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Meenakshi Iyer writes on food, fashion, technology and health for Hindustan Times. She has worked with Indian Express, Mid-Day and Reuters in the past.

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India Couture Week 2018: Kangana Ranaut, Aditi Rao Hydari are showstoppers on Day 1

India Couture Week 2018: Kangana Ranaut and Aditi Rao Hydari will be the showstoppers for designers Tarun Tahiliani and Anju Modi on Day 1 of the India Couture Week. The 5-day event will also see a number of Bollywood A-listers walk the ramp for their favourite designers.

India Couture Week 2018 takes place between July 25 and July 29 at the Taj Palace, Delhi.(HT File)
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 02:57 PM IST
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Sonakshi Sinha nails Pilates in new exercise video. It’s only fit you follow her routine

Sonakshi Sinha credits her weight loss to Pilates, which she’s been practicing with her trainer Namrata Purohit of The Pilates Studio in Mumbai. In a new exercise video, the Dabangg star looks super toned and fit.

Sonakshi Sinha achieved her super toned figure with pilates.(
Updated on Jul 25, 2018 08:51 AM IST
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Best cheap monsoon travel destinations under 8000 for a weekend trip

Best monsoon destinations: If you’re in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Kolkata, you must visit these lesser known spots before the monsoon is over. Here’s a list of unexplored, beautiful and budget-friendly monsoon destinations for a weekend trip.

Best monsoon destinations: Here are the best monsoon travel destinations from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 03:57 PM IST
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Losing weight too fast? Here’s why crash diets can be dangerous

Just like gaining weight too fast can be bad for our health, losing weight too quickly can be detrimental too.

Here’s why losing weight too fast can be dangerous.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 05:29 PM IST
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Fitness experts know how to beat weight loss plateau. If you’ve hit one, follow these tips

Weight loss plateau: Weighing scale not moving and is stuck at the same weight for weeks? This helpful beating the weight loss plateau guide will you help you get the desired weight loss results.

Weight loss plateau: Weighing scale refuses to move? Here’s what you can do.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 17, 2018 05:16 PM IST
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5 breakfast mistakes you might be making each morning, here’s how it affects weight loss

Too many people make mistakes while picking foods for their breakfast meal. Either it is too sugary, high in fats or doesn’t have enough of good fats. Here are 5 breakfast mistakes you need to avoid to see results from your weight loss journey.

Here are some breakfast mistakes you’re making and how to correct them.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 16, 2018 09:04 AM IST
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Turmeric tea for weight loss? You have more options in ginger, lemon and green tea

Turmeric tea for weight loss: If you thought only turmeric tea is good for weight loss, here’s good news. Fitness experts say that you can choose from a wide range of teas -- from ginger, lemon, matcha and more -- to lose weight fast. Green tea is the best kind of tea to cut down belly fat.

Best tea for weight loss: The benefits of green tea, say fitness experts, are many. It helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells in the body.(Pinterest)
Updated on Jul 14, 2018 01:05 PM IST
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This young mother’s post about depression is very real and relatable

A 25-year-old young mother from US posted a photo of a pile of clean dishes on the kitchen counter and how it made her realise that she was postponing this task because of her depression.

A 25-year-old mother shared this photo to talk about her depression.(
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 03:43 PM IST
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Benefits of curd rice, here’s why every south Indian swears by this healthy meal

Benefits of curd rice: Want to know why south Indians love curd rice? It is the perfect end to any meal and helps cool the stomach after a hot meal. As south India has a hot climate throughout the year, curd rice helps bring down the body temperature.

Benefits of curd rice: It is the best end to any meal because of its many health benefits.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 14, 2018 09:02 AM IST
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Exercise tips, turn workout into a game. Here’s how it will help lose weight

Researchers have found that turning everyday exercise into a game is a good way to motivate people to get up and work out more.

Workout with a buddy to make exercise fun.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 01:02 PM IST
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Cheese, butter good for your heart, in fact it can help you lose weight fast

Now there’s research being done to understand the impact of fats on our body and what’s good and what’s not. According to a recent study, whole dairy products such as full fat milk, cheese, butter may not increase risk of early death from heart disease or stroke. Good fats can also help you lose weight.

Cheese, butter, full fat dairy can be good for your heart.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 04:58 PM IST
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Check out celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala’s list of easy, quick exercises while travelling

Celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala posted a video on Instagram where she demonstrates five easy-to-do exercises when travelling. These can be easily done in your hotel room, without any equipment. These are the best exercises for reducing belly fat and shed some excess weight.

Try these easy exercises by Yasmin Karachiwala on your next vacation to stay fit and guilt free.(
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 03:42 PM IST
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Keep your heart healthy, include these 5 foods in your diet every day

Here are ways to keep your heart healthy: Apart from regular exercises, you can keep your heart healthy by following a heart healthy diet. Here are 6 foods you should include in your diet every day to ensure overall health and fitness.

Keep your heart healthy: Include these superfoods in your diet every day to ensure your heart is healthy.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 05:11 PM IST
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Here’s why you should let your kids play barefoot. It’s good for adults too

Turns out, children benefit great deal by spending most of their time barefoot. It helps them develop fine motor skills and makes them better at jumping and balancing, scientists say.

Playing and walking barefoot helps with better balance in children.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 12, 2018 09:37 AM IST
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Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara Tendulkar is giving us major fashion goals

Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara Tendulkar is ruling the internet with her simple and easy to copy style. Right from posh parties at the Ambanis to holiday looks, Sara is giving us new fashion goals.

With her relatable style, Sara Tendulkar is the fashion icon we need.(
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 02:45 PM IST
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Janhvi Kapoor’s skincare routine, here’s how you can get her glowing skin

Right from promotions to off-duty looks, Janhvi Kapoor knows just the right tricks to keep her skin looking fresh, dewy and glowing. Here’s how the Dhadak star does it. Lots of moisturiser, Vitamin C serum and almond oil.

Janhvi Kapoor uses a generous amount of moisturiser to get the dewy look.(Instagram)
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 08:39 AM IST
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Juhi Chawla’s photos from her trip to Tibet are gorgeous and breathtaking

Juhi Chawla is currently holidaying in Tibet and Nepal and her Instagram posts prove that she believes is travelling to offbeat destinations rather than luxurious retreats.

Juhi Chawla under the prayer flags at Lake Mansarovar(
Updated on Jul 06, 2018 04:05 PM IST
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Keto diet for weight loss, study says it also improves effect of cancer drugs

Keto diet for weight loss: Keto diet, fitness experts claim, is good for weight loss. Now, a new study has concluded that it also helps control insulin levels, prevent glucose and insulin spikes.

Can a high fat diet help in cancer treatment?(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 07:22 PM IST
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Eating burgers and fries can increase risk of asthma and allergies

Eating hamburgers and other fast food could put you at risk of asthma, says a new study. It can also lead to other allergic diseases such as pollen fever, eczema (especially in children) and rhino conjunctivitis.

Here’s how junk food is messing with your health.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 06, 2018 02:46 PM IST
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z on vacation in Cannes is the best way to see France

Beyoncé shared a series of images on Instagram alongside her husband Jay-Z and their eldest child, Blue Ivy as they vacation seaside in Cannes, France. While the entire family, including twins Rumi abd Sir, was on the trip, the little ones were kept away from the limelight.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z can be seen chilling on steps and posing for photographs.(é)
Updated on Jul 06, 2018 09:08 AM IST
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Weight loss food, include these 10 in your diet plan to lose weight fast

Weight loss diet plan: Everything that we eat has an impact on our body, whether it is with respect to the metabolism or the amount of calories it adds. Weight loss happens with the right combination of proper diet and regular exercise.

Weight loss diet plan: Here are the 10 best foods to include in your weight loss diet.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 06, 2018 07:10 PM IST
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Botox or dermal fillers? Here’s everything you need to know about popular beauty treatments

Confused between botox and cosmetic or dermal fillers for your skin and ageing problems? This easy guide will help you pick the right treatment to treat wrinkles, blemishes and scar marks.

Botox or cosmetic fillers? Here’s the right treatment for you.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 06, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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Skin care tips, here’s what to choose between a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF

Best skin care tips: Beauty experts say that most moisturisers with SPF are not as effective when it comes to protection against sun damage, UV-related skin ageing. What’s more, they also say that some products are less likely to be water-resistant.

Best skin care tips: Beauty experts say that a sunscreen offers better protection against sun damages compared to a moisturizer with SPF.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 05:12 PM IST
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Belly fat is your enemy. Here is why you should focus on burning fat, not weight loss

Belly fat: Fitness experts say that many of our health problems are because of high density of fat in our bodies. A new study suggests that belly fat leads to Alzheimer’s in old age. Here are ways you can burn fat and lose weight.

Belly fat: Fitness experts suggest that you should focus on burning belly fat than calories to stay fit and healthy in old age.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 06:03 PM IST
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This photo of a dad breastfeeding his newborn is a lesson in shared responsibility

April Neubauer planned on breastfeeding his newborn daughter immediately after giving birth. However, when she was unable to, nurses suggested her husband take over and use supplemental nursing system to breastfeed their baby.

Maxamillian Neubauer feeds his newborn daughter with the help of supplemental nursing system.(Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer)
Updated on Jul 05, 2018 09:14 AM IST

Sonali Bendre diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Here’s everything you need to know about the disease

Actor Sonali Bendre revealed on Wednesday that she’s been diagnosed with high-grade metastatic cancer and that she’s being treated in New York. Here’s everything you need to know about the disease.

Sonali Bendre announced on Wednesday that she’s been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment in New York.(
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 04:30 PM IST
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Curd for good gut bacteria, here’s how it helps improve your immune system

Here’s how to improve your immune system: According to a recent study, good bacteria, which is found in fermented food, curd, among other things, helps build a stronger immune system.

Improve your immune system: Experts say that a bowl of curd everyday in your diet can keep your gut healthy.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 04:26 PM IST
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How to diagnose diabetes, warning signs include weight loss, UTI, underarm skin turning dark

How to diagnose diabetes: Hormonal and lifestyle changes put women at risk of diabetes. Here are six signs and symptoms of diabetes that you shouldn’t ignore.

How to diagnose diabetes: You can manage the disease better by taking note of these 6 warning signs.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 03:37 PM IST
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Turmeric tea for weight loss, this is one super drink you need to lose weight super fast

Benefits of turmeric tea: Turmeric has been an essential part of ayurveda for centuries, experts say including it in your health diet will help you lose weight and stay fit. Over the past few years, turmeric’s popularity has soared in the west too, with people looking for ways to incorporate it in their lattes and teas.

Turmeric tea has many benefits and is a great drink to add to your diet.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 30, 2018 11:24 AM IST
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Best monsoon destination, book your tickets to these 10 places to get good off-season discounts

Best monsoon destination: If you haven’t planned a holiday yet, monsoon is the best time to travel in India. From looking for dolphins at a hidden beach in Goa to trek through East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, here are 10 destinations where you can enjoy the rains.

Best monsoon destinations: Looking for some offbeat monsoon destinations? Here’s our list of top 10 places across India.(AP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 02:07 PM IST
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