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Post pregnancy weight loss: Tips from Kareena Kapoor and her dietician Rujuta Diwekar

Kareena Kapoor Khan is already looking a few kilos lighter and slimmer and she’s glowing all the more just two months after the birth of her son Taimur Ali Khan.

“The idea is to have faith. And to do it all in a continuous, sustainable way,” the new mommy said in a Facebook Live chat on Tuesday.

The video has already clocked over 8.7 lakh views, with thousands of people, especially women, commenting on it with their own diet queries.

Kapoor Khan put on 18kg during her pregnancy, courtesy all the ghee and parathas she ate.

“And I flaunted it, double chin and all, until the day I walked into the hospital. People said I could eat grilled fish or meat to avoid putting on weight. But I wanted to do it the conventional way, the right way. So I ate it all, but in the right quantities,” she said.

According to her dietician Rujuta Diwekar, the target for Kapoor Khan has always been to take it a step at a time and not rush the process. “Because we don’t want to go one step forward and two steps back, which is what happens when you do a crash or extreme diet,” Diwekar, who was also at the chat, said.

The goal is to let everything inside your body that changed in the nine months of your pregnancy to get back into order.

“My aim is not just to lose the weight I had put on. I don’t want to do it overnight. It may take long, but I want to feel light, happy and energetic throughout the process. And that is important,” Kapoor Khan said.

For women who have just had a baby, this interaction had a lot of good pointers on how to get back into shape while building and maintaining a strong body post pregnancy.

Here are a few takeaways:

1. “One very important thing all women should know is that in one pregnancy, you lose five years of calcium in the body,” Kapoor Khan said. “So getting back into shape also means accelerating the calcium levels in the body.” She has been religiously having a tall glass of milk every night.

Dairy has a lot of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) that helps you burn more fat, Diwekar explained. “And also short chain fatty acids that lead to mobilisation of fat from stubborn areas, such as the tummy,” she said.

2. Talking about the dark circles a lot of women develop postpartum, Diwekar suggested increasing the intake of foods that have a high content of Vitamin B12 and iron, such as dahi, chaach and pickle. “Even til ka laddoos (sesame seed) that Kareena loves has a lot of B12 and iron that help get rid of dark circles. But no binging—everything should be had in controlled amounts.” Coconut with jaggery and bajra roti with ghee and gur are other things you may eat for upping your iron levels.

3. “I was in panic mode post my delivery to lose all the weight I had gained,” Kapoor Khan said. “I even insisted Rujuta to put me back on my Tashan diet. But she told me we can’t do that now as this time, we need to get my body back in shape in a progressive manner.”

She was also quite apprehensive about the rice she had been asked to eat—that too twice a day! “The reason is that eating rice allows you to bring back a lot of the good bacteria that something as strenuous as a delivery may wash out,” Diwekar explained.

4. One thing that the duo talked about repeatedly was the importance of refraining from crash diets. “That is what leads to a lot of lifestyle disorders, such as post pregnancy thyroid,” Diwekar warned. “Because when you’re on a crash diet, you reduce the calorie intake so much that your body is forced to slow down its metabolism.”

It’s also important to not just lose weight but to rebuild your bone and muscle density. “The more bone and muscle you carry, the more compact you look. And the less bone and muscle you carry, the flabbier you look,” she said. So when you crash diet, you may lose weight, but you’ll still look flabby.

5. As for exercises to supplement your diet to get back in shape, the actor and her dietician swear by walking. “Rujuta always says that walking is the best exercise in the world. Post pregnancy, when even getting on a treadmill can be tough, 20-30 minutes of walking can really help,” Kapoor Khan said. “It has helped me beautifully. I can already feel my core strength increasing.”

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Diet Doc Warns Against Potential Side Effects of Unregulated Weight Loss Supplement Forskolin

HELENA, MT–(Marketwired – February 17, 2017) – The Forskolin Diet is based on the ingestion of an extracted herb that comes from the root of a plant that grows in India and Thailand. In the states, it is taken in the form of a supplement to treat many conditions including asthma, glaucoma, heart disease and weight loss. Being that forskolin is an unregulated supplement, there are no published guidelines regarding proper dosing, nor is there a standard as to the amount of forskolin that retailers must include in each tablet; meaning that potency can vary from retailer to retailer. Though preliminary research has suggested that forskolin might lead to a greater loss of body fat and elevated hormone levels over time, the safety and efficacy of the forskolin still has yet to be established.

Any dieters looking to use forskolin or any other dietary supplement for weight loss should proceed with caution. Too little is currently known by experts regarding its effectiveness, but some negative side effects have been documented such as:

  • Irritation of the respiratory tract
  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Elevated heart rate

Also, forskolin may interfere with certain medications (particularly blood thinners) and may also be unsafe for expectant mothers, which is why it is always critical to seek advice from a medical professional before beginning any new vitamin or supplement regimen. The medical weight loss team at Diet Doc, understands why dieters may be looking for supplements that will help them to lose weight quickly. Weight loss and/or weight maintenance can be a difficult and life-long struggle when an individual has little understanding of their own body chemistry and what it takes to lose weight safely and keep it off.

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Trying to lose weight? The colder months might be the perfect time

Freezing weather is no excuse to give up on fitness. As it turns out, you might stand a better chance of losing weight when it’s cold.

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that people actively trying to shed pounds had the best results when the temperature dropped. The more inhospitable the weather, the more conscientious people became about keeping track of their meals and calories.

“Climate-related factors can directly change a person’s behavior, and these factors can have a certain impact on intentional efforts to lose weight,” said Sang Youl Rhee, who led the research team at Kyung Hee University Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. “In addition, various climatic factors can lead to a significant change in the level of energy expenditure in the body.”

Researchers tracked the weight loss of 3,274 people younger than 42 throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia with Noom Coach, a fitness app that can pinpoint the location of users. They then used a meteorology service, called Weather Underground API, to monitor conditions, and they discovered that lower temperatures and lower dew points as well as higher wind speed and precipitation were all linked to the app users’ weight loss.

On average, people logged into Noom 110 days during the yearlong study, or roughly every three days. Men tended to use the app more frequently than women and were more likely to lose weight. People who logged their meals regularly, especially dinner, lost the most weight.

“It’s important to focus on changing the underlying behaviors that lead to obesity,” said Rhee, an endocrinologist. “Those who continue logging food and have an awareness around what they are eating will be most successful in losing weight.”

Other studies have explored the relationship between lower temperatures and burning fat. One study in the journal of Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism said spending time in the cold can boost calorie burn by as much as 30 percent. Yet those studies primarily examined the molecular breakdown of fat, not the behavioral connection between temperature and weight loss.

Chronicling meals, physical activity and weight have been proven in previous studies to be effective ways to lose weight. A Kaiser Permanente study of 1,700 people found that those who kept a daily account of what they ate lost twice as much weight as those who kept no record.

The study didn’t take exercise into account, but Petakov said that’s not necessarily a shortcoming.

“The popular notion is that physical activity is the key to achieving weight loss, but the truth is it’s more about nutrition,” Petakov said. “When it’s colder, you have more time to focus on the nutrition aspects, cooking more, for example, and just have more time to dedicate to it without as many distractions as far as going outside.”

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3 weird diet habits from your favorite celebrities

Celebrities always have their fashion choices, dating lives, and eating habits scrutinized by an ever-more-invasive public. Well, can you blame us for wanting to know how they stay so thin and fit?

Whether athletes, models, singers, or actors, celebrities have a few things in common when it comes to what they eat. Money is usually not an option, so they can purchase high-quality ingredients or hire a private chef to cater meals to their liking. They also have access to ample professional advice — nutritionists and trainers will jump through hoops for the opportunity to represent a celebrity client.

Celebrity diets, however, differ dramatically depending on the person’s profession. Mariah Carey uses her diet to maintain a certain weight, while The Rock uses his 5,000-calorie daily feast to fuel his grueling workouts. Some celebrities aren’t as concerned with physical appearance as they are with overall wellness. Pop star Fergie takes two shots of apple cider vinegar before breakfast to aid with her digestion, and actress Shailene Woodley consumes a small amount of clay with her meals.

The effectiveness of these food choices and eating habits are debatable, but it’s hard to deny that these celebrity diets are flat-out insane.

Adriana Lima

Victoria’s Secret Angels are paid to look fit, thin, and beautiful, but Adriana Lima takes her commitment to another level. Nine days prior to the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show, the Brazilian model eats only protein shakes, vitamins, and supplements, and keeps a team of nutritionists on hand to make sure that she’s getting adequate energy. During the rest of the year, Lima eats a portion-controlled diet, which involves starting off with a big breakfast and slowly decreasing caloric intake as the day progresses.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried has blossomed into quite the Hollywood superstar, but despite her fame, the actress follows a humble diet of raw fruits and vegetables. In the past, Seyfried has followed a stricter form of this diet that avoided anything cooked above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.


If you’ve ever watched Beyoncé on stage, you know that she is quite the athlete. The superstar fuels up for her energizing performances by following an “80-10-10” diet — 80 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fat, and 10 percent protein, as advised by her nutritionist, Marco Borges.

Here are the rest of the weird diet habits of your favorite celebrities.

Dem Congressman: Taxpayers Are Funding Trump’s Unhealthy Diet

A Democratic congressman took a dig at President Donald Trump’s penchant for junk food in a hearing about food stamps Thursday.

“I Googled Donald Trump’s eating habits. It’s not a pretty picture,” Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern said during in a hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture.

The committee was considering whether to start limiting banning junk food purchases for people using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also called food stamps.

“Maybe we ought to begin with a pilot project for limiting unhealthy food at the White House, because we all pay for that. The taxpayers pay for that.” McGovern said, pointing out the folly of forcing people to purchase only healthy foods.

In a departure from the former White House occupants, Trump is not a nutrition nut, but favors a diet of McDonald’s Big Macs, Lay’s potato chips, Keebler Vienna Fingers, and a lot of Diet Coke.

The committee’s hearing follows a December report from the Department of Agriculture, which manages the food stamps program, which showed that 20 cents of every SNAP dollar was “spent on sweetened drinks, desserts, salty snacks, candy, and sugar,” Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the committee said in his opening statement.

Families on food stamps make similar purchases to those not on welfare, but spend slightly more on soda and sweetened beverages than non-food stamps families.

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