Everything You Need to know About Diets – Diet 101

balanced diet and health

In my first article, I talked about some of the more commonly believed myths about dieting and losing weight. Here I hope to explain more about how to get started on developing a healthy diet and the importance of knowing your calories.  Remember the last time I mentioned that diet is 80% of the key to weight loss, or weight management if you prefer.

What are Calories?

To start with, what are calories really? A calorie is basically a unit of energy that the body derives from fuel which in this case is food per weight in grams/ ounces. Technically when we say there are 155 calories in 100 gms of boiled egg, it’s actually Kilo-calories (like kilograms versus grams in units of weight), but for convenience it’s usually referred to as just calories.

Different types of food provide different quanta of energy or calories. What happens to these calories? Your body uses and burns it in doing various activities. Even when sleeping your body is burning calories just to keep your heart beating, your brain and organs functioning, amongst a myriad of other natural and involuntary functions. I’ll come back to why that’s important later.

The basic principle of understanding how this works in relation to weight management is knowing your energy consumption vs. energy expenditure, or calories in vs calories out. A calorie deficit is when you eat less than you burn and will result in weight loss, whereas a calorie surplus is when you eat more than you burn, leading to weight gain. Simple enough concept, right?

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Garnier Pure Active Real Neem Face Wash Product Review

Garnier Pure Active Real Neem Face Wash Product Review

If you are a regular reader on the blog, you would know that I am a die-hard fan of Garnier Pore Unclogging face wash even though it has SLS. On my last trip to the supermarket, I was searching for another face wash which my skin would love and I picked up this Pure Active Neem one thinking it would be just the same and more over it was in a buy 2 get 1 offer. Bad idea to buy things for the first time in such offers!!

Anyways, needless to say the product disappointed me a lot. Why? Let us check out.

Garnier Pure Active Real Neem Face Wash Product Review

  • Price : Rs 90 for 100gms
  • Availability : at all the supermarkets and online shopping sites
  • Packaging : travel-friendly like all the tube face washes.
  • Texture : gel face wash, green in color and needs a bit of water to wash off as it leaves a slimy feel after washing the face.
  • Ingredients : It does have SLS, salicylic acid and sodium benzoate instead of parabens as preservatives.

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Lakme Jewel Sindoor vs Lotus Herbals Divine Dew Herbal Sindoor Product Review

Lakme Jewel Sindoor vs Lotus Herbals Divine Dew Herbal Sindoor Product Review

Since my wedding, I have been in search of an anti-allergic sindoor product. All the local brands including shringar and another brand which starts with letter ‘k’ were basically making my entire forehead itch horribly. So, I decided to give the bigger brands a try. So, let us check out whether they fixed my problem.

Lakme Jewel Sindoor

Price : Rs 125

As you can see, it is maroon and a bit glittery. It comes with a long sponge applicator which makes it easy to apply as a bindi on the forehead as well. And, the color shade is perfect and goes with all colors and styles. It has been almost a year since I got this product and it has dried up a bit.

Lotus Herbals Divine Dew Herbal Sindoor

Price : ~ Rs 120

Unfortunately, the sales girl sold me a wrong color. This one is not maroon in color but rather more fluorescent red which really does not go well with all the clothes and styles. I think this variation is Love Drop.

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Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Youthful Nourishing Day Cream Product Review

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Youthful Nourishing Day Cream Product Review

After my hair makeover, it was finally time for me to concentrate on my skin. I was checking some of my before-wedding pics and my skin was Soooooo good and now it is just not that great!!! So, the first thing I did was to order off the MVO sunscreen which I have always loved. Btw, the worse thing is they have stopped shipping to India due to the custom problems which makes it difficult to or the product anytime I want.

And, the second thing on my list was a good moisturiser. As I have reiterated countless times, I have never found the perfect moisturiser and I did not want to use any oil so I decided to try out biotique as I love the brand and it suits me. So, I went and bought this product. And, before I begin, I am loving it. I have read a few negative reviews of the product as well but I would totally recommend it if you have my type of skin. So, read on!

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Youthful Nourishing Day Cream Product Review

  • Price : Rs 199 for 50 gms
  • Availability : at all the stores and websites so this is not an issue at all!
  • Packaging : The product comes in the classic Biotique packaging which btw has changed from oval to round jars. It is easy to carry but a little cumbersome and does not leak at all.
  • Texture : The product is creamy and gets absorbed immediately in my skin.
  • Ingredients : As always, I am a little skeptical of biotique ingredients because of their mention of base Q.S. I wish they would be more forthcoming about it. As far as in understand, they buy the base for all the products and add their signature ingredients to the base and then package it. Btw, did you know they have come up with an advanced range of products for anti-ageing skin care?

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My Hair Diary – July 2015

cysteine infusion reviews and hair color

So, I have already shared that I got my hair colored (though I have to say that the pic was blurred)! Let us see how my hair is doing after that.

And, yes, you should definitely check out Drishyam movie if you have still not! I have not seen the regional version of it but of course such characters are just written for Ajay Devgan in hindi movies and he has nailed it again :) As usual, Tabu is a treat to watch!

Cysteine Treatment

So, it has been two months since my cysteine treatment. Okay, let me confess here. I did once did a set back on my hair by using another shampoo than the one prescribed to me and it DID spoil my hair. So, when I went back to using the regular deFab products which I have already reviewed, my hair went back to normal and was no longer bad!

And, then, a week later, I found time to visit my stylist and got my hair colored and scheduled an organic hair spa with Moroccan Oil products. Honestly, I am not very sure about the hair spa because I have not seen a dramatic difference for the price I paid! So, it was a bummer for me but then I have prepaid for 3 sessions and two more are left so I am kind of stuck with it.

Anyways, coming back to the cysteine, the hair spa and going back to the prescribed products made my hair as soft and silky and frizz free as it was in the starting days of the treatment. And, yes, you do have to take care of your hair even then. The only thing you can not do is oiling otherwise you can apply hair masks and wash it regularly and keep it gorgeous which takes a little maintenance.

And, even after two months, my hair is doing fairly well and I have not noticed any difference. Only I probably have to say that hair colouring might have dried up the hair a bit which means more conditioning or more maintenance.

Do I recommend it?

Honestly, only after 2 months is a little too early for me to recommend because the treatment is supposed to stay for at least 4-6 months which I am not yet sure. But, looking at the results right now, I am more likely to recommend it. I will say bear with me for 6 more months and I shall deliver my verdict :)

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