Healthy Dip Recipes
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One of the most common reason for your weight gain are the dips you are having along with your favorite snacks. No matter how delectable those cheesy and salsa dips look they are not considered healthy, and cannot be consumed on daily basis. If you are looking for some healthy alternative go for a dip with yogurt as the main base as it contains proteins and healthy nutrients. Today we have got some amazing options for the dips from which you can choose and enjoy your parties and get together without any health concerns. Check them out now –1. Pumpkin DipThis is one of the healthiest dip you can enjoy with your snacks. Grind a small piece of pumpkin along with cinnamon for a pulpy yummy dip. This is great option for people looking for weight loss as pumpkin is low in calories.2. Cucumber DipAnother amazing dip which tastes yummylicious with baked snacks is this creamy cucumber dip. To make this one blend cucumber, yogurt, fresh cream and seasonings together and serve chilled.3. Red DipTomato is the best ingredient to make a healthy dip. For this one you require tomato, cream and seasoning and just swirl to get a pulpy dip which can be easily enjoyed with smoked chicken or grilled veggies.4. Sweet DipSometimes you are looking for sweet dips also and this one is the ultimate resort for such cravings. To make this you need only 2 ingredients – a ripe banana and spoon of honey. Doesn’t it sound tasty already?5. Yogurt Dill DipThis tangy dip is also a great option for people looking for weight loss as it is low in calories and high in protein owing to its main ingredient which is a non-fat Greek yogurt. For this one you need fresh dill, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and seasonings. Mix all the ingredients and serve chilled with crackers or veggie sticks.6. EdamoleDoes it sound familiar? Indeed it is! Guacamole with edamame – high in protein and fiber, low in fat and calories, this sweet, fresh, and light dish is perfect for summer. For this one blend edamame with oil, lemon juice, garlic clove and seasonings. Add diced tomatoes to this dip and serve with whole-wheat crackers, pita bread, veggies sticks or breads.Enjoy these yummylicious dips with your snacks. Looking for some more healthy dips and recipes options? Download MEVO app now –App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo...

5 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Milk for Health Mevolife
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Now you’ve probably heard that coconut water is good for your health, but did you know that coconut milk is also great for Health ? There are some misconception regarding the healthiness of this miracle drink due to its rich creamy texture and subtle sweetness, but these factors only make it a more delicious health drink than most others. Keep reading to find out why its time to stock up on some coconut milk.1. It helps you lose fat via coconut milkAlthough coconut milk has about 14 grams of fat in each serving (quarter cup, full-fat), its MCT or medium-chain triglycerides fatty acids actually help your energy spending, which can augment physical performance. The plethora of nutrients present in coconut milk also helps nourish your muscles, which can help in muscle building following your regular workout routine.The good kind of fats in coconut milk also helps you stay full for longer, which serves as a preventive measure for your tendency to overeat. Building muscle and helping you to control your intake are essential factors in losing body fat, which are enough to encourage you to consume coconut milk regularly.2. Coconut milk helps with constipationCoconut milk helps with the nourishment of the digestive tract due to its high nutrient and electrolyte content. It is also known to relieve indigestion and constipation in individuals, as it promotes healthy bacterial growth in the colon.3. Aids in blood sugar regulationDiabetics can also benefit from coconut milk as its fatty substances decelerate the sugar release rate in the bloodstream, which facilitates better insulin control in the patients’ bodies. Coconut milk is a great alternative in milk-based recipes and desserts due to its healthy richness and sweetness which are better for the body than added sugars.4. It is good for your heart?The fat content of coconut milk is essentially 50% lauric acid, a fatty acid which is associated with cholesterol levels improvement, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Studies were able to back up the claim of coconut milk’s cholesterol level improvement, as clinical trial results determined that individuals who took coconut milk had decreased LDL/bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) levels and had amplified levels of good cholesterol or HDL (high-density lipoprotein). This assures the general population that although coconut milk is “fatty”, it is not the bad kind, but rather beneficial than damaging.The mineral content of coconut milk can also help you lower your blood pressure, increase your blood vessel flexibility, and prevents plaque build-up, which contribute to greater heart health.5. It aids in ulcer preventionCoconut milk is also known to prevent the formation of ulcers and in reducing ulcer size. This can be attributed to coconut milk’s shielding effects on the ulcerated regions, which prevents pain in the area. This action of coconut milk is even better than coconut water’s ulcer preventive mechanism.Ideally, you should be looking for the organic or “cold pressed” coconut milk and avoid anything with added sugar, salt, preservatives or any other nasty chemical you don’t want in your food.Log whatever you eat in our amazing Weight Loss & Fitness app – MEVO available on –Google Play store   iOS Appstore...

Low Calories Snacks 15 Healthy Snacks ideas Under 100 Calories Mevolife
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Are you sacrificing your daily snacks to cut off calories from your diet? Snacking between meals leads to weight gain is a myth and the truth is exactly opposite. As per the author of The One One One Diet – Rania Batayneh, “Snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body between meals.” If you include healthy low calories snacks in you daily diet it will ensure that you won’t be ravenous come mealtime and this will keep your fat-burning metabolism revved up. Today we have got smart snacking ideas for you which have less than 100 calories but are loaded with good-for-you nutrients, and will make you feel like your diet is about anything but deprivation.1. Low Calories Small Latte With Skim MilkGet your ultimate afternoon energy boost which this yummy creamy coffee mix under 100 calories. Make sure your latte is prepared with skim milk and try to avoid the sugary flavored syrups. Hot beverage are more satiating in comparison to cold ones plus lattes are made of milk which is a good source of protein and calcium.2. Healthy Nonfat Greek Yogurt under 100 caloriesGreek yogurt is a portion-controlled low calories snack that can be easily grabbed on the go. Choose a fat free version of Greek yogurt to stay at the 100-calories mark, plus pack in a whopping 17 grams of protein and high-quality carbohydrates that help in stabilizing the blood-sugar levels.3. Low Calorie Air-Popped PopcornAir popped popcorn are the perfect low calories snacking option when the urge to head to the vending machine hits. If you have air popped popcorn you can get the fiber boost without excess fats and other additives. You can have around 3 cups and eat one kernel at a time to make it last longer.4. Healthy Snack : Pistachios under 100 calories Can you believe it 20 pistachios have just 80 calories and they are a great source of unsaturated fat and antioxidants. The another plus point is that you will need to invest a lot of time to open up and eat which means you can’t eat too many of them too quickly.5. Healthy Fresh Melon under 100 calories Melons typically have between 45-60 calories per cup; go for a mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, and enjoy 2 cups for a satisfying snack. Melons will give your taste buds a flavor burst filled with nutrition, while making your snack feel more substantial.6.Healthy Raisin Bread with low calories For a healthy snack you can go for cinnamon raisin bread. At just 80 calories a slice, you can go ahead and top this with a tiny dab of light butter spread.7. Baby Carrots8 baby carrots just have 40 calories which means you have enough space to squeeze in a tablespoon of your favorite dip like hummus, tzatziki, or salsa. The carrots have high levels of carotenoids and other forms of vitamin A, which can boost your eyesight plus the crunchy texture can help battle chip cravings.8.Health Dried Cranberries Normally dried fruits have high amounts of added sugar which can be really bad for your diet. If you have moderated portion 1 quarter of this cup can be a smart way to quiet a sweet tooth. 1/4 cup of dried cranberries contains just 93 calories.9. high protein and healthy Almonds with low calories All nuts are loaded with proteins and healthy monounsaturated fats, which makes them a smart snack choice. American Heart Association in its recent journal has highlighted that consuming almonds in place of carbs resulted in reduced cholesterol and belly fat, boosting heart health. So instead of reaching for that bag of pretzels, grab a small handful of almonds to power you through the afternoon.10. High protein & Healthy Oatmeal under 100 calories A 1/2-cup of oatmeal cooked in water contains just 83 calories. Finish with a dash of cinnamon, which helps keep blood-sugar levels stable. This high fiber and high protein and healthy warm snack is sure to satisfy and hold you over until dinnertime.11. Low calories Healthy String CheeseString cheese is one of the most convenient, portable snack when you’re on the go. One stick of part-skim string cheese has 80 calories and a whopping 8 grams of protein, plus a dose of calcium without the high saturated fat content of other cheese varieties.12. High Vitamins and fiber Rich OrangesThe simplest snack is the best snack. With just 60 calories in one orange they are one of the best fruits to snack on because they’re high in vitamins and fiber, and low in natural sugar.13. Healthy Hard-Boiled Egg Low Calories Eggs are a high protein snack with just 78 calories. The proteins will keep you full and may help prevent overeating later.14. Low Calories Blueberries with High Nutrition These are the only snack option which are packed with antioxidant and nutrition punch. 1 cup of blueberries has 83 calories only which makes them a perfect diet friendly choice. Keep them a little frozen and your crunchy, sweet treat is ready.15. StrawberriesWith just 46 calories per 1-cup serving, you can enjoy 2 cups of strawberries and still have calories to spare. They’re a great, juicy snack whenever in season & frozen strawberries can be just as healthy the rest of the year. *Cheers*Log whatever you eat in our amazing Weight Loss & Fitness app – MEVO available on –Playstore – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=enAppstore – https://itunes.apple.com/in/genre/ios/id36?mt=8...

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Summer is at its utmost peak and most people have switched to more & more intake of liquids on daily basis. Not only do liquids quench your thirst, but also keep you full for longer duration which ultimately helps in curbing your hunger. Since most part of your dietary intake is drinks, it is important to choose those liquid options, which are full of nutrition and minerals and are not loaded with sugars. If you choose the drinks keeping their nutrition in mind, this technique of liquid diet can actually help you in losing weight. Today we have got some good choices for people who are looking forward to switch to liquid diets.Best Food For summer season –1. Cold SoupsBlend cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice,garlic, parsley, and 2 tsp olive oil. Add salt & white pepper, cover and refrigerate overnight. You can make various other cold soup recipes as well.2. ButtermilkButtermilk is made by swirling the milk’s cream to butter. The liquid residue left out is known as buttermilk. Chilled buttermilk is very refreshing as well as is a very good source of protein and various other micronutrients.3. Lemon WaterLemon juice is a very refreshing drink and is an boon for people aiming for weight loss. Add lemon juice, water, ice and mint leaves together and drink it.4. Coconut WaterFresh coconut water packs wide range of micronutrients like potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, calcium and selenium. It is a very tasty and healthy option to curb thirst as well as remain hydrated.5. Fresh JuicesDifferent combinations can be tried out to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices like Carrot- Pomegranate, Cucumber- Orange, Beetroot- Pineapple, Cucumber- Grapefuit, Tomato- Orange & more. Further lemon juice, mint and black salt can be added to the juice to enrich its flavors.6. Detox WatersDetox waters are great for people thinking to switch to liquid diets. These can be easily prepared at home. Soak lemon wedges, mint leaves, ginger pieces overnight, strain and consume in the morning. Soak strawberries, mint leaves, lemon wedges overnight, strain and consume in the morning. Soak half cucumber, apple, cinnamon stick and lemon wedges in water overnight, strain and consume in the morning.7. Iced TeaThough there are ready made iced teas available but it can be prepared at home also. Boil water and sugar just like normal tea, add tea at last after putting the gas off. Leave for 15–20 min and allow it to cool. Strain and blend with a little more water, lemon juice and some more sugar and a lot of ice cubes in a mixer. Serve chilled after garnishing with lemon and mint.8. Cold CoffeeCold coffee is also a great option for those who are planning to switch to liquid diets. Prepare a glass of cold coffee by by adding milk, sugar/stevia, coffee and ice cubes together. Try to avoid adding any type of ice creams/ essence or sweeteners.9. BrothsPlain broth is also a good option to include in your liquid diet plan. Broth is more flavorful than many other clear liquid foods, so it helps add variety to the diet. To make the broth follow these steps – Place all your favorite vegetables and 1 gallon water in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook 2 hours, then strain and discard solids. Strain once more through a fine mesh sieve. Cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.Try out these easy liquid diet options which are great to beat off the summers. Mevolife has this unique JUICE MAKER feature where in you can pick up your favorite ingredients blend them into a juice or smoothie and directly log into the diary. Download the app now to check it out –iOS App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en...

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You may not realize it, but your bones are alive. Every day, your body breaks down old bone and puts new bone in its place. But, beyond 30 years of age, your bones have reached their peak bone mass and you start to lose more bone than what is replaced naturally. The problem in the weight loss process arises when bones are not kept healthy and too much bone mass is lost.Maintaining healthy bones is important in order to boost up the weight loss process and avoid developing osteoporosis, which is when your bones become weak and brittle and you can end up having broken bones. Therefore, keeping a strong bone mass is really important to maintain, especially once you are in your 30s.Physical Exercise is ImportantMost people are aware of the importance of having enough calcium in your diet to ensure that bone density does not decrease. However, it isn’t the only important factor. Being physically active is also super important for preventing osteoporosis and maintaining strong bones for life. This is because increased physical activity can help to building bone during the phases of mineral acquisition and bone consolidation.When it comes to being active, weight-bearing exercises are particularly important in this acquisition and consolidation process. Weight-bearing exercise is any activity you do while on your feet and legs, that works your muscles and bones against gravity.Weight-Bearing ActivitiesDuring weight-bearing exercise, bone adapts to the impact of weight and the pull of muscle by building more bone cells. Consequently, your bones become stronger and more dense and the risk of fracture, osteopenia, and osteoporosis decreases.High-impact weight-bearing exercise includes:1. Walking2. Jogging3. Hiking4. Dancing5. Step aerobics6. Soccer7. Baseball8. Basketball9. Tennis, racquetball10. Low-impact weight-bearing exercises are:11. Using elliptical training machines12. Doing low-impact aerobics13. Using stair-step machines14. Fast walking on a treadmill or outsideIt is therefore recommended that you include one of these forms of activity into your daily routine for around 30 minutes every day. In doing this, your bones will become stronger (and so will your muscles!) and you will have a strong and fit body into old-age.Load-Bearing ActivitiesLoad-bearing exercise where you work to strengthen your muscles against gravity can also help build strong bones.They are also known as resistance exercises and include:1. Lifting weights2. Using elastic exercise bands3. Using weight machines4. Lifting your own body weightYou can introduce weight training moves of varying intensity to work the different muscle groups (and the bones they are attached to). Yoga and pilates can also improve strength, balance and flexibility.You may like to mix up your daily routine so that you include a mix of both weight-bearing and load-bearing exercises which will also help keep your exercise routine interesting.If you have been looking for another reason to exercise, then thinking of your long-term bone health could be just the thing to consider when you are wanting some extra motivation to move your body....

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Salads are the epitome of healthy food. Whenever someone tells you that they are losing weight, you will probably picture them eating salads. And you’re not wrong, these people very often do eat salads. Isn’t that boring? It doesn’t have to be with the right salad dressing. In this article, we will list some of the most delicious yet low calorie salad dressings, so you can dress up your salad without ever getting bored of it.JAR & SHAKE METHODMost at-home salad recipes can be made using the jar-and-shake method. Just grab a jar with a fitting lid, toss in all the ingredients, and shake until it looks like a well-blended salad dressing. Most dressings are meant to be a bit thick, but even thinner dressings will be fine. There are a couple recipes below that could be made smoother if you use a food processor or a blender, but you don’t have to if you’re fine with a chunkier dressing.Greek Yogurt Ranch DressingI think everyone needs a really good ranch dressing recipe in their back pocket, it’s a safe bet for every salad! By using a base of whole milk (1% to 10% fat) Greek yogurt, the dressing is packed with healthy fat and protein. If you’d like to make the dressing lighter, you can use lowfat Greek yogurt. Skip non-fat yogurt though, because it will make the dressing incredibly thin.Ingredients– 3/4 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt, any brand– 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder (not both)– 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley, or 1 tbsp dried parsley (not both)– 1/4 medium onion, diced, or R 2 tsps onion powder (not both)– 2 tbsp fresh minced chives– 1 tsp salt– 1/4 tsp black pepper– 2 tsp dijon mustard– Juice of 1/2 lemonChile Lime DressingThis is the perfect salad dressing for those of you who are not a huge fan of salads. This dressing is bright, spicy and a bit citrusy. This dressing is perfect for taco salads, marinating shrimp or anything that contains beans.Ingredients– Zest and juice of 2 medium-sized limes– 1/4 cup red wine vinegar– 1 tbsp soy sauce– 1 tbsp honey– 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil– 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder (not both)– 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes– 1 tsp ground cumin– 1/2 tsp saltHoney-Mustard Salad DressingHoney-mustard is sweet, yet tangy. It’s also one of the most versatile dressing out there. It’s good on pretty much any salad, but also on chips, dipping pizza or dipping vegetables like celery or carrot. Honey-mustard is a go-to for anyone who doesn’t feel like going to the store to find ingredients, because you probably already have most of it in your house. It’s also low in calories, which is not unimportant.Ingredients– 1/4 cup Dijon mustard– 1/4 cup honey– 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil– 1 tsp salt– 1/4 tsp black pepperItalian Salad DressingIt seems like everyone has an Italian salad dressing recipe they swear by, and this is our favorite. It’s not as sweet as many of the ones you’ll find on the store shelf, it’s packed full of herbs and has a nice, nutty flavor thanks to a good dose of Parmesan cheese. Because of that, it’s also lower in calories than most dressings you’ll find in the supermarket. This dressing is good for side salads, antipasto salads, dipping bread-sticks and anything with chicken.Ingredients– 2/3 cup olive oil– 1/4 cup red wine vinegar– 3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan– 1 tbsp fresh minced parsley, 1 tbsp dried parsley (not both)– 1/4 medium onion, diced, or 2 tsp onion powder– Juice of 1/2 lemon– 1 tbsp fresh minced basil, or 2 tbsp dried basil (not both)– 1 tbsp fresh minced oregano, or 2 tbsp dried oregano (not both)– 1 clove garlic, finely minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder (could do both if you’d like more of a garlic kick)– 1 tsp honey– 1 tsp salt– Pinch of black pepperGet more of such healthy dips and many other delectable recipes in the Mevolife app, which is available both on Android & iOS....

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Protein, as we all know, is an invaluable component of our daily food intake. It is as essential to our basic consumption as it is in specialized diets; there is not one meal plan bent on weight-loss or muscle building that doesn’t include protein in it. Although there are a lot of protein-rich foods in the industry, there are always the ones which tend to give the best balance between protein content and nutritional value.Not only are these foods particularly loaded with protein, most of them are also filled with vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids needed for the body’s repair and recovery. It pays to know which foods are the best sources of protein for daily intake and meal planning, so this is this current year’s list of top protein-rich foods.1. Beans and legumesThe demand for plant sources for protein has increased for the past years, not only because of the rise of the vegans, but also because people are learning to integrate them more in their meal plans. Not only are beans and legumes rich in protein; they are also filled with essential nutrients, and actually are quite healthy and guilt-free to eat.2. EggsEggs are a classic when it comes to protein, especially the whites. Eggs are super versatile and can be used in almost any recipe; but they are even perfect when consumed on their own.3. Milk and cheeseDairy products, like milk and cheeses are significant sources of dietary protein. They are also important in the body’s bone-building process. Not too much though, as they also tend to contain a significant amount of fat; cheeses also are high in sodium content, so all of these should be taken in moderation.4. Lean poultry meatChicken and turkey breasts are famous this year, as most of menus for weight-loss and muscle-building have these as a central component. White meat provides maximum protein content without the fat, as compared with the red meats. Not to mention chicken and turkey can be cooked in a myriad of ways, making them interesting to cook and prepare.5. NutsIt was initially believed that these guys’ fat content is the culprit for skin conditions like acne and pimples, but that theory proved incorrect. Nuts are a great source of protein, and its fat content is actually good for the body, especially the brain. It’s good to know that nuts are not only healthy; they can also make you smart.Eating nuts also help in curbing one’s appetite, as nuts give a feeling of fullness when consumed, thus also aiding in weight loss. Nuts this year are a fave as go-to and power snacks, as they are convenient to eat, and are really tasty.6. Red meatOf course, lean portions of red meats are also loaded with protein, as these are mainly made of animal muscle. But red meats should be taken in small portions though, as they tend to have significant amounts of fat too.7. Greens like spinach and broccoliBeans are not the only plant-based food that is rich in protein; there are also the greens such as spinach and broccoli. In the past years, cuisines were able to integrate these super veggies into almost anything—pasta, pizza, and to being the twists in commonly cooked dishes.8. Fish and seafoodRed and white meats are not the only ones known to have a considerable amount of protein; fish and other seafood also provide the body the protein it needs upon consumption. Not only are they protein-rich, they are also yummy, and have been one of the famous ingredients in gourmet and home cooking too.10. Protein powdersThis year, the demand for protein powders such as whey protein has increased significantly. Whey protein powder is perfect for people who prefer to drink their protein in form of shakes, or those who want to consume a set amount of protein without needing to eat much. These powders are also versatile, as they can either be drank or be included in cooking, as they don’t have a distinctive taste.There are so much more protein sources to speak about, but these are the ones which are most significant and readily available. Protein-rich foods are not too hard to find, as they are usually the ones we can see in the local market and the grocery. Not only are these sources healthy, but they are also yummy and versatile.But like in all food types, these are also to be taken in moderation, for “too much of a good thing is a bad thing”. But all in all, these are great to include in one’s intake, either as basic ingredients in day-to-day cuisine, or in planning for diets and gaining muscle mass.Download Mevo app now from –Google App Store     /    iOS Play Store...

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Today it’s all about the mains. Let us discuss one of my favorite main course dishes – THE ZUCCHINI RISOTTO. With very few ingredients to make with, this one is a sure shot winner for that easy and laid back dinner preparations. It’s so filling that all you would need along is something to gulp down with. This creamy yet not that heavy dish gets it’s color from the addition of crunchy zucchini and sun dried tomatoes. Off-course the basil does what it does best- lends a beautiful aroma to this dish. Unlike any other usually butter loaded risottos, this one is very light on the palette. This can be one of your GO-TO weekend meals which will enhance that quality time you will spend around the dinner table with the most special people.Ingredients7 cups vegetable or chicken stock1 tbsp butter1 medium onion, chopped2 cups rice, uncooked1/2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced10 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped1 tsp dried thyme, crushed6 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan/Mozzarella cheese1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste (optional)Salt & ground black pepper to tasteMethod1. Bring vegetable or chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer.2. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Gradually ladle in simmering vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Risotto will become “creamy” and slightly sticky, yet still firm in the center, or al dente.3. When almost finished, stir in the zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and thyme, adding stock as needed and stirring continuously. Stir in basil and 3 tablespoons cheese just before serving. Divide risotto among 6 bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and season with pepper to taste.Nutritional InfoServes 6Nutritional value per serve: Calories 353kcal, Fat 4g, Carbs 68g, Protein 9g...

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Everybody has a few bad habits and some of them may be the reasons why you aren’t able to shed those extra pounds that have been clinging to you since forever. Your first step should be to find out what these bad habits are in the first place so that you can create an effective plan to eliminate them. We’ve combined the most common reasons why you may not be able to lose enough weight no matter how hard you try:1. You’re not having enough proteinGetting too many of your daily calories from carbs (especially simple sugars) and fats is one of the most common ways people sabotage their weight loss efforts. Your body takes twice as long to digest protein compared to carbs, thus making you feel fuller and satiated for longer. Furthermore, protein consumption stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces cravings. Some great sources of protein include lean beef, poultry, fish, eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts and nut butter, protein powder, whole grains such as quinoa and collard greens.2. You’re not sleeping enoughHow is sleep connected to weight loss? Well, here’s the deal – if you’re not getting enough sleep, you will have a lot of trouble trying to shed that extra fat. The reason: your body produces two hormones, leptin, and ghrelin. While leptin stimulates feeling of satiation during a meal and tells you when you’re full, ghrelin increases your appetite. Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that not getting enough sleep elevates ghrelin levels and reduces leptin levels and increases ghrelin levels causing increased cravings for sugary snacks during late night hours.3. You’ve eliminated certain foods for goodWhen you try to cut off certain foods altogether, you crave for them even more with time. Your diet may be going fantastic right now but like with most people, there will come a point when you will want to call it quits and indulge in your favorite unhealthy foods.Many people think that they have to give up what they love when they’re on a certain diet, which include diets that cut out carbs, sugar, gluten, dairy or fat. This can make a diet unsatisfying and sometimes even unhealthy, especially if you’re cutting out a macro.The solution: have everything in moderation and learn to control your portions. Soon you’ll develop a habit of having an occasional “unhealthy” snack and still enjoy your new lifestyle.4. You’re grazing too muchLet’s face it; most of us have been grazing since we were kids. We would open the fridge every time we pass it and graze the fridge, have a slice of that cake here, and have a spoon of Nutella there and maybe a cookie or two. Unfortunately, this habit follows you till adulthood and you continue to do it thinking it’s harmless to have a tiny bit of everything delicious in the fridge. You’ve just consumed several extra calories which can add up if you do it every day. Plan your meals and avoid snacking unnecessarily.5. You eat while you’re distractedEating while browsing the internet, driving, going through your Instagram feed or watching television may cause you to overeat. The solution is to stop eating when you’re focusing on other things or stop getting distracted while you eat. Try to eat slowly so that you can enjoy and respect the nutrients in your food. Chewing more triggers the brain to think that you are eating more, allowing you to eat less than you normally would.6. You’re not drinking enough waterYou’re already dehydrated by the time you are thirsty so avoid waiting too long to rehydrate. About 70 percent of your body is water, therefore, try your best to have 8 or more glasses of water per day to replenish your systemWhen you’re dehydrated, you might feel hungry as well even though it’s not your next meal time yet. Instead of reaching out for a snack, have a glass of water and see if you feel better. Always carry a bottle of water with you so that you are hydrated throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water will also ensure you don’t eat too much during your meals.7. You’re rewarding yourself with unhealthy foodEven if you exercise intensely every day, you need to focus on what you put in your body. Exercise is a way to burn some extra calories, tone and condition your muscles and improve your cardiovascular health. The benefits of exercise are countless, but it cannot replace a healthy diet. Therefore, no matter how much you exercise, avoid rewarding yourself each day with unhealthy food — it will only add more calories than you spent during your sweat session....

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Life is busy with full time jobs, family, other things demanding time and everyone is dealing with hectic schedules. Along with these primary things, there are many small and uncertain time suckers, which consume a lot of time. It becomes very difficult to juggle everything that needs to get done, let alone things that you want to do – like going to the gym or working out with friends. In the midst of all these confusions, the most crucial role is played by time management. Though it often seems like there isn’t enough time to complete your workouts, but if your target is to have a healthy and fit body that you’re proud of is your goal, make it a priority and find a way to fit it into your schedule. Being strategic is the ultimate thing that can help you slash your gym time in half without sacrificing your results. Here are some simple ways that you can shorten your workout session while improving your progress-1. Get Serious About Your DietIf you are trying to lose weight, then it is high time that you get very serious about your diet. The simple working is that if you eat more calories you are likely to spend a lot of time doing cardio to offset it. The stricter you are with your diet, the less cardio you’ll require, because you’ll be consuming fewer calories that need to be burned off. This trick is the perfect fix to burst out your frustration bubble building since you have to to spend too much time on the treadmill to hit your fat-loss goals; it’s time to take a good, hard look at your food intake. This doesn’t mean that you should eliminate cardio from your workout routine, but still you could reduce the time marginally and still get better results.2. Add Cardio Intervals Between SetsWe have highlighted this point in our blog sometime back already. If you want to see the results of your weight loss efforts, its time to replace cardio or strength training with cardio and strength training. Combine them! Perform your standard weight lifting set and instead of resting, break into a cardio movement. Mountain climbers, burpees, high knees, or jumping jacks all work perfectly here. Perform a 30-45 second interval, rest for the remaining time to catch your breath and then go ahead with your next set.3. Pre-Exhaust Your MusclesAnother smart way to shorten up the time of your workouts is to focus on pre-exhausting your larger muscles before doing your compound exercises. The traditional approach of doing the compound exercises before the isolation lifts is not necessarily the most efficient way to do it. The smarter approach is to do a few sets of isolation exercises before you go for compound movements as this way you will be requiring fewer total sets of the compound lift to fully exhaust the muscles. For example: on the chest workout day start with flies, isolating your pecs. Transition it to bench press for the compound movement. The end result is that fewer sets of the bench press will be required to fatigue your pecs.4. Superset is a Smart KeyOne of the smartest way to shorten our workout session and also kick start you fat burning mechanism is to stack an upper body with a lower body movement. This is because one part of the body is put to rest while the other’s working, reducing the total rest time. You could structure your workout in a way which includes a set of push-ups, squats, lunges, shoulder press and burpees, which will help you cut the total workout time in half.5. Be Honest About Your Rest TimingsStop cheating with yourself by taking longer breaks, which is responsible for unnecessarily prolonging your workout duration without any added benefit of recovery. Breaks between workouts are needed for catching a breath and relaxing the muscles and not for chatting with your buddies, talking on phone, etc. Though these offences look minor but they do make a major impact on the amount of time that you spend in the gym. For any isolation exercise the maximum rest period should be 30 secs while for compound exercises allow yourself a relaxation of 60-90 seconds.So now you have it all! You can start implementing these tips into your workout regime to free up more time for your other chores. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to sacrifice fitness progress to maintain your daily life....

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Before dismissing the thought of drinking oolong tea just because it sounds like a mystical-oriental-potion rather than your regular cup of tea, just hear me out. Oolong tea is a lovely, fragrant, and fruity tea with amazing health benefits. If you are a regular tea-drinker or just starting to try teas, oolong is a wonderful option to try, in terms of taste and your long-term health and well-being.1. Works Just Like Your Regular CoffeeTeas generally have a bit of a caffeine content; oolong, however, has a slightly higher amount than most teas—nearly as high as black coffee. This means that drinking oolong can help you stay mentally alert, especially on dull mornings or if you’re on for a long night.2. Helps You Slim SownAside from acting as an energy-booster, this tea can also aid in boosting your metabolism, causing you to shed those extra pounds. This is due to the action of polyphenols in oolong that stunt the enzymes that help create fat. When taken as it is, it will be an effective tool for weight loss.3. Prevents CancerResearch shows that regular oolong-drinkers have a lower risk of contracting cancers than non-tea drinkers. It is notable that a lot of women have ovarian cancer; drinking around 2 or more cups of oolong (or green/black) tea can actually lower the risk of getting diagnosed with this cancer. Drinking tea may save you from chemotherapy and radiation in the long run.4. Helps With Diabetics And Prevents HypertensionOne of the benefits of gulping down Oolong is that it helps lower blood sugar. This is good news for diabetics; drinking Oolong tea for about a month helps out with regulating the body’s sugar levels. It is not recommended as a substitute for insulin though; but still, by simply drinking the tea constantly gives quite a benefit when it comes to body glucose levels.The tea also has a regulating effect on blood pressure, as research shows that regularly consuming Oolong aids in preventing high blood pressure.Although Oolong tea is not like a prescription drug that we can substitute for medication used to treat erratic sugar levels and soaring blood pressure, drinking it can prove beneficial especially to those struggling with high sugar and blood pressure levels.5. Makes You Look Even BetterBecause oolong tea has a plethora of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in it, it helps combat free radicals in our system, leaving our bodies detoxified, and skin radiant. Regularly consuming it can give us a healthy glow, and helps prevent skin diseases. In addition, consuming oolong can also help you get de-stressed, as it has soothing and relaxing propertiesOolong can prevent plaque from forming into teeth and help avoid cavities—provided you also brush your teeth regularly.It is great knowing that one tea is capable of this many benefits. Oolong may not seem the crowd favorite like Earl Grey, Green, or Black teas; but surely it is a healthy rockstar among teas. If you haven’t tried Oolong yet, then do so; it may become your favorite.Download Mevo app now from –App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/mevo-weight-loss-fitness/id1082646969?mt=8Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mevolife.mevo&hl=en...

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