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Got a lunch date with an old flame? A high school reunion coming up? Or are you just dying to fit
into your skinny pants? Maybe you are ready for the festivities!
Follow this weeklong emergency plan...
Power up at breakfast. A meal of two egg whites with one slice of whole-grain bread gives you satisfying
protein and filling carbohydrates that will keep you from getting hungry.
Choose carbs carefully. Skip your usual morning grapefruit—loading up on
sugar-packed fruit isn't the best idea this week, says Jillian Michaels, trainer on
TV's "The Biggest Loser" and author of Making the Cut. Instead, opt for whole
grains, which are crammed with more filling complex carbohydrates.
Think green. Hit the salad bar for low-cal greens and veggies, with some beans for protein. Keep the
dressing on the side and use the "fork technique": Dip your fork in the dressing, then take a bite of salad
for all of the flavor with just a few calories.
Shop carefully. Seduced by the healthy sushi restaurant? Pick your rolls carefully: It's sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish), not sushi (rolls
that include rice), that's great for weight loss. Enjoying a "good-for-you" turkey on whole wheat? Deli turkey isn't going to get you into
those skinny jeans—it has 11 times as much sodium as roasted turkey breast. Bring a sandwich from home made with leftover turkey
breast, pile on the veggies, and hold the mayo!
Downsize dinner. Balance is key: a small piece (about 3 oz.—measure it!) of healthy protein
like chicken or fish, half a cup of brown rice and lots of steamed or grilled veggies.
Pass on salt. Sodium makes you retain water, so keep your intake to 1,000 milligrams a day.
Watch for hidden culprits, warns Michaels. Condiments and seasonings have loads of salt—stick
to the sodium-free versions.
Look to the sea. Fish is low-fat and low-cal but high in filling protein. Your best bets are lean
fish like halibut and cod.
Ask for asparagus. The veggie acts as a diuretic and can speed weight loss, says Thurmond.
Throughout the day
Drink up. In a short-term diet like this, it's vital to chug down the fluids. It seems counterintuitive, but you
need to drink water to lose water weight—80 to 100 oz. (10 to 12 eight-oz. glasses) of water or decaf tea
each day. "Just like if you don't eat, your body will hang on to fat, if you don't drink water, your body will retain
it," says Thurmond. So keep things moving by making many trips to the tap.
Get juicy. Sick of all that plain water? Add a tablespoon of sugar-free cranberry juice to one of your glasses.
It's a natural diuretic and helps you shed water weight fast.
Mind your dairy. Milk, cheese and butter can be high in fat and salt, so keep intake low this week. If you
can't live without them, eat the fat-free versions.
Eat to lose!
These foods can help you lose, so stock your pantry, then watch the pounds melt away.
Apples. Toss your peeler—the pectin in apple skin makes you feel fuller longer.
Green tea. Tea drinkers are 20 percent trimmer, according to a 2003 study in the journal Obesity Research (now called Obesity). Black
tea is okay, too, but a compound called EGCG in green tea gives you the best fat-burning results.
Curry. Tamarind, a spice often used in Indian cuisine, contains a chemical called hydroxycitric acid
that slows down fat production. So cook with curry, but pass on the fat-laden treats like samosas
offered at Indian restaurants.
Cinnamon. The spice mimics your body's insulin, which stimulates fat cells and allows excess
sugar to move out of the blood. Try to get a teaspoon a day—top oatmeal or applesauce with it.
White kidney beans. Add them to your diet to boost your fiber intake and fill you up.
Get a move on!
For even faster results, pump up your exercise this week. Some expert tips:
Boost your burn. Consuming caffeine 45 minutes before your workout will help you burn more calories. Just make sure
your daily cup of joe is cream- and sugar-free this week.
Train like an athlete. Try two-a-day workouts—do 45 minutes of cardio in the morning and an hour at night
(walking counts) to get a double boost to your metabolism. You'll have the stamina to work out a little harder during
the shorter workouts, and you won't be bored and give up on a long hike.
Get into intervals. Interval training will give you maximum results. Run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds,
then repeat for the rest of the 45-minute cardio session.
"The running part isn't jogging, it's a full-on sprint," says Michaels.
Take it slow. Not a sprinter? Thurmond likes long-distance, slow cardio (like walking). "The
muscle fiber you'll use is called slow-twitch muscle fiber, whose principal fuel is body fat," he
explains. "Look at a marathoner and look at a football player—which type of exercise burns fat
better?" It's not for the time-pressed—you'll have to trek for at least an hour to get the benefit.
Lift to lose. You don’t want to lose muscle tissue along with fat. Do some weight lifting—an hour
of it three or four days this week will give you results (and tone your arms for that little black
Snack smart. Crunch on two celery sticks with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter (measure it!).
You'll get a protein boost from the peanut butter that will keep you focused for the rest of the
Cut the junk. Forget "diet" snacks: They aren't as filling as whole, fresh foods, and you're
likely to overeat a "fat-free" snack. Energize your body with (small!) portions of healthy,
unprocessed foods like nuts. "The one thing that is universal concerning losing weight is not to
use processed foods," says Michael Thurmond, Extreme Makeover trainer and author of
12 Day Body Shaping Miracle.
|Indian Head Massage
Tel, Maalish, Champi karwalo...
What is Indian Head Massage ?
Head Massage has been practiced informally for over 1000 years in the homes of Indian women.
In villages many different patterns of the massage are carried out with the reason for it’s popularity
being that Indian women, and some men too, believe that Head Massage keeps hair healthy and
delays the stage of greying. Various oils such as coconut, sesame, almond and olive oil contribute
towards the lustrous look and growth of the hair. Scalp massage revitalises circulation at the hair
roots and oil nourishes the living growing hair. Tight and flaky scalps are an increasingly common
symptom of our stressful lives.
A very important feature of Indian Head Massage is the easing of tension and sense of relaxation,
well-being and peace that it brings. Headaches and heaviness are relieved, muscles un-knotted
and other parts of the body respond to this relaxed state.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage
- Stimulates and improves scalp circulation
- Improves texture, strength and growth of hair
- Soothes, comforts and rebalances energy flow leaving one with a feeling of peace and
- Eliminates muscle tension and stimulates circulation in the neck and shoulders
- Relieves Headaches and eye strain
- Relaxes the scalp and tones up scalp muscles
- Helps you to sleep better
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage (helping to get rid of waste products)
- Stretches and mobilises the tissues of the neck and shoulders
There are many different techniques for Indian Head Massage. One such technique was
created by Narendra Mehta and called Champissage. Champi is the Indian for head massage
Mr. Mehta's Champissage massage includes neck, shoulder and back massage and with head
massage for a wonderful therapy - physical, mental and spiritual health.
When the scalp is loose, blood is able to flow freely and feed the roots, this increased blood
circulation strengthens the hair root and promotes health and shine.
A Head Massage takes 30 – 45 minutes depending on how much work is needed on the upper back, shoulders and neck. It only
requires a chair for the receiver to sit on. The upper back and shoulder work can be done through clothes. It is usually done with dry
hands but if using an oil on the hair, it should be left in eight hours before shampooing.
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