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With so much stress on organic and non-GMO foods these days, it is imperative for the consumers to know the real facts about the foods labelled as “organic”. Many people think that all the foods labelled as organic are healthy. However, it is not so. For instance, an organic fudge brownie would still be packed with fat and calories and would do the same harm to your body as would its non-organic chocolaty cousin. 

 

According to a research by the Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, foods labelled as ‘organic’ influence people and tend to give the product a favourable health bias. Merely the label could alter perceptions about the taste, calories, and value. This ‘health halo’ effect is stronger among some people. As a part of the research, about 115 people were selected to participate in the study. They were asked to evaluate three pairs of products – two yogurts, two cookies and two potato chip portions. One item from each food pair was labelled as ‘organic’. The twist was that all products were organic and exactly the same. The subjects were asked to rate the taste and caloric content of each item and how much they were willing to pay for each. Despite being given the same foods, the ‘organic’ ones resulted in being rated as better and were estimated to have fewer calories and better taste than the other two. People were also willing to pay up to 23.4% more for organic products. The ‘organic’ label tricked the subjects’ taste buds. Organic chips and yogurt were judged to be more nutritious and flavourful than the regular varieties. Although all foods were identical, a simple ‘organic’ label made all the difference. 

 

So, the next time you go for ‘organic’ shopping, check the food package marketing and nutrition labels with a more critical eye and choose the products that are actually organic, without any artificial additives.

 

 

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Sugar, one of the key culprits of obesity has been making headlines with celebrities, trainers and even the commoners. Often we consume fruits lumped in baked goods, candy, sugary drinks, etc. As a result, many people end up shunning fruits altogether to cut down their intake of sugar. Doing so, we lose the benefits of health-packed fruits. Fruits contain natural sugar that should be a part of even a healthy weight-loss strategy. Here’s why…

 

Fruit-eaters weigh less–It has been proved that people who eat more fruits tend to weigh less, even more so than vegetable eaters. The likely reason is that fruits replace higher calories, resulting in significant calorie savings. Consuming a bowl full of fresh blueberries instead of a blueberry muffin can help to save more than 18,000 calories in a year. In addition, eating fruits lower body fat and result in smaller waist measurements.

 

 

Fruits are packed with water and fiber–The high content of water and fiber in fruits apart from various nutrients prevents from many diseases and keeps one healthy. 

 

Fruits are packed with antioxidants–Different classes of fruits contain different antioxidants. Antioxidants found in stone fruits like cherries, peaches, plums, etc, differ from the ones found in citrus fruits and tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, papayas, etc. Antioxidants fend off compounds and free radicals produced by sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, etc.

 

Fruits are excellent for your skin–Fruits improve blood circulation and boost blood flow to the skin surface, imparting a natural glow to the skin. People who ate an average of 2.9 portions of fruits and vegetables looked healthier and weighed less.

 

Fruits provide energy–If you hit the gym regularly, having fruits pre-workout can provide you the right fuel and energize your cells. Instead of having carbonated drinks or sweetened sports drinks, try having a banana shake and you will feel the difference. Bananas are known to trigger a big shift in the dopa mine levels. 

 

Fruits come with so many benefits that they are a must have in your daily diet. So, have your daily servings of fruits and reap greater health rewards!

 

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You can now double your fitness gains by walking or jogging to your gym whenever it is possible. There are times when the weather is not pleasant to jog/walk; we have no other option then. However, whenever you can, you must opt for brisk walking/jogging to your gym instead of driving.  

 

Various studies have proven that brisk walking and running/jogging are very advantageous for a person’s health. If you walk/run regularly, you have less chances of getting diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and various other diseases. 

 

Although it takes longer to walk a mile than to run a mile; but it you compare the energy expended, it is exactly the same in both. If you do the same amount of exercise, you will burn the same number of calories and you will get the same benefits. Runners would burn more calories over the same time compared with walkers. It would take twice as long to walk 4.3 miles at a brisk pace than to run 3 miles. So if you have the time crunch, run to your gym. Many people may not find time from their regular Gyming schedule. Such people can add up running/jogging instead of taking the car. This would not only prove to be cost-effective but would also be eco-friendly. 

 

Runners are usually fitter and younger than people who do not run. As per a research, runners are 38 percent less likely to have high blood pressure, 36 percent less likely to have high cholesterol and 71 percent less likely to develop diabetes. 

 

 

Some people find it difficult to run; such people can do walking instead because it is easier to walk. Whether you choose to run or to walk, make sure you do it regularly to reap maximum benefits. 

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If you eat frequently out, you might be aware of the craving for the tempting food at a buffet. Many give in to their temptations and end up eating more than they usually would only to compromise later with their health. Next time you find yourself in an irresistible all-you-can-eat buffet, remember the effective tips we culled from recent studies of buffet behaviors. 

 

 

Tips to avoid bingeing at a buffet

 

1. Sit at a distance – On an average, people make three trips to a buffet and some even make five or more. This was gleaned from a research at Cornell University. According to the researcher at the University, if you sit 40 feet farther away, you would make one trip less to the buffet – every 40-feet would result in one trip fewer. So, make sure you find a table farther away.

 

2. Sit with your back to the food – Many people have no control when they are sitting at a table in a wedding or in a restaurant. If you are assigned a table a couple of steps away from the buffet, choose a chair with your back to the food. According to many researches, if you do not look at the table, you are likely to crave less for food and end up eating lesser.

 

3. Scout your options – Taking at a look at the entire buffet before selecting your food has been found to be very effective. Thin people are better than overweight at scouting the entire buffet before taking anything. After you have had a look at the dishes available, you can make smart choices rather than scooping up a chicken dish before seeing the scrumptious fish cutlets and ending up enjoying the full servings of both. 

 

If you keep in mind the above tips, you will save lots of calories on your platter.

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At one point of time, there are days when we don’t find time going to the gym. So, we have come up with top 5 fat-burning exercises, apart from walking vigorously that you can do at home when you can’t hit the gym. 

 

 

Try any of these and you can boost your metabolism.

 

1. Inline Skating – Skating involves side-to-side movement of the thighs and the butt muscles. When compared to other activities that you can perform at home, Skating rates number one for blasting fat and calories. Alternate one minute of skating at a strong, steady pace with one-minute of medium-paced strokes.

 

2. Running – People who run regularly have a sleek, lean body. The reason is obvious; running is one of the most-effective fat-burning exercises that works on legs, butt and core muscles. Alternate between fast and slow intervals; swing your arms close to your body and keep your feet low on the ground.

 

3. Jumping Rope – As mentioned in two of the previous articles, skipping can burn almost 340 calories in 30 minutes. Jump with one foot, then with both the feet and keep alternating your speed (slow and fast). Metropolis Fitness and SPA in Miami provides best Jump Rope Kids Classes, Visit today..!!

 

4. Hula Hooping – If you want to have a beautiful body, grab an adult-sized hoop and simply keep it going around your waist. Choose the one that reaches your chest when you stand in front of it. Keep one foot in front of the other and shift your weight back and forth versus around in a circle. 

 

5. Dancing – This one is a fun metabolism booster. There are so many forms of dance, you can choose the one that suits you the best. From rock to hip-hop, Zumba to salsa, try a form that appeals the most to you and soon you will be on your way to burning calories in the most fun way. Visit Metropolis Fitness and SPA for Zumba Classes in Miami

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