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Fitness begins at home

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Fitness begins at home (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Don't ignore the cleaning mop or the mundane chakla belan. They can be your tools to healthy living, says Indrani Rajkhowa Banerjee

All you ladies out there cursing the kaamwali bai on her day off stop pulling your hair out and take a cue from Chanel V 'Bai'. Wrap that sari around your frame, put on some loud, and mop the floor with pure pleasure! You may soon realise that it's not a bad idea to bid the bai with a washboard thin tummy a sweet farewell.

This is not an anti-gym slogan, just a plain thought on how household chores can turn out to be a free-of-cost fitness regime. Experts warn that household chores don't supplement for a serious weight loss session at the gym, which calls for a diet plan and focused workouts, but they are any day better than a sedentary life that most of us lead today. "I love exercises in any form. It doesn't matter whether it's done at the gym or at home; it's a…

Abdominal obesity: 8 exercises that burn stomach fat fast

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Abdominal obesity: 8 exercises that burn stomach fat fast (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

If building a six-pack were easy almost everyone would have sexy abs. It's not only the actual effort that's hard, it's also knowing "how" to burn stomach fat correctly is a challenge.

Our goal is to show you the best and practical way to burn stomach fat, so you can finally flaunt a well toned stomach. We have Mike Jackson - Nutritional Consultant and Physique Transformation Specialist to help you get toned and sexy abs. Read on and burn the unwanted calories with these exercises to burn stomach fat quickly.

Exercises that burn stomach fat fast # 1: Running or walking
Okay, you're probably thinking, 'How does moving your legs shrink those love handles?' Well, the truth is there's no way to target belly fat. Your genetics get to decide where the fat settles in your body, so the best thing to do is start moving.

As you exercise, calories are burned and your b…

Mediterranean wonders

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Whether you prefer them green or black, olives are a healthy fruit to add to your meals. For the Greeks, they represent nobility and peace but more than that they know the wonders it does for your health.

Olive oil helps keep cholesterol levels in check and controls the blood sugar. It is one of the easiest to digest as it is monounsaturated. Drizzle some on top of a vegetable salad or dip a slice of whole-grain bread in some and eat as a snack.

Olive oil can also be added to spicy dishes and acidic food items. Try adding them when making sauces and dressings. Make a mix of olive oil with onions, herbs (oregano, thyme etc) and garlic for pasta sauces. Use olive oil to marinate your meat dishes as this allows better penetration ofthe flavour into the food. For sauteing or frying, it's best to use a combination of extra virgin and regular olive oil. Add flavour to olive oil by infusing the oil with sprigs of dried herbs. It's best stored in a…

Ways to lose flab in 2 weeks

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Ways to lose flab in 2 weeks (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

With your best friend's wedding round the corner, are you finding it difficult to lose the flabs off your waist? Let's check out what the 2-Week Blitz diet has to offer

Gaining momentum and hype in the UK, the 2-Week Blitz diet recommends about 75 minutes of exercise five times a week if you are planning to lose weight in about two weeks. You can take upto two days of rest but sugar and consuming alcohol is a no no.

On a typical day, you can get in to do a 10-24 minutes of cardio followed by weight exercises of about 3 sets of 5x. For better results repeat the cardio and three sets twice more. In the end, you can finish with the ab crunches.

The 2-Week Blitz diet includes

Breakfast - Muesli and a smoothie or a fruit

Lunch - Salad or fruit with fish or chicken. You can also have some sauted or boiled veggies.

Snacks - Fruit and nuts

Dinner - Chicken stir fry or veggies

The diet also suggests that you should refrain f…