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 !

 

Fighting your Weight-loss Plateau

You know those few months when you are working just as hard (and sometimes harder) but you’re still not losing any weight/fat? That’s called a weight-loss plateau. I’ve had it for over 4 months! And its not impossible at all to get rid of it, you just need to follow some basic strategies.

  1. Change your workout– Join a fitness class or do some yoga, just change your workout for a while. I started doing the Insanity Max 30 workout and started losing fat immediately (as less as 2 weeks) and gained lean muscle.
  2. HIIT – Do HIIT (High intensity interval training) exercises a couple of times a week, or add them to your cardio schedule in the gym with rounds of sprinting and jogging.
  3. Sugar– Discontinue any food or drink with sugar , just for a month! Yes, that means tea and coffee as well. Worked wonders for my skin too. After that you can start having it in moderation, but for a while cut away from drinks and dessert.
  4. Alcohol– Alcohol accounts to so so so much empty calories, discontinuing alcohol means cutting down on a lot of calories and saving that belly.
  5. Supplements – I am not a pro with supplements, the only think I take is whey protein. My friends take Apple Cider Vinegar as it helps with burning fat.
  6. Hormones – As women, we have a lot of hormonal changes and imbalances. If nothing works out, get yourself checked so you know whats the cause of this!

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Survey : Relationship between personality traits and athleticism in the UK and India

Hi guys! My friend from the University from Edinburgh needs helps for her dissertation.

Her research topic for the dissertation revolves around relations between personality traits and athleticism in the UK and India, comparing and contrasting them. Research on personality characteristics of athletes is a fairly unexplored sphere in most eastern countries like India, especially when compared to countries such as the UK where there is considerable literature on the subject. This will be a pioneering study in the field, seeking to undertake an overall comparison of personality characteristics of athletes in India and the U.K.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete surveys about athleticism and personality. Students in the University of Edinburgh’s introductory Psychology course will receive course credit for participating; other participants will not receive any compensation. However, your participation will be a valuable addition to her research. Findings could lead to a greater understanding of cross-cultural differences in the personality characteristic of athletes, thus helping to further encouragement not just of overt athleticism but of exercise participation for fun, fitness, and overall health and well-being. You may find answering some of the questions interesting and the study can be completed from the comfort of your home. It will require approximately 20 minutes of your time.

If you are willing to participate, please proceed by clicking on the link below :

https://edinburghppls.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Gqxyi3hN41ixGl

For more information, contact  : Radhika Butalia – s1329809@sms.ed.ac.uk

Dealing with Acne 3.0 : Tea Tree Oil

You know those breakouts which pop up randomly (SPECIALLY before an occasion!)? It gets SO annoying to keep getting your skin treated and use chemical based products because come on – the skin on your face is super sensitive and we want to take the utmost care of it.

I got introduced to Tea Tree Oil a couple of months ago.

A tiny history lesson on it :

Its a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic! It helps in removing dead skin cells and prevent acne by penetrating sebaceous glands. Acne happens due to oily skin and it helps in keeping that balance. It’s used for many things like treating dandruff, yeast infections, toenail fungus, etc. In this post, we are only focussing on treating acne.

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How I use it :

One drop on the zit. That’s it. Please do not use it all over your face. One drop on the zit every night works the best. It can make your skin really dry if you overdo it.

Results :

I’ve experienced results in a day as well as 4 days. What a life saver!

Why I suggest it :

Because I’m going to keep putting up whatever has worked for on me for acne and shower the secret knowledge about you. LOL. On a serious note, it sucks to have acne and if you can take some measures to avoid and moreover get rid of it then why not. Moreover, going natural is always the best way!

Brands I’ve used : I’ve used Nyassa before and am currently using Aroma. The Body Shop is good too but costs 3x the normal price. A 20ml bottle should last months or even years, because you’re just using it drop by drop!

 

Best of luck and let me know how it works for you! 🙂

Read my previous posts on acne since I won’t be repeating information which has been mentioned before.

  1. Acne 1.0
  2. Acne 2.0

 

QOTW

Hi Niharika,
Kudos on the Achievement woman, so inspiring and yes from your posts I see people actually look up to you for help on choosing the healthy lifestyle track. 

I work in a hotel so you see I’m a budding chef, 20 years old and 75kgs and I weighed 82 kgs a year back. I lost a lot of weight back home, now that I am staying in a PG,  it seems difficult! We get meals in the hotel and doing a 12 hour shift(at times more), I don’t really have time to hit the gym and doing my part of weight Training just seems impossible.
I need a few tips so I can get along with the routine as well as loose weight. I don’t really have a target month or a time period on how I want quick results , didn’t really gain this much weight in a month or so.
Ideally my weight should be 58. Can you help me with some good snacking options and exercises I can do at home itself?
God bless.
TIA
Chef Anandi

Hi Anandi!

I know it will be hard but try to do at least some exercise minimum 5 times a week. Even if its only for 20 minutes! Or 10 minutes of jogging, it’s hard but not impossible! It’s good to keep moving despite the busy schedule.

Losing weight is primarily associated with your diet, even when you cannot exercise. Try to have 3 big meals and 4-5 small meals. Even when you do not feel hungry, eat every 2 hours so that you do not overeat when you actually feel hungry. This keeps your body energised at all times which will make you work better too. Small snacks can also be a handful of peanuts or a chickpea salad, anything healthy works.

Next, discontinue fried and junk. Simple.

Also, don’t stick to a specific weight. I’ve sometimes weighed much more when I do weightlifting because of muscles. 5 kgs ahead and behind your ‘ideal’ way totally works 🙂

Best of luck!

Winter Favorites

I thought I’m too late for this post but since temperature in the North (and other parts of the world) is dropping, I can finally post this.

Before that, I’m SO SORRY for not being regular. Even as I type this, I have an exam tomorrow and I’m writing to unwind myself and get over the studying saturation so I can start studying for tomorrow haha.

Below I’m listing some of my winter absolute favourite products to use. I’m a sucker for bath and body essentials and looooove collecting them, so why not do a post!

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This is in fact the newest one in the lot. I bought it because its so so flowery and wintery and feminine and smells oolala.

2. Body Shop – Wild Cherry body Lotion

Ideally I use a body butter in winters (which I’ll mention below) but I tried used this lotion this winters and it smells really good and is very very hydrating.

3. Bath and Body Works- Lemon Lip Cream

Leaves your lips all lemon-y and moisturises them with it’s cream formula. What I do not like is that it doesn’t stay for too long 😦 Just go for Baby Lips instead of spending on this tbh.

4. Johnson Baby – Oil

LIFE SAVIOUR. The only thing I remove my make up with. I even use it post a bath sometimes when my body is too dry. Absolute post-waxing and shaving formula as well since it prevents itchiness and rash.

5. Victoria’s Secret- Midnight Exotic body lotion

I like using it when I’m heading out in the evening and sometimes when I want to skip wearing perfume because this makes you feel so dreamy and the fragrance is beautiful! Love the moisturising formula too.

6. Lacto Calamine

Won’t support a particular type of Lacto Calamine because I simple love all their varieties (even though there are only two lol). I have been using it for years to prevent acne (Click here to read my article on how I prevent acne). It’s the only moisturiser I use on my face at night because  have a combination skin and everything else makes it so oily.

7. Claire’s Patisserie Lotion

By the time you reach here, you must have already understood that I LOVE collecting lotions. I won’t hype it up, but you know this is the first chocolate milkshake lotion I’ve ever come across. Literally smells like you’ve jumped in a pull full of chocolate milkshake and is yummylicious!

8. Bath and Body Works- Watermelon Lemonade Hand Nourishing Cream

MUST BUY. I think this smells the BEST out of above listed products. I have a friend who tried to steal it because she loved it so much lol and it leaves your hands smelling the BESTESTEST. I am unsure if its available in India but if you are abroad, buy it ASAP and thank me 🙂 🙂

9. Victoria’s Secret PINK- Warm & Cozy glitter body splash

This is my winter’s body splash since a year now because it smells so so wintery and warm and moreover its with glitter, so perfect for a night. I have been using this fragrance since years and swear by it, I literally have all the products in their Warm & Cozy collection. (I’ll mention one below).

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Lastly, this is my ULTIMATE winter body body butter (Victoria’s Secret PINK- Warm & Cozy Body Butter). It also has glitter in it and is so, so moisturising. Leaves you feeling absolutely great with its warm fragrance and buttery texture and glitter and it is oh-so-amazing!


This is it until my exams end! I will try to answer as many questions in my inbox to make up for the missed out QOTWs. Stay tunes lovelies!