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Carbs for building muscle

Carbs to build muscle?

Carbs bad for you?

The science behind carbs explained in this video.

For the longest time, carbs have such a bad rep that even now, all people who want to lose weight are advised to give up carbs.

Haven’t you heard of low carb diet? Carb cycling? or just giving up carbs all together?

Let’s get to the point, carbohydrates are made up of glucose which are present in so many food groups that you just cannot avoid them

As such, in order to use carbs to build muscles, you should not give it up. Carbs are one of the three main nutrients you need to live.

As a girl who lifts on a muscle building journey, I have been advised against carbs for the longest time.

In my 100 pound weight loss journey, I have read up on carbs and personally experienced all kinds of carb diets.

I have done carb cycling.

I have lived through low carb diet.

and I have googled all possible carb terms from losing weight with carbs to carbs to build muscle and this video explains the science behind why your body needs carbs.

And as a bonus, I share a low carb, high protein and totally delish recipe which I am using in my muscle building program.

HERE is the video.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

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White Rice VS Brown Rice

For many years and for a lack of good catchy headlines, fitness instructors and health coaches have propagated the story of brown rice.

White Rice vs Brown rice is the name of the story and today I reveal the truth. As a fitness coach and weight loss expert, having lost a 100 pounds and building muscles, I have been seduced by the love of brown rice and the many seemingly amazing benefits that it has over white rice.

I am from South Asian descent and rice is major part of my cuisine. So, imagine my horror and sadness that I could not eat biryani and pulao with white rice but had to instead choke down brown rice.

In order lose the weight, I did that diligently until I was at a film shoot and craving white rice like an addict. I gave up and chugged down a bowl and then, in order to calm my mind, sat down and did research on which kind of rice I am allowed to eat.

In this video I discuss the differences between the two and the fact that maybe brown rice has been mistakenly bestowed a demi god like status it does not really deserve.

Do you agree?

Watch the video HERE

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The 2 Min Wonder Workout

How to reduce thighs?

How to get thin thighs?

How to get skinny legs?

Every woman with big hips has wondered about this for as long as I remember.

Being body positive, Liftlikeagirl says we should cut loose these labels and insead focus on what is more important.

The thumbnail might be misleading but for me, as a 200 pound girl, labels were important. I wanted to fit into size 0 jeans actually. Yes! The horror of being size 0 unnaturally.

It was when I started exercising and eating healthy and reading up on body image, I realised that we all have different bodies and we should NOT aspire to be like someone.

After losing 100 pounds, I was weight loss queen and compliments flooded in along with some sly remarks on how my thighs were still fat! With fat thighs, I walked and wondered if I did something wrong?

Which is when I came up with this liftlikeagirl 2 min wonder workout. It does not reduce your thighs and will not make you fit in a particular jean size. Nope.

What it does is, make your thigh muscles strong, burn fat and unhealthy toxins and as a result your thighs get to the size that is right for your body.

As mainly sedentary workers, we have lost track of what is healthy for our body. What is healthy for our thighs is not have skinny or round thighs or a particular kind of thighs the media thinks is the new norm.

our thighs will be in proportion to your body and will be the size your genetics, eating habits and workout determines.

And this 2 min wonder thigh workout will aid the process, make your thigh muscles stronger and contract and expand according to your need.

The details of the workout are as follows:

  1. Plyometric Jumps: The plyometric jumps can be done with any box and are high intensity and increase your heart rate which aids in burning fat.
  2. Squats: Squats are the most underused and overused form of exercise. This wide squat will training your thighs and make your muscles stronger. Increase the weight as you deem fit but do not go until failure because you do need to get home from the gym.
  3. Lunges: Lunges are my Kryptonite. I have such bad form but I persevere. With a lunge, you need to ht a 90 degree angle and work out the largest thigh muscle.

Ideally you will want to do 3 sets but if you want this workout to really burn, try and get in 5 sets.

DIET:

  1. Keep your Protein intake high. And if you prefer vegetarian protein: Here is the link to VEGAN PROTEIN SOURCES.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Eat healthy carbs like banana or brown bread before your workout.
  4. And try some of these FAT BURNING FOODS post workout.

Connect with me on social media;

  1. Instagram: liftlikeagirl13
  2. Facebook: liftlikeagirlsam
  3. Twitter: liftlikeagirl_s

    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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Top 5 Vegan Protein Sources

Veganism: ( Def ) Veganism is defined as a diet in which no animal is harmed for any of its products.

A vegan person is often a product of his choice. No one is born vegan. At some point in the life of a vegan person, he decides to stop hurting animals for his food.

There are many reasons people switch to veganism and it is a noble cause.

As the food industry grows and is no longer just about the food we eat but INDUSTRY becomes a big part of it, animals are often reared for their food products.

Chickens are bred just so we can eat them. They are more food than birds. Pigs are bred for bacon and cows for steak. These animals do not get to see and taste freedom.

Chickens are fed a specific diet not to make it healthy but improve the quality and size of its eggs. A cow’s calf is denied milk to cater to the dairy industry.

BUT

This is not the whole picture and I do NOT in any case advocate what diet a person should follow.

Many farms treat their animals well and food should be a conscious choice.

As a bodybuilder and a former fat girl, I love my protein and meats and it is hard for me to give them up. But, I try and get them from sustainable sources and from happy chickens.

I cannot tolerate dairy and with the dairy industry getting a lot of flak for its practices, I am glad I don’t consume much.

I looked up and read on and watched many activists talking against the dairy industry but what really swayed me was the fact that when I stopped drinking milk, my skin started clearing up and to me that was a sign that I could not tolerate dairy.

I went to a doctor who told me that I was partially lactose intolerant. So things worked out well for me.

In this video, I share some vegan sources of protein that i have personally used and found useful.

Also, as an Indian, I am a lentil curry expert, so if you want me to share my recipe and teach you how to cook lentils, don’t forget to drop in the comments.

Watch the video HERE

As always, CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
1. Instagram: liftlikeagirl13

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Starting Jump Rope Workout

This workout Wednesday, Liftlikeagirl tries a jump rope workout for the first time ever!!
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about jump rope workouts:

1. Can you lose weight by jumping ropes?
2. Is jump rope just cardio?
3. Is jumping bad for your knees?
4. can you chisel a body with just a jump rope?
5. How to workout with a jump rope?

If you have been playing with the idea of a jump rope for the longest time, worry not because I try this for the first time with you.

This is a short jump rope workout and a major fail aesthetically. I look funny as I try to maintain balance and jump and swing but I am positive this will change and I am hoping I will be able to post in some more jump rope videos and show you my progress.

On a personal exercise slash workout goals, I am planning a 4 week jump rope transformation where I do jump rope workouts for 4 hours a week along with my regular gym and lifting workouts and a clean diet.

If you have been following me for some time, you would know I love lifting and I lost 100 pounds by lifting so that is something i can never ever give up. I am all for girls who lift and the fact that girls should lift. And many women still don’t lift, especially Indian women and I am here to change that or at the very east challenge that.

Also, as this is the FALL season, my second favourite season after winter, I share some fall fitness tips in a video and hope that you have the chance to see that.
Because it is fall, I indulged in awful diet habits in the past 1 week and I am back in the clean eating wagon after some time.

So, with this jump rope workout and my 4 week jump rope plan, I am hoping to add in to my fitness, counter the days of bad eating I have had and help myself lose weight, gain muscle, get lean and have a bikini body in fall!!

Hope you enjoy the video.

WATCH HERE

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5 Pro Fitness Tips to say fit this Fall\Autumn| BONUS: Diwali Fitness Tips| Liftlikeagirl

❤Comment with a fitness tip you have for the fall season?❤

🍔 And are there people who have lost the weight and feel guilty eating after I know I do and I need help.🍕

5 Pro Fitness Tips to stay fit this Fall is a way for me to show you that the coming cold months do NOT mean that you will gain some weight and lose the summer bikini bod you worked for all this while.

And as a bonus, since it is Diwali time in India and Halloween everywhere else, I am sharing this at the right time?

By a bikini bod, I mean a body you feel confident in while wearing a bikini. You can be any size or shape but that confidence in your own body comes from healthy eating, exercise and a good mental attitude which the media fails to show.

This fall, I will share some easy to do fitness tips, Diwali dos and don’ts to make you feel not guilty for enjoying the festive season.

You will be inundated by halloween candy and Diwali sweets but that does not mean you let go of clean eating habits and any good fitness tips that you have.

I would love it if you lifters share your fitness tips to keep healthy mind and body during the fall and autumn season when you have loads of hot chocolate and mulled wine to carry you over.

Indian Diwali is one of my favourite festivals, the lights and the atmosphere, the joy of giving, the sweets and the dresses. Diwali is such a colourful festival and is rightly called the festival of lights and as I have lost 100 pounds and don’t wan the weight loss to be a burden on my head, I usually follow these pro fitness tips and indulge during the festive season but then clean up my act to not hamper my weight loss and mental health.

So, without further ado, here is my video with an amazing saree.

FALL FITNESS TIPS

Hope you enjoy the video.

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Vlogoween| Countdown of the best Horror films for Halloween

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This October, Liftlikeagirl presents her series and countdown of the best horror films of all time.

As a filmmaker and a horror film lover, Halloween is one of my favourite seasons along with fall and autumn and I decided to countdown the best horror films of all time for you guys.

This vlogoween, I will be presenting short videos to just show you the horror film and my reasons why you should watch these films and lets hope that on Halloweeen, we dress up and sip some wine and have a Vlogoween Liftlikeagirl Horror Film Marathon.

I plan to do this?

Do you?

Also, please feel free to suggest which horror film you like the best, what to watch this halloween and why you love halloween.?

Hope you enjoy the video.

THE PLAYLIST

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Loose skin After weight loss: VIDEO

After losing 100 pounds, I have tackled issues of loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks. It is not easy losing 100 pounds and is often recommended that you do not go and lose weight fast but make your weight loss slow so that you do not have loose skin.

My personal story of this 100 pound weight loss is a slow one, I started lifting and dieting and I was so scared of getting surgery for loose skin that I tried all possible remedies to get rid of my loose skin.

I was shocked to see cellulite on my thighs and stretch marks started cropping up in my flabby arms and back of my stomach, I looked up so many remedies to get rid of loose skin.

I tried creams and stretching exercises for my loose skin but I have realised that dropping 100 pounds has been such a monumental step in the direction of my health that I need to accept my body for it is and be body positive.

I look at how media represents weight loss and even extreme weight loss with after pictures of people who have lost weight looking so amazing with muscles and skinny legs but as a filmmaker, I know it is all because of perfect lights and cameras and editing softwares.

The point of this presentation is to increase my library of body positive videos and as liftlikeagirl, I show the imperfections in my body after my 100 pound weight loss.

You can be anywhere you want but just love your body and do not search for losing weight fast and easy but instead search for exercises and workouts and fitness tips to better you life and lifestyles.

VIDEO LINK

 

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Fall 2017 TV Lineup

I love American television. Especially when some showrunners make so much effort to create interesting storylines and hook their audience.

After the appalling season of Game of Thrones, I am way too excited about the fall 2017 TV lineup and have curated a list of shows I am excited about, curious about and downright want cancelled (not to be harsh, but really?)

My Excited List:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy: I never though the show would recover from the death of McDreamy and I still don’t like Maggie. But, the way Meredith is changing and the dynamics are changing along with Alex growing up so much, I feel like I am home when I watch the show. Bring on season 13!!!

My Curious List:

  1. Exorcist: I do not know why I missed the first season of this show!!!! (sue me). But now that I know this show exists, I am ON IT. The first few episodes are so good. I like how there is always a conversation between the skeptic and the believer and it adds more depth than a regular horror show. Season 2! Yass!!

My Tired list:

It is long, but this is the one show I am the most tired of.

  1. The Big Bang Theory: I liked the freshness of the show when it started, was a bit wary of the girls joining in and then proud of them. And then the show became so stale that it stinks now. There is NO story.

For a more detailed list and my face, go watch my video HERE

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Foods that burn Fat

When you embark on a weight loss journey, people inundate you with advice, drink warm lemon water or eat these seeds and you will lose fat.

DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM.

The science behind fat loss is this:

How to lose weight and burn Fat: When you exercise, your heart rate goes up. As your heart rate goes up, you breathe in more air and release more air. This rapid inhaling and exhaling is you actually exhaling OUT the fat.

The fat gets “burned” as CO2. carbon dioxide and THAT is what you lose.

There is no food that burns FAT.

BUT

There are some natural foods that increase you metabolism boosting hormones, suppress appetite and basically help you push along in your journey.

They do not work alone and will always be an addition to good diet and exercise.

Today, I posted an old picture to instagram to show how a good diet and exercise routine and NO CHEMICALS can make you a different person.

I share some natural fat burning foods here.

CLICK HERE FOR NATURAL FAT BURNERS

Comment with any questions that you have and if you are on a similar journey, HIT ME UP!!!

 

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How I lost 100 pounds| Starting my Own Youtube Channel

When people talk about losing weight and sharing their journey with others, it is often construed as self service and shaming fat people.

There are vultures waiting around for you to fail and get on that binge and eat your own weight.

I keep insisting that weight loss is not just a physical journey but a mental one at that.

Here I share the levels of my weight loss journey that have helped me get to where I am and hope that it helps others going through the same.

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  1. Self Loathe: This was the most difficult level to cross as I would hate looking at myself in the mirror. I wished fervently to lose the weight but the willpower in me had died. I would eat and then fast for days and then eat some more. Eating made me feel good. I would have conversations with myself justifying my eating habits and lack of exercise thinking its all in my genes and I kept expanding.
  2. False starts: This continued for 2 years. I would decide to make a change (every monday!) and join a gym or an exercise program and then give up and eat my weight. Or I would run for an hour, feel exhausted with my body hurting for days later and then eat as much as I wanted. I would never really exercise regularly.
  3. Home workouts; I felt ashamed of myself and the laziness in me was so deeply rooted that I downloaded home workouts and would follow that. I tried this method for a good few months and when I started noticing some changes. Not many but my stamina was improving I felt good and then went off to eat.
  4. Food and diet: I realised I had an unhealthy relationship with food, so I put myself on a strict diet. All was well, as I weighed myself and was dropping pounds after pound a day. It was water weight but I was happy. I pushed myself to an extreme and would only eat salads the whole day and chug on green tea. When I did eat normal food, I would purge it all out. Not a very healthy choice but I kept losing the weight.
  5. Gym and Trainer: I had an on and off relationship with the gym. So, one day I waltzed into my gym and a trainer approached me. I was very skeptic of trainers since I never thought they had any good intentions (mostly money minting). But this one came to me and said he wanted to help me workout. I agreed. He seemed like a decent guy and I had nothing to lose. He slowly started putting me in body workout splits and encouraged me to lift. I did not pay him for any personal training but I guess he was that rare person who actually loved his job. He gave me diets to be followed and slowly I fell in love with lifting.
  6. Lift Life: After almost a year with this trainer, I put on a red dress and was shocked to see it fit! I was a size 4 and I hadn’t realised it. Maybe, I had but the point was that I was enjoying what  did.
  7. A new Change: I gained enough confidence to pick up projects that had me travel and I had to quit this gym. But I was equipped now. I interacted with many lifters, digested bodybuilding tips and workouts (many were for men and few for women!).

17512_10151684925016928_503718091_nThe point here is, I finally found something that I enjoyed and that empowered me. I have gained muscle weight. I look smaller than ever but weight more.

What I have realised is that women focus so much on dropping the pounds, on the number on the scale that we do not really experiment with what form of exercise we like. Exercise not to get a perfect shape, but to feel good. and when you feel good, you will get what you want.

I wanted skinny legs (thanks to my Indian hips) and I started doing squats and lunges and I still don’t have skinny legs but I have started loving the muscle definition in my thighs. I have strong broad shoulders and biceps and I love it.

I am stronger than ever. I am the luggage carrier of the family now. I beat guys bigger than me at physical challenges and for the majority of my life, my friends had dubbed me inertia (A body at a state of rest continues to remain at rest until an external force is applied.)

This prompted me to start a youtube channel, not to showcase my weight loss but to show women that there are ways to lose weight and love yourself, lifting is easy and maybe give it a try?

I want to share my mental struggle with ED and body dysmorphia and I am so thankful for the loving community I have found on youtube.

My channel link: LIFTLIKEAGIRL

 

 

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Websites spreading fake fitness news

There are so many websites that spread fake fitness news under the garb of a “new Diet” or “Weight Loss Tricks”.

 

So many desperate people are duped by this and succumb to trying silly diets and workout which have absolutely no effect.

 

As I have been saying time and again, there is NO substitute to a good diet and exercise.

 

I make this video to counter the silly claims made by an Indian website, a cheap dupe of Buzzfeed.

 

Comment on the video if you want to know the name of the website.

 

And till then, enjoy, me busting these myths.