My Experience With Detox !

“I ate so much last holiday, I totally want to detox this week!”

I’ve been telling this to myself since weeks! Every weekend after overeating I would think of detoxing for the next following days, except that those days never came. So last week, I finally tried my first ever detox. It wasn’t as big as I’m making it sound, just one day long!

I’ve come across various celebrities putting up products from Raw Pressery . I did some research and found out that their cold pressed juices are absolutely fresh and natural, which contain absolutely nothing more than the mentioned fruits and vegetables. No added sugar, in fact no added water too !

Their ‘cleansing’ plans sounded pretty fancy, so I opted for the Fibre Cleanse plan. I opted for this particular cleansing plan because it also had soups and not just juices, and if you follow me on my social media you’ll know my relationship with food ❤

 

MY ONE DAY SCHEDULE

(All juices/soups are 410ml)

The ingredients are listed on the bottle.

8.30 am – I received my pack

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9.00 am – TRIM

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Honestly, I was so scared to try this one because it has so many vegetables and I haven’t really had a vegetable juice. To my surprise, it tasted great ! It wasn’t bitter and tasted very pleasant.

 

11.30 am – LOVE

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This particular juice tasted very very berry. I am not a berry person, I found it overly sweet and heavy. I only finished about half of it and kept it aside. For those of you who like berry flavoured foods would like it 🙂 This is just a personal opinion, the juice, otherwise, is good!

 

2 pm – TOMATO SOUP (Lunch)

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This meal was my favorite ! It was so delicious and filling ! I was full after eating just half of the soup. I was totally satisfied with this lunch 🙂

 

4.30 pm – SHIELD

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I really liked this juice since I drink carrot-orange juice every winter. So it reminded me of that ! The taste is dominated by that of ginger. This particular juice was refreshing after a lazy afternoon!

 

5.30 pm – ALOE VERA SHOT

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So while doing this cleanse, you cannot do any heavy exercise, just some light walking. Aloe vera shot is just something ‘extra’ hence I had it before I went for a walk, just some pre-workout energy you know?

 

7 pm – MIXED VEGGIE SOUP

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I messed up a little here because I was still not hungry so I ate this around 7.20 pm. The soup was kind of bland, I expected it to taste bitter. I’m glad it wasn’t ! 🙂

 

9.30 pm – LIGHT

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By this time, I had a terrible headache. I took this bottle of juice and could not even open it (Energy, where were you?). I had 2 sips of this juice. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted nice with a dominant taste of guava but I could just not have juices anymore. And before my head gets worse, I had 2 slices of toast.

 

My experience with the detox taught me about will power. I do not pass a day without my cold coffee, but I controlled. Yes, I did have 2 toasts reluctantly by the end of the day but it was also my first time of not eating food the entire day! As we know, a lot of Indian festivals followed by various communities have fasting. Fortunately or unfortunately, mine doesn’t, so I have never fasted. Most of you probably have, so you may find it easier. But for me? I was out of energy by the end of the day.

Would I suggest you to do it? Sure. Whats the harm in trying ! Also, it makes your bloating go and flushes out toxins from your body. To be on the safer side, try it on a holiday so you aren’t drained out 🙂

Also, please don’t consider that drinking fruits and vegetable juice everyday is a short cut to weight-loss ! There is no short cut to losing weight, and liquid diet is an unhealthy path. Please choose to do these cleanses once a week or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review : Kayla Itsines’ BBG Program

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Kayla Itsines

In this post, I would be reviewing the very famous (and not at all famous in India) workout called the Bikini Body Training Guide or BBG by Kayla Itsines.  Her Instagram has a whooping 7.1 million followers and I’ve been following her since a year, if not more ! There are times I’ve opened her page to get motivated to workout after seeing thousands of pictures of women transforming their body and the daily quotes Kayla puts up along with such relatable captions which make me realise that despite those abs and the great body of hers, she’s still like all of us and loves treating herself every now and then.

I decided to do her program once college ends as it needs weights and also because its the longest program I’ve done- 3 months long!

What is BBG?

  • Its a 12-week program.
  • It’s a PDF file and 3 days/week workout plan is given i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On other 2-3 days, you’re expected to do 45min of low intensity cardio or 15-20min of high intensity cardio.
  • Same workout on alternate weeks. E.g. Week 1 and Week 3 have the same workout, week 2 and 4 have the same workout, and so on.
  • Its 28min long in total. 2 sets of 7 minutes each, done twice. so 2×7 + 2×7 = 28.
  • There’s a day for upper body, legs, legs+ cardio, abs, and so on.
  • Once you finish BBG 1.0, you can do BBG 2.0 which is from Week 12-24.
  • The COMMUNITY. Every body is so warm and positive ! There are groups and pages consisting of thousands of women from across the globe and they are always there to lift you up!

 

Why did I go for BBG?

If you’ve seen her Instagram page, which I insist that you should, it’s very tempting to not do a workout which would produce results like that. Or if you search for any BBG related hashtags on Instagram, you’ll see how people put up their BBG transformations even every 4 weeks. I had my college, final exams, and a wisdom tooth extraction before that and spent a good 1.5 month not working out. So I thought, why not give it a try since I have a long break after exams? 🙂 This way, I can complete the program and be committed to it.

 

Now, the most crucial part- Pros and Cons. I will associate most points with my own instances.

Pros

  1. I felt stronger. If on week 1 I could barely push through 20 burpees, on week 3 I could do about 50. The weekly repetition of workouts helps you track your progress.
  2. Very, very toned legs.
  3. It’s extremely challenging. Everyday is harder than the previous day. It’s like fighting against yourself everyday and pushing your boundaries.
  4. Short! The workout is 28min but warming up, cooling down and set breaks make it about 35-40min. I could easily fit it in my schedule which is a workday from 8am-6pm.
  5. The BBG Community ! Everyone is so kind and ready to help you. They have various groups on Facebook. A lot of these wonderful ladies get featured on Kayla’s page and share their journey, which motivates you every time you want to give up.12751591_1673999732873339_1536735651_n

 

Cons

  1. RESULTS. My results aren’t even close to others’. In fact, my transformation with 28 days of Insanity Max 30 were 10x better than 3 months of BBG. Which was quite a disappointment tbh coz I gave 3 times the commitment as compared to Max 30.
  2. Too many burpees. It’s an issue for me as I have a knee problem.

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Would I suggest it? – YES!

Why? Because I don’t want you to judge based on my results. We all have different body types and what may suit me may not suit you, what may work on you may not work on me. Moreover, just because I didn’t lose my stubborn belly doesn’t mean I didn’t get better arms, toned legs and overall gain muscles. Oh boy! The gains feel so, so good ! Oh, and don’t forget how thousands of women have undergone a complete transformation because of this workout.

A reason for me not getting my expected results could be that since I’m interning right now,  I have days when I don’t eat 7 hours straight between my lunch and breakfast. I know thats terrible, but on the contrary, it made me realise that lack of eating made me gain more weight that I imagined! Before I go further on what lack of eating did, I promise you that I’ll write a detailed post on this one because its very, very important.

It‘s about the journey, not about the destination ! And I’ve had a wonderful journey !

To buy her workouts, click here.

Note : I did not follow her H.E.L.P nutrition guide (because I don’t believe in diets silly, just eat clean).

Below are the links of my reviews of previous workout reviews :

  1. Insanity Max 30 (Fav!)
  2. 21 Day Fix Extreme
  3. PiYo 

 

Currently, I am doing 21 Day fix Extreme again 🙂

PCOS and Why You Should Worry About It

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is becoming more and more common these days. I too had it in grade 10 and 12 and I was told a lot of it is due to an unhealthy lifestyle (no exercise, eating a lot of junk). With today’s eating habits that we have which consists of junk predominantly, PCOS is spreading more as girls hit puberty.

 

So what is PCOS ?

It is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female hormones, has central adiposity with increase insulin and androgens which may lead to menstrual cycle changes ,either missed or irregular, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, acne, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, back, and stomach , hair loss from scalp, weight gain ,depression, and skin changes, such as skin tags or dark, velvety skin patches under the arm, on the neck, or in the groin etc. It has numerous implications for general health and well-being. It can affect all females –from adolescence to post menopause. Scary, isn’t it ?

 

So women with PCOS typically have the following :

 

  • High Estrogen, Androgens and LH( Luteinizing ) hormones
  • High Insulin due to Insulin Resistance
  • Low FSH or Follicle stimulating hormone leading to cysts in ovaries.

 

I would also say that having PCOS can usually lead to the following, especially if obesity is a factor as well :

 

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding, miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension.
  • Cholesterol and lipid abnormalities, such as elevated triglycerides or low HDL.
  • Elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a cardiovascular disease marker.
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or Fatty liver, a severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver
  • Acne, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, back, and stomach , hair loss from scalp,
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Infertility: There are two main reasons for this: Ovulation does not occur, or Ovulation is difficult to predict since fluctuating hormones interfere with the ovulation process.
  • Acanthosis nigricans — dark, velvety patches on skin, particularly on the back of the neck and underarms.

 

So what should you do if you have PCOS? Below is the list of investigations you have to go through :

 

•       Family History:  of Diabetes, PCOS

Medical history:  Insulin Resistance, Diabetes

•       Physical examination: Body mass index (BMI), and waist size. Check for areas of increased hair growth ,Skin acne and pigmentation , Measuring blood pressure.

•       Blood tests –

 

Blood Tests  
Glucose, fasting 70.00-100.00 mg/dl
Insulin, Fasting ( Optional) 2.00-25.00 uU/mL
LH:FSH Ratio >2.0
Total Testosterone <150 ng/dl (if >200 ng/dl, consider ovarian or adrenal tumor)
FSH  
LH  
GTT with 75 gms of Glucose ( If required) 5 Prick method
HbA1C Normal -5.6 %,

Pre-Diabetes: 5.7% -6.4%

Diabetes : 6.5% or higher

 

•       Vaginal Ultrasound (Sonogram) – Doctor may perform a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area. It might be used to examine ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (lining of the womb). This lining may become thicker if periods are not regular.

 

Now I know it all sounds dreadful, but do not worry ! I got over it by doing something as simple (ok, not that simple) by losing weight ! Of course you and I have different body types and one solution doesn’t fit all, which is why getting professional consultation should be your first step.

 

Another program I have got to know about is about VLCC. VLCC as part of the wellness solutions introduces  Medically supervised “ Get Well Soon “ programs and packages .  These weight loss and Body shaping packages are specially designed for clients suffering from common ailments like Hypothyroidism, PCOS, Diabetes and Hypertension which are directly linked with Obesity. These will help clients to not only improve their condition but may also reverse it in some cases along with desired weight loss and body shaping, thus improving both health and longevity.

 

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Based on Medical, Fitness and health assessments including BCA, Anthropometry and DNA screening they include the following planned, monitored and customized solutions :

 

  1. Ongoing Medical supervision by our in house doctor through the program
  2. Personalized therapeutic diet plan for specific ailment.
  3. Customized Exercise routine with special precautions and contraindications
  4. Supporting therapies and appliance in unique combination to help take care of signs and symptoms of the disease and achieve weight loss and Body shaping goals.
  5. Lifestyle education that focuses on practical training and achieving optimal emotional health.

 

Get yourself treated before its too late, after all as women our hormones are really complicated and it’s essential to maintain the required balance 🙂

Staying healthy at work

There are numerous ‘how to stay healthy during work’ questions I have received earlier for QOTW and I must explain my answers were easily said than done!

So I have been interning since about 3 weeks now, my timings being 8.30am to 5.30am, and I must admit first 3 days were unmanageable. I was already waking up at 7am to leave by 8am, and I kept the evening for my workout. I’d be back home by 6 and I wouldn’t want to get out of bed by like 8pm or 9pm. It was just SO HARD! How do you expect me to exercise after I have had 9 hours of work?! And thats when I understood a lot of peoples plight 😦

Then came weeeeekend! If you follow my Instagram, you’d know how much I focus on Mondays being a completely new beginning where I can change myself.

That Monday onwards till now, below are a few things I do and would continue to do so. I can confidently say even with 9 hours/day of work I am definitely eating healthy and working out, and yes, its working out !

  • I wake up at 5.45am. So by 6 I get out of bed.
  • Drink water and workout. I have discontinued green tea for a while because I’m too lazy to go down and make it and also because Delhi is burning at 45 degree celsius and I don’t like to have any warm drinks.
  • Workout 6.15-7am
  • Bathe by 7.15.
  • 7.15- 7.50 is time for breakfast plus reading. I read while eating and post that because I really wanted to take out some reading time for morning where I can read the books I am currently hooked on to. Its very important not to discontinue things you love just because of work pressure,. So take out little time in the morning to do what you love and are unable to find time for. For me, its reading!
  • 8.30 am – 5.30 pm : work work work work work work
  • Sleep before 11. Not atbefore.

Food hacks

  • My breakfast is fresh fruit or eggs (any form)
  • If breakfast is fresh fruit, I have scrambled eggs or bhel at around 11am in office.
  • I usually have about 2 cups of tea/coffee in office and cold coffee once home.
  • My lunch is sabzi (cooked vegetable) and 2 rotis. I eat slow so I can fill up. This practice keeps me full till the evening. (Click here to know about chewing and losing weight)
  • I carry almonds, figs and channa (chickpeas) with me to munch on.
  • I reach home hungry so if I have a heavy snack at 6.30-7pm I can’t really eat dinner because I feel too full, in this case, I drink milk before sleeping.
  • If evening snack is light, I eat dinner (usually non veg) but no roti.

I am not really specifying ‘what’ I eat because its obviously not the same everyday. But this is what my day is like when I’m at work, and with the workout I am currently doing (Bikini Body Guide or BBG), everything is falling into place. It‘s just about planning!

I know a lot of you work for 10-12 hours a day, but I’d say just take out 45 minutes for yourself. 30-60 minutes is all you really need. Also, even when you munch, munch healthy so you feed your brain and function better 🙂

I hope this works for you!

How to stay motivated?

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90% of my Instagram DMs are related to motivation. Either a person has been exercising for too long and doesn’t see any results, or they just cannot bring themselves to exercise or eat healthy food at the first place. Are you one of them too? In this post, I’ll talk about how I stay motivated.

Let me tell you one thing, no body is perfect. As I type this, I am 70 kgs which has been my highest weight in 2 years. I have the chub back on my face and it does get depressing to see my tummy in the mirror. Moreover, last summer I was in my best body and right now I am the opposite. Yes, I am as normal as anybody else who cribs about my body and does feel sad and demotivated. But then, I also look at myself and feel I have come this far. I may have gained 6-8 kgs, but this is the body which has touched obesity and come down, which has increased its weight during exams and come back in shape every time after that, which has been through its ups of being close to a flat tummy and then lost it and got tyres of fat instead. This, is one hell of a body! I’ve got it, so have you. If I can, so can you!

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Coming back to what keeps me motivated? Well, here’s a little story. I was working out at the gym when I saw hints of my collar bones one fine day. I felt so, so happy and couldn’t believe myself. Further on, my favourite jeans became loose for me and I cried because they were my fav but also because I couldn’t believe it. I know what its like to punch my weight as 80 on a treadmill machine and the joy of punching 75 a few months later, and ultimately 65 ! I believe in myself that I can get back to what I was after I work hard.

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What should keep you motivated? Firstly, you shouldn’t do it for anybody but yourself. No one knows the struggle, commitment and hard-work which goes into being fit- you will go through it and only you would understand it. No one would respect you more than you will begin to respect yourself. Do it because you want to be at your best. Do it because it is the most amazing feeling in the world, and because you want a new you, a healthy you, a fitter you.

Secondly, it is impossible to start it all in one day. Make small improvements everyday. Reduce your sugar intake week by week, work out a little harder month by month, and it is these small steps which lead to progress. It takes time, but it is worth the time right?

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Other than that, lets lose weight together? I am struggling right now too. Stay tuned on my Instagram (@neehareekah) for tips and updates 🙂

Recipe : A pizza which doesn’t make you fat

I was reading a book and tried this by default. Before you read further, please know that I do not know how to cook and I haven’t bothered to learn it because I am too impatient for it. A pizza, though, barely takes any time.

What you need :

  1. A wheat base (preferably thin crust, so less carbs)
  2. Tomato/Pizza sauce
  3. Cheese
  4. Toppings (Whatever you prefer)
  5. Oregano Seasoning (Optional)

How to make it? 

  1. Put sauce on the base.
  2. Add ONLY TWO TABLESPOONS (or lesser) cheese
  3. Add toppings
  4. Sprinkle oregano (optional).

Step number 2 is the only trick.

Why is pizza fattening and rather junk?

  1. High in carbs (thick, maida base)
  2. About 10 table spoons or more of cheese.

The above two add to hundreds of calories and a greater carb and fat content.

Below is the pizza I made, the toppings include salami, olives and finely chopped tomatoes :

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You may be thinking that this will be weird and tasteless, but after I made it a few months ago, I don’t ever remember ordering a pizza outside. Simply because I can actually eat a pizza which has more fillings- all of my choice, and not half as many calories as the one I eat outside! So why not eat what you like and not gain weight 😀 this is something which wouldn’t hamper your weight loss process 🙂

Try it, and let me know how you found it 🙂

Workout Review : PiYo (Pilates+Yoga)

My previous reviews prove how much I love home workouts! So here we have another review 🙂

I have been doing an 8-week PiYo (Pilates+Yoga) program which ends this week. I started PiYo because January onwards my knees got strained on and off and I couldn’t do my usually HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) anymore. I was sick of not exercising and needed to do something which is low impact for the knees. Hence, PiYo.

So what is PiYo? It is a mixture of pilates and yoga. why-what-athletes.png

It is not high intensity but is not by any means ‘easy’. The movements are slow and focus on the muscle deeply which makes it so intense!

Duration : Some workouts are as low as 20 minutes and some are 45 minutes.

The exercises include from a yoga suryanamaskar to lunges and squats and push-ups and so on. The workout focuses not only on strength but also flexibility, which makes the combination of exercises on this workout so good!

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Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Not like I did not enjoy 21 Day Fix or Insanity max 30, but they would be very high intensity that it requires a lot of mental strength to push through and continue.  About 10 minutes of Insanity Max 30 are very, very tiring. During PiYo, on the other hand, working out itself is extremely enjoyable. The slow and focussed moves get you working hard but also I loved how it felt!

Oh, and slow and focussed moves doesn’t mean its easy. It will lead you completely sweating !

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Another difference I saw was that it made me flexible! Being so tall (height : 5.9″) makes you very stiff, so you can feel PiYo open up those muscles and making you flexible. Which is great as being flexible prevents injuries !  Moreover, PiYo works on sculpting all muscles in your body and tones you up.

So, do I recommend it? YES. It’s a fun program which tones you down. You feel your muscles burn and you enjoy it. It’s definitely worth 8 weeks 🙂 Best of luck!

  • For more information about PiYo- Click here
  • To buy PiYo : Click here
  • To take a membership of Beachbody (the company which is an umbrella for amazing workouts like PiYo and have access to all workouts like P90x, PiYo, Insanity, etc) : Click here

I have my Final Exams from Monday, so my next blog post will be post mid-April. Stay healthy, stay fit !