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Moving Beyond the “Shortcut to six pack abs” syndrome –

Shortcut to six pack abs is one of the most searched and researched  items online. Minimum effort for maximum aesthetic gain is the order of the day, in a attention craving, comfort loving society.

The youth want to the shortcut to six pack abs as if it is open up a treasure chest of riches for them. They are willing to go to any extent just to look good in someone else’s eyes. But even when they achieve it and don’t see the cave to their riches open, they are as clueless as the Casper like makeup wearing girl who doesn’t get attention at a party.

The saga doesn’t end at cluelessness, all the shortcuts they take, puts them at direct risks of injury,  external and internal. They either burn out muscles or liver, on their over trained over supplemented bodies.

Most of these chiseled physiques are like fine crafted glass, with minimal mobility, strength, endurance and energy.  The physiology is weak but their psychology is weaker. Anticipating praise and appreciation they never allow themselves to just relax and be. They end up triggering an  attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

So before researching shortcut to six pack abs, just research on the following words, exercise programming, over training, ill effects of steroids and why you should not anyone else judge how good or bad you look?

Here is something specially resourced for all the ones suffering from the “Shortcut to Six Pack abs syndrome”

Shortcut to six pack abs

It’s impossible to do 10 days hard work in one day similarly, the development of your core, the reduction of your body fat, takes time if done naturally. The ones looking at shortcut to six pack abs are going against nature, which always is a recipe for disaster.

Do have a look at this video in hindi if you want to develop a strong core

Shortcut six pack abs is a myth made by brands and celebs to take advantage of your greed, laziness and lack of work ethic.

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Improving Food Relations – Fat Loss Done Right

Fat loss has become such an integral aspect of health and fitness mostly because of lifestyle related issues. This accumulation of multiple bad habits leads to the accumulation of thick layers of fat all over the body, which leads to many adverse outcomes.

65% of the worlds population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. At the global level, excess body weight is the sixth most important risk factor for ill health. Obesity and overweight were the 5th leading risk for global deaths back in 2014, imagine now.

In India 1 in every 5 men and 1 in every 6 women are overweight.  Strangely in a country where the Global Health Index Indicates half of all children being malnourished, many of the Urban Indians now seek treatment for overweight. The benefits of fat loss are plentiful but it should be done right in order to sustain it.

FAD DIETS 

These treatments, most often are worse than the lifestyle disorders which lead people to their obese-situation.

Trying to overcompensate with a restrictive curative diet is never sustainable for someone who couldn’t resist temptation in the fist place which lead them to there weight troubles.

These sacrificial and restrictive diets never work because they demand too much from those who have previously shown a lack of self control. Although the temptation of LOSE 10 KGS IN 28 DAYS and LOSE 6 INCHES FAST is immense for someone desperate. But you fail to understand, that something(FAT) which took years and years of bad habits to build wont go away for good this easy. (even if it does, it will lead to weakness and come back as soon as you are off your diet)

The problem in the body is always because of the problem in the mind. All lifestyle changes which ensures sustainable fat loss and good health starts with modifying your approach and habits, before changing what you eat.


There is no hack, no magic pill or balm which will help you in your fight against your fat. Shortcuts will lead to some weight loss but there short nature will lead to a reversal in the weight loss once you get off the diet, and eventually lead to a fatter you,. Worst of all you will be left with a sense of helplessness at your failed attempt.

Improving Food Relations

So rather than blindly jumping on to a trending fad diet,  or signing up for a lose weight fast program, you need to start understanding  and developing good food relations.

Food Relations implies developing an understanding of taste and nourishment. For you to understand this a little backdrop of common energy requirements is important.

Our body needs a certain number of calories to sustain itself (in specific amounts of carbs, proteins and fats) if we eat more than this we accumulate weight, if we eat less we lose weight and the third option is balance.

All your daily activities, your age, your current weight and height contribute to the amount of calories you need to maintain your current state.  So for weight loss you will have to eat lesser calories than this but the major question is to what extent?

A person is said to have good food relations if she can identify foods which are nourishing for the body and consumes them in higher proportions as compared to food items which are  only consumed for taste.

Tasty food usually has higher calories in smaller quantities, it is calorie dense, whereas you have to choose to majorly consume food which is nutrient rich, more nutrients in lesser calories.

Food relations will help you create a balance between nutrition and taste so that you consume healthy food without sacrificing on taste. It will help you understand that you shouldn’t stuff yourself with tasty things and you shouldn’t ignore nutritious foods.

When you are eating for the neck up, a little amount is enough to satisfy the taste buds. One piece of chocolate will give you the same taste as 10 pieces, but overeating it will lead to unwanted calories.  When you are eating for the neck down, you will need to eat enough to sustain your bodies nutritive requirements.

Change your Life by Changing your Mind

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Goob vibrations are the currency of a healthy soul. We at Swasthya, believe in not only helping you develop physically, through our customised nutrition and workout progressions, but also help you progress your spiritual health. In most cases health is isolated to only the physical dimension. People try to over exert their bodies as they see others do the same, they take all kinds of short cuts in order to look good, but on this race forget everything about how they think and feel. An effective plan gives as much relevance to physical transformation as it does to mental and spiritual transformation. As if we can evolve the minds of our clients we will empower them to sustain a healthy lifestyle forever. So starting from wherever you are on your health journey, aspire to become a source of good energy for people around you and you will definitely achieve all your health goals.

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Developing healthy food relations is about taking control of your mind.  Its a habit and will take  time to develop. So before forcing yourself into a restrictive diet, use the most powerful part of your body, your mind.

Create a new nutritive perspective, change the way you look at your food, learn how to measure the calories in it, use a scale before you can learn to visibly identify these.  Develop recipes which are balanced in terms of taste and nutrition. Sustainable programs are controlled but don’t involve sacrifice. Slow  sustainable changes are better than fast ones which wont last.

No dietitian or nutritionist can  help you if you are not willing to help yourself. Sustainable fat loss requires a holistic lifestyle change. You should invest in learning more about developing health food relations through a lifestyle coach. A lifestyle coach will  not only customize your food choices as per your lifestyle but also educate and empower you with tools and tricks to develop good food relations.

12 weeks of realigning your mindset and accountability with the right coach(theoretically and practically experienced) will set you up to be your own nutritionist for the rest of your life.  It would not only ensure fat loss in the short term but good holistic health for your entire life.  As movement is a key to fat loss, a goof life coach will carefully assess your current levels and prescribe a progressive fitness program to compliment the change in your eating habits.

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Contact info@swasthyafc.com to apply for the  12 week education and empowerment program now.

 

 

 

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Intra Workout Drink – What to drink during your workouts?

I used to think the term BCAA(branch chain amino acids)  was synonymous to an intra workout drink.  Yes the same heavily marketed BCAA’s which have amazing flavors and are pushed by supplement stores.

But my ACSM certification in nutrition  has helped me understand what to look for in an Ideal Intra Workout Drink.

Firstly , I am not against using BCAA’s but most people treat them as purely an intra workout drink without understanding what they are made of and meant for. This lack of knowledge has many implications in the long run.

The Scientific Breakdown of BCAA

Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are the building blocks of protein. These are essential for muscle growth and recovery, and can be consumed throughout the day. Having them together with a high protein diet leads to excessive uric acid which is detrimental to bone health.

Treating  BCAA as an intra workout drink(if managed well with the protein you take daily)  is not wrong, but during a workout your body needs some other elements to enhance performance and prevent dehydration.

Here is what your body requires during a workout.

Components of an Ideal Intra Workout Drink

  1. Energy

During a workout your body needs instant energy as it has to undergo excessive stress. For this a high glycemic carbohydrate is ideal. (something which immediately provides energy, without much need to be broken down). The simplest  and fastest dissolving form of Carbohydrate is glucose. Thus glucose should be one of the components of an ideal intra workout drink.

2. Electrolytes 

The body looses water in the form of perspiration(sweating) during a workout.  Along with sweat, the body also loses essential salts, which need to be replaced. Here are some of them and their functions.. intra workout drink

3. Tonicity- Water enters and exits body cells by the process of osmosis. Wherein it travels from its higher concentration to its lower concentration through the semi permeable cell wall.  In simple words water moves from a solution where it is present in abundance to the solution where it is lesser. This is maintained by the electrolytes mentioned above.

Based upon the tonicity drinks can be classified in to :

  • Isotonic sport drinks contain similar concentrations of salt and sugar as in the human body.
  • Hypertonic sport drinks contain a higher concentration of salt and sugar than the human body.
  • Hypotonic sport drinks contain a lower concentration of salt and sugar than the human body.

The best suited among these for your intra workout drink is an isotonic drink.

Why Drinking Water is Not enough?

Pure water is not an ideal intra workout drink as it might help you quench thirst but it will not ensure proper hydration. Water provides no sodium, which helps the body hold onto water and helps fluid get to the right places in the body, like muscles and blood.

What do I recommend?

There are a number of ways in which you can make an isotonic drink at home. But I choose to use Enerzal . As it has all the essential elements of an ideal intra workout drink. intra workout drink

Do give it a try and no they dint pay me for saying this, yet.

 

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Inspiration over Imitation

Some people think I’m bonkers, But I just think I’m free

Man, I’m just livin’ my life, There’s nothin’ crazy about me

Some people pay for thrills,But I get mine for free

Man, I’m just livin’ my life,There’s nothin’ crazy about me.

Be inspired never imitate.

We are living in a world where it is easier to become famous and difficult to be original. Don’t be blinded in your rush for fame and appreciation, try doing that by seeking inspiration from those around you rather than by imitating others. Be yourself, cause you are the best you.

Don’t compromise your true potential as simply copying is a limitation,

Be inspired and create your own magic, refrain from cheap imitation.

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