it came to finding a partner to diet with. Read more about the 10 foods that can help you lose weight.
Many choose to try to lose weight at this time of year after the excess and over indulgence of Christmas, and having a friend is the perfect way to stay on track and hit the weight loss goals that you have achieved.
Motivation is a major part of trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, and three quarter of people said, that level of motivation were higher with the buddy system.
The buddy system works so well as you can motivate and support each other – particularly when you come face to face with the foods that you crave. Read more about the 10 diet habits that guarantee weight loss!
People who tried diets by themselves said that they were tempted by unhealthy snacks more often than when they had a partner doing it with them. They were also more likely to lie to themselves and be tempted to cheat about the amount of calories they were eating.
A spokesperson for Seasonal Berries said: ‘Eating healthily doesn’t have to be a chore and the most important thing is that you find what works best for you. This can be eating healthy with a friend to help motivate you and also finding snacks that taste great and are healthy too.’Read more at:formal dresses 2014
A traditional Japanese green tea, matcha is racing ahead of all other green teas. We explore the powers of this superfood.
For 2015, don't drink just about any green tea. Upgrade to matcha, a green-hued, powdered tea from Japan. Though it has been consumed for centuries in Japan, as part of their tea ceremony Chanoyu, the world is now taking notice because of its metabolism-enhancing, stress-reducing, immune boosting and cholesterol-lowering benefits...
MORE POWERFUL THAN OTHER TEAS
"Unlike other green teas that are steeped in bags, matcha leaves are entirely dissolved in water while consumption.Hence, you ingest all its antioxidants. One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! Because you consume it whole, the catechins, amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals in it are considerably higher. Hence it has strong anti-cancer and anti-ageing properties," explains tea sommelier Dr Rupali Ambegaonkar. It also promotes a Zen state of mind, as it contains LTheanine, a rare amino acid that helps in relaxation. It helps burn fat by increasing the rate of metabolism without promoting increased heart rate and blood pressure. It also improves immunity by fighting viruses and bacteria as it is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, iron, protein, and calcium. Some studies even suggest people who drink matcha are less likely to develop heart diseases.
YOU CAN EAT IT TOO
Chefs have realised the potential of this tea in cooking.They are using matcha to enhance the flavour of a dish naturally, as a colouring agent, in dressings or as decorative garnish. Says tea connoisseur Amit Mehta, "The tasting notes of matcha are umami, vegetal and grassy .This is not only a well-accepted flavour profile with the developing Indian palate but also considered nutritious, thus appealing to health-conscious people." While Japan uses this ingredient in savoury dishes like the matcha curry, and matcha soba noodles, in India, the tea is more popular in desserts.Mumbai-based baker Pooja Dhingra often uses it in her recipes. "The flavour of matcha complements a lot of desserts. It has a certain sweetness to it, which is enhanced with white chocolate.Personally , I love using matcha with white chocolate to make cookies, macarons or cupcakes. Matcha powder can be used in almost all desserts -cakes, eclairs, mille-feuilles, milkshake and smoothies."
While choosing matcha as an ingredient for your recipe, it is important to note that matcha powders that are lighter in colour are on the sweeter side and the darker ones are more astringent. Choose one depending on what you're baking. Read more here:black formal dresses
Belly fat or 'visceral fat' as medical experts call it, is the fat which gathers in the guts and pushes out the belly.
According to previous studies, belly fat has been linked to a number of major diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease.
A 'zero belly' program may help in reducing belly fat. It is based on the science of nutritional genetics.
The program works in three ways. First of all, it cuts down the dairy, excess salts and artificial sweeteners. The test panelists who underwent the program lost around 3 inches in only one week.
Secondly, the zero belly program heals the gut by feeding the good microbes in the belly. It turns off fat genes if the gut is balanced.
In the last step the program helps the participant to store lean protein, quality fiber and healthy fats only.
There are nine foods which you may consume in order to gain zero belly.
Begin with zero belly which are plant based smoothies that have healthy fat, protein and fibre. These also contain resveratrol. Eating a lot of eggs is recommended as it turns off genes for the visceral fat gain. If you want a flat belly, eating red fruit and food cooked in olive oil can be of great help.
Consuming oats, beans and fibre foods may help in turning off genes for diabetes.
Lean meat can help in keeping your metabolism high while leafy green tea and bright vegetables may help by turning off fat-storage genes. Eating nuts, seeds, Cinnamon and ginger may also help in attaining zero belly.Read more at:MarieAustralia princess formal dresses