5 Important Stages For A Fitter You

SpecialBlog Guest

So, today while looking for my new blog topic, I came across a specific section which will most likely be the mission and vision of any company. It’s like taking a sudden decision to change your lifestyle and then making efforts to stick by it. On a daily basis, I keep receiving multiple queries from people, asking on the kind of workout they should adhere by. They as about CrossFit or 3 sets of 5 reps each, heavy Popeye lifting, HIIT’S, LIIT’S etc. Honestly, I feel happy to know that people are taking matter into their own hands, but somewhere my business is getting doomed. Just kidding!

As I mentioned, that somewhere it takes precisely 21 days to break a habit. If we can stick with our new routine for 21 days, we’ll more likely stay with it in the long term. But before I talk about the habit, I would like to draw your attention to the vision and mission of the subject.  It is very important to keep these 5 things in mind before you draw your plan. It will keep you focused.

  • Identification of goal – Wouldn’t it be easier if you narrow down your needs? Like, I want to lose fat and want to fit in my old jeans or I want to bulk up and scare the people away or I want to build muscle mass and impress pretty ladies. Or it simply can be your want to be healthy, happy and look good naked. It feels sad to people trying to lose weight by jumping from one program to another and getting no results. I know gym can be intimidating but you’ll pull it off once you figure out your goal.
  • Nutrition is 90% percent of the equation – I shit you not. The bravest. The toughest. The hardest of all. When your goal is to lose fat than how you need to keep a check on your food consumption or you’ll be responsible for your failure. You just can’t run away from it. So, tattoo it on your forehead, write it on the sky or do whatever but internalize this concept.
  • Mobility – Fitness is not that difficult as it looks. Do what make you happy. Hiking, swimming, Zumba, taekwondo, parkour etc. But what is important to keep in mind is bringing mobility in your body. Making your body understand that you’re into it now and ready to shed those extra pounds.
  • Defensive Skills and Endurance – The fourth stage is when you start enjoying your workout and it starts to feel little easy as compared to the first day. All thanks to the first week of mobility. This is where you work on your defensive or endurance skills so that you can upgrade your fourth stage to the fifth stage.
  • Strength Training – Anybody in the house, especially ladies who feel they’ll get bulky. Trust me, it doesn’t work that way. When you do strength training, you burn extra calories to rebuild muscles. Half an hour strength training is 1000 times better than your 30 minutes of jogging on treadmill. It will improve your posture and your efficiency in any activity you took as an exercise.

IDENTIFY. IMPROVISE.ADEPT. OVERCOME.HUSTLE UP.

 

This post was brought to you by Surin Sengar, the author of the Fitlete Blog. If you wish to read more articles like this, please visit Surin’s blog on fitleteblog.wordpress.com

How To Effectively Manage Your Pre-Workout Meals

SpecialBlog Guest

I have never waited this eagerly for my salary to get credited. That is because just like my luck, all the money is spent in buying the expensive pre-workouts, with the hope to get bigger and more vitalized. It was good but then pondered if it was that necessary to spend so much on the expensive pre-workouts. On one hand talking about “Gareebi mai gym” and on the other hand buying expensive stuff. There’s a saying that, “Necessity is the mother of inventions” and who other than us can think of easy jugaads to fix things up. By “us” I refer to my fellow Indians.

Continue reading “How To Effectively Manage Your Pre-Workout Meals”

How To Eat Healthy On a Budget

SpecialBlog Guest

Anirudh: Hey Surin!
Surin: Hi buddy! How are you doing?
Anirudh: I’m doing great buddy but need to share this feedback with you!
Surin: Feedback? Okay, tell me
Anirudh: So, I took your challenge and advise to consume healthy food for a month
Surin: Wow, that’s so cool. I must say, that I’m impressed.
Anirudh: No, but my budget has gone for a toss and it’s a huge investment for me. I think, I’ll have to stop this healthy eating!
Surin: Well, eating healthy doesn’t mean, consuming expensive salads and juices. You just need to be creative with your diet chart so that it doesn’t get boring and monotonous.

Keeping this conversation in mind, today I’ll talk about specific foods that are a great bang for your buck. I understand that a good physique is 70% diet, 30% workout and making the right dietary choices will always be 80-90% of your success. The goal is to reshape the way you evaluate good deals – the way you evaluate the 30ml and 60ml. Instead of price per calorie, we’ll be looking at the price per nutrient. We want more nutrients for the least amount of money. 

So, here are my top 5 cheap healthy food chart plans:

Vegetables – Green leafy vegetable was never costly and it’s far better than your McDonald’s king size burger. You must calculate the nutrients you’re getting out of that food. For e.g.: Cabbage, broccoli, Spinach, carrots, kale etc. give you the same amount of nutrients compared to your expensive healthy food.

Go Seasonal on Fruits – Without a doubt, fruits are the best source of nutrients and you can save ample on them if you eat seasonal fruits. For e.g. Bananas and grapefruit in winters, blueberries, watermelon in spring and apple, cranberry, carrot, beetroot in autumn. These can be modified according to your taste.

Best source of protein – Sweating out like a meth head but isn’t gaining an inch? Eggs are a great source of protein and can be experimented in varied forms. Other sources of protein are Greek yogurt, oatmeal, muesli, whole milk, dried fruit, sweet potato etc.

Eat Smart – Be smart in your eating. Find your objective. Figure out if your goal is to gain weight, muscle mass or lose weight and accordingly plan your diet. Remember if your goal is to lose weight then most of your nutrients should be coming from fats and proteins and not from carbohydrates. The fancy term is “Paleo diet”.

Buy smart – Another great way to save on some bucks is to buy frozen than fresh. Frozen products allow you to buy in or out of season produce at much lower prices. Buy non-perishable items in bulk whenever a grand sale is on the card.

Do not give up on your goals. I REPEAT DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR GOALS. Hustle Up.

FITNESS-FRIDAY: The Benefits of Smoothies

SpecialBlog Guest

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a famous proverbial phrase used to promote optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Similarly, in the field of exercise/workout – “when life gives you fruits and vegetables, make smoothies” is a phrase used for happiness and result oriented body. We have certain goals in mind when we step in the gym. Some people desire for a flat stomach while some want 6 pack abs. Again, some people just want to socialize and some to strengthen their bodies. This one is the cure for all these problems. To be honest, getting those bricks or losing a couple of pounds is not as easy as it looks. One needs a certain level of dedication and self-motivation both inside and outside the gym premises.

Today I won’t scribble about the muscle size, posture, or any of the training exercises. But rather will share something which will help you to stay on your toes and help you being positive throughout the day. The solution is not some magic pill or powder but the healthy smoothies which can help you to feel full and eat less than your usual. And, honestly, it can also prevent you from putting on weight.

But that’s not sufficient. Below mentioned are some of the things, I observed while preparing my own healthy smoothies. Not to forget that these smoothies helped me stay full in odd hours of the day. And by odd hours I refer to sleep eating or munching while sitting at the office desk.

Also, after reading this, I think you’ll be convinced that inculcating the habit of preparing healthy smoothies on a regular basis is an excellent investment of your time and money.

  1. Quick and Easy – It’s not a herculean task to make a smoothie. All you have to do is to get your weekly or daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, a blender and The milk can be soy milk, rice milk or almond milk. It doesn’t take as long as making your other meals. Just a matter of 3-4 minutes.
  2. Fat burner – It might be surprising but smoothies are an effortless way to burn fat. With the little tweaks like the addition of berries (fat burning fruit) and plain nonfat yoghurt, you can make a tasty and nutrient-rich protein. This is because of flavonoids, which has been shown in studies to be one of the keys for not putting on weight. It is even believed that blueberries can actually stop fat cells from developing.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are naturally occurring bioactive compounds that represent a                  constituent of fruits and vegetables, beyond calorie and macronutrient                        content, that could potentially influence body weight.

  1. Better Digestion – Nobody wants to experience constipation or indigestion. Let your blender “chew” your food and ease the burden on your digestive system while you simultaneously consume plenty of dietary fibre to ensure excellent digestion.
  2. Stay hydrated – I took a poll in which I observed that 73% of people do not drink more than 6-8 glasses of water every day, a reason they feel dull and tired. Stay hydrated and full of smoothies because lots of fruits and vegetables are quite rich in water.
  3. Reduces Cravings and energy empowerment – Smoothies supplies your body with the right amount of nutrients and vitamins. It helps you stay fuller for a longer time. As a result, you don’t crave for munchies.
  4. Boosts your immunity system and helps you in getting a better sleep – Fruits and vegetables are a great source of antioxidants, which scale up your immune system and results in better sleep at night.

This is just the tip of the benefits you can reap out of smoothies. Personally, this habit has exceedingly helped me on my own journey to better health. To know more on this or to clarify your doubts, drop me a line in the comment section. Feel free to even tell me about your suggestions. Hustle up!

 

Want more awesome Fitness articles and inspiration? Follow Fitlete, here.

King Prawns On a Bed of Spinach With Thai Sauce

Yesterday I saw an Instagram post with shrimps… I ended up craving it and bought some prawns today. However, I was craving something with an asiatic twist and so I put my imagination to work a little bit. I embedded the prawns in sesame oil and chia seeds and served them on a bed of spinach and pineapple. The final and secret ingredient was really the Sweet Chilli Thai sauce.

28643174_2052253571721217_2128558681_o.jpg

Here’s what you are going to need:

  • a dozen of prawns (I got mine from Iceland)
  • sesame oil (easy to find at Aldi’s)
  • chia seeds (easy to find at Aldi’s)
  • himalayan salt
  • spinach
  • two pineapple slices (canned)

 

Here’s how I did it:

  1. pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees
  2. in a bowl, put the prawns, add some sesame oil, a little bit of himalayan salt and a sprinkle of chia seeds
  3. mix all the ingredients together and make sure the prawns are well coated
  4. put some kitchen foil in a trail and distribute the prawns evenly
  5. put the prawns to bake and reserve the bowl to the side
  6. use the same bowl (don’t wash it!) and cut some spinach leafs into it
  7. cut the pineapple slides in squares and add it to the bowl as well
  8. mix the spinach and pineapple – the sesame oil and chia seeds left from the prawns should be enough to temper the salad
  9. remove the prawns from the oven when you’re happy with their look
  10. place the prawns on the spinach bed and…
  11. finish the plate by dressing the prawns with some Sweet Chilli Thai Sauce

This is by far one of my favourites! Let me know if you decide to try it. I personally think I’m going to repeat it again tomorrow!

Honey Oats: Another delicious breakfast!

Breakfast is by far my favourite meal! And today I opted for something a little bit different from what I have been having (egg on toast).

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • rolled oats
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • chia seeds
  • strawberries

How to do it:

  • place the oats in a  bowl and add some water (until they are covered)
  • microwave your oats for 2.5 minutes (mine is set to its highest power level)
  • remove your bowl from the microwave and drizzle your oats with honey
  • sprinkle some cinnamon over the honey
  • cut a couple of strawberries (I cut them in a round shape, but you can be as much creative as you want!) and place them in the blow
  • add some chia seeds to decorate

And eat it all with great pleasure! 😉

Crustless Green & Red Quiche

I accidentally came up with this recipe. The first time it worked “ok” and I gave it a second try this past Sunday while making a few changes to it as well. It is a recipe that is super easy to follow and do – you know I like to keep it simple in the kitchen, I wonder when will I apply the same principle to all my other life sectors (haha)! Plus, you can enjoy it guilty free because you will not have the extra calories that regular quiches have due to its crust.

Here is what you will need:

  • a generous portion of baby spinach leafs (when I say generous… it’s maybe 3 cups)
  • a generous portion of green beans (again, by generous I mean that I used half of a fresh green beans bag from Aldi)
  • a pack of plum tomatoes
  • one can of sliced mushrooms
  • ten eggs
  • pepper and salt

How to do: 

  • mix 6 eggs altogether and add some pepper and salt
  • cut the spinach leafs in three and involve them in the eggs mixture
  • cut the green beans in small chunks and add them to the mixture as well
  • mix and add the other four eggs to your mixture
  • put the mixture in a round or rectangular pyrex (preferably with a lid)
  • cut the plum tomatoes in halves and spread them in the surface of the mixture
  • add the sliced mushrooms on top and
  • take everything to the oven

I am not sure how much time it took to get it done in my oven, since it is an odd one, but I would say 60 minutes at a 180C temperature. And because it’s always to remember – all the ingredients I used are from Aldi UK.