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5 things you didn’t know were making you fat

Brace yourself, you are about to be surprised...

Now that the New Year 2018 has begun in full swing, it is most likely that you have already broken up with that new weight loss regime you had committed to. Let’s face it, these weight loss resolutions are like flings. They are short-term commitments, that don’t last too long!  

If you truly want to lose weight, you need to know what is making you obese in the first place. Here is listing 5 things that you didn’t know were making you fat.

Get ready to be surprised…  

Fad Diets

Yes! Diets make you gain weight. Sorry to burst this bubble, but random fad diets that sound promising actually fail you more than you fail them with your cheat days.

Dieting increases your body’s propensity to gain weight. It slows down your metabolism and in turn increasing your food cravings. Your body basically learns to adapt to your diet plan which results into rebound weight gain.

Your beloved Diet Soda

An innocent movie or hang out with friends might seem harmless but it is the uncontrolled consumption of soda that adds to your waist size 6 times more than those who stay away from these aerated drinks.

Plus the high amount of sugar and artificial sweeteners in these drinks do bad things to your teeth and overall health.

Lack of sleep

Being a teenager is no child’s play.  You have studies to worry about, you have friends to keep and family to please and then there are those teachers and a host of other teenage issues that can give you sleepless nights. Phew!

However, if something is giving you sleepless nights, you need to work on it as soon as possible, because sleep can help you burn calories. Research has proved that well-rested people burn up to 300 calories a day.

Binge watching, junk eating

We live in the time of Netflix and chill, and while you are busy binge watching, it is very easy to lose control and binge eat.  

As you end up eating junk food or snack while watching TV, you lose track of the quantities you are consuming. This leads to weight gain.

Stress levels

Again, we know that teen life is full of stress – the stress to score marks and to be at the top! But when you are stressed your body starts producing excess amounts of cortisol and insulin. As a result your appetite increases and you engage in overeating sweets and fats and try to beat stress with food.

More food means weight gain!


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5 weird signs that prove you have a nutritional deficiency

Are you facing any of these weird symptoms...
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

Has your body been throwing mysterious cravings at you? Do you find yourself dealing with strange behavior patterns and bizarre symptoms? Well, if you listen carefully, you will realize that your body is trying to tell you something.

Behind every freaky craving and symptom is your body hinting that you might have a nutritional deficiency. It is your body’s way of begging you to stack up on what it’s lacking.

It may be difficult at first to understand that you can be deficient of nutrients, if you have been eating often. If you have been having your meals and you’ve been snacking away in between meals too, how is it then, that you have a deficiency? The answer is empty calories!

You have probably been loading on food that is nutritionally void, oblivious to the fact that you are depriving your system of all the healthy nutrients that it needs. Let’s take a stock of these bizarre signs and symptoms that point at your deficiencies and the nutrients you need to score on…    

You crave eating chalk

If you have been feeling an uncontrollable urge to bite into a chalk or scrape lime stone powder off the wall and eat it; this implies that you have a calcium deficiency. By driving you to eat into every possible source of it, your body is demanding that you eat more of calcium.

To fix this –

Banana, milk and cheese, sea food, nuts and leafy vegetables are all rich sources of calcium. Every once in a while you can toss yourself a bowl of salad that is packed with the greens, nuts and tofu to make sure you get your calcium dose.   

You want to eat dirt

As strange as it may sound, people who experience this craving struggle with a pretty strong urge to eat dirt (earth). This suggests that the person suffers from anemia and has an iron deficiency.

To fix this –

Sea food, red meat, beans, dried foods, cereals and dark green vegetables are all good sources of iron. If you are a vegetarian, consider filing in your lack of iron with soybean, flax seeds, tomatoes and lentils.       

You have numb or tingly limbs and hands

If you have been getting a numb or a tingly feeling in your hands and limbs, then it is most likely that you have a Vitamin B12 and/or Vitamin D deficiency. We suggest you get yourself tested and if you are indeed deficient of these then make amends.

To fix this –

Lack of exposure to sunlight, vegan diets, stress and other unhealthy lifestyle choices are causes of Vitamin deficiencies. It is important that you consume a sufficient portion of cereals, mushrooms, sea food, cod liver oils, eggs, beef and cheese. 

You want to chomp onto ice

This one might sound strange but an urge to eat ice indicates iron deficiency. When you are running low on iron you will feel fatigued and low on energy, and because ice causes a mental energy boost you will feel like eating it.

To fix this –

Instead of chomping onto ice, we say you level your iron scores by consuming read meat, beans, lentils, orange juice, oysters, yoghurt, soy et al.

You have brittle and flaky nails and you are losing hair by the dozen

If you are losing hair then you need to check on the ingredients of your shampoo but more importantly you need to know that it could be a protein deficiency! If you have brittle and flaky nails then you have the lack of iron to blame.

To fix this –

To fix your iron deficiency you must up the intake of; sea food, red meat, beans, dried foods, cereals and dark green vegetables. For the protein deficiency, make sure you eat loads of broccoli, chicken, oats, almonds, eggs and dairy.  

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