Weight Management

Not atall. In fact when we eat less, the body metabolism slows down and also resultsin deficiency of vitamins and minerals in the body. It can also result in hairloss & gastritis. To lose weight, make sure you eat enough during thecourse of the day but the right kind of food.Choose fibre rich foods such asfruits, vegetables , whole grain cereals & pulses and proteins in the formof toned milk and its products, lean meat, fish & poultry but avoid fatsand sugars.

Fatfree diets can lead to deficiency of essential fatty acids and fat solublevitamins A, D, E & K. Satiety value of these diets is low thus making aperson feel hungry all the time. The type of fat being consumed is also crucialwhether it is saturated or unsaturated fatty acids.

Bothmargarine and butter contain 85% fat and equal number of calories. Margarine isrich in saturated fatty acids (SFA) as well as Trans Fatty acids, which raisesblood cholesterol.

Juicesare concentrated sources of energy and have added sugar content. Eating wholefruit would be more beneficial for your health.

This isnot true. Traditional spices provide the necessary taste and flavour to thefood. At the same time, they are rich in micronutrients, anti-oxidants andfibre. There is no reason to avoid spices, unless they are not tolerated. Theonly restrictive feature of a healthy diet is its low salt and fat content.

Ifwater is added, all other ingredients in milk also gets diluted. Skimming isthe best way to remove fat from the milk. Other nutrients are retained inskimmed milk.

Evenlow calorie foods have calories which add up and must be burned off regardlessof what kind of food we eat. Balance is the key to success.How can one find outthe amount of calories that should be taken per day? Kindly give some tips tostay healthy?

Theamount of calories that one should take per day varies from person to person.It depends on various factors like age, height, weight, lifestyle pattern,daily activities, metabolic rate, etc. This is best decided by a qualifiednutritionist. You can get in touch with a professional nutritionist, whodepending on your requirement will formulate your calorie chart. In order to behealthy one should follow a balanced diet, indulge in 30 minutes of physicalactivity, drink plenty of water, and be active throughout the day.

Milkand Soya are not the only sources of Calcium. Calcium intake can be increasedin various ways. You can supplement your diet with pulses like Bengal gram,Rajma etc. along with lemon and tomatoes. Fish, green leafy vegetables like methi,spinach and nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, dry coconut etc. are also richsources of calcium. So try including all these in your diet in some way or theother, as much as you can. This will definitely help you maintain theappropriate calcium level.

Wateris the key part of any weight loss programme. One should drink at least 10 -12glasses of water everyday. It is essential as it helps to reduce fat but isgood for overall health as well.

It helps suppress your appetite It reduces build up of sodium in your body It reduces fluid retention. This happens when the body does not get enough water and it starts retaining fluids. It reduces fat deposits It helps maintain proper muscle tone It helps the body get rid of waste and toxins It relieves constipation

Amongother fluids, fresh lime water should be preferred. Fresh lime soda ( withoutsugar ), buttermilk, coconut water, vegetable juice and clear soups are alsorecommended for a healthy body.

Startyour meals with one of the above or just a glass of plain water.

Theopening in the skin from where the hair comes out is called as PORES, which getblocked. This could be due excessive cell turnover of those cells lining theinner skin wall of the follicle. This blockage leads to inability of the Sebumsecreted by the glands from draining to the surface. Soon bacteria startgrowing and COMEDONE forms. A whitehead is a comedone where the sebum is notvisible.

Chemicalpeeling done once a month helps in getting rid of whiteheads.

Bodylotion should be applied on the entire body immediately after the bath, this isthe moisturising lotion. Just before you step out one should apply the sunblocklotion on the exposed parts of the body without massaging it. The sunblockworks by reflecting the harmful rays.

A nightcream is usually formulated to be a thicker cream with its active ingredientsworking overnight to give the required results. If your skin is oily then youmost definitely do not need a cream rather a lotion further diluted with wateror rose water would be good. In case the skin is very dry then a cream issuitable. Its benefits would be a high grade of moisturising effect and in caseit contains lightening agents then fairness.

The causesof dark circles or under eye pigmentation are varied. The genetic variety is asgood as non treatable. However pigmentation developing secondary to aparticular cause like stress, emotional imbalances, lifestyle, wrong eatinghabits, wrong reading habits, long hours at the computer monitor etc can bereduced considerably and can be thus maintained by the person. Prevention wouldbe tackling the above listed causes and correcting them. An under eye facialtreatment on a initial treatment basis followed by regular maintenance sessionswould definitely help. Chemical peeling would be another option but should bedone a trained specialist.

As suchif you are undergoing a treatment facial the frequency could be two sessions ina week but normally a session per week. This should later be tapered off tomonthly once or once in two months depending on what facial you are doing.

Nothere is no compulsion that you HAVE to do a facial once you start. It is justthat when you get used to seeing your face having a particular appearance postfacial you would like to keep it that way hence you repeat the facials. Afacial is not bad but what is important is that the products being used is asper your skin type and requirement and it is being done by a trained therapist.

Thetreatments that are given cosmetically can only lighten the complexion by a fewshades. We now combine chemical peeling and lasers with these facials toimprove the results. These procedures cannot and will not change the complexionfrom dusky to fair and pink. Higher percentages of peels can lighten yourcolour to a higher degree but these procedures have their own side and adverseeffects post treatment which is not practically viable. Bleaching is again achemical which lightens the colour but only by a couple of shades. We do notadvise it on a routine basis as in the long run it can lead to hyperpigmentation following accidental burn.

Steamfacial regime every week is bad for the skin unless as part of a specifictreatment for a specic time period. It is always advisable to do a steam once amonth.

Obesityis a condition of the body when the weight is 20 % or more above the desirablebody weight. It is an established fact that obesity is deleterious to healthand is related to increased risk of diabetes, heart diseases, gall stones,stroke, insulin resistance and other degenerative diseases. VLCC is a pioneerin Wellness industry and addresses the serious problem of obesity through itscomprehensive Wellness programme planned on scientific principles and deliveredthrough a team of qualified and experienced professionals in allied.

Thesimplest formula to know your desirable body weight is to subtract 100 fromyour height (centimeters). i.e. Desirable Body Weight (Kg) = Height (cm) 100,plus or minus 15% for women and 10% for men Eg. if your height is 160 cm yourweight has to be around 160-100=60 Kg At VLCC, we assess your body compositionof total and segmental distribution of fat and lean body mass and determineyour health status in terms of your BMR, BMI, WHR. All the parameters areindicative of the interventions to be directed to achieve the desirable bodyweight.

WorldHealth Organization recommends 4-5 Kg per month as a healthy weight loss fornormal people without medical conditions. Based on the physiological andpathological conditions of an individual, the team at VLCC works in synergy todeliver a sustainable, steady and gradual scientific rate of weight loss.

Skippingany meal during the day will lower your metabolic rate which will lead toreduced rate of burning the calories in your body. Skipping breakfast, inparticular, not only reduces the metabolic rate, it may add to undesirablecraving for high carbohydrate foods like sweets as you are hypoglycemic (lowenergy source in the body). This can be harmful since you may resort to binginglater in the day. Based on your usual dietary patterns, the Nutrition Expertsat VLCC determine your nutrient requirements and advise small frequent mealskeeping your likes and dislikes and feasibility aspects in mind.

Skimmingis a process of removal of fat content from milk retaining the other importantconstituents to the original levels. Therefore, skim milk contains same amountof calcium, however, the fat content is negligible. Nutrition experts at VLCCgive important nutritional knowledge as part of their Counsellings to theclients for weight management.

Householdchores form an important part of a daily physical activity regime. However, thetype, duration and intensity at which each work is performed determine theenergy expenditure in the day. To lose weight, regular physical activity ofmoderate intensity is required depending upon your physiological andpathological conditions in order to utilize the excess fat as energy. Thephysical activity regime can be planned by the VLCC experts considering yourroutine, energy expended through household chores and dietary intake so that anegative energy balance can be created to help you lose weight.

Polycysticovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women characterized by irregular or nomenstrual periods, acne, obesity and excess hair growth. PCOS is a disorder ofchronically abnormal ovarian function and hyper androgenism (abnormallyelevated androgen levels). It affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Womenwith PCOS do not ovulate (do not release an egg every month) and they are atsignificantly higher risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, andcancer of the uterus. Insulin resistance is associated with nearly 60% of caseswith PCOS. It is a condition when glucose is not absorbed efficiently as asource of energy, due to the resistance of insulin hormone at the cellularlevel which leads to conversion of glucose to fat easily, thereby obesity. Youneed to take care of your diet as well as physical activity to reverse theproblem of PCOS and the risks associated with it. It is advisable to get theinsulin levels checked to know if insulin resistance is evident and seekmedical advice for the same. A substantial number of women approach VLCC withthe problem of PCOS and its related complications. They are successfully helpedto achieve and maintain the desirable body weight.

Therecould be various causes of water retention in the body. Normally, increasingthe fluid intake helps in reducing water retention along with removal of toxinsfrom the body. You must get your blood pressure checked and consult a medicalphysician to rule out kidney association for water retention. The VLCC Expertscan formulate a customized programme addressing your problem and help you toattain a normal body composition by bringing the water content to normal range.Our Experts advise suitable dietary and physical activity patternsmodifications to relieve water retention and achieve the desirable results.

It isthe nature s gift to the men. Keeping all environmental factors constant, menhave a higher proportion of fat free (lean body) mass as compared to theirfemale counterparts, thus making them metabolically more active and favoringweight loss.

Yes,however, with certain caution. Choose the right place and right cuisine to dineout. Be aware of the healthy options available. Prefer small portions and orderfor dishes adopting grilled, baked, roasted, steamed, lightly stirred friedmethods of cooking rather than braised and fried foods. Encourage fresh salads,whole grain based cereals and vegetables, fruits and lean parts of meat and lowfat milk and its products. In case you binge outside, you need to learn how tocompensate in the subsequent meals and physical activity to expend the extracalories consumed.

Abalanced diet based upon your requirements should be consumed to lose weight.No single food is a complete food. Fruits form an important food group of abalanced diet but fruits alone cannot substitute the other important foodgroups in your diet. To attain a balanced diet we need all the nutrients toconsume cereals and pulses, vegetables, milk and lean meat, fish, poultry alongwith fruits in the right amounts and proportion suitable for your body. TheNutrition Experts at VLCC determine the requirements of your body and plan abalanced diet appropriate to help you lose weight at a desirable rate for yourage, gender and activity levels.

Ideally,consuming a whole fruit is much more nutritious than the fruit juice. A wholefruit in addition contains all the fibre and provides feeling of fullness. Oneserving of a fruit juice is equivalent to 2-4 servings of a whole fruit. Fruitsalso provide calories. Therefore, it is advisable to consume 1 serving of fruitat a time and spread out the total serving of fruits throughout the day to getbetter benefit from the same rather than having altogether as 1 serving offruit juice. Besides, most of the fruit juices contain added sugar than add tothe total calories. If you have to drink juice, have in moderation. Preferunstrained and unsweetened natural fruit juices.

Often,women gain weight 5-7 days before periods because of their periods. It iscalled Pre menstrual syndrome. This happens due to increase in the levels ofthe progesterone hormone which leads to water retention. The VLCC Expertsaddress this problem to attain a normal body composition by bringing the watercontent to normal range. Our Experts advise suitable dietary and physicalactivity patterns modifications to relieve water retention and symptoms.

Fizzydrinks and diet aerated drinks are acidic and diuretics, causing frequenturination.. This not only dehydrate you but lead to the loss of importantelectrolytes like sodium and potassium from your body. These should be taken inmoderation. Nutritionist Experts at VLCC provides interesting options (recipes)to increase the fluid intake through natural sources.

Waterhas no calories, so we cannot put on weight by drinking water, on the contrary,drinking excess water helps in losing weight.

Carbohydratesform an important nutrient in our daily diet even during the process of losingweight. These are the immediate and only source of energy to brain, hence,should be consumed regularly. However, both- quantity as well as quality, ofthe carbohydrates is should be considered while planning the diet.

Hairloss is related to nutrient deficiency (iron, protein, zinc, magnesium andvitamins) and on reducing diet you are likely to have nutrient deficiency sincethe intake of the total calories is reduced. It is, therefore, important tolose weight under the supervision of qualified professionals at VLCC who helpyou lose weight in a scientific manner without any side effects.

Sweatinghas nothing to do with losing weight, sweating is the physiological response ofhuman body to maintain its temperature. When you exercise, you burn thecalories, your body temperature increases and you sweat. However, if you haveless active sweat glands, you may not sweat but you will still lose weight.

Beauty

Unwantedexcess hair growth happens due to hormonal imbalances, hereditary factors ormay be a reaction to some pills. The latest advanced technique Quantum,especially effective on Indian skin is the only safe and permanent solution.You can visit your nearest VLCC center to find out more about this treatment.It is a painless and scar-less treatment leaving you with soft and supple skinfor all the years to come. On the other hand, threading, waxing and bleachingall leads to side effects and harder hair growth. So go the safe way.

Stretchmarks are a sign of your skins inability to cope with the rapid expansion ofthe flesh underneath. The collagen and elastin fibers underneath actually tearwith the sheer strain of it. Prevention is better than cure in case of stretchmarks, as once they appear they cannot be removed completely. However, toprevent the occurrence of stretch marks, you must keep the skin wellmoisturized. Apply a body lotion after taking your bath and allow it to beabsorbed properly. VLCC offers special Essential Oil Therapy that can help youlighten the stretch marks.

Thecommon causes of under-eye dark circles are anemia, lack of sleep, fatigue,heredity, constipation etc. and being in the kind of job you are in, it must bevery stressful for you as you must be facing all of these. Make sure that youtake a healthy diet, sleep for at least 8 hours a day and drink 8-10 glasses ofwater every day. Also you could soak a few almonds in some milk overnight. Inthe morning grind them with the same milk and apply it around your eyes. Washit off when it dries. If done regularly, it will help you in treating the darkcircles. Little potato juice mixed with a tsp. of curd and cucumber juice canalso be used in the same way. You can also massage the area around the eyeswith pure almond oil mixed with a little vitamin-E oil. A slice of cucumber orcold tea bags should be placed on the eyes while relaxing. You can also take acourse of nourishing hydration facials combined with professional treatment forunder eye dark circles available at VLCC

Theskin of the face is very delicate and is prone to getting various problems.Since its not clear from your question what kind of skin you have and what isthe nature of the freckles, whether the spots are freckles or are raised spotsabove the skin, its difficult to suggest you anything. If they are frecklesapply buttermilk on the affected area daily and wash it after it dries. Toprevent the occurrence of freckles always use a sun- block before going out.You must also see a good cosmetologist for skin analysis and the righttreatment that your skin requires.

Manydifferent factors determine how healthy your skin will be and how it looks.Heredity, weather, daily skin care, diet and physical activity are some ofthem. A persons daily intake should include food from all food groups thatshould include proper meals i.e. 3 main meals and 2 snacks. Drink at least 8-10glasses of water in a day follow a 30 minutes moderate exercise regime three-four times a week and pamper your skin by cleaning and moisturizing it at nightbefore sleeping. Be stress free, relax and feel positive inside and feel goodto look good.

Theprinciple of a detox is simply to heal the body from the load of toxins.Unknowingly one tends to consume certain foods that hinder the body ability tocleanse itself. Caffeine, dairy products, meat, fish, salts and sugars leads toaccumulation of toxins. Such foods should be excluded from your diet during adetox and ideally, should be kept to a minimum after a detox. Foods like freshfruits, vegetables, nuts and grains all supply valuable nutrients and fiber,together with offering healing and curative properties. You can detoxify yourbody by following a one-day diet containing only the allowed foods or followingthe same for 3-7days. Do this on a day when you have time to spare foryourself. And take time to rest, relax and sleep.

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