Category Archives: Weight Loss

Healthy Habits to Manage Weight

No one wants to look plumpy or too skinny, right? We all want to look just fab!!! The word that is trending today is “healthy look”. But, how does one manage to stay healthy and look perfect? I think this question must have puzzled your mind too. Weight management is an art. If you have a balanced weight then you radiate a good personality inside out. Starting from your individuality to your thought processes… everything dazzles positivity and uniqueness. So how much weight is healthy and one should have? Let me quickly show you the height-weight ratio of men and women: Ideal Height to Weight Proportion

So, the chart mentioned above is an epitome of an ideal BMI with regard to your height and weight. The full form of the acronym BMI is Body Mass Index. BMI is the measure of body fat with respect to the height of an adult male and female. The quantitative aspect of our BMI is very important, as it is the reflection of the qualitative aspect of your health. The closer you are to the appropriate BMI, the healthier you are.

Unfortunately, today’s sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle, detrimental food habits, and other health risks tend to throw you off the ideal weight mark. This leads to many unwanted and potential health risks, illnesses, eating disorders, insomnia, other psychological issues like depression, personality disorders and so on. Apart from these, an unhealthy weight also tends to affect your personal and social life as a whole.

Therefore, it is very important to keep one’s weight in the correct proportion in order to lead a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. The art of weight management can seem gruesome to you at the superficial level. However, with the help of some wise and easy lifestyle changes you can achieve a proportionate weight and a healthy “you”. Here are some of the lifestyle changes that would help you to manage your weight or attain a healthy BMI:

1)    Do not starve yourself: The first thing that may strike your mind while thinking of weight management is probably “dieting”. But, please don’t do that. Dieting without mindful eating may end in making you even more flabby or skinny. The rule of the thumb is not to starve you but to fill your platter and tummy with a balanced diet. Your dish should be enriched with a perfect blend of vital nutrients comprising of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats as well as liquids.

2)    Do not skip your breakfast: Hope you have heard the saying, “eat your breakfast like a king and your dinner like a pauper”. Yes, folks! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides fuel for your body and brain for the entire day. It tends to rejuvenate and energize your body and brain after getting up from slumber and rest. Therefore, no matter how busy you are, try not to skip your breakfast at any cost.

3)    Drink water, but at the right time: Most of us have a bad habit of drinking water between meals or just after/before meals. If you are following the same regime, then please try to change it as soon as possible. Try drinking water either half an hour before or after food. Drink water immediately before or after food makes your digestion process slow, sluggish and unhealthy. This also retards the production of digestive enzymes. As a result, it leads to unwanted accumulation of fats and problems in the breaking down of food nutrients. So, drink water… but at the right time!

4)    Drink water, only in a sitting position: This is also one of the most significant aspects I want to tell you. If you have a habit of drinking water while standing, then unknowingly you are opening the door to innumerable ailments. Starting from throat problems to heart problems, drinking water while standing has the potential to cause many health risks and problems. So, whenever you want to drink water or juice or any fluid, try to drink the same by sitting down. The world won’t end if you spare some time for yourself and drink the stuff slowly and steadily!

5)    Right is not right, left is right: Confused??? Ok, let me explain. While going to sleep, just try to analyze whether you sleep to your left side, or right side? Even if you sleep on your front or back or to your right… this should be changed. Try sleeping to your left side first for a couple of minutes and then you can change your sleeping position according to your own wish. Sleeping to the left side accelerates a healthy digestion process and exerts less pressure on your heart as well as all the vital organs of your body.

6)    Walk more, breathe deep: Rather than driving your car or vehicle to a nearby destination, how about walking to it? The more your body works out naturally, the more you breathe deeply…the healthy you will be.

7)    Cut alcohol and caffeine intake: Sometimes this stuff cannot be avoided but these stuff lead to accumulation of fats, toxins and pose potential health risks like tumors, cancer, etc. So, try to avoid your alcohol and caffeine intake as much as you can.

8)    See a Dietician or a Nutrition Specialist: If you want to know the exact proportion of food, BMI, nutritional composition of various foods, effects of food on your body and brain…then one of the best solutions is to seek the advice of a dietician or a nutritional specialist. Once you have the knowledge related to these aspects, weight management becomes a lot more easy and worthwhile.

The art of weight management is hardly a secret or a Herculean task now. It is with your own determination, knowledge, interest and motivation you can surely achieve an ideal weight and health as a whole.

Best wishes,


Weight Management through Yoga Nidra

Yoga NidraThis week let us take time to relax and tap our subconscious mind. There are many techniques for relaxation and healing. One of the best techniques is Yoga Nidra. It is also known as Yogi Sleep. Did you know Yoga Nidra can take you to the deepest realms of relaxation by helping you stay conscious too? Yes, that’s the magic of this technique!

The use of Yoga Nidra for relaxation and healing dates back to ancient Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Its practitioners popularized it in the mid-20th century. One of the pioneers of this technique is Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He developed 8 stages of Yoga Nidra that can be followed in step-wise manner. The eight stages are:

Eight Stages of Yoga Nidra:
  • Internalization
  • Sankalpa or resolution
  • Rotation of Consciousness
  • Breath awareness
  • Manifestation of opposites
  • Creative visualization
  • Sankalpa or resolution
  • Externalization

Yoga Nidra has been found to have healing and restorative effects in many physical and mental health ailments. Some of them are:

Healing and Restorative Effects of Yoga Nidra:
  • Nervous tension
  • Weight management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Some cases of Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Fears and phobia
  • Nausea, giddiness, palpitations, bed-wetting, migraine, etc.

So how does Yoga Nidra works? Yoga Nidra tends to deeply relax you and takes you to a journey into your subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is one that forms 9/10th part of our functional mind. In a given day, you are bombarded with almost 100,000 stimuli from your surroundings. Out of these, only one stimulus is felt by you or is made conscious by your perceptual ability. Rest of the stimuli enters the dark chamber of your subconscious and unconscious mind.  It comprises of all that you experience in your lifetime, your thoughts, subliminal messages, thoughts, irrational desires, negative thoughts, disease-provoking conditioning thoughts, and so on. In a nutshell, though your sub-conscious mind is not always easily accessible, yet it has huge powers and potentials. So, when your subconscious mind is tapped with healthy and positive affirmations, it gets charged up more and more, it gets positively strengthened and guides you towards positive and motivating thoughts/behaviors.

Therefore, be it an intense fear or anxiety, weight issue or any physical discomfort, if your mind gets a curative affirmation through Yoga Nidra you can subsequently get cured out of these problems/symptoms. The good news is you can also do Yoga Nidra all by yourself. Here is a guide through the process of Yoga Nidra for weight management:

Step 1: Lie down on your back on a Yoga Mat or any mattress in a comfortable position. If possible, you can play a soft instrumental music during the Yoga Nidra session too. Loosen any tight clothing and ensure fresh intake of air.

Step 2: Take deep breaths, try to make your mind calm from all the other thoughts and try to focus all your attention on your body.

Step 3: Thee next step is to focus on each and every body part of yours; de-stress it and infuse a sense of positivity and curative property within. Start by focusing on your right foot. Imagine that your right foot is getting more and more calm and composed…. all the tension and disease-causing elements are getting released from that part… your foot is shedding unwanted weight… that part is now healthy and composed.

Step 4: Continue the same affirmations for all the body parts as you move from your foot to your head.

Step 5: Keep your heart as the final part to focus on. When you reach your heart chakra or your heart follows the relaxing and restorative affirmation that is mentioned above. And finally try to meditate that a white bright light is illumining your heart and your entire body. It is cleansing all the negative, disease-causing energies, shedding all your weight and making you more healthy and happy.

Step 6: Finally take deep breaths for some time. Meditate that all the positive healing energies that you gained and the way your subconscious mind got strengthened; all these healing will remain within you and cure you. And try to get up slowly.

Step 7: After getting up rub both your palms and touch them all over your body, starting from head to toe so that all the healing properties and energies remain within you and do their work with their fullest potential.

Yoga Nidra can be very effectual for weight management if done on a regular basis. If you are new to Yoga then seeking help from a Yoga instructor will also help.

Stay Healthy and Stay Happy!

Best wishes,