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Meenakshi Iyer

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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Perfect diet plan for weight loss, dietitians on how eating more fibre will help burn fat

If you want to lose weight and stay fit, it is important to add fibre to your diet since it helps keep you full for long and cut cravings. There are many other benefits to adding fibre to your diet: If you’ve been suffering from fluctuating weight, constipation, stomach issues, it means your diet needs fibre.

Weight loss diet: Here’s how including more fibre to your diet can help you lose weight fast.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 29, 2018 01:23 PM IST
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Best fitness plan, future-proof your heart health with best exercises recommended by experts

According to a recent study, people with high fitness during their middle ages are significantly less likely to die from heart diseases in later life even if they were diagnosed with depression.

Best fitness plan: Crossfit, yoga and walking, say fitness experts, benefit everybody, irrespective of what age they start exercising.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 05:05 PM IST
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Pregnancy food tips, follow this month-wise diet guide to ensure baby’s health

Pregnancy food tips: A healthy diet is very important through your pregnancy to nourish the growing baby inside you. It is also important to eat nutritious food so that your body is able to cope with the changes it goes through during pregnancy.

Pregnancy food tips: When you are pregnant, you should include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 03:04 PM IST
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Endometriosis in women, here’s why the severe pain can make women feel tired

Do you experience severe pain during periods and feel tired all the time? It’s time to get yourself checked.

Is period pain getting too severe? Time to get a check up done.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 05:33 PM IST
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Sleep and hypertension: Here’s why women need quality snooze time

According to a recent study, women need better sleep because apart from cardiovascular health, it can affect their blood pressure too.

Here are some reasons why women need more sleep than men.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 01:53 PM IST
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Best exercise to lose weight, here’s why experts call squats king of weight loss exercises

For weight loss and fitness, experts say squats are one of the best exercises you should do regularly. It helps engage all core muscle groups, increases stability and strength. However, it is important to maintain the right form for doing this exercise.

Best exercise to lose weight: Doing squats help you work your thighs, glutes, calves and seat.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 02, 2018 04:31 PM IST
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Spend too many hours sitting at work? You may be at risk of frailty

According to a study, women who spend more time sitting down are at higher risk of becoming frail as they age.

Is your job ruining your health?(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 26, 2018 04:40 PM IST
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Weight loss food, a teaspoon of flaxseed daily is the superfood you need to lose weight

If you want to lose weight fast, you’d need a healthy diet and a disciplined exercise routine. Fitness experts say that adding a teaspoon of flaxseed in your diet will help you reach your goals faster.

Weight loss superfood: Include 2-4 tablespoons of flaxseeds in your diet every day to reach your fitness goals faster.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 04:59 PM IST
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Peanut butter for weight loss, here’s how it works to help you slim down

Did you know that when you’re trying to lose weight, peanut butter could be your best friend. Yes, you read that right. Peanut butter is a perfect weight loss snack. Here’s why.

Craving unhealthy desserts? Opt for a spoon of peanut butter instead. This will keep you firm on your weight loss journey.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 10:10 AM IST

International Yoga Day: These 4 asanas are all you need to lose weight fast

Though yoga doesn’t involve vigorous, HIIT-like movements or fast-paced aerobic activities, it can still help your body burn fat fast and help weight loss.

Try these simple but effective yoga poses for quick weight loss.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 01:28 PM IST
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Moon milk for sleep, here’s why people are obsessing over this wellness trend

So, what’s moon milk? It’s milk with some traditional spices like black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, a drink most Indians find comfort in during those terrible flu bouts. Yes, just our haldi doodh in fancy colours.

Here’s why the world is going crazy over moon milk.(
Updated on Jun 20, 2018 06:38 PM IST
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Low calorie foods to speed up weight loss, 6 things you must eat

These foods will not only aid weight loss but also help you maintain your ideal body weight. Try them in different recipes.

Here are the best foods to include in your diet for weight loss.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 20, 2018 01:05 PM IST
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Here’s how you can stay awake while driving and avoid accidents

Whether you’re taking a road trip or often return tired from work, these helpful tips will keep you awake behind the wheels and avoid fatal accidents.

Snoozing behind the wheels? Here’s how you can stay awake.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 08:53 AM IST
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Low calorie recipes for weight loss, try these 5 restaurant style meals

For those trying to lose weight, eating healthy should not come with compromise on taste and flavours. Healthy food can be tasty too. Here are 5 tasty and healthy low-calorie recipes perfect for weight loss.

Healthy hummus(Bayroute)
Updated on Jun 18, 2018 12:52 PM IST
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Keto diet plan for weight loss, include these dishes to lose weight faster

If you want to lose weight faster, dietitians recommend going on a keto diet plan. Keto, the popular high fat, low carb diet, requires a very specific intake of proteins, carbs and fats. Here’s a quick guide to doing keto right for weight loss.

Paneer makhani is an ideal choice for a keto diet plan.(Food Darzee)
Updated on Jun 15, 2018 10:00 AM IST
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Sugar substitutes for diabetes, here’s why jaggery should be replaced with unrefined honey

For diabetes patients, consuming jaggery instead of sugar may not be a good choice, say dietitians. Jaggery, they say, has high glycemic index and should be avoided. Instead, they can have unrefined honey as a substitute for sugar.

Benefits of jaggery: Are you replacing sugar with jaggery? You need to read this.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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Are you oversleeping? Here’s why it’s not healthy to snooze for longer hours

Just like sleeping too little, sleeping too much can be detrimental to your health. Here’s the ideal number of hours of sleep you need to stay healthy.

Are you sleeping too much or too little? Find out here.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 13, 2018 02:34 PM IST
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Diabetes and weight loss, why sugarcane juice helps you lose weight, manage disease

Diabetes and weight loss: Sugarcane juice, say dietitians, is totally safe for diabetes patients since its sugar is processed in our liver, instead of the small intestine. Here are answers to all your questions.

Diabetes and weight loss: Dietitians say sugarcane juice is totally safe for diabetics.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 13, 2018 07:13 PM IST
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How to lose weight fast at home, try these 8 dietitian-approved hacks

If you want to lose weight fast and stay fit, without spending thousands for that gym membership, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 8 tips, all of them approved by fitness and health experts.

To lose weight fast at home, Try HIIT workouts with the help of Youtube tutorials. Some of the most popular channels are Betty Rocker and The Body Coach. You can use your own body weight to try some easy exercises.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 09, 2018 09:20 AM IST
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Shilpa Shetty is the only fitness inspiration you need. Here’s proof

From yoga to cardio, Shilpa Shetty has tried it all and often mixes up various workouts to maintain her gorgeous body. Whether it is nailing a complex yoga pose or going for a quick run, Shilpa never shies away from trying everything.

Shilpa Shetty is an ageless diva thanks to her super fit lifestyle.(
Updated on Jun 08, 2018 04:46 PM IST
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How to use sabja seeds for weight loss, dietitians on health benefits of this magic ingredient

If you want to lose weight fast, and stay fit, dietitians suggest you must include sabja seeds in your health diet. It is low on carbs and high on proteins, which will help you reach your fitness goals faster.

How to use sabja seeds for weight loss: Low in carb and high in protein, dietitians say it is a rare combination in most vegetarian diets.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 08:11 PM IST
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Pregnancy care, here are 5 tips from experts on how to control vomiting

Pregnancy care tips: Nausea or morning sickness is a common pregnancy symptom, but that doesn’t mean you cannot do anything to avoid or control it. Here are some easy ways to deal with it.

Pregnancy care tips: Nausea during pregnancy is common and here’s how you can deal with it better.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 06, 2018 06:42 PM IST
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Here’s how a good night’s rest can help you improve your productivity at work

Several sleep-related symptoms are associated with decreased work productivity. A new study evaluated whether people with certain sleep problems experienced more productivity loss than those without those problems.

Here’s how your sleep and work are related.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 05, 2018 02:22 PM IST
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Diabetes diet, here’s everything you should include during your meal times

Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favourite foods. Here’s a handy guide to eating the right things.

A diabetic diet should include the right amount of proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 08:36 AM IST
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High protein diet for weight loss may backfire as it increases risk of heart failure

A high protein diet may increase risk of heart failure among middle-aged men, says this new study.

Can a high protein diet lead to heart failure risk.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 31, 2018 03:22 PM IST
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How to control high BP in pregnancy, symptoms and cure for a healthy baby

Here’s how to control high BP in pregnancy. Typically, most women develop high blood pressure during the seventh month, usually after 20 or 24 weeks. This is the time when women need to be careful and lead as healthy a life as possible.

Here’s why high BP during pregnancy can be harmful.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 31, 2018 08:39 AM IST
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Childhood obesity, dairy is safe for kids and doesn’t lead to ill health

It’s well known that dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are nutrient-rich foods which provide many essential nutrients throughout life. Previous reviews have shown that milk and dairy are not associated with childhood obesity. But whether milk and dairy promote obesity in children continued to be hotly debated, and public health advice about how much milk and dairy children need, and when to stop having it, remained unclear.

Can dairy lead to obesity in kids?(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 30, 2018 06:14 PM IST
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Mermaid workout is the latest fitness fad in gyms. Here’s what it is about

It’s the latest fitness trend sweeping gyms all over. While some call it a bizarre trend, Mermaid workout is gaining followers at lightning speed. Inspired by the movements of the mermaid, the mythical figure that fairytales are made of, the workout incorporates body rolls into your swimming routine to help propel you forward.

Mermaiding is the latest fitness buzzword.(
Updated on May 28, 2018 12:01 PM IST
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Weight loss diet, here are the risks and benefits of a fruit-based diet

Can a fruit-based diet help you in weight loss? No doubt fruits are nutritious, but can you survive on them alone to lose weight and stay fit? We asked health experts to bust a myth many have fallen for.

A healthy diet accounts for 70% and exercise 30% of your weight loss programme. Should you include fruits in your diet?(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 27, 2018 09:19 AM IST
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Picky eaters: Here’s how you can get your child to eat anything

Here’s how you can get your fussy eater to eat everything, without the mealtime trauma and tantrums.

Cut up food in the shape of a star to get your child to eat it.(Shutterstock)
Updated on May 26, 2018 04:55 PM IST
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