If You Eat It, That’s How You Beat It!

Who doesn’t want to munch out on the bed after a long week with some pizza and a good drink? But if you knew how much exercise was needed to burn off that slice of pizza, do you think you might change your mind and go for a salad instead? Maybe not, but you might limit yourself to one slice and one pint instead of reaching for a second or more considering a single slice and pint are going to “cost” the average male an hour and 20 minutes on the cycle.

On an average, considering an average lifestyle, men are supposed to consume 2500 Kcalories and women are supposed to consume anywhere between 1800-2000 Kcalories a day, not many of us are mindful of it. Often when we eat out or order in, we carelessly pack more calories than we should in one meal. For instance, three slices of regular pizza alone contain around 726 calories.

For a nation that is facing a double burden of obesity and malnutrition, eating the right kind of food, while keeping the calorie consumption in mind, and calculating the amount of exercise needed to keep those extra calories off is extremely important.

1. Burger

 

 

Calories in Burger: 490

 

 100 mins of a brisk walk will burn off that burger.

 60 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off that burger.


2.French Fries

 

 

Calories in Medium Pack Of French Fries: 450

 90 mins of a brisk walk will burn off a medium fries pack.

 50 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off a medium fries pack.


3. Soft Drink

 

Calories in one Can of Soft Drink: 139

 26 mins of a brisk walk will burn off that one coke can(330 ml).

 13 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off that one coke can(330 ml).


4. Pizza

Calories in two pizza slices: 570

 120 mins of a brisk walk will burn off two medium pizza slices.

 70 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off two medium pizza slices.


5. Fried Chicken

 

Calories in 3 Fried Chicken pieces: 726

 

 142 mins of a brisk walk will burn off those ‘tasty’ fried chicken pieces.

 70 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off those ‘tasty’ fried chicken pieces.


6.Maggie

 

Calories in one pack of maggie: 345

 62 mins of a brisk walk will burn off one packet of  ‘2 minutes maggie’.

 33 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off one packet of  ‘2 minutes maggie’.


7. Chocolate Bar

Calories in one small chocolate bar: 229

 42 mins of a brisk walk will burn off one small choco bar.

 22 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off one small choco bar.


8. Muffin

 

 

Calories in one small muffin: 265

 48 mins of a brisk walk will burn off one small muffin.

 25 mins of running @ 7 km/h will burn off one small muffin.


Keep in mind that it’s not to say that fast or “junk” food can’t be eaten occasionally, it can. However, when things are put into perspective when you realize how much exercise it takes to actually burn those foods off, it’s pretty easy to realize that junk foods carry with them a high calorie “price tag”. Unless you’re willing to spend hours of your day in the gym it’s best to limit these and other comfort foods if you’re trying to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Zaid Zafar

Author

10 Categories Of Healthy Snacks Which You Can Fit Into Your Diet According To Your Goal…

To define a snack is tricky. But we can tell you snacks are not always unhealthy. Some of them come in very healthy and power packed products that are not only tasty but just perfect. The others are the ones that are either full of carbs or oil, adding to your dose of trans fat and the bad cholesterol. But no! We are not going to scare you, but rather list out categories of healthy snacks.

 


1.Keto Friendly

Are you hungry on your keto diet, but it’s not meal-time? Then keto snacks can be the answer. Snacks can buy you some time, allowing you to delay meals to fit your busy schedule. Snacking, however, should perhaps not happen every day.

And choosing a snack that fits into your diet can be challenging, especially when following a restrictive meal plan like the ketogenic diet.

Grab from our carefully curated range of nuts, seeds, and berries to munch on while staying loyal to your ketogenic diet, only at Activ8me Online Store


2.Gluten Free

Although gluten is safe for most people, those with conditions like celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should avoid it to prevent adverse health effects.
Many foods are made with gluten-containing ingredients, so it’s important that those who are unable to consume it check ingredient labels closely. Whether you’re fully gluten-free or trying to cut back, there are so many gluten-free alternatives these days.

Shop now the most delicious snacks with 0% Gluten, 100% Trust, only at Activ8me Online Store


3.Diabetic Friendly

Diabetes is when your blood sugar or glucose levels are higher than normal. It’s carbohydrate foods like bread, cereals, rice, pasta, fruits, milk, and desserts that can cause this rise.

But It’s time to stop worrying! Living with diabetes doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. We’ll help you to make the healthiest food choices.

Live well with diabetes, with our assorted range of Diabetic Friendly Snacks and Activ8me Diabetic Friendly Kit to start with, only at Activ8me Online Store


4.High Protein

When you live a busy lifestyle, snacks can be useful when hunger hits and you don’t have time to prepare a meal.However, many snack foods available today are high in refined carbs and sugar, which can leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving more food.The key is to make sure your snacks are nutritious and contain protein.

Protein promotes fullness because it signals the release of appetite-suppressing hormones, slows digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Let’s not make Protein all that boring. Binge-worthy Protein Bars and Protein Chips with multiple variants carefully crafted to tantalize your taste buds. Also, try Activ8me High Protein Starter Kit comprising assorted flavours, only at Activ8me Online Store


5.Low Calories

While snacking on the wrong foods may cause you to pack on weight, choosing the right snacks may promote weight loss.

In fact, research shows that munching on nutritious snacks that are high in fiber and protein helps promote feelings of fullness and may decrease the number of calories you consume in a day.

Check out at Activ8me Online Store the widest assortment of low caloric yet filling snacks.


6.Kid’s Special

Most kids usually come home hungry after hours spent at school studying, running, playing and doing other activities. They would love to gorge on some yummy and interesting snacks to satisfy their hunger pangs.

Parents may like to offer something that is not only tasty but also healthy and appealing. Snacks which can be put together earlier and have them ready when kids reach home may form the ideal choice for after school snacks.

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7.Vegan Friendly

Following a diet based exclusively on plants may put some people at a higher risk of nutrient deficiencies.
This is especially true when vegan diets are not well planned.
For vegans who want to stay healthy, consuming a nutrient-rich diet with whole and fortified foods is very important.
Check out a wide range of vegan-friendly snacks at Activ8me Online Store


8.Homemade

Another snack option is the all-time healthy snack that is made at home in the most healthy way with love too. The biggest benefit of homemade snack is it is almost always made with the best of the ingredients that are fresh, with no chemicals or artificial flavours. When hunger strikes between meals, don’t ignore it. Reach for a healthy, homemade snack instead and fuel your day with one of the nutritious, homemade-like nibbles we have to offer at Activ8me Online Store


9. 100% Organic

When it comes to convenience, there’s just something about snacks. Everyone loves them. And if the snacks are 100% organic, it’s just icing on the cake. Healthy yet tasty organic snack is not a myth.

Check out our myth-busting tastiest range of 100% organic snacks at Activ8me Online Store


10. Superfoods

Nutritionally speaking, there is no such thing as a ‘superfood’.
But since the term “superfood” doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, it may be worth taking a closer look at some healthy options. Fuel yourself up with the wholesome blend of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats with the superfoods we offer.

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Snacks are sure a good way to enjoy your movie time. While you know how much you like it, why not substitute it with something healthy? Our article is intended to inspire you try out something different, ensuring you lead a healthy life and feel satisfied at the same time. Stay healthy stay fit!

Zaid Zafar

Author

 

10 Healthy Snacks and Beverages You Can Munch On While Watching The World Cup Match

 

 Now that India has been qualified for the Semi Finals, everyone is planning to watch the knock out rounds with their cricket buddies and families. This means most of us would sit through the entire duration of a match, perhaps, with a big bowl of munchies – be it in the stadium or in front of our TV screens.

 All of this is great, but how does one plan to fulfil this fantasy without comprising with their heath goals? Below, we list some healthful snacks to help you make healthier food choices and keep yourself fueled for those cheers.

 

Healthy snacks and beverages ideas for cricket fans while supporting the Indian team

 

1. Makhana

Makhana makes it better. Don’t let the size of Makhana ‘Phool’ you! This power packed foxnut is high on protein, fiber, potassium, calcium & super low on calories & sodium. Great for mid-day snacking or midnight binge-ing – this healthy super food is ideal for weight loss, SO YOU CAN KEEP SNACKING LIKE A BOSS!

 

Explore through a variety of makhanas from our store https://shop.activ8me.fitness/search?q=makhana&type=product

 

2. Protein Chips

A healthy substitute of the standard oily,deep fried chips , the protein chips come with the goodness of complete protein and wholesome grains which help to improve digestive health. The combination of these nourishing grains, such as jowar,ragi,quinoa,oats etc, make for a great alternative to refined white carbs.

 

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3. Protein Bars

Stay ahead of the curve with Protein bars. Protein-rich bars are not only completely healthy but also packs a fruity punch to tantalize your taste buds. Most protein bars are made with a blend of whey and soy protein to keep you energised. For the yoga enthusiasts out there, these bars can energize you before every workout.

 

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4. Nuts

Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are one of this season’s best buys. A golf ball-sized portion (about 30g) of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack and, unlike most other options, contributes a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals.

 

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5. Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt is one of those win/win foods that provides an easy and delicious way to add more protein & essential nutrients to your diet and can be munch on while watching the cricket match. With twice the protein of regular yogurt, it tastes great, while helping you feel full longer.

 

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6. Cookies And Brownies

You know it, we know it: Nobody should be denied their right to a good cookie or a brownie —even if you’ve cut gluten and all its flour-powered uses from your diet. Sugarfree, nutty cookies or soft brownies can be a healthy substitute to fulfil that desert cravings.

 

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7. Iced Tea

Iced tea is more than just a drink – for many, it’s an art form. The first ice tea was introduced to the masses on a hot day at the World’s Fair quite by accident. Nothing quenches your thirst quite like a tall glass of iced tea during the summer heat.

 

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8. Cold Brewed Coffee

Cold coffee has long been associated with huge coffee chains, vats of whipped cream, sweet artificial syrups and other such miseries. This summer, however, try cold-brew coffee – a very different, far more refined creature that will make you realise the magic of cold coffee, just in time for a hot Indian summer.

 

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9. Vitamin Drinks

A smart hydration alternative while watching the breathtaking match, which tastes good as well as provides a healthier option forus. Loaded with vitamins, these drinks are very low in sugar content and won’t borrow much of your daily caloric intake.

 

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10. Yogurt Smoothies

We’re in the midst of a smoothie revolution — the blended drinks have become one of the most popular ways to get nutrients on the fly. Yogurt Smoothie, loaded with protein and real fruits, full of the same energy and nutrition as fresh yogurt. A non-messy, on-the-go drink that’ll keep you refreshed.

 

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Enjoy this cricket season and the feeling of togetherness with healthy snacks. Miss not a chance to create memories yet again – for when the years pass and you look back, each one of these memories will serve smiles and a heart full of happiness.

Happy Watching!

Zaid Zafar

Author


This Is How You Get Back To Fitness After Cheat Days

So you make a fitness goal, chart out a schedule for workouts, get the perfect diet plan from your dietician and for a week or so, you follow it religiously. Then you have to head toa  party or work late night and slowly and steadily, you’re off the wagon. But that’s okay, you neither have to give up on your long-term goal nor do you have to beat yourself up for deviating. Instead, do the following.

1. Ditch Short-term Resolutions

Most of the fitness goals slump because they are meant to serve a short-term purpose. You want to fit perfectly in hat dress, your sister’s getting married so you want to look your best at her marriage are some of the short-term goals that backs our fitness goal. So, we follow the diet plan, make this monumental target in our heads and overestimate our ability to achieve it in a stipulated time. And in the end, only disappoint ourselves. To avoid this, we should put more efforts in building habits, which will stick longer with you.

2. Feed on Motivation

No matter how driven you are towards your goal, it’s only human nature to feel demotivated every now and then. It all starts with one trip to the mall where you see your friends hogging your beloved pizza and then you succumb to it. You think it’s one cheat day but in no time you’ll discover that you’re back to square one. But it’s okay to cheat sometimes, but when you do, know that you need to feed on some motivation, remember why you started and get back on the track.

3. Surround Yourself  With People Who Understand You

Share your goals and needs with people you care about. Tell them how much your goal means to you and they’ll act as the perfect reminder when you’re getting off the track. Along with this, when you confide in someone and people are aware of your goal, then your chances of achieving them is easily manifolded, for you know in the back of your head that you’re accountable to someone.

4. Incorporate Regular Awards

There’s no denying that big goals take a lot of time to be achieved. However, in the midst of big goals, don’t forget to celebrate the small accomplishments. We’re humans and undeniably, we need a little push here and there. These teeny tiny gifts give us the much needed push and makes us realise the worth of the bigger picture.

5. Revise Your Goals

We all know that change is the only constant. As you evolve, so should your goals. Your initial aim may be to shed off 10kgs so you can wear that dress you love but once you’ve achieved that, you may give up fitness as a whole, only to gain the weight that you’ve lost. So, it’s always advisable that you revisit your goals often and ensure that they’re big enough to keep you motivated.

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Morning Breakfasts Made Yummier | Healthy Pineapple Pizza in 3 Ways

Spring is here and it’s about time to indulge in the fruits of the season and keep up that summer body. So here’s 3 ways you can use delicious and juicy slices of pineapple and turn them into hearty & healthy pizzas that’ll freshen you up from within.

1. Crunchy Pineapple Pizza

Ingredients:

1. Epgamia’s Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt

2. To Be Healthy’s Granola

3. Evolve’s Coconut Crisps

4. Nutty Grittie’s Chopped Almonds

5. To Be Healthy’s Chia Seeds

6. Pineapple Slices

Directions:

1. Spread the yogurt evenly on the pineapple slice.

2. Sprinkle Granola, Coconut Crisps, Chopped Almonds and Chia Seeds as you like it.

2. Very Berry Pineapple Pizza

Ingredients:

1. Epigamia’s Blueberry Greek Yogurt

2. Chopped Apples

3. Freshly Sliced Strawberries

4. Pomegranate

5. To Be Healthy’s Goji Berry

6. To Be Healthy’s Pumpkin Seeds

Directions:

1. Spread the yogurt evenly on the pineapple slice.

2. Place chopped apples, freshly sliced strawberries and pomegranate on the slice.

3. Sprinkle Goji Berries and Pumpkin Seeds.

3. Classic Pineapple Pizza

Ingredients:

1. The Butternut Company’s Chocolate Peanut Butter

2. Epigamia’s Honey Banana Yogurt

3. Sliced Banana

4. To Be Healthy’s Hazelnuts (Chopped)

5. Drupe’s Date Syrup

Directions:

1. Spread the yogurt evenly on the pineapple slice.

2. Put a dollop of peanut butter and mix it with the yogurt.

3. Place banana slices and sprinkle chopped hazelnuts.

4. Garnish with Date syrup.

To get a better understanding of the recipe, check it out on Youtube.

This Is How You Fight Mental Health Stigma On A Daily Basis

India as a nation can be understood not simply from the social action and social reality that is reproduced everyday by the people but in fact it must be studied and analysed as an object of study that indulges deeply with ideology. Ideology is the study of ideas. It is essential to not just study these very ideologies but also to place them accurately in the structures that shape the way people act in response to them. That is to say that, if one wishes to critically analyse the stigmas that are attached to mental health, it becomes imperative to trace these stigmas historically, culturally and socially.


Power and control is essentially weaved into the way in which society operates. How this can be connected to health is indeed interesting. With the increased technology that effectively has transformed the manner in which diseases and their treatments are viewed. In the rise of these discoveries and the medical advancements, in today’s time we can exercise a certain amount of control over our health. The difference between the physical and mental illnesses becomes much more evident in this scenario. Mental health and the mind still remains a largely mysterious and unknown entity. Consequently, people have the tendency to avoid such circumstances and this fits perfectly in the case of mental health.


The process goes on further as this ideology regulates social action as mental health transform into a stigma that is reproduced by everyone. This drastically alters the way health and illness is viewed and treated. Historically, there has been a prestige attached to intellectual and mental labour as it is put on a pedestal. Given that, it is surprising to witness such a radical difference in outlook.

However, there has been a positive change that’s slowly and gradually taking place across the nation. The reach is still narrow but it stems from a strong voice which strives to echo. The greater idea is to refuse all categorical labels that are attached by taking little steps. The idea is to normalise and create a free space for people to address these issues. The idea is to give mental health the kind of attention that it has been systematically deprived of.


Such a change, though it’s a long process, must start at some point. The tools to enable change are usually so much closer than we perceive and it starts with attaining a consciousness that pushes one to question the opinions that present themselves as original but have been successfully internalised. As a generation, we are living in a time when knowledge is abundant and the means to acquire it is accessible to most people. We must engage ourselves with such texts that educate us and challenge. We must lend an ear and move away from the restrictions that are imposed and created by us. The change is now and it is no longer acceptable to stay uninformed. Embrace this change and let it embrace you.

This Is How Minimalism Improves Your Mental Health

Minimalism isn’t just a concept that helps us reorganize our homes and lives in a more effective and aesthetically pleasing manner.In fact, minimalism can be a helpful way to combat mental illness of all degrees of severity, from anxiety to schizophrenia and back.

By having fewer things to distract or trigger you, your mental health will be positively impacted. Minimalism gives you the chance to tune out all the noise in your life, and change for the better.

Overstimulation is an enemy of mindfulness, as one cannot think clearly when we are bombarded with sensory information.

What is more, an abundance of stimuli cluttering up our homes or offices means that there are plenty of visual cues that can trigger thoughts or memories. And while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be hell for someone dealing with mental illness. Hence, minimalism can be really helpful in bringing peace and clarity.

When there are no longer so many things around to distract you from who you truly are, the most enlightening and radical self-discovery takes place.

Keeping your mind busy with useless things might seem like a good way to cope with mental illness, but its effects are only temporary.

In the long run, knowing who you are is the best thing that you can do for yourself. Also, by clearing your spaces, your home becomes a blank canvas, where you unwind in whatever way you see fit, instead of having to take care of your numerous belongings on the daily.

There is a chance to do what you want with this space. Your home or personal corner could become a place of creativity, for painting or working with clay.

Khushboo Tanwar Tells Us Why Women Should Lift Weights Too

One of the most debated topics pertaining to fitness in India is whether women should lift heavy weights or not. Not only are people are conservative and averse towards this thought, but women themselves don’t consider weight-lifting as a priority. For most of the women out there, fitness is majorly about weight loss. And this is where they go wrong. Fitness is beyond weight loss, it’s about building strength, working on mental health and a mood uplifter.

Khushboo Tanwar, an inspiring woman bodybuilder tells us her stirring story of her weight-lifting journey; how she fought headstrong against the conservative norms of the society.

Here’s a glimpse of her working her way up!

 

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To know her full story, check out Activ8Me TV!

This Is Why Every B-Town Celebrity Is Practicing Pilates

You can hit the snooze button and procrastinate going to the Gym all you want, but you can’t escape from that Instagram feed that boasts of Pilates, From fitness enthusiasts to models, it seems like Pilates has looped in every single person and how. Especially when Bollywood celebrities like Aliaa Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor practice Pilates everyday and post about their regime, it’s hard to resist practicing it yourself & get all inspired. Right?

First things first, here’s why all B-town bigwigs are going gaga over Pilates:

1.Improves Flexibility.

2. Works heavily on the core.

3.Eases back pain

4.It improves focus because while practicing it, you need to focus on your breath, body and how they move in unison.

So, here’s some star-studded inspiration for you all.

1.Aliaa Bhatt

 

2. Deepika Padukone 

3. Kriti Sanon 

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4. Katrina Kaif 

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5. Sonam Kapoor 

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Even Celebrities Are Following This Keto Diet!

Ever wondered how celebrities manage to lose weight so quickly? If the answer to that question is yes, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Celeb diets become a fad just as quick which leads to them being followed rather redundantly. This happens since the diet followed is done so without much thought and analysis.

As entertainingly motivational these weight-loss stories seem, they require proper implementation and prudency.

The Ketogenic Diet 

The Ketogenic diet, also commonly known as the keto diet, low carb diet and low carb high fat (LCHF diet) seems to be ‘in’ these days.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver, according to WebMD.

In short, the end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but instead starvation of carbohydrates.

 Indian celebrities who follow Keto: 

1.Huma Qureshi

The Bollywood actor known for her roles in movies like Jolly LLB 2, Ek Thi Daayan and Gangs of Wasseypur is known to follow the diet and often encourages her followers on social media to eat healthy. If she ever happens to crave something sweet; she makes sure to indulge in only a keto-friendly dessert.

2. Karan Johar

The popular film director recently took to Keto to lose 17 kgs in just four months! A fitter you is always a happier you.


3. Tanmay Bhatt

The famed comedian who founded AIB managed to lose 110 kgs. Yes, a hundred and ten kilograms! Take a bow, the Ketogenic diet.