The Big Loser of the Week #013: @R113

Being horizontally challenged since my teenage years, I have always been doing something or the other in order to try to lose weight.

I’ve tried walking, hitting the gym, playing football (best results if you can keep up with it!), swimming and dieting / food control, with moderate results.

But, for some reason or the other, I ran out of steam midway through and I found myself back to my original weight in no time.

What has been missing is a long-term motivational factor along with a kind of support system, say from peers, to keep me going. I feel Bigloser takes care of this in a very big way. Continue reading The Big Loser of the Week #013: @R113

The BigLoser Podcast #013 (home vs gym workouts)

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Episode 13 of the #bigloser podcast brings you a roundup of what went down this week from @b50 – discussions centred around fun workouts and frozen yogurt. Following up on Arnav Sarkar’s guest post on exercise and weight training, @sashg tells us what home workouts can do for us – especially given how the rains will prevent a lot of folks from getting outdoor exercise soon.
We also have our big loser of the week @R113 who wins a gift hamper of healthy snacking @nutrichoice biscuits, soy milk from @Staeta, a visit to @Placid Salon and a 6-month subscription to The Ideal home & garden @TIHGMag! All in under 10 minutes – hosted, as always, by @Chhavi and produced by Sonologue.

Week 12: The Importance of Weight Training

Today, we’re going to take a break from nutrition and focus on exercise for weight loss. When we talked about cardio-vascular exercise or cardio a few weeks again, we mentioned that while cardio activities are important for weight loss, they should be a part of your total exercise routine. The second part, the focus of today’s tip – is weight training.

Just to make it clear from the start, yes, women should weight train as well. And no, it will not make you bulk up. Yes you need it for weight loss and no, you cannot substitute it with 1, 2 or 3 extra hours of cardio.

Weight lifting for weight loss comes with plenty of great by-products like a toned physique, a varied diet and healthy weight management well into your later years. An average person engaging in weight lifting exercise 5-6 times a week for 45-60 minutes per day, will gain a lean physique and will not ‘bulk up’ as many believe. Continue reading Week 12: The Importance of Weight Training

The Big Loser of the Week #12: @seeknsave

seeknsaveA friend of mine used me send me @b50’s tweets and I would just crack-up. Then I decided to follow @B50 and that was the time when he was giving updates on his water intake (never mentioned the output though). A few days down the line, I realized that there were a lot of people who were part of something called @bglsr and they were all helping each other out. “Wow!!!”I thought to myself. “This is exactly what I need. I’ve been trying to lose weight on my own, paying through my nose for all kinds of weight loss programs without much success. I love to eat everything that’s oily and loaded with calories and hate to exercise.” There was not much hope for someone like me. I sent b50 a tweet that said something like ‘I want to join bigloser, what is it that I have to do?’ No reply!!! Then I realized that everyone had a sponsor, but how was one supposed to get one – I had no idea.

A week later, @b50 tweeted that @Rupalimk wanted to sponsor some people for bigloser. There was my chance! I immediately said ‘me, me, me’ and with that started my #bglsr journey.

I knew it was more than just losing weight, I had to change my lifestyle. For starters, I had to find an exercise regime that I would stick to. Walking is boring unless you have the beach next door, which I don’t. I got to hear that Lillian Mendes was starting a Zumba class at 8.30 p.m. That was just what I needed. The days I work, I get back at around 7 or 7.30 and that still left me some time to rest and rush off to swing to the beat of Latino music. I was exercising and actually loving it. Win!!!
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The Big Loser Podcast #012 (weights?)

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Episode 12 of the #bigloser podcast brings you a roundup of what went down this week from @b50 – discussions centred around summer workouts and healthy snacks. Following up on Arnav Sarkar’s guest post on exercise and weight training, @sashg gives us the scoop on what your workout should incorporate besides cardio.
We also have our big loser of the week @SeeknSave who wins a gift hamper of healthy snacking @nutrichoice biscuits, soy milk from @Staeta, a visit to @Placid Salon and a 6-month subscription to The Ideal home & garden @TIHGMag! All in under 10 minutes – hosted, as always, by @chhavi and produced by Sonologue.

Home Workouts: 15 Minutes Home Workout

Arnav Sarkar, Strength and Conditioning Coach:

What’s the difference between a 10 Minute Fat Loss Workout and a 15 Minute Home Workout? Simple – in reality you can’t lose a lot of fat with a 10 minute workout. That’s just something sly fitness instructors use to make a quick buck. A 15 Minute Home Workout is different. Think about times when you were to do a regular 45 minutes workout and suddenly something came up. You have two choices – not workout at all or work out for the 15 minutes that you have.

Just to clarify: Why am I calling this a 15 Minute Home Workout instead of just a 15 Minute Workout? Because I’m pretty sure that if you have only 15 minutes to train, then you cannot have the time to travel to a gym and change twice. 15 Minute Home Workouts involves bodyweight, dumbbell, skipping rope and kettlebell.

Here we’ve got routines that you can do with just your own bodyweight. I feel that many people underestimate the value of bodyweight exercises, and thus don’t reach their peak potential. So here are workouts that you can try whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced trainee. Continue reading Home Workouts: 15 Minutes Home Workout

Recipes for weight loss: Ginger-Sesame Green Bean Stir-fry

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By far the easiest, quickest dish ever! This zesty, crunchy dish will be a hit with any rice or vaguely oriental gravy. If you listened to episode 11 of the Big Loser Podcast, you’ll know that unsaturated fats are not bad for you. Sesame oil is a polyunsaturated fat, very rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, & is great for your heart. I found it at my neighborhood store, easily. You can substitute any vegetable oil without a problem, in which case I encourage you to use the sesame seeds. Green beans are rich in carotenoids and Vitamins A & C — stir-frying preserves most of their nutrition and flavor. 🙂 See, it’s pretty, tasty, and amazing for you!

Note: in a pinch, you can substitute garlic and ginger paste but … nothing beats fresh.  & if you don’t want a strong sesame flavor, then use the sesame oil and leave out the seeds. Continue reading Recipes for weight loss: Ginger-Sesame Green Bean Stir-fry

Recipes for weight loss: szechuan eggplant

photo by Brian WallaceFirst off, this one’s EASY. I swear. And fast! Just cut your veggies first and make sure you’ve got all the ingredients. I’ve made this twice before and everyone’s enjoyed it. Most ingredients are optional or substitutable but I LOVE eggplant (brinjal) and bell peppers AND tofu so that’s what I go with. You can find all the ingredients in a semi-upscale grocery store (not just brand name ones) 😉 And you can throw in a meat (chicken? prawns?) instead of tofu.
This recipe is my adaptation from a fantastic book called Something for Everyone by Carol Gelles.
Serve with brown rice. Do not serve with whole wheat spaghetti (really!). You can also present a ginger-sesame green-bean stir fry (recipe coming soon). And you can also always serve the hummus-oor before 😉

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Week 11: Balanced diet pt 3: Fats

On this week’s #BigLoser podcast, we discussed good fats and bad fats. It’s a little too much to digest, literally, and Week #11’s 50 tips for #BigLoser must’ve been heavy on the learning requirement. So let’s begin with the basics. Where do our ideas about good and bad fats come from?

Now thanks to the advertising guys, everyone thinks that anything that is low-fat is a good thing and anything with fats in them should be avoided. Like most advice to do with healthy living, this is just the half truth. Similar to when we spoke about carbs in your diet two weeks ago, there is also such a thing as good and bad fats, and we’re going to look at each one a little more closely now.

First the bad stuff: There are two kinds of bad fats: Saturated fats and trans fats. Now, saturated fats will harm you only if they are consistently more than 10% of your daily diet. And when we say harm you, we’re not being subtle – they clog arteries, heart the risk of heart diseases and raise the body’s levels of bad cholesterol. Coconut oil, palm oil and non-slim dairy are the most common sources of saturated fats in your diet.
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The Big Loser of the Week #11: @beemuzed

beemuzedI had just returned back from England and my family and friends were shocked to see the kind of weight I had put on. This was in December 2010.

Being stuck in hectic schedules, I had put on close to 12 kilos in the last 2 yrs. And my work and lifestyle in UK and my procrastination further added to this gradual increase. The catch is, it was very difficult to lose all the weight I had put on in 2 yrs immediately and CRASH diets are a no-no. Thankfully, I did not succumb to any shortcuts. I started with my choice of regime – YOGA. I had to lose these 10+ extra kilos gradually. But my one mistake was that I was paying zero attention to my diet.

And thankfully that is when I found #bigloser. This was around Apr 26/27th, and that is less than 3 weeks ago. So #bigloser was Continue reading The Big Loser of the Week #11: @beemuzed