Weight Loss

The Reality Of Quick Weight Loss

The Reality Of Quick Weight LossRapid weight loss does not seem safe or sustainable to the conventional wisdom. You always regain the weight that you lost through juice-cleanse or a crash diet, right?

However, based on a new research that it conducted, Melbourne University claims the common opinion may just be a worldwide opinion.

The study was carried out in 2 phases at 2 different locations and spanned over 2 years. wThere were 200 volunteers who were equally grouped into 2 -gradual weight and rapid weight loss programmes.

All the candidates were obese but healthy otherwise, and aged from 18 to 70 years. The group in rapid programme received a diet containing 800 calories or less for a period of 3 months. In the gradual programme, the group received a diet with 400 – 500 calories less than their regular diet for a period of 9 months.

Scientists aimed at 15% reduction in weight of all the candidates. They tapped the reduction in their weight to understand whether the volunteers actually followed the plan. In the phase-2, which lasted in excess to 144 weeks, the volunteers were asked to adopt a suitable diet in order to maintain their weight. They had to consult a dietician regularly and exercise mildly or moderately, such as a short walk, daily too.

Participants in both the groups had regained much of their previous weight by the end of 144th week. On average, the participants of the gradual programme regained 71.20% of the weight while those in the other group regained 70.50% of the same.

While discussing the results of the experiment, researchers noted that the similarity in the rates with which the participants in the 2 groups regained their previous weight indicates that the claims of hazards in rapid weight loss are only a myth. In fact, the research said that the candidates in the rapid programme were tended to achieve their target more as well as were expected to start exercising on their own regularly. the scientists are of opinion that the achievement of impressive results quickly could be the inspiration behind their attitude towards maintenance of the acquired weight.

The results of the research are interesting indeed. However, everyone cannot interpret it as an excuse for starting crash diet. The scientists highlighted that the strict diet of the participants in the rapid programme left little scope for obtainment of necessary and normal nutrients, which is a significant problem. Moreover, the research was carried out by the Australian researchers on obese adults, and that too, only on 200 subjects. There is no certainty of the result that the same experiment can yield after it is conducted on overweight people. People who are adamant to start a diet for rapid weight loss should consult a dietician before the adoption of any such plan so that the dietician can ensure the supply of adequate nutrients to the body of dieter. Moreover, gradual programmes are less disruptive, and so, more conveniently adoptable.  Thus, the chances of discontinuing any gradual programme are less.

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Exercising three times a week decreases depression-risk significantly

Exercising three times a week decreases depression-risk significantlyScientists claimed that exercising thrice a week can reduce the risk of depression-development by a significant 16%. Moreover, the odds drop even further with every additional weekly workout.

The scientists in the United Kingdom have conducted a study as a module of a consortium of research on public health. They say that the relationship that they discovered  between depression-risk and exercise indicates to the ways through which both physical and mental health can be improved simultaneously.

Physical activities performed during leisure time have a protective impact against depression and anxiety, according to Snehal Pareira of Institute of Child Health in University College London. The study was led by him. If adults, who are aged between 20 and 40 years and are not physically active, started to working-out thrice a week, the risk of depression-development can get reduced by 16% in approximation.

Depression is considered among the most common mental illness in human beings. The number of people affected by it exceeds 15 million people throughout the world.  WHO has ranked it as a leading cause of disorder globally.

Psychotherapy or medication or both are usually adopted as the method of treatment of depression and anxiety patients. Yet, the condition of many sufferers does not improve and they continue to experience recurring spells of illness.

The research-team that was led by Pareira observed 11,135 people, who were born in 1958. They were observed until they completed 50 years of age. Their physical activity-levels and the depressive symptoms in them as adults were recorded at regular interim.

When the subjects were of age 23 years, 33 years, 42 years and 50 years, their responses to the questionnaire that has been designed for the measurement of psychological distress – Malaise Inventory, were captured for observation. The participants were asked about the frequency of exercise too.

The results inferred after the study revealed that those who increasingly engaged in weekly physical activities reported fewer symptoms of depression. Similarly, those who experienced depressive symptoms more than the other research-subjects were physically active too, especially at their younger ages. Moreover, each additional session of physical workout per week resulted in 6% reduction in symptoms of depression.

The researchers pointed out that the connection between symptoms of depression and workout was alike throughout the population rather than being in only those who were are at higher risk of developing clinical depression.

The report also revealed that subjects who reported depressive symptoms more than others did at 23 years of age tended to engage in less physical activity. However, this link diminished with growing age.

The findings are important towards designing policies for making people more physically active, since it indicates that symptoms of depression become a barrier towards physical activities during young adulthood-phase. Besides, it reinforced the current evidence regarding the benefits of exercise towards improvement of physical health and treatment of depression and anxiety.

If all patients of depression and anxiety engage in physical activity three times a week at the least, the chances of depression-development can be expected to reduce almost certainly.
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Scientist explained how to achieve weight loss even without dieting

Scientist explained how to achieve weight loss even without dietingDieting and exercise are the best way to achieve weight loss successfully. While some people do not have enough time to exercise, most are just not enough strong-willed to follow diet regimes successfully. Brian Wansink, the Director at Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, has released a report of his years of research on food and eating-habit of people. He found that weight loss while living in the regular environment is tougher than in slightly customised surrounding. Thus, he reveals a few tricks to achieve weight loss even without dieting the proper way.

  • If possible re-arrange the interior set-up of your house in such a way that kitchen does not fall in the way from the main door to living room or bedroom. People who live in such residences where they come across the kitchen first after entering their homes weight heavier than those whose homes are designed differently.
  • At buffet restaurants, people who scout out the whole spread before putting anything on their plates and then selectively chose a favourite are slimmer than those who pick up a plate straightaway and start from the first item. Besides, people of the former kind also sit far away from the spread with their back towards it. While the latter does otherwise.
  • People serve themselves 18% more quantity of food when they eat on a plate that matches with the food in terms of colour. Homemakers can avoid plates that are coloured similar to the colour of the dishes that they eat often. At the least, people can control specifically such as eating rice, potatoes and pasta on white plates.
  • Keeping the kitchen counter clean hinders snacking unnecessarily. Women who leave potato chips on the kitchen-counters are 3.6 kilos heavier than those who do otherwise. Women who keep breakfast cereals visible in their kitchens are 9.5 kilos heavier than those who keep it in opaque cupboards.
  • A tougher measure is to replace the pantry items with stuffs of another closet so that searching for food in order to munch becomes tougher. It makes people think before searching for snacks.
  • People believe that purchasing grocery in bulk saves money but there is little truth in the perception practically. Most of the people eat half of the snacks that they bought for the whole month in the 1st week, irrespective of the quantity of the purchased items. The solution is to purchase only healthful items in bulk. Repackaging the purchased items and keeping accessible only what is needed for the week while putting away the rest can be an alternative.
  • High-calorie dishes can be avoided just by scrutinising the menu. Dishes that have buttery and crispy prefixed or suffixed to their names respectively contain 102 calories and 131 calories more than those that are not named so.
  • Chewing gum while in a supermarket or at an eatery-rich street lessens desire for snacks considerably. Shoppers who chewed gums while shopping buy 7% lesser junk food-items than those who shop empty-mouthed.

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Study reveals low carbohydrate diet may be effect in Parkinson’s

low carbohydrate dietDiets that contain high amount of fat and low carbohydrates have been found helpful in accomplishment of weight loss and against sclerosis and other against autoimmune diseases. A new research hopes to find out whether the very method can be helpful for patients of Parkinson’s disease, according to the report published by Portland Business Journal on weight loss on 28th August.

The National college of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and Legacy Health are set to initiate a clinical trial early next year. The trial is planned to compare ketogenic diet with Standard American Diet. Notably, the former is constituted of 5% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 80% fat while the latter is comprised of only 30% – 35% fat.

According to Angela Senders, It is a very complex diet for the masses to adopt. Senders is licensed to practise naturopathy and is the NCNM research assistant director. However, the ketogenic diet with its low carbohydrate and high fat constituents has been in use to control the occurrence of seizures in kids since decades ago.

Alar Mirka, the Legacy Health Institute clinical research director, has started the trial. He hopes that the approach will be effective due to the mechanism that nutritional ketosis involves.

Ketogenic diets with low carbohydrates and high fats are planned to compel the use of fat as fuel by the human body. The brain utilises the ketones as a source of energy for it. This causes increase in the levels of adenosine molecules. It is notable that the deficiency of adenosine is remarkable characteristic of the cells of nerves of patients of Parkinson’s disease.

However, caution is advised by Senders regarding fat sources. For instance, she suggests avocados and a kind of salad with toppings of olive oil. Rather than a sautéed sausage in greased bacon with toppings of cheese, nuts can be nutritious snacks, according to Senders. It is critical for weight loss.

Protein and excess fat are precisely the exactly the issue why some dieticians argue against the trend of low carbohydrate and Paleo diets. According to some nutritionists, modification of Paleo diet into a more vegetarian plan is an option. Dietician Alexis Joseph recommended the same in an interview with Huffington Post on 28th August.

Alexis contended that Paleo diet prohibits most of quality protein sources for vegetarians. Lack of quinoa or peanuts, dairy, soy, etc. means it is a challenge to get the “good” protein mentioned by her.

Therefore, she has compromised. While Alexis supports the free of processed food, gluten free and sugar free principle of Paleo Diet, she suggests addition of beans, quinoa and lentils for vegetarian protein.

However, everyone has his/her own statement on the potential for weight loss through Paleo diets. Paleo purists reject the idea of adding any lentil or grain, which are toxic, according to them, and hinder benefits of animal protein. However, both supporters and opponents of addition of fibres agree that the principle of eliminating processed food, gluten and sugar in Paleo diet does facilitate achievement of weight loss more effectively, quickly and easily.

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Hypnosis to Trick the Body to Weight Loss

Hypnosis to Trick the Body to Weight LossCan anyone trick his or her body to think that a medical surgery for weight loss has been operated on it? In-depth studies on clinical psychology have shown that striking results with the achievement of weight loss by 90% of the subjects who participated in it. In fact, many have been able to successfully keep it off in the long term too.

Rena Greenberg, who is from Sarasota, has been using her suggestion power to help her clients lose weight.

According to Greenberg, what she is doing is transforming the way her clients subconsciously consider the food on a basis of permanence. It is like she is sowing new seeds that ultimately become the eventual normal through regular self hypnosis by her clients themselves.

National news agencies were quick to pick up her success and to report about her method of making people believe that they have had the lap band medical operation, even though they did not have any such surgery in reality, in order to assist them lose weight. Now, people are visiting her from all over the world in order to seek help.

Penny Weinstein is one of the clients of Greenberg. She has lost nearly 10 kg in mere 5 weeks. It was so effective for her and has brought such tremendous change in her life that she refers it as a dream. According to Weinstein, she used to believe that there were little demons in her head, and they told her to binge but they are eliminated from her head now.

New York City is home to Weinstein, and she uses Skype to contact Greenberg.

She has been tracking the work of Greenberg via News Channel 8 since 2006 and has followed up about it with many clients who have gone through the hypnosis sessions on lap band by Greenberg.

The story of Cathy McHugh was even shown on NBC Philadelphia last year. It was also covered by Today show of WFLA Channel 8 the same year. She successfully lost nearly 60 kg with the help of the hypnosis programme named gastric bypass. She has been able to successfully keep weight off too.

Another story of weight loss achievement is of Kathy Pieper of Dallas. She reduced more than 54 kg. She did not even undergo any real hypnosis programme but taught hypnosis to herself by only using CDs of Greenberg rather.

Barbara Cox is another happy client of Greenberg. She has reduced more than 53 kg with the help of the hypnosis therapy. In fact, there is a long list of such weight loss achievers.

Typically, Greenberg needs only 7 sessions to enable a person kick-start a lifestyle that is healthy. She recommends her CDs and books series to her clients in order to help them maintain their success.

Notably, Greenberg closely works with hospitals and doctors throughout the country. However, you should research about the qualification of the person who you are working with before you take a decision on hypnosis treatment for weight loss.

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Five foods which helps to speed up metabolism

Five foods which helps to speed up metabolism
Food is good for health as long it doesn’t give sleepless nights due to digestion problems. Certain food items in the diet help in weight loss preventing such occurrences. Most importantly, these foods help to bolster metabolism. Given below is the name of five food items which favors the metabolism process immensely:

Citrus fruits 

Vitamin-C rich fruits such as lemons, oranges, lime and grapefruit help in metabolizing fats quicker. Thus, it allows weight loss to a great extent. The body needs 60 mgs vitamin C everyday to fulfill basic needs. However, taking it to 500mg helps increasing fat burning ability while exercising by up to 39%.  Scripps Clinic researchers discovered that many participants who consumed ½ grapefruit with every meal during 12 weeks time lost up to 3.3 pounds averagely. The right way to proceed should be consulting the doctor to know the adverse reactions associated with grapefruit consumption.


The berries have high dietary fiber content. When the body couldn’t digest fiber to facilitate weight loss, it burns calories during the process. A single cup of the raspberries have 8gms of fiber along with 60 calories. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries contain fiber in medium proportions. There is another benefit of consuming berries. Fiber disappears calories and fats present in any meals or snacks. It soaks up and removes them via digestive tract prior to absorption by the body.

Cereals with high fiber

There is a research study on cereals publishing in Journal of American Dietetic Association. It says that women eating cereals are less likely to become overweight by up to 30% compared to those having other breakfasts. Apart from boosting metabolism, Fiber rich cereals digest a bit slow allowing the consumer to feel energized by several hours. The insulin levels are also maintained by fiber. It helps in weight loss and prevents the storage of fats.

Lean proteins

Chicken, turkey and lean beefs fall in the category of lean meats. They accelerate the process of metabolism burning more fats.  This is owing to the need of energy during complete digestion. Some studies portray that people on protein rich diet simply burn more calories compared to the ones on carbohydrate centric diet. Additionally, protein consumption helps preserving muscle mass in the weight loss stages. At the same time, it keeps metabolism functioning quite speedily. Skinless and boneless serving of 3 ounce lean turkey breast contains a total of 120 calories. It offers as much as 26gms of proteins which curbs the appetite, no saturated fats and 1gms of normal fats.


The vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing plenty of health benefits. Its boosts the immunity power, fights aging and comes with many more advantages. Including garlic in the diet would be a useful step towards losing weight. It can help in controlling the weight even if consumed in minimal proportions.  Garlic could rise the total calories burned in the regular activities. At the same time, it counters fat production.

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Calorie measurement application could accelerate weight loss

Calorie measurement application could accelerate weight lossConsuming super foods, exercising daily and enough sleep can produce maximum weight loss results. Tracking the entire scene with any fitness or relevant application should be like a cherry on top.  Bonnie Spring headed a weight loss research study published recently. The preventive medicine professor is associated with North-western University Feinberg School of Medicine. Sixty nine fat overweight people were tracked by the research conductors. They were studied on the basis of their personal weight loss journey undergone for almost a full year. Patients were enrolled into a program directed by standard physician. These participants were divided into two different groups. The people of control group participated in health awareness sessions. They went there without using private digital assistants for monitoring diet figures and physical activities regularly.

On the other hand, those who were part of +mobile group were found to lose more weight constantly throughout the course of study.  Tech related support users including men and women were more dedicated to biweekly subscription MOVE sessions accompanying the physicians or dieticians. The patients taking the assistance of apps on an average lost up to 15 pounds. They were all able to continuously maintain this weight loss for an entire year to say the least. All those participants listed out of the ‘+mobile group’ on an average lost up to 8.6 pounds individually. It shows how these calorie count apps can take weight loss to entirely a different level.

At the same time, the above exposes certain loopholes in the medication industry. These are related particularly to tracking the treatment meted out to obesity patients. The doctors in the recent times who are a part of health and medical industry aren’t equipped enough. According to Bonnie Spring, these people have no time, training and right resources for tracking and treatment of weight loss patients. He is of the view that the aforementioned approach enables the patients to rely on their own self. It helps them almost every day. Spring maintains that people can be helped in losing substantial amount of body weight and maintain it. In order to achieve this, they should take active interest and engage into tracking their personal eating and physical activities. They should find out how it affects their body weight and can rely on some social support afterwards.

The research study conducted reveals a lot of things which otherwise could have remained unanswered. First and foremost, it reveals that classes offer the much needed social support to the patients. It also says how they are able to grasp enough knowledge for shedding the undesired excessive kilos. On a different note, the gadgets and mobile applications such as My Fitness Pal, FitBit, Nike + Fuelband and PlayMate for iPad are also helpful. These apps or gadgets leads to empowerment of patients. They are able to access some useful and insightful mobile data. Weight loss isn’t as hard as it may be estimated by some. With dedication and cautious approach, it is simple and easy to follow.

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Stress Prevents Weight Loss

Stess Prevents Weight LossPeople are known to eat more due to stress. Most of the stressed people seek the comfort of fatty food to curb the mental condition. Thus, prolonged stress can make an individual overweight and even obese. However, according to a new study, stress does not only contribute to weight gain but also prevent successful weight loss.

Researchers have studied stress to find its impact on metabolism for the first time. The study was conducted on 2 groups of women – those who were stressed in the last 24 hours and those who were not. There were 58 women in total aged 53 years on average. Both the groups of women were given 3 standardised on the first day and were asked to fat for the next 12 hours. On the day they reported after 12 hours fast, they were given highly fatty food, which included gravy, biscuits, turkey sausage and eggs. The meal contained 60% fat in total.

After the meal, the ladies were asked to rest on partially reclined beds while the researchers observed their metabolism for the next 7 hours. Their rate of metabolism was monitored prior to the meal too. The normal rate of metabolism while at rest is the 65% – 75% of the body calories burned in 1 day period. Additionally, digestion causes 10% of calories to burn. Besides, the participants also went through DISE test to allow researchers measure their level of stress. Disagreement with spouse, work pressure and troubling children were the dominant stressful issues.

The test result showed that 31 women faced stress before the 1st round of experiment while 21 of them experienced stress before both the rounds. Ladies who faced at least 1 stressful factor burned 104 calories lesser than their counterparts. In other words, it is equivalent to gaining nearly 10 lb annually. Their bodies also produced higher level of insulin after the meal. Thus, this experiment reveals one of the mechanisms how depression and stress promote resistance towards insulin, as suggested by previous research.

The potential of stress generating factors towards negatively affecting weight loss is quite significant. It has tremendous impact on the ability of the body burn fat, as it was clear from the test conducted on the women. It can be significant even in those people who do not feel an equal degree of stress. Those who experience even one-third of the stress can have to bear extra 2 – 2 lb, which is considerable in terms of weight loss.

The effect of a highly fatty meal on metabolism was also analysed by the researchers during the experiment. The meal was prepared using saturated fat, and it was compared with the one that was rich in monounsaturated fat since the latter was prepared using sunflower oil. However, little difference was observed between the metabolic functions of the consumers of the 2 different kinds of fat. Thus, researchers conclusively stated that the result of the research should motivate people to keep healthy food items handy such as stored in the refrigerator and in the office draw.

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Myths About Gluten-Free Diet

Myths About Gluten-Free DietFood without gluten is the rage of the age. Largely, there are 2 categories of people – fitness conscious and those who have surrendered to their desires. The term gluten-free is more likely to be heard whilst in the company of the former type of people than latter. However, even health, fitness and diet-conscious people seem to follow perception more than reality. The result of a survey was partially published in a health magazine recently. Participants were served the 2 types of biscuits and chips – gluten-containing and gluten-free. The respondents vaguely claimed gluten-free food to be healthier even though all the 4 types of food served to them were gluten-free. It clearly reveals the myth that pertains to gluten-free food and the subsequent weight loss.

Bad Taste: Participants of the survey rated both the types of biscuits chips and similarly in terms of taste and flavour. They also rated the items similarly in terms of fat content, carbohydrate-content and calories. It means that food items without gluten are well-disguised in terms of flavour and meet everyone’s taste.

Better diet due to gluten reduction: Nearly 33% of the respondents in the survey stated that eliminating gluten from diet generally makes the overall diet healthier. In fact, the reality is almost exactly opposite. Those who completely eliminate gluten from their diet eliminate various nutrients that are vital for good health. Contemporary packaged food products contain certain minerals and vitamins but not folic acid. Thus, people get a few of the essential minerals and vitamins through such packaged food items as result of the government directive in many countries. However, eliminating gluten means lack of several essential nutrients such as folic acid, which necessary for proper development of foetus during the early periods of pregnancy.

Gluten-free items are healthier: Formulating packaged food items free of gluten compels producers to use alternatives for the same palatability, chewiness, texture, etc. Sugar and fat are handy substitutes for gluten and may be in higher concentration in such food items than those that contain gluten. Thus, the benefits are either neutralised or reversed.

Guaranteed weight loss: People think that gluten-free diet guarantees weight loss. Those who eat only gluten free food do lose weight but due to the significant reduction in carbohydrate consumption. However, increasing the quantity of vegetables, fruits and lean meat while eliminating fatty, oily, sugary and carbohydrate food items can yield similar effect. In fact, the latter may be more sustainable.

Improvement in digestion: A very common perception among people, especially those who advocate gluten-free diet, is that reduction in gluten consumption guarantees improvement in digestion. However, the reality is that gluten adversely affects digestive system of only those people who have genuine gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Apart from that, there is no other evidence of improvement in digestive system due to reduction of gluten consumption.

Conclusively, weight loss does not directly depend upon gluten, which can be reduced or even added to the diet according to the specific nutritional need of every individual.

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Flavour Food Items That Help to Lose Weight

Flavour Food Items That Help to Lose WeightThe flavours that we get from food are normally and broadly classified into:

  • Bitter
  • Salty
  • Sour
  • Sweet

These are common flavours that people know. However, there is another flavour called Umami, which has been concluded by a new research to have a unique impact on appetite of the consumer.

Umami mean ‘pleasant savoury taste’ and is described as meaty, soupy and mouth-watering sensation with aftertaste that lasts long and balances the overall flavour of the dish that contains umami-rich ingredients. Umami is referred to by many chefs as a synergizer of flavours and enhances the flavour when added into food items as monosodium glutamate or MSG, which is a food additive.

According to the study that was published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MSG stimulates appetite while eating but boosts satiety after the meal too. MSG was added to a soup and served to volunteers, who ultimately ate less lately through the day. MSG should be avoided as a food additive. A research conducted in 1960s revealed that high quantity of MSG fed to laboratory mice destroyed their brain nerve cells. Breathing trouble and headache are the common side-effects experienced by people sensitive towards high quantity of MSG. However, Umami naturally occurs in many healthy items. Some of the natural sources of Umami are:

Green Tea

Regular use of green teas reduces aging and risk of osteoporosis, cancer, blood pressure and heart disease. It also helps in weight loss. Besides, brewed green tea can be used to marinade and whole leaves can be added to food too.


Each standard cup of mushrooms contains only 20 calories. Besides, mushrooms are the only Vitamin D source in the botanic world, which is a vital nutrient known to decrease the rates of certain cancers, osteoporosis, high pressure, certain heart diseases and type-II diabetes. It is favourable towards weight loss too. More fat in the belly and in total are linked to consumption of insufficient Vitamin D. Besides, recent research revealed that adequate level of Vitamin D in blood boosts energy in cells and thus improves strength of muscles and helps them function more efficiently.

Mushrooms contain special antioxidants that prevent hear diseases and aging. The elements found in mushrooms control the estrogen level in women and prevent breast cancer. Shiitake, which is a popular mushroom species in Japan, especially has high concentration of Umami. Mushrooms can be sauted with a little garlic in low-sodium organic vegetable broth and added to sandwiches, soups, salads, omelettes, etc. to be eaten.


The benefit of seaweed ranges from weight loss to heart-protection. Certain seaweed proteins have effect of blood-pressure medicine. Besides, its iodine regulate thyroid, magnesium improves sleep and enhances mood.


Ripe tomatoes contain higher level of Umami. Tomatoes prevent wrinkles, reduce risk of certain cancer and heart disease and provide higher amount of lycopene. Most importantly, tomatoes can be consumed in arguably infinite number ways.


There are 3 types of Umami substances present in truffles, which can be said to be the greatest delicacy in the World. This fungus is difficult to be cultivated. Thin slices of truffle and truffle oil can be used.

Right intake of these foods can really contribute towards a well-balanced weight loss plan of any individual.

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