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Afternoon Cravings - Quick Tips To Help You Curb Them!

PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh  •  4 yrs exp
Afternoon Cravings - Quick Tips To Help You Curb Them!

Sometimes, you are just doing your work with a whole lot of concentration and suddenly as soon as the clock strikes 3 p.m. you get the munchies. The sudden, strong desires for food are called cravings and they strike you when you least expect it!

The reason for this might be a neurotransmitter named as  serotonin, which regulates your emotions, mood, sleep and, obviously, your appetite. Serotonin becomes slightly inactive by midday, which makes you crave salty and sweet snacks.

Here are some ways to curb your cravings:

  1. Don't skip breakfast, or lunch. Choose food items that take a long time to digest, so you can stay full for a longer duration. Whole grain bread and vegetables are good options.
  2. Don't go grocery shopping during this hour because you will end up buying junk food.
  3. Don't watch television as junk food advertisements will lead to cravings, as the images shown to promote these products, induces the desire, which eventually will lead to obesity
  4. If you can feel your cravings still, choose to do something else, such as go for a walk or get yourself really busy with something till the urge subsides.

But if all else fails, then you have no option, but to give in and it is okay to give in sometimes. However, you should do it right and not reach for the nearest package of processed food! Instead, substitute the candy bar, or potato chips with the following options:

  1. Vegetable soup
  2. One slice of wholegrain bread with unsweetened jam/peanut butter
  3. Dried or fresh fruits
  4. Sweetened/unsweetened high fibre cereal with low fat milk
  5. Low-fat granola bars
  6. Smoothies made from fresh fruit and skim milk
  7. Low-fat yoghurt with fresh fruits
  8. Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn
  9. Hot chocolate with skimmed milk made from low-fat cocoa powder

Basically, your body craves for carbs during the afternoon. And the trick is to choose complex carbs (carbohydrates that digest slowly) over simple carbs (carbohydrates that are easier to digest). From the list above, you can see that mostly complex carbs have been mentioned. In fact, eating complex carbs will trigger your serotonin levels which will provide you energy, return your focus and make you happier! So it is okay to snack, just don't open that packet of chips and remember to eat the right things.

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3 Best & Most Trending Diets For Weight Loss!

PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh  •  4 yrs exp
3 Best & Most Trending Diets For Weight Loss!

As we move from one festive season to the other, suddenly clothes that once were a perfect fit begin to feel a little snug. Not fitting into your clothes is enough to alarm most people and begin the search for the perfect diet. Crash dieting is the worst possible form of dieting. This can seriously harm your body and leave you in a worse condition than you were in, to begin with. Amongst the million different types of diets popular today, a few are more popular than others.

Here are the three most popular healthy diets today.

  1. Paleo Diet: The paleo diet is based on what we imagine the prehistoric cavemen might have eaten. It involves avoiding processed food items, dairy and refined sugars completely and instead of filling up on plenty of proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables. This diet may be tough to follow but can quickly show visible results. Following this sort of diet increases the nutrient value of your food along with helping you lose weight. Some of the other benefits of this diet are that it helps stabilise blood sugar, reduces allergies and clears skin issues.
  2. Atkins Diet: The Atkins diet is an old diet that is still as popular today as it was years ago. This diet focuses on reducing a person’s consumption of carbohydrates. This is a four phase program. It begins by restricting carbohydrate consumption to only 20 grammes a day. In its second phase, the carb intake is raised by 5grams per week by including nutrient dense and fibre rich food items in a person’s diet. Once the weight loss stops, this carb intake amount is again reduced by 5 grammes a week. In the third phase of this diet, carb intake is again increased by 10grams until the weight loss becomes gradual and stabilises.
  3. Bowl Diet: As the name suggests, this diet allows you to eat anything as long as it fits into one bowl. In this way, it combats large serving sizes and makes a person conscious of how much they are eating. However, you must be careful of what you eat when following this diet as a salad that is drenched in dressing can have almost as many calories as a burger. Another thing to keep in mind when following this diet is to give yourself a minimum of 10 minutes after finishing a bowl of food to consider having seconds.

Although these diets are trending doesn't mean they are for you, thus, it is always advisable for you to consult a Dietitian or Nutritionist before you start with any diet. 

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What Type Of Diet Should You Follow In Winters?

PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh  •  4 yrs exp
What Type Of Diet Should You Follow In Winters?

A person who wishes to lose weight will continue his weight loss regime throughout all seasons. As we all know, winter is the season of merrymaking and festivity, and the eating habits go for a toss. All mouth tempting dishes are available around New Year. The paranthas and samosas will always tempt you, especially during the festive season in winter.
But sadly, these tempting foods are also fattening. This makes you lethargic to go out for a jogging or gym. So one needs to have control and not eat these mouth-watering foods and watch out their waist. Therefore, one should watch for healthy options, no matter what occasion it is.

  1. Say good morning to lemon WaterThe best way to kick start a morning is to have a glass full of lemon juice with warm water. Drinking this lemon water helps you to lose extra kilos and will speed up your body metabolism. You can also mix a teaspoon of honey with it to enhance the effect.
  2. The king size breakfast: As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are many healthy options like dal or saag, stuffed paratha, steamed idlis, and dhoklas, tikki made of maize flour or oats flour or bajra, masala oats, midnight oats, flaxseeds, dry fruits like walnuts, almonds etc.
  3. Snacks: One can have different types of soups like tomato soup, carrot soup, mushroom soup, mixed bean and vegetable soup, chicken soup etc. Another option is to have a sprouted chaat.
  4. Sweet dishes: Everyone knows sweet dishes prepared in the winter season are the best treat to the soul. You can have sooji halwa, moong dal halwa, aate ka halwa, kaju halwa and chana dal halwa once or twice in a week.
  5. Healthy lunch and dinner: The best healthy option for lunch and dinner is to have roti with vegetable curry and raita. For non-vegetarian foodies, one can have roasted chicken, salmon, mackerel etc. The salad is a must that should be added which helps you to digest the food quickly and also aids in weight loss.

For any person, who wants to lose weight in any season, there are many healthy options which are easily available in Indian market. Specifically, the Indian food diet which includes green vegetables, dry fruits, and sprouts, non-vegetarian items like fish, chicken, eggs and dairy products is recommended. Winter season gives us much more options than any other season with carrot, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, orange etc. Therefore, winter season too will help everyone to stick to a weight loss plan.

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Applied Intentional Epigenetics In Autism - Know More!

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Dear sir, good morning, it's a humble request, please guide me: from last 80 days, I am taking below medicine for sugar & triglyceride: 1. Vidamac m 50/500 mg - before breakfast 2. Amaryl 2 mg -before break fast & dinner 3. Rosuvastatin 10 mg - after dinner. Now, hba1c test results is 5.7% / 117. Shall I continue the same medicine for next 30 days or dosage reduction i.e. Amaryl 1 mg & vidamac 50? Regards. Yogesh.

DNB, Fellowship in Endocrinology(cmc)
Endocrinologist, Pondicherry  •  9 yrs exp
Dear sir,
good morning,
it's a humble request, please guide me: from last 80 days, I am taking below medicine for sug...
Yr hba1c is well controlled. Check years fbs, ppbs value also, then decide about reducing years amaryl 1 mg. What was your previous hba1c? Because hba1c alone has other interfering factors. Can't decide reducing the dosage with one hba1c value. Take inbetween snacks to prevent hypoglycemic events.
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My father is having diabetes for a long time. For last two months he is having pain in nerves in legs. One doctor suggested to have gabapin nt and another doctor suggested to have benfomet. Please suggest which medicine is better to have.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad  •  49 yrs exp
My father is having diabetes for a long time. For last two months he is having pain in nerves in legs. One doctor sug...
Hello, thanks for the query. For diabetic neuropathy there are a few medications used to help reduce the symptoms like burning sensation, pain and numbness. Drugs like gabapentine and pragabalin are quite effective in pain control. Others mainly are methylcobalamine (b12), lipoleic acid, pyridoxine (b6) and benfothiamine (a form of b1) are helping nerve metabolism and may improve the condition. However, most important is to achieve a strict glucose control with fasting glucose < 100 mg or closer to 100 mg, pp 150 to 170 mg & hba1c% < 6.5%. Thanks.
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Suggest me a good medicine or a lip bum for dark lips. Or any kind of medicine for this.

MD(EH)/AM/Accupressure
Homeopathy Doctor, Chandigarh  •  22 yrs exp
Suggest me a good medicine or a lip bum for dark lips. Or any kind of medicine for this.
You may take rose petals nd make a paste. Daily apply this paste at night before sleeping atleast for 10 days but it will be better if desired you may take online homeo treatment.
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Vaccination During COVID-19!

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician,  •  19 yrs exp
Vaccination During COVID-19!

The current guidelines suggest to take primary vaccination like bcg/ easysix/pentavac/ mmr on priority basis on time
Precaution to b taken is to inform prior to visiting hospital n avoid crowding.
Booster vaccination can b delayed

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On may 15 2020 I had fever and kind of cold like heavy head and nose and the next day the fever was gone but from next day I lost smell and taste I did covid-19 test and it was negative and from may 21 I was able to smell and taste little bit and till now. But not like before sense has gone dull or you can say weak. What it can be.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS, certificate course in rheumatology and joint disorders.
General Physician, Ghaziabad  •  44 yrs exp
On may 15 2020 I had fever and kind of cold like heavy head and nose and the next day the fever was gone but from nex...
1. Avoid exposure to cold 2. Take bath with little warm water 3. Do steam inhalation regularly at least once a day 4. Warm salt water gargles daily 5 no cold water / cold drinks / ice creams and so on 6. No smoking/ avoid pollution 7. Wash hands after use of bath room and before and after eating food. 8 more warm liquids medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private consultation good luck.
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I am facing hair fall since 9 months with black bulb at the end of every hair strand. Is it normal? What should I do? Female, 24 years.

BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Noida  •  24 yrs exp
I am facing hair fall since 9 months with black bulb at the end of every hair strand. Is it normal? What should I do?...
Do you have dandruff problem also. Regularly wash your hair with mild shampoo. 1. Vitamin for hair loss.(a, b and c) 2. Enrich diet with protein. 3. Do warm coconut oil massage. Take coconut oil and heat it up so that it is warm, but not too hot. Massage your scalp with this hot oil for a few minutes. 4. Avoid brushing wet hair. 5. Keep yourself hydrated. 6. Put on a shower cap for an hour then shampoo your hair. It helps to stop hair loss and promote hair growth. 7. Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hairline. 8. Ditch hair tools that use high heat. 9. Be wary of chemical processing. 10. Drink water to hydrate your body. U can mix arnica q and jaborandi q equal quantity. Apply on scalp with the help of cotton. Wash hair next day. Do it twice a week homeopathy is a very effective for this problem n has very encouraging results. You can contact me for a detailed consultation.
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My age is 24, my body is moderately fatty I can use herbalife products for weight loss? In google I see some one demanding about their liver damage using this products. Other herbal type of product for weight loss has any side effects? Mbbs doctor's answer is recommended.

MD - Bio-Chemistry
General Physician, Tirupati  •  20 yrs exp
My age is 24, my body is moderately fatty I can use herbalife products for weight loss? In google I see some one dema...
Dear Lybrate reader I want to warn you in your enthusiasm to lose weight--don't get damaged your vital organs--everbody claims that it is safe with no side effects --just to fool you-- you should never use these miracle medicines--they are nothing but trick photography--no medicine is free from side effects---they can damge liver&kidney especially. You should go for scientific treatment only--by diet changes&lifestyle modification you can consult me privately online if you want.
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hello !doc. I am 18 years old but I am very slim so can I take swatwardakh capsules? Does it have any side effect? Will it be beneficial or help to gain weight? please doc tell me the answer frequently.

BSc, BHMS-Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine &Surgery , Clinical Training & Case Management
Homeopathy Doctor, Lucknow  •  4 yrs exp
hello !doc. I am 18 years old but I am very slim so can I take swatwardakh capsules? Does it have any side effect? Wi...
Dear Lybrate user, you are facing affections of underweight or low body weight and related complaints. A weight considered too low for good health. Its assessment can be done by the body mass index, a ratio of a person's weight to their height, has traditionally been used to assess the health of a person as it pertains to weight: under the cut-off point at a bmi of 18.5, a person is considered underweight. You can check if you're underweight by using our healthy weight calculator, which shows your body mass index (bmi). if your bmi is below 18.5, this suggests that your weight may be too low. Problems associated with underweight are as follows: malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, or anemia. Osteoporosis from too little vitamin d and calcium. Decreased immune function. Increased risk for complications from surgery. Fertility issues caused by irregular menstrual cycles. Growth and development  for all such problems use homoeopathic medications for your prblm to get instant and effective results. It's completly curable. No need to worry about. Homoeopathic medicines plays a excellent role to cure such problems in a hollistic way! I would suggest you to give your complete history of complaints with all problems you have for proper prescription to get instant and effective results with homoeopathy without any side effect. For this, message me your full history in private chat with all reports (if you have any) or book a phone consultation for deatailed conversation & consult me online through Lybrate. I will guide for holistic & effective results with homoeopathy! take care. May god give you all the wellness. Best regards:)
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I have a slim body and clear jawline but I do not know I have more cheekbone fat when I laugh what should be done and I also want to gain some healthy fat.

B.Sc - Home Science Food & Nutrition, M.Sc - Home Science Food & Nutrition, RD
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Thane  •  19 yrs exp
I have a slim body and clear jawline but I do not know I have more cheekbone fat when I laugh what should be done and...
Hello, as per the details of your height & weight your bmi is 18. 3 kg/m2 which is borderline near the reference range. Bmi 18.5-22.9 for asians is an indicator of health based on your height & weight. Your weight should be in the range of 45-55 kgs to be in the above mentioned bmi category. As mentioned you want to gain healthy fat before that it is important to understand what exactly your body fat percentage is. Being slim but having high body fat percentage is also not healthy. But, you can surely look towards building up lean muscle mass. A personalized diet session is strongly recommended for you as it will take into account your routine, lifestyle, eating habits etc. As a start you can follow the guidelines below - 1. Incorporate adequate but complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains & cereals like whole wheat, brown rice, jowar, bajra etc in the diet as carbs have protein-sparing action 2. Healthy fats in the form of nuts - almonds & walnuts, seeds – sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseeds, chia seeds, eggs, avocados should be incorporated 3. First class proteins like egg, fish, poultry, low fat milk, low fat yogurt, and quinoa should be incorporated in the diet. 4. Avoid refined carbs like maida products, sugar, fruit juices, packaged juices, aerated drinks, sweets etc 5. Have nutritious & balanced meals. Do not skip the meals 6. Keep yourself well hydrated. Have 2-3 liters of water throughout the day at regular intervals 7. Exercise for 45 minutes daily 8. Most importantly never workout on an empty stomach. Ensure you have good carbs before workout like potato, sweet potato, banana, oats or peanut butter sandwich etc next steps
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