Saturday, 21 July 2012

Which coffee you prefer and know what it says about you!

Aroma of coffee is one of the most favorite fragrances in almost everyone’s list. Working people can’t spend a day without a coffee and almost every one of us wakes up with a coffee mug in hand. Cappuccino, plain black, espresso, latte and many more yummy flavors of coffee make us drool over it, but are you aware of the fact that coffee can spill beans about your personality? 

Yes your coffee type can say a lot about you even before you speak. Let’s get into the beans to know more:

1. Cappuccino: Cappuccino lovers need not to bite their nail being scanned as these are the most optimistic lot who always stretch hands to meet new people and love to have good people around without getting obsessed with them. Cons of it include the easy and fast boredom which is observed in cappuccino lovers.

2. Latte: By choosing Latte you are showing your childish side as Latte is the lightest form and sort of milky beverage. We are not mocking you here for your chosen coffee type and in fact these kinds of persons are found more reliable, cozy and thorough.

3. Espresso: Skeptical, sardonic and sarcastic but not boring, these people are experienced and exciting lovers. Unwavering reliability and instant decision making ability is not their cup of tea.

4. Plain Black Coffee: Plain black coffee lovers hate adornments and are straight forward without frilling or sugar coating the issue. Though they are mostly quiet and cranky but they are potentially good partners or companions.

So which one happens to be your trait!

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Try the five-minute workout!

Try the five-minute workout!

Got just a few minutes to spare in your day? That's all you need to exercise on the go and get fit, experts tell Ismat Tahseen 

Being busy need not be the reason why you're lagging behind in health quotient, now. A new mantra can have you in ship-shape, without pinching the pocket via costly gym memberships or tediously trying to collaborate different regimes for effect. While Mumbai's physiologists may debate over hours spent walking and on the treadmill or stepper, what you really need can be counted on your fingertips. It's just five minutes of time!

What it's about
The idea behind the regime is to get people to stop over-complicating the idea of weight loss. A website quoted Michelle Bridges, a fitness trainer, saying how the way to reconnect and rebuild took exactly that amount of time. "A lot of people get what I call 'paralysis by analysis' where they just tend to overthink it," she said. "They put so much concern around: Should I train in the morning? Should I eat before I train?" 

Says fitness expert Leena Mogre, "The idea is actually about bursts of activity, which will motivate you be more active and move onto a bigger workout, which is big abroad. It could be great for people who have hardly any time. It could comprise climbing office steps during a break, doing 10 lunges, 15 calf raises, do a few squats while talking on the phone, or sit on a Swiss ball while typing or stretch over it. You can even use an office chair for stretching exercises. And, if you're on the couch in front of the TV, you can do a few crunches while watching which is great for a bulging tummy. The trend is gaining popularity with women who actually drop the idea of a workout when they feel they don't have time to do a whole routine. It has become quite big abroad and works well if you follow a supervised schedule to avoid injuries."

'It can be great motivator'
While Mana Shetty, wife of actor Sunil Shetty, feels that just five minutes may not be enough, because the "old school of thought of making time to connect with oneself works best", TV hostess Mandira Bedi is excited by the idea. "I love my own outdoor run, but do I agree that there are times when people would say, 'I just cannot make time to exercise'. Plus, for people who are too lazy to get started, I think five minutes is better than no time at all. I think this regime looks simple but it can also be a great motivator for people to start with this and focus into a larger fitness activity later on so why not?"

Tried these quick fixes?
Brazilian butt workout: Lower the body into a squat position and go low, raising arms to the shoulder level. Hold this position and do it again to tone back, butt and hamstrings.

The explosive lunge: Assume the lunge position and go forward with the knee bent at 90 degrees, directly over ankle. Switch legs after a bit.

The Basketball Move: This can be a good tummy stretch. Think there is a basketball in front of your feet. Crouch down, pretend you are grabbing it, and jump up as if to shoot. Come back to the crouched position and repeat.

Jump Rope

Pranayama or breathing techniques

Exercise for your sun sign

Did you know that astrology not only helps you know your future prospects but also aids in losing those extra kilos?

Here's a rundown on what exercises you should opt for, based on your sun sign

Your astronomical signs not only give you insights into your characteristic traits but also tell you how your body works and functions. Says fitness expert, Althea Shah, "Each sun signhas something to tell about your strong as well as weak points, not only of your love life but also your body type."

Aries (March 21-April 20)
Aries have an abundance of energy and need to vent it out in a controlled manner. Since you hate routine, sticking to one can become boring for you. Says Shah, "Indulge in competitivesports like tennis, football and endurance training like weight lifting etc."
Make sure you stay away from any form of exercise that might stir anger as this will lead tohigh blood pressure and headaches.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Says fitness expert, Namrita Purohit, "The personality trait of a Taurian is said to have a slow metabolism. Thus you need to indulge in some form of rigorous exercise routine. Dance, running and jogging are ideal." Since you are prone to neck and throat problems, regular health care, sauna and massage will be of great help.

Gemini (May 22 to June 21)
You are prone to problems of the hands, arms and lungs. Says Shah, "Group exercises, sports and gymnastics are a good option for you. Find a workout buddy to make
exercising enjoyable for yourself." You can also indulge in yoga and meditation to battle stress. Since routine work is tedious for you, indulge in more than one form of exercise so that you don't get bored soon.

Cancer (June 22 to July 22)
Says Purohit, "Since you are bound to gain weight around your mid-section, invest in a few weights and exercise tapes to help workout better." You can also go in for water sports.
Since your problem area is the stomach, make sure not to go overboard with your exercise routine. To help fight anxiety, practice yoga and meditation.

Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Says Purohit, "Leos are said to have lot of energy and high intensity workouts like Altitude training is ideal." Cardio exercises are good for you as it will encourage the flow of blood. Pilates and stretches work the best for you. Leos are prone to heart attack, make sure to include jogging and brisk walking to your every day exercise routine. The health chart of Leos say that they have a weak spine and heart — special attention is required.

Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
Indulge in meditation and relaxation based exercises to help calm your hyper active. Says Shah, "Cycling, playing badminton, running and stretching are some of the other endurance exercises which should be a part of your every day routine." Refrain from indulging in habits which might trigger anxiety and tension.

Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Librans have a tendency to put on weight. Low impact cardio training and stretching are best recommended. Says Purohit, "Librans have shuffling levels of energy. In the mornings, you can try back stretches to strengthen your lower back." But you should avoid heavy lifting or anything that can cause stress to your lower back.

Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Scorpios enjoy participating in aggressive sports. Intense, strenuous and competitive exercises are good for you. Boxing, martial arts and distance running like marathons will strengthen your muscles. But you should be careful of very strenuous exercises which might damage your ligaments or induce stress related injuries.

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
You are prone to putting on weight around the waist, hips and thighs. Regular exercise is recommended. Says Shah, "Cycling, running and jogging are good exercises for you. Make sure to gym five days a week to tone your thighs and legs." But be careful of exercising too much, you can harm your hamstring and back muscles.

Flab to fab in 20 minutes

India is now in the grip of an obesity epidemic and the trend needs to be immediately arrested.Fitness expert Soumen lists ways to trim the flab.
Jogging: Jog early morning for 20 seconds, repeat five set, with a gap of 15 seconds between each set.

Waist line: Stand straight with legs wide open. Lift right hand above your head and rest the other on your left leg. Now bend to the left and lift your right heel. Count 16 and change to the other side. Repeat thrice on each each side to reduce waistline.

Leg rise: Lie down and lift your legs up and bring them down slowly. Do four sets -— 16 times each, to reduce lower abdomen.

Abs cycling: Lie on your back and rest both hands on your side and start pedalling. Repeat three sets of 16 sets each.

How to be a beauty at 40!

Ever wondered why French women are pretty at 40 and even at 50s? Have you thought over the secret behind the fabulous figure of French President’s wife Carla Bruni? Well don’t mistake it to French but there are few secrets in the culture which can be adopted in order to remain a beauty at 40. Let’s plunge deep:

1. Edge out age with Eggs: Rich in Vitamin E, eggs absorb calcium easily and are good for skin, hair, teeth and bones.

2. Date with dates: Dates have Vitamin A, B and C and foster quick digestion.

3. Armor yourself with Almonds: Rich in Vitamin E endorses gynecological goodness.

4. Be beautiful with Berries: Being anti oxidants, Berries work as anti-aging treatment.

5. Avail health with Avocados: Rich in Vitamin E, Avocados are good for skin.

One can follow these laws of being fantabulous at 40:

 If you want to be slim, include fatty foods like dark chocolates and cheese in your diet. Yes, in fact fatty foods are full of sugar and carbs and can easily make you feel fuller making you consume lesser.

2. Cook food with basic salt and spices to keep it simple, healthy and organically yummy.

3. Pay attention to the consumed portions of food. Larger the serving would be, larger would be the part consumed. Eat less but in frequent intervals which boosts up metabolism.

4. Avoid alcohol, sugar, stress and fizzy drinks to look younger.

5. Chew your food well to make sure that the nutrition is well consumed and absorbed.

Flat stomach food guide

Tired of not knowing what kinds of foods to eat? Not sure how much fat, calories and sodium you should be consuming everyday? All the tips you need are here....
In addition to regular exercise, you'll also want to add some fat burning foods to your diet to help trim your waistline.
Foods that are high in protein and fibre are the best kinds of food to eat if you want to burn fat around your middle.
Did you know that it takes more energy to digest protein than it does to digest fat? So the more protein you eat, the more calories your body burns.
Eggs are super high in protein and can help you burn that unwanted belly fat. They contain the vitamin B12 - a great supplement for breaking down fat cells.
You may have heard all the warnings about eggs and your health. That's because a couple of eggs will put you over the recommended daily amount of cholesterol.
Well, more recent studies have shown that dietary cholesterol has a minimal impact on blood cholesterol. Dietary fat is the real culprit. It's what raises your bad cholesterol levels.
However, if you're still worried about your overall cholesterol intake from eating too many eggs, you can remove the yolk and still benefit from the high protein contained in eggs.
Low fat dairy products
According to an article in Obesity Research, women who ate low-fat dairy products, such as nonfat yogurt and low-fat milk, three to four times a day, lost 70 per cent more fat than low-dairy dieters.
In another study done at Purdue University those who consumed 3 cups of fat-free milk gained less weight over the course of 2 years than those on low calcium diets.
So, not only do dairy products help you strengthen your bones, they can also play an essential role in burning that unwanted body fat.
If you are a regular consumer of milk and other dairy products, that's great, just watch your proportions and perhaps switch over to the low or no fat varieties.
While beans are often associated with the gastrointestinal disturbances they may cause, they are also very good sources of protein, fibre and iron.
Some of the best kinds of beans to eat are:
- Navy beans
- White beans
- Kidney beans
- Lima beans
And as always, limit baked and refried beans in your diet as refried beans contain tons of saturated fat, while baked beans are usually loaded in sugar. Sure, you'll be getting your protein but you'll also be consuming a lot of fat and sugar that you don't need.
Here's something else to remember. Be sure to cook your beans thoroughly because our digestive tracks are not adapted to breaking down some proteins that are contained in certain beans.
Tip: A vegetable called Edamame (pronounced ed-uh-ma-may) - an organic soybean in a pod often served at Japanese restaurants.
All you do is boil them for three minutes, add a pinch of salt and eat the soybeans out of the pods. They are surprisingly tasty and very good for you. One serving contains 10 grams of soy protein. The best place to find them is at a store that sells organic foods.
While it may not be the tastiest thing you can eat, oatmeal definitely has some great nutritional qualities.
You may have noticed that many of the oatmeal brands are now boasting that eating more oatmeal will help lower your cholesterol level. That's because oatmeal is loaded with soluble fibre which helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing those bad digestive acids out of your system.
The best kind of oatmeal to eat is unsweetened and unflavoured. While it's tempting to select the apples and cinnamon flavour and load it with butter and sugar - you really lose out on all the health benefits. If you must sweeten your bowl of oatmeal, do so by adding fruit.
Or add a spoonful of honey (much better for you than sugar) and a handful of raisins or dried cranberries.
Oatmeal is also beneficial in fighting colon cancer and heart disease.
Olive oil
Certain fats are good for you and your body needs them. Olive oil is one of those 'good fats'. In fact, it's so good that it helps you burn fat and keeps your cholesterol down.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that researchers are finding provide outstanding health benefits. One ounce of extra virgin olive oil contains about 85 per cent of the daily value for monounsaturated fat.
So instead of taking a swig of orange juice in the morning, many dieters are picking up a bottle of extra virgin olive oil.
Whole grains
These days everyone seems to be screaming "No carbs!" It's as if the world has gone no-carb crazy and everyone is running from sliced breads and pastas.
Well the truth is, your body needs carbohydrates. If you go without them completely your body will start to crave them. So it's not a good idea to exclude all carbs because the right kinds are actually good for you.
It's the processed carbohydrates that are bad for you - the white breads, bagels, pastas, and white rice to name a few.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Drashti Dhami to tie the knot?

Drashti Dhami is in love?
Whoa TV buffs…we have got some chatpata bit of information. Our sources have informed that there is a certain someone in Drashti Dhami’s life. Who is the lucky man? Well…read on…
Well, according to our source the lead girl of Colors’ show Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (produced by Nautanki Telefilms) is seeing NRI businessman, Neeraj Khemka, since the past two years. Neeraj is now settled in Mumbai.
There is even a buzz that they might go ahead to tie the knot next year (2013). However, when we spoke to Dhrashti she denied being involved with Neeraj and said there, “is no one in her life.”
She also laughed off the marriage buzz.
Now, to dig deep, we also got in touch with Neeraj. “I know Dhrasthi well but we have not been meeting since she is quite busy with her shooting. We are good friends but there is nothing of marriage or anything of that sort in the pipeline.”
Furthermore, our sources also revealed that Neeraj was “unhappy” with Drashti and Gurmeet Choudhary’s chemistry in Geet (Star One) and apparently, Drashti even refused to enact a kissing scene because of Neeraj’s reservations. When we broached the same topic with Neeraj he got edgy and said, “I will not say anything because you guys will print what u want. I don’t want to talk further as I am working.”
Fair enough…When we called up again to check Drashti’s version, she got upset and said, “Where and whom are you calling up? Stop harassing people around me. I will not let you enter my set next time.”
Hmm…someone is miffed. But as they say, there’s never smoke without fire. After all ishq ka junoon chupaye nahin chupta. Have a great time ahead, Drashti!!!
Disclaimer: Any content appearing under ‘Gossip’ section is purely gossip and does not comply with the same.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

25 Tips to lose weight

"If you exercise and eat for health and fitness you will end up looking and feeling great for the rest of your life. If you exercise and diet to look good you will eventually gain more weight and you will never be fit.
Always ask yourself, what is my motivation?"

Lori Weisbrod

  1. First thing in the morning drink 1 cup of warm water with lemon

    Drink lots of water throughout the day and with all meals
  2. Drink lots of green Tea (in morning: has natural caffeine) and eliminate all juice (except natural pomegranate juice), diet and regular soft drinks. Drink only 1 cup  of coffee a day)
  3. Never ever eat sugar, this also means nothing white (no white Pasta, bread or potatoes (nothing processed, also known as “eating clean”)
  4. Eat whole foods (includes whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread. Read labels, companies put white flour in and call it whole wheat)
  5. Eat all the vegetables you want (limit carrot sticks)
  6. Eat 5 small meals a day (This includes snacks) 
  7. Do not eat anything after 7PM
  8. Eat mostly lean protein & limit bad carbohydrates (absolutely no chips, popcorn, cookies, cake etc. no junk food) 
  9. Eat only 1 fruit a day, and before 12 noon. (Eat fruit from berry family: Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries)
  10. Do ½ hour to 45 minutes of cardio, preferably walking on an incline every day and 2 one hour Arthro-Pilates™ classes a week. (Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program)
  11. Do light weight training 3-5lbs for upper body 3times a week
  12. Drink 1 protein drink a day (skim milk with whey protein isolate powder with greens + powder in morning) 
  13. Eat the good fat (olive oil, fish oil, flax seed oil or seed)
  14. With doctors permission only, take CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) as per body weight to reduce abdominal fatNote: This is not for everyone!
  15.  Get 8 hours sleep
  16. Minimize stress to minimize stress hormones (and reduce abdominal fat)
  17. Snack on a small amount of almonds (5 at a time) throughout the day (4 times a day maximum)
  18. Never weigh yourself (judge progress by clothing size, inch loss, only)
  19. Write a food diary every day to stay on track
  20. Eat low fat dairy products such as plain yogurt, cottage cheese, skim milk. (No solid cheeses)
  21. Read labels. Look for no or low sugar grams, no trans fat and only whole wheat.
  22. Take a good quality multi vitamin/mineral a day
  23. Eat tofu, Beans, and Legumes
  24. Never go on a restrictive diet or on a program diet (They only  serve to mess with your metabolism and eventually make you gain more weight, in the long run.) To maintain a good weight and toned body requires a lifestyle change, not a fad diet or program. 
  25. Feel good about who you are, as you are. Acceptance is key

Juice Recipes for Weight Loss

Over-weight is one of the main problems that the current generation is dealing with. This is probably because of the change of lifestyle or diet or both. Some people may not even know how dangerous over-weight can be until they start experiencing its effects. Because of its health risks, some people may like to lose weight. If you are one of them, juice recipes for weight loss are one of the ways you can employ to shed off some weight. Below are some of the juice recipes for weight lossthat you can use in order to reduce your belly fat.

Juice Recipes for Weight Loss

Grapefruit Orange Juice

This type of juice is made with only two types of fruits which are orange and grapefruit. When making this juice, you should have one grapefruit and three oranges. After taking these fruits, you need to blend them in a blender. After blending them, you can either add ice for better taste on it or just drink it without adding anything else. You will find that your juice is ready for drinking. The combination of grapefruit and orange helps you to lose weight while providing you vitamins.

Melon Juice

When making this type of juice for weight loss, you need to have the following: two cups of cubed cantaloupe, two cups of cubed honeydew melon, one inch grated ginger and two cups of cubed watermelon. You should then mix all these ingredients in a blender. Similarly, you can add ice to them for better taste. The melon juice helps you to cleanse your blood on top of shedding some calories.

Slim Me Juice

Slim Me juice is made from the following ingredients: 4 or 5 carrots, 1 apple, half cucumber, one celery and half beets. Once you have these ingredients, you should peel them off and blend them. This kind of juice is good in weight loss and it does not add any chemicals to the body.

Apple Carrot Celery Juice

Another juice recipe for weight loss is apple carrot celery juice. This juice is prepared with 2 or 3 apples, two tablespoons of lemon juice, two carrots and two celery sticks. When you have all these ingredients, you need to peel and cut the carrots while you core the apples. After this, you should add lemon juice, celery, carrots and apples in a blender. After blending them well, you can add ice to them. This kind of juice has low calories which prevents you from adding more weight and at the same time to help you to lose weight effectively.

Carrot Beet Juice

Carrot Beet juice is one of the best juice recipes for weight loss. It is made from 7 or 8 carrots, half peeled and boiled beetroot and four leaves of lettuce. When you have sampled all these ingredients, you need to blend them altogether. After blending, your juice is ready and you can take it anytime you want.

Papaya Passion Juice

Papaya passion juice is made from one papaya, one apple and 4 or five dates. If you want to make good papaya passion juice, you should pit the dates and then blend them together with apple and the papaya. This juice is best when taken fresh so try to take it when it is fresh.
What you can realize is that juice recipes for weight loss are made with natural ingredients. This means that they do not have any chemicals thus helping in weight loss. Apart from being healthy, they also help to shed some weight. Furthermore, they have low calories which prevent you from adding more weight.
I hope that these juice recipes for weight loss can really help you to lose some weight while enjoying the best taste of fresh fruit juice.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Beautiful bedrooms interiors for the youngsters & Kids

Designing a child’s bedroom can be very challenging considering the fast pace in which kids are growing up these days. It’s hard enough keeping up with endless influx of technological gadgets before finding ways to store all of these “next best things”. But alas, there are fun innovative storage solutions disguised by splashes of color that would make any room look like a three dimensional Picasso! In these beautifully designed rooms below, the perfect balance of practicality and creativity has been achieved and will easily appeals to parents and children alike.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Top 25 business cities in the world

The top 25 startup ecosystems in the world
The Startup Genome, a research firm which collects data on what makes start-ups successful has recently released a list of the Top 25 startup ecosystems in the world. Bangalore, at number nine is in the top 10, and Mumbai at number 20 is the other city, that carries the flag for India in the elite list.

1. Silicon Valley, U.S.

2. New York City, U.S.

3. London, U.K.

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Telaviv, Israel

6. Los Angeles, U.S.

7. Singapore

8. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

9. Bangalore, Mumbai

10. Moscow, Russia

11. Paris, France

12. Santiago, Chile

13. Seattle, U.S.

14. Madrid, Spain

15. Chicago, U.S.

16. Vancouver, Canada

17. Berlin, Germany

18. Boston, U.S.

19. Austin, U.S.

20. Mumbai, India

21. Sydney, Australia

22. Melbourne, Australia

23. Warsaw, Poland

24. Washington, U.S.

25. Montreal, Canada
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